Jingxuan Zhang 张景宣


The very greatness of our powers makes this life look pitiful; the very pitifulness of this life forces on our thoughts to another; and the prospect of another gives a dignity and value to this life which promises it; and thus this life is at once great and little, and we rightly contemn it while we exalt its importance. (John Henry NewmanThe Greatness and Littleness of Human Life, 1836)

Illusion of dream and desire; illusion of the sentiment of infinity, of intrinsic revolution and renewal–in reality this is nothing but life’s fine art of consoling us for the finality of our inborn limitations. (Romano GuardiniThe Lord, tr. E. C. Briefs, 1954)

Seek not out things that are too hard for thee, neither search the things that are above thy strength. But what is commanded thee, think thereupon with reverence; for it is not needful for thee to see with thine eyes the things that are in secret. Be not curious in unnecessary matters: for more things are showed unto thee than men understand. (Ecclesiasticus 3:21-3)