Wednesday Quote: Neighbors

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Statue of Kierkegaard, photo by Arne List
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“. . . love your neighbour!  As already shown, you can easily find him; him you can never lose.  The beloved can treat you in such a way that he is lost to you, and you can lose a friend, but whatever a neighbour does to you, you can never lose him . . . it is not your neighbour who holds you fastit is your love which holds your neighbour fast.”

This is from Soren Kierkegaard’s analysis of “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” in his Works of Love (transl. Howard and Edna Hong).  I’d not fully realized the simple profoundness of this commandment before reading this book a couple of years ago.  Though it’s a tough one to peruse, there’s many such great quotes in Works of Love.

Wednesday Quote: Work

A few years back, I used to participate in a weekly feature called “Weekend Quote,” hosted by Lemon Tree at Half-Filled Attic.  I so enjoyed that feature that I wanted to bring it back this year, except on Wednesdays instead of the weekend.  There are so many great quotes to come across while reading, and not nearly enough opportunity to share them.

Joseph Conrad author

“I don’t like work—no man does—but I like what is in the work—the chance to find yourself.”

This is spoken by Marlow, the narrator from a few of Conrad’s stories, and the context novella is his most famous one, Heart of Darkness.  As an inspirational quote, it’s one of my very favorites – instead of holding up an idealism, it presents you with a different view of reality. 

Today is my first day back at work since Christmas break, so I’ll be keeping this in mind.  😉