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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dedicatory Oath

(Beautiful World by Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma”
Moses, 1860-1961, American painter)

We now come to the end of our study of Philia, or friendship.

“Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling
safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breadth of kindness blow the rest away.”

~ Dinah Maria Craik (1826-1887), English novelist and poet, from
A Life for a Life


They say that in the unchanging place,
Where all we loved is always clear,
We meet our morning face to face
And find at last our twentieth year. . . .

They say (and I am glad they say),
It is so; and it may be so:
It may be just the other way,
I cannot tell. But this I know:

From quiet homes and first beginning,
Out to the undiscovered ends,
There’s nothing worth the wear of winning,
But laughter and the love of friends.

~ Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953), French-born poet, essayist, and historian, who became a naturalized British citizen and even served as a Member of Parliament for five years

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