the great puzzle

Lewis Carroll goes for a walk in the forest, falls down a rabbit hole and finds himself alone at the bar in a window- and doorless café. Arsène Houssaye appears behind the counter, takes his order (a cup of tea, please) and disappears as quickly as he came into sight. Waiting for his liquid wisdom, Carroll thinks out loud: “Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.”  As he slides the cream and sugar across Carroll’s mahogany reflection Houssaye responds: “Tell me whom you love and I will tell you who you are.”

There are only three great puzzles in the world, the puzzle of love, the puzzle of death, and, between each of these and part of both of them, the puzzle of God. God is the greatest puzzle of all. – Niall Williams

Until we accept the fact that life itself is founded in mystery, we shall learn nothing. – Henry Miller

Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime,
Therefore, we are saved by hope.
Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history;
Therefore, we are saved by faith.
Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone.
Therefore, we are saved by love. – Reinhold Niebuhr

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