QUOTES FOR MORMON 7-9 - Nancy Baird
The Second Coming
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
William Butler Yeats (first verse)
"To those of us who study history not merely as a warning reminder of man's follies and crimes, but also as an encouraging remembrance of generative souls, the past ceases to be a depressing chamber of horrors; it become a celestial city a spacious country of the mind, wherein a thousand saints, statesmen, inventors, scientists, poets, artists, musicians, lovers, and philosophers still live and speak, teach and carve and sing...If a man is fortunate he will, before he dies, gather up as much as he can of his civilized heritage and transmit it to his children. And to his final breath he will be grateful for this inexhaustible legacy, knowing that it is our nourishing mother and our lasting life."
Will and Ariel Durant, The Lessons of History, 102.
"War is one of the constants of history, and has not diminished with civilization or democracy. In the last 3,421 year of recorded history only 268 have seen no war...war...is the ultimate form of competition...Peace is an unstable equilibrium, which can be preserved only by acknowledged supremacy or equal power."
Will and Ariel Durant, Lessons of History, 81.
"That vision [of Joseph Smith's] also began the process of bringing forth new scripture (the Book of Mormon) to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Bible in bearing witness to a wicked world that Jesus is the Christ and that God lives and loves his children..."
President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, Nov. 1986, 78.
"The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven."
John Milton, Paradise Lost
"It has seemed to me sometimes as though the Lord breathes on this poor gray ember of Creation and it turns to radiance - for a moment or a year or the span of a life. And then it sinks back into itself again, and to look at it no one would know it had anything to do with fire, or light...wherever you turn your eyes the world can shine like transfiguration. You don't have to bring a thing to it except a little willingness to see."
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead, 245.
Matthew 10:16 "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves."
Alma 18:22 "Now Ammon being wise, yet harmless..."
D&C 111:11 "Therefore, be ye as wise as serpents and yet without sin..."
James 5:3 "Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them...shall eat your flesh as it were fire...."
Hebrews 13:6 "...the Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."
Daniel 12:2 "And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt."
Hebrew 4:13 "Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do."
Ether 2:24 "...I will bring you up again out of the depths of the sea; for the winds have gone forth out of my mouth."
Mormon 7-9 - Nancy Baird - January 31, 2012(Audio)