Thursday, December 10, 2009

Quotes: Religion (5).

Religion 532 "An idea that you must be somehow satisfied as well as mortified before entering repose goes deep into the [Buddhist] system, and perhaps into human life." Sir William Empson. “The Faces of Buddha.” 1936. Gross, ed. Essays.

Religion 53 "The drooping eyelids of the great creatures [statues of the Buddha] are heavy with patience and suffering, and the subtle irony which offends us in their raised eyebrows… [conveys to us] that it is odd that we let our desires subject us to so much torment in the world." Sir William Empson. “The Faces of Buddha.” 1936. Gross, ed. Essays. The problem with life is our unsatisfied desires. A Buddhist idea.

Religion 298 "Robert on his brother Edward, who expects to become a clergyman: …laughed most immoderately; the idea of Edward’s being a clergyman, and living in a small parsonage-house, diverted him beyond measure;--and when to that was added the fanciful imagery of Edward reading prayers in a white surplice, and publishing the banns of marriage between John Smith and Mary Brown, he could conceive nothing more ridiculous." Austen, Sense and Sensibility.

Religion 229 "…in Ireland there used to be some old women who, having ascertained from Scripture that the hairs of their heads were all numbered by the Almighty, expected to have to account for them at the Day of Judgment." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.

Religion 417 "The god Dionysus or Bacchus is best known to us as the personification of the vine and of the exhilaration produced by the juice of the grape…ecstatic worship, characterized by wild dances, thrilling music, and tipsy excess, appears to have originated among the rude tribes of Thrace, who were notoriously addicted to drunkenness." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.

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