Wednesday Quotes
The Joys of Talking to Yourself
December 2, 2015

“The virtuous man wishes to converse with himself.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, IX Conversations with oneself. They could be a sign that something is wrong. But done well, they are a sign that something is right. A virtuous man, Aristotle explains, has much delight in the inner chamber of his mind. He looks […]

Wednesday Quotes
Silence of Monks
October 22, 2014

“For it becomes the master to speak and to teach, but it beseems the disciple to be silent and to listen.” The Rule of St. Benedict Fall break. I am spending a week with fourteen college students, plus my son, living the life—as near as we can—of the Benedictine monks of Clear […]

Wednesday Quotes
Discipline and Silence
September 24, 2014

“And when it comes to action, put your trust in discipline and silence; in every kind of warfare they count a lot, and particularly in naval engagement.” Phormio, Athenian naval commander, in Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War. The parallels between warfare and life are many. In this speech Phormio seeks to […]

Wednesday Quotes
The Silence of Authority
March 19, 2014

Sometimes speaking, or holding one’s tongue, can make the difference. All the difference. For life and death. Many in authority today are silent when they should not be. Through weakness. And the consequences are devastating. Broken communities, broken businesses, broken homes, broken lives. Broken love. This because in various contexts we do […]