"What does it matter by what road each man seeks the truth? By no one road can men come to the understanding of so great a mystery."

Symmachus, Ep. x, 3, in Boissier, II, 224.

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June 20

—Evidence of widespread religious skepticism in ancient Rome from the tombstones of the poor. Found in Friedländer, III, 283.

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April 24

"Cursed be the soil for your sake,
    with pangs shall you eat from it all the days of your life.
Thorn and thistle shall it sprout for you
    and you shall eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your brow shall you eat bread
    till you return to the soil,
      for from there were you taken,
for dust you are
    and dust shall you return.”

The Hebrew Bible, from Genesis 1-3. The Creation—The Fall. Trans. Robert Alter.

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May 8

”..I find this conclusion more impressed upon me,—that the greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion,—all in one.”

John Ruskin, Modern Painters. “Of Modern Landscape.” Vol. III, Part 4, Chap. 16.

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May 1

"Complacencies of the peignoir, and late
Coffee and oranges in a sunny chair,
And the green freedom of a cockatoo
Upon a rug mingle to dissipate
The holy hush of ancient sacrifice.”

Wallace Stevens, “Sunday Morning.” St. 1.

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April 8

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