"Am fear nach gleidh na h-airm san t-sith, cha bhi iad aige ‘n am a’ chogaidh.

He that keeps not his arms in time of peace will have none in time of war."
"Long periods of peace and quiet favor certain optical illusions. Among them is the assumption that the invulnerability of the home is founded upon the constitution and safeguarded by it. In reality, it rests upon the father of the family who, accompanied by his sons, appears with the ax on the threshold of his dwelling."
Ernst Junger (The Forest Passage)

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"Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil."
Friedrich Nietzsche (via sigurd-strong.com)
"In Homer, of course, nothing happens without the god concerned manifesting himself. But despite this remarkable proximity of the divine, everything takes its natural course. We hear, indeed we see in lifelike imagery, how a god whispers a saving device to a baffled warrior at the right instant, we hear that he rouses spirit and kindles courage, that he makes limbs supple and nimble and gives a right arm accuracy and strength. But if we look more closely at the occasions when these divine interventions take place, we find that they always come at the critical moment when human powers suddenly converge, as if charged by electric contact, on some insight, some resolution, some deed. These decisive turns which, as every attentive observer knows, are regularly experience in an active life, the Greeks regarded as manifestations of the gods. Not only the flow of events with its critical moments, however, but also duration itself indicated the divine. In all larger forms and conditions of life and existence the Greek perceived the eternal visage of divinity. Taken all together these essences constituted the holiness of the world. Hence the Homeric poems are filled with divine proximity and presence as are those of no other people or age. In their world the divine is not superimposed as a sovereign power over natural events; it is revealed in the forms of the natural, as their very essence and being. For other peoples miracles take place; but a greater miracle takes place in the spirit of the Greek, for he is capable of so regarding the objects of daily experience that they can display the awesome lineaments of the divine without losing a whit of their natural reality."
Walter F. Otto, The Homeric Gods: The Spiritual Significance of Greek Religion
"The idea of “sin” was quite alien to the pagan world. The ancient pagans knew the gods’ hatred as well as their revenge, but they never heard of punishment for “sin.” The ancient philosophers did understand something of the “good,” but when they employed this expression, they were certainly not endorsing the concept of the “sinless.” Quite the contrary: they were actually speaking of the pursuit of every type of excellence."
Ludwig Klages (via hierarchical-aestheticism)
"In ancient Greek worship there is revealed to us one of humanity’s greatest religious ideas — we make bold to say the religious idea of the European spirit. It is very different from the religious idea of other civilizations, and particularly of those which customarily supply our religious scholarship and philosophy with examples for the origin of religion. But it is essentially related to all genuine thoughts and creations of Hellenism, and is conceived in the same spirit. Like other eternal achievements of the Greeks it stands before humanity large and imperishable. The faculty which in other religions is constantly being thwarted and inhibited here flowers forth with the admirable assurance of genius — the faculty of seeing the world in the light of the divine, not a world yearned for, aspired to, or mystically present in rare ecstatic experiences, but the world into which we were born, part of which we are, interwoven with it through our sense and, through our minds, obligated to it for all its abundance and vitality."
Walter F. Otto, The Homeric Gods: The Spiritual Significance of Greek Religion
"What happens here, in the West, is that our world, our natural, regular development from Paganism, was interrupted by another civilization that imposed itself and cut off this evolution."
Carl Gustav Jung (as related by Miguel Serrano)
via vandrare
"To make the ancients speak, we must feed them with our own blood"
Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff (via hierarchical-aestheticism)

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