"I wish to be a spokesman of the doubt that the great difficulties of our time can be solved by violence." Wendell Berry
"I enjoy the quietude of soliloquizing and communing with the spirit of history. This spirit is ... brotherly, akin to us in another and deeper sense than are the denizens of bush and field. These exertions are like Jacob's wrestling -- a sure gain for the wrestler himself. Indeed this is what matters first of all." Count Yorck von Wartenburg
"Defenceless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair, Show an affirming flame." W. H. Auden From "September 1, 1939"