Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Teresa of Ávila quotations

Saint Teresa of Avila (Teresa de Jesús) (1515-03-28 - 1582-10-04), born Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada, was a Spanish mystic philosopher and Catholic saint.

Let nothing disturb thee;
Let nothing dismay thee:
All thing pass;
God never changes.
Patience attains
All that it strives for.
He who has God
Finds he lacks nothing:
God alone suffices.

I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him. (thanks to Lon Milo DuQuette for using it in his book Low Magick)

Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.

To have courage for whatever comes in life — everything lies in that.

There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.

It is love alone that gives worth to all things.

Pain is never permanent.

God gave us faculties for our use; each of them will receive its proper reward. Then do not let us try to charm them to sleep, but permit them to do their work until divinely called to something higher.

Reflect upon the providence and wisdom of God in all created things and praise Him in them all.

Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.

Dalai Lama


What a freaking catch at the library! Having a short attention span I started 3 of the 4 books. Wheel of Time started off a bit slow but has a nice setting so far. I'm doubting wether to stop it and find an English version though, dutch really is so bad for storytelling for me because I speak a west-flemish dialect that regards dutch as a... well, rather unmanly weak-sounding language. Despite that I did enjoy reading the dutch translations of Tolkien by Max Schuchart, though finding 3 typos in the first 2 chapters really didn't help this version of this book.
Robert Graves started his book on Greek Mythology by explaining his new opinion that ambrosia and nectar were most likely psychedelic mushrooms and that he parted on some psylocybin himself, which obviously made me like from the start. I learned a ton on early matriarchies (yikes!) and that names of Gods were titles given to different rulers, really fascinating stuff!
In addition I learned to play my first written music on keyboard from a booklet (Casio Learn Book A!) I had since I was 12, I knew keeping it around would serve a purpose someday! Blueee Spanish Eeeyes! And finally found out what the different notes mean what when written down - I'm also in awe of how retarded my music teachers were in high school, if this book can explain it so simply I have no idea why we couldn't have learned this back then easily instead of the contrived shit they had us deal with. Guess it was part of the "no useful stuff teaching" program in schools.