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Source of Infinite Hope

‘Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope.’

– F. Scott Fitzgerald. 1925. The Great Gatsby.

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何式凝。《我係何式凝,今年五十五歲》。

「我覺得,主耶穌基督到來,把人類從各種規條、儀式和傳統中釋放,讓人類不用成為宗教機構的一部份,同時有能力透過跟上帝的一對一關係而維持『基督徒』的生活方式,是一個喜訊。」
-〈不完美的基督徒生命〉。〈第三章:可怕的學校和教會〉。

「『你不是基督徒。這麼一路以來,你提及自己所相信的,只是一種靈性追求罷了。你根本不相信上帝。』」
-〈『你不是基督徒!』〉。〈第三章:可怕的學校和教會〉。

「『我是自願到來的。我並非天主教徒,似乎永遠也不會是。或許我知道自己在這裡的原因。這裡很平靜』」。
「對於主拯救世人的故事,我耳熟能詳,這是很重要的故事,感染力強,使我感同身受。我依然相信這故事,卻是以另一種形式,在抽象的層面,跟這故事接通。」
-〈玫瑰堂的黃昏彌撒〉。〈第三章:可怕的學校和教會〉。

「所謂的浪漫之愛,意思就是,我愛一個人是基於他是誰,而非他能給我的物質、經濟好處和社會地位。只有在這種真摯之愛中,人們才可以找到優雅和慈悲。」
「要釐清為擁有一個人而把別人排拒於外的這一件事。」
-〈婚姻總是一種誘惑〉。〈第四章:我去了你的婚禮〉。

「『如果你沒法從自身中找到快樂,幫助他人吧,那是喜樂的泉源。』」
-〈抗抑鬱自助指南〉。〈第六章:如何數算我的日子〉。

「如果能去退修,一天只專心做一件事,例如寫這本自傳,其他的事一概不理會,已是一種奢侈的享受。」
「與其在一年內十一個月都活得不快樂,而逃離一個月,不如主動尋求重新掌握自己的生活,在可能的範圍內,享受一杯咖啡。」
-〈Bridge over troubled water〉。〈第六章:如何數算我的日子〉。

The Way

‘There is a sunrise and a sunset every day and you can choose to be there for it. You can put yourself in the way of beauty.’

– Jean-Marc Vallée. (Director). (2014). Wild [Motion picture].

父親

「小時候,父親為我買了奧運套票。色彩豐富的小郵票,卻讓人捨不得用,這種感覺讓我難以承受。

父親經常送我郵票。大郵票、小郵票。日本郵票、外國郵票。父親沉默寡言,他送我的郵票成為我和他之間唯一的『對話』。」

– 川村元氣。《如果這世界貓消失了》。

人類需要貓

「人類是為了瞭解自己無從瞭解的事–自己的樣子、自己的未來、和自己的死,才會和貓在一起。老媽說得對,不是貓需要人類,而是人類需要貓。」

– 川村元氣。《如果這世界貓消失了》。

Life

‘Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.’

– Charlie Chaplin.

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‘He smiled understandingly – much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced – or seemed to face – the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favour. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.’

– F. Scott Fitzgerald. 1925. The Great Gatsby.

New World

‘Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing. Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it  refines itself.’

– George Orwell. Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Minority vs. Sanity

‘Being in a minority, even a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.’

– George Orwell. Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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