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Monday, July 01, 2013

Emily Dickinson: Faith Is a Fine Invention

Faith is a fine invention
When Gentlemen can see—
But Microscopes are prudent
In an Emergency.

I'm thinking at a Romanian rendering, but the only thing that comes to my mind is that old saying, Dumnezeu dă dar nu bagă-n traistă.

Noah Budin was telling once that when he had asked his future father-in-law the permission to marry the daughter, the in-law had questioned him about his profession. I'm an artist, Noah answered. But this is not a profession, the prospective father-in-law observed, and he added, how would you make a living? As the in-law was a minister, Noah considered as a good answer that God would help him. But how would you get all you need once you get married? God will help us. Well, but what will happen when children come? God will help us. So the minister went to his wife, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that our daughter will marry an artist. But the good news is that they both believe I am God.

(Emily Dickinson)



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