They lied to you. The Devil is not the Prince of Matter; the Devil is the arrogance of the spirit, faith without smile, truth that is never seized by doubt. The Devil is grim because he knows where he is going, and, in moving, he always returns whence he came. -- Umberto Eco, The Name of the RoseI found the first quote among the "Commonplaces" sidebar at Making Light. The second is from Julie Phillips' magnificent biography of James Tiptree, Jr. and her/his many lives and personas. One of the most intriguing, multi-dimensional books about a writer I have ever read.
All I can say is that laughter is my music; I would deeply suspect an argument which hadn't laughter. The very effort to be fully serious, really dealing with love and awe in the great things, is itself lovable and funny, in the true sense. Leave out the fun and you become a spectacle like the King's clothes; a little figure sternly parading in the light of the giggling stars. -- Alli Sheldon
"Sternly parading in the light of the giggling stars" -- I love that.