Lars Toomre

Some Personal Thoughts and Trivia

Virtue

Ambrose Bierce on Fidelity

Fidelity — a virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.

Sensible Image Of The Infinite

Portrait of George Bancroft as U.S. Secretary of Navy (circa 1860)

Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.

American historian and statesman who was prominent in promoting secondary education (1800 - 1891)

Natural Ability Without Education

Blonde American Megan Rossee in green shirt is ex-girlfriend of Michael Phelps

Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.

Cicero

Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, and political theorist; widely considered one of Rome's greatest orators (106 - 43 BC)

Thought for Today: Inner Beauty

Snow-covered mountains of British Columbia reflected in summer lake

"Wow...that's beautiful!" Is either a cry or a thought when faced with the mountain sunset, a spectacular view or a well formed man or woman. But where is the beauty, where is the appreciation of beauty, where is the ability to discern beauty? It is within our own consciousness. For the essence of who and what we are is beauty itself. The essence of beauty is not found in the body, a face or a mountain — they only stir the essence of beauty within our own spirit. And that beauty is not only something we taste within ourselves, but it emerges in our character as virtue, and in our life as care. For what is virtue, but love in action. The next time you say, "That's beautiful!" know that you speak of yourself, and it is you who are beautiful. Always were, always will be.

Daily Affirmation: Patience

Niagara Falls on USA/Canada border in late afternoon sunlight

Patience is a virtue and I am virtuous.

Prefer Silent Vice To Ostentatious Virtue

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.

Winner of Noble Prize for Physics in 1921 (1879 - 1955)

Folks Who Have No Vices

Blonde beauty Lindsey Evans was Playmate's Playboy of the Month for October 2009

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

President of the United States during the American Civil War, 1861-65 (1809 - 1865)

The Artist's Way Every Day - December 26th

Blonde model Anna Zsiros poses in a black pattern bikini at beach

Artists of all stripes tend to equate difficulty with virtue and ease with slumming. We do not lean into our ease and enjoy the ride of our gift. Instead, we make firm resolves to work on our areas of difficulty. We call this improving ourselves — okay, sometimes we do improve a wobbly area, but if we do not practice the joy of using our talents where they fall easily, we rob ourselves of self-expression. The "self" has a few things it "selfishly" enjoys — and it is dangerous, as an artist, to ignore these natural affections and predilections.

Thought for Today: Creating Thoughts Of Benefit

The Brooklyn Bridge, looking up the East River from Manhattan side

Acts of virtue emerge from deep within, from an inner sanctuary of silence from which inspiration flows. Every action has its seed in a thought and every thought is a creation of the thinker, the soul. I choose what thoughts I want to create and as is my thinking so are my actions and also my experience in life. Going within, I touch the stillness and pure love that lie at the core of my being and every thought that I create is of benefit to myself and of benefit to humanity.

Patience Is A Virtue

Chinese actress and model Wang Xin Yi poses in a red dress

Patience is a virtue.

Humility Is A Cheerful Virtue

Brunette beauty Kelly Monaco was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for April 1997

My own idea, for what it is worth, is that all sadness which is not either arising from the repentance of a concrete sin and hastening towards concrete amendment or restitution, or else arising from pity and hastening to active assistance, is simply bad; and I think we all sin by needlessly disobeying the apostolic injunction to 'rejoice' as much as by anything else.

Humility, after the first shock, is a cheerful virtue.

Author of The Problem of Pain, p. 1940

The Artist's Way Every Day - May 9th

Blonde model Daniela Pestova poses sitting in a pale purple bikini

Many recovering creatives sabotage themselves most frequently by making nice. There is tremendous cost to such erastz virtue. Many of us have a virtue out of deprivation. We have embraced a long-suffering artistic anorexia as a martyr's cross . We have used it to feed a false sense of spirituality grounded in being good, meaning superior. Spirituality has often been misused as a route to an unloving solitude, a stance where we proclaim ourselves above our human nature. This spiritual superiority is really only one more form of denial. For an artist, virture can be deadly. The urge toward respectability and maturity can be stulifying, even fatal.

The Artist's Way Every Day - May 4th

Brunette Argentine beauty Agustina Cordova in a bikini with green top

Festivity breeds creativity. Rigidity breeds despair. When our high spirits are straitjacketed in the name of virtue or discipline, the vital and youthful spark in us that enjoys adventure and is game for invention begins to flicker like a flame in a draft. Creativity responds to nourishment and wamth. If we are forbidden to be childlike — told perhaps that it is "childish" or "selfish" — if we are urged to be too sensible, we react as gifted students do to an authoritarian teacher — we refuse to learn and grow. Our considerable energy is channeled into resistance and over time solified into a hard-to-penetrate shell of feigned indifference. The universe is alive with energy. It is fertile, abundant, even raucous — so are we. Most of us are high-spirited, humorous, even pranksterish with the least encouragement. What is lacking for so many of us is precisely the least encouragement.

Every Night Should Call Ourselves To Account

Brunette Mexican model Gina Holguin with raised arm in white blouse

We should every night call ourselves to an account; What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired? Our vices will abort of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.

Seneca

Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work humorist, of the Silver Age of Latin literature (4 BC - 65 AD)

Virtue Is Little More Than Active Taste

Virtue and taste are nearly the same, for virtue is little more than active taste, and the most delicate affections of each combine in real love.

English author and a pioneer of the Gothic novel (1764 - 1823)

All Fashionable Vices Pass For Virtue

Brunette beauty Natalie Vertiz was Miss Universe Peru 2011

Hypocrisy is a fashionable vice, and all fashionable vices pass for virtue.

Stage name for Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, French playwright and actor (1622 - 1673)

Being At One With The Tao

Trees somehow growing from stone cliffs in China

To talk little is natural.
High winds do not last all morning.
Heavy rain does not last all day.
Why is this? Heaven and earth!
If heaven and earth cannot make things eternal,
How is it possible for man?

He who follows the Tao
Is at one with the Tao.
He who is virtuous
Experiences Virtue.
He who loses the way
Feels lost.
When you are at one with the Tao,
The Tao welcomes you.
When you are at one with Virtue,
The Virtue is always there.
When you are at one with loss,
The loss is experienced willingly.

He who does not trust enough
Will not be trusted.

Father of Taoism

Expediency Is Beginning Of Disorder

Asian American actress Kelly Hu wearing a beige model with ample cleavage

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.

Father of Taoism

To Understand Things By Intuition

The highest endeavor of the mind, and the highest virtue, it to understand things by intuition.

Jewish-Dutch philosopher with considerable scientific aptitude (1632 - 1677)

Performance of Virtuous Actions

Blonde beauty Kristen Berset was Miss Florida USA in 2004

What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.

Greek philosopher and polymath, student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great (384 - 322 BC)