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Hope

On Dante

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Is it possible to appreciate fully Dante’s work without understanding the man himself and the society in which he lived?

On T.S. Eliot

East Coker

T.S. Eliot died over 50 years ago now. His legacy remains profound and his poetry moves me deeply.

In August 2016 I had the privilege of visiting his final resting place, East Coker.

I listen to the peerless Little Gidding at least once a quarter, sometimes more often, and almost every line entrances, as if peering through a veil at something once known, but half-forgotten because not looked-for.

Inspiring the world for 50 years and counting... Halcyon Inspired 30 August 2013

Half a century since Dr King spoke, and still as powerful and relevant as ever...

Meanwhile, in a unique tribute programme from the BBC, global figures celebrated the legacy of Dr King by reading the words of "I Have a Dream".

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We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Spring is sooner recognised by plants than by men- Chinese Proverb

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It is in the power of everybody, with a little courage, to hold out a hand to someone different, to listen, and to attempt to increase, even by a tiny amount, the quantity of kindness and humanity in the world. But it is careless to do so without remembering how previous efforts have failed, and how it has never been possible to predict for certain how a human being will behave. History, with its endless procession of passers-by, most of whose encounters have been missed opportunities, has so far been largely a chronicle of ability gone to waste. But next time two people meet, the result could be different. That is the origin of anxiety, but also of hope, and hope is the origin of humanity - Theodore Zeldin