Wednesday, October 20, 2010

From My Commonplace Book

"Don't be too easily convinced that God really wants you to do all sorts of work you needn't do. Each must do his duty 'in that state of life to which God has called him.' Remember that a belief in the virtues of doing for doing's sake is characteristically feminine, characteristically American, and characteristically modern: so that three veils may divide you from the correct view! There can be intemperance in work just as in drink. What feels like zeal may be only fidgets or even the flattering of one's self-importance. As MacDonald says, 'In holy things may be unholy greed!' And by doing what 'one's station and its duties' does not demand, one can make oneself less fit for the duties it does demand and so commit some injustice. Just you give Mary a chance as well as Martha!"~~C.S. Lewis

"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales."~~Albert Einstein

"A house without a woman and firelight is like a body without soul or sprite."~~Poor Richard's Almanack (1733)

"Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave."~~Martin Luther


  1. I think womanofthehouse is suggesting that manofthehouse not feel bad about taking some evenings off from work now and then.

  2. I didn't have that in mind specifically, but I wholeheartedly endorse it in your case!

  3. Evenings off are nice! Or... in our case... days. We took today off and made up the work at night. It's worth it, though!

  4. And don't you love having the freedom to do that?

  5. Very nice things to think about.


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