Thursday, December 27, 2012

Quote of the day

A friendly non-believer on visiting a church:
For, though I've no idea
What this accoutred frowsty barn is worth 
It pleases me to stand in silence here;
A serious house on serious earth it is,
In whose blent air all our compulsions meet,
Are recognized, and robed as destinies.
And that much never can be obsolete,
Since someone will forever be surprising
A hunger in himself to be more serious,
And gravitating with it to this ground,
Which, he once heard, was proper to grow wise in,
If only that so many dead lie round.
                                    Philip Larkin, "Church Going" 

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