Wednesday Quotes
Throwing Nothing Away
August 6, 2014

“Nature like a good householder throws away nothing of which anything useful can be made.” Aristotle, On the Generation of Animals It is delightful to think that nature already does what I am supposed to be doing: be a good householder. What a gift it is to me that my calling, my […]

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Rising at Night
July 30, 2014

“…and when anything needs doing it ought not to be left undone, whether it be day or night. There are occasions when a householder should rise while it is still night; for this helps to make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Aristotle, Economics I wonder what occasions Aristotle had in mind. […]

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Care for a Wife’s Health
July 23, 2014

“Seeing, then, that such care is lavished on the body’s food, surely every care should be taken on behalf of our own children’s mother and nurse, in whom is implanted the seed from which there springs a living soul.” Aristotle, Economics Aristotle is reflecting upon the practices of a good husband. He […]

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What Will Make Me Grateful?
July 16, 2014

“The greatest benefits will not bind the ungrateful.” Aesop’s Fables The farmer, finding a frozen snake, pitied him and placed him in his bosom to thaw. The revived snake, unmoved by gratitude, inflicts a mortal wound. Such ingratitude is especially repulsive. But what about the ingratitude that consists in simply not-being-grateful? Gratitude […]

Wednesday Quotes
Learning from the Bees
July 9, 2014

“Passing their lives under exalted laws, Alone they recognize a fatherland And the sanctity of a home, and provident For coming winter set to work in summer And store their produce for the common good.” Virgil, The Georgics IV Bees simply stand out from other animals at the homestead. It’s as though […]

Wednesday Quotes
The Best Manure
July 2, 2014

“We must observe what parts of the land must be manured, how the manure is to be applied, and the best kind to use; for there are several varieties. Cassius states that the best manure is that of birds, except marsh- and sea-fowl; and that the dung of pigeons is the best […]

Wednesday Quotes
Playing the Right Games
June 26, 2014

“But when children play the right games from the beginning and absorb lawfulness from music and poetry, it follows them in everything and fosters their growth…” Socrates, in Plato’s Republic, Bk IV It’s easy not to be concerned about games. After all, they’re just games. Watching children play can be amazing. They […]

Wednesday Quotes
The Mother of All Arts
June 18, 2014

“Whoever it was who said that agriculture is the mother and nurse of all other arts was right, because when agriculture is faring well, all the other arts are strengthened too; but wherever the land is forced into barrenness, all the other arts, whether based on land or sea, are more or […]

Wednesday Quotes
A Happy Thought
June 11, 2014

The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings. Robert Louis Stevenson, A Child’s Garden of Verses In my edition of A Child’s Garden of Verses, the illustration next to this short poem titled ‘Happy Thought’ is a cheery scene of children on a […]

Wednesday Quotes
June 4, 2014

The very word is soothing. It brings back special memories of childhood. Of being together with the people we most want to be with.   My father, who otherwise was so busy, had nothing to do other than be with us. Mom was finally able to relax, at least somewhat.   I […]

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