[On character] the clodhopper has rights of opinion. —John Jay Chapman

Any idea must be quite monumental at the beginning of its career, in order that posterity shall afford it more than an asterisk. —John Jay Chapman

Horace Howard Furnace by John Jay Chapman and by Agnes Repplier via @waisberg

Erasmus of Rotterdam, the greatest and most brilliant star of his century, is today, we cannot deny the fact, hardly more than a name. —Stefan Zweig

Memories and Condolences for Christopher Ringwald

Every year I come back to read these comments, and sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the way my dad was admired, loved and respected. I feel the deepest pain knowing I never got to know him more– that my siblings and I never got to feel the joy of being an adult with him. Sometimes I have to remind myself that he is half of me, even if the distance between who I am now and who I was when he was still with us grows larger each year. But I feel lucky that he touched so many people, and continues to remain in countless memories. Learning more about him through family and friends is both an antidote to my grief and a catalyst of it. I miss him so deeply that sometimes my whole body aches. —Jeanne

(And anyhow, as the Americans would say, what is a cause?) —Aldous Huxley via @waisberg

(And anyhow, as the Americans would say, what is a cause?)

I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down. 2 Kings 21:13

The time may come when many will think that the gates of hell have prevailed against Christ’s church.

Hezekiah removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan. 2 Kings 18:4

The Court … returns … authority to the people and their elected representatives. —Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

Since Congress and the President are presumed to be elected by the people, Dobbs doesn’t prevent the Federal government, as well as the States, from regulating abortion.

So many of the kings of Israel did which was evil in the sight of the Lord.

And all the women therein that were with child he ripped up. 2 Kings 15:16

[Michael Dirda on Agnes Repplier](https://www.Washington post.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/15/AR2009071503818.html) via @waisberg

Prestige is like the blush of a grape, and when it goes, it goes forever. —Theodore Dalrymple via @waisberg

Brooklyn Heights

Bento boxes at Rice & Miso, Boerum Hill