Thursday, July 27, 2006

Self-acceptance comes from meeting life's challenges vigorously. Don't numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from your life. You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.

Inferno, Canto I, vv. 1-6
In the middle of the journey of our life
I found myself

in a dark wood
since I had lost the straight way.
Alas, how hard is to tell how this wild and

tough wood was

so that if I think back on it I become scared again!

There sighs, lamentations and loud wailings resounded through the starless air, so that at first it made me weep; strange tongues, horrible language, words of pain, tones of anger, voices loud and hoarse, and with these the sound of hands, made a tumult which is whirling through that air forever dark, and sand eddies in a whirlwind.
Dante (Alighieri)

Drink! for you know not whence you came nor why: drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.
Khayyam, Omar

There is a devil in every berry of the grape.
Koran, The

I like whiskey. I always did, and that is why I never drink it.
Lee, Robert E

Alcohol is barren. The words a man speaks in the night of drunkenness fade like the darkness itself at the coming of day.
Duras, Marguerite

Alcohol doesn't console, it doesn't fill up anyone's psychological gaps, all it replaces is the lack of God. It doesn't comfort man. On the contrary, it encourages him in his folly, it transports him to the supreme regions where he is master of his own destiny.
Duras, Marguerite |

Alcohol is necessary for a man so that he can have a good opinion of himself, undisturbed be the facts.
Dunne, Finley Peter

No other human being, no woman, no poem or music, book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to give man the illusion of real creation.
Duras, Marguerite

When I played drunks I had to remain sober because I didn't know how to play them when I was drunk.
Burton, Sir Richard |

It is immoral to get drunk because the headache comes after the drinking, but if the headache came first and the drunkenness afterwards, it would be moral to get drunk.
Butler, Samuel
An American Monkey after getting drunk on Brandy
would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser
than most men. (Charles Robert Darwin)