Friday, December 12, 2008

Security -

Don't think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm.- Malayan proverb

Most people want security in this world, not liberty. --Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) _Minority Report_ [1956]

Security is when everything is settled. When nothing can happen to you. Security is the denial of life. -Germaine Greer

Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others! -William Hazlitt (1778-1830) _Table Talk_ [1821-1822], "On Living to One's Self"

Security is not the meaning of my life. Great opportunities are worth the risks. -Shirley Hufstedler (1925-____)

Who is secure in all his basic needs? Who has work, spiritual care, medical care, housing, food, occasional entertainment, free clothing, free burial, free everything? The answer might be nuns and monks, but the standard reply is 'prisoners'. - Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

The settled happiness and security which we all desire, God withholds from us by the very nature of the world; but joy, pleasure, and merriment, He has scattered broadcast. We are never safe, but we have plenty of fun, and some ecstasy. It is not hard to see why. The security we crave would teach us to rest our hearts in this world and oppose an obstacle to our return to God: a few moments of happy love, a landscape, a symphony, a merry meeting with our friends, a bathe or a football match, have no such tendency. Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home.- C S Lewis ( The Problem of Pain)

There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity.- Douglas MacArthur, 1955

Our house is made of glass . . . and our lives are made of glass; and there is nothing we can do to protect ourselves.Joyce Carol Oates (1938-____) "American Appetites," 1

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