Like a Tennis Match

I like lifting quotes from writers or scriptures to use as thought starters. It works.

Some people enjoy picking a quote often out of context for the sake of argument. Some writers have played off that in novels or plays where two such people bounce quotes back and forth as if it were some sort of verbal tennis match.

I liked the way John Steinbeck in East of Eden goes on a search for meaning about good and evil going to a passage in the Bible. The idea was to think deeply about the idea.

A good quote comes along to meet you. It’s appealing, but you wonder what was the context of the thought. Where does it fit in a longer line of thinking? What do those words and phrases really mean? Perhaps that leads to a search on the words, their etymology, usage in the original language (if a translation).

Reflection. Deep thinking. These bring awareness. And calm.

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