As Kelsey and I sat on my bed Thursday night, both mesmerized by our Macbooks, she could sense I was in blog mode. I told her, "this is gonna be a deep one," to which she laughed. But it is! Since I've been here, I blog mostly about my weekend affairs or sorority soireés. Rarely do I discuss the major purpose of my being here--furthering my education. So, we're going to fix that problem. Starting right now.
In World Lit, we just finished reading Saint Augustine's Confessions, and I was completely taken by the language. This book, a landmark in Christian literature, is his "tell-all" conversion story. His mind-blowing faith is bound to inspire you in some fashion, even if your own religious background does not resemble his in the slightest.
Almost every page is sprinkled with beautiful insight, but I managed to narrow down my favorites to a select few quotes that struck a chord with me for one reason or another.
"deeply hidden yet most intimately present, perfection of both beauty and strength, stable and incomprehensible, immutable and yet changing all things"
"The life which we live in this world has its attractiveness because of a certain measure in its beauty and its harmony with all these inferior objects that are beautiful."
friendship...of which there are many
"Human friendship is a nest of love and gentleness because of the unity it brings about between many souls."
"That is what we love in friends. We love to the point that the human conscience feels guilty if we do not love the person who is loving us, and if that love is not returned--without demanding any physical response other than the marks of affectionate good will."
"in the company of my friends: to make conversation, to share a joke, to perform mutual acts of kindness, to read together well-written books, to share in trifling and in serious matters, to disagree though without animosity--just as a person debated with himself--and in the very rarity of disagreement to find the salt of normal harmony, to teach each other something or to learn from one another, to long with impatience for those absent, to welcome them with gladness on their arrival."
"Tears and agonies, therefore, are objects of love."
misery vs. mercy.
"Only, when he himself suffers, it is called misery; when he feels compassion for others, it is called mercy."
"love and seek and pursue and hold fast and strongly embrace wisdom itself, wherever found."
"Time is not inert. It does not roll on through our senses without affecting us. Its passing has remarkable effects on the mind."
pure & simple.
"Gasping under their weight I could not breathe the pure and simple breeze of your truth."
"The greater the danger in the battle, the greater the joy in the triumph."
"Let us love, let us run."
"I am in love with loving."
Our second formal essay is due tomorrow, but I've found that writing a paper becomes less of a pain and more of a pleasure when the text is inundated with such brilliance. Though it may be most commonly labeled as a love story between Augustine and God, Confessions is just as much an ode to language, beauty and intellect. For that reason, I'm certain anyone can find the beauty in this book. So, consider this one of BOD's first formal book reviews; as you may have guessed, Confessions comes highly recommended.