Friday, October 14, 2005


A couple of Dietrich Bonhoeffer quotations which seem pertinent to the times we live in.

"It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe others. "

"To understand reality is not the same as to know about external events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed person is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of knowledge [s]he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise person will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom."

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