Ex Libris Kirkland

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First Written 1948
Genre Autobiography
Origin US
Publisher Mariner Books
ISBN-10 0156010860
ISBN-13 978-0156010863
My Copy library hardback
First Read August 05, 2005

The Seven Storey Mountain

Even in the purely natural order, a certain amount of purity of heart is required before an intellect can get sufficiently detached and clear to work out the problems of metaphysiscs. I say a certain amount, however, because I am sure that no one needs to be a saint to be a clever metaphysician. I dare say there are plenty of metaphysicians in hell.

Quoted on September 28, 2011

The thought was only a daydream--and I suppose it is a dream that comes to many men, even men who don't believe in anything. Is there any man who has ever gone through a whole lifetime without dressing himself up, in his fancy, in the habit of a monk and enclosing himself in a cell where he sits magnificent in heroic austerity and solitude, while all the young ladies who hitherto were cool to his affections in the world come and beat on the gates of the monastery crying, 'Come out, come out!'

Quoted on September 28, 2011

Moral theologians say that the mendaciam jocosium in itself does not exceed a venial sin.

Quoted on September 28, 2011

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