QUOTE II - "Pleasure became her torment, for the sweetest wine is repulsive when it has been tasted by impure lips." ibid.
IN OTHER NEWS:
This does not seem to bode well for the parish of which I may some day pastor:
In the sixth century, Justinian accomplished the brief recovery of the empire’s old territory in the east, in Africa, and in the west. His victories, however, were hard won over the course of decades, and they came at a great cost in human life, not to mention taxation. Paradoxically, Justinian’s military successes probably contributed to the empire’s subsequent decline. The conquered lands were hardly secure, and many were lost in the years after his death. During his reign there was a great flowering of Byzantine culture, whose monuments remain in Istanbul (e.g., Hagia Sophia) and Ravenna. His reconstitution of Roman law, the so-called Justinian Code, is still the basis of civil law in some modern states. Justinian is venerated as a saint in the Orthodox Church.
H/T to Jeff.
Kevin sent this link to an article that might be worth a read.
Nothing inspirational here. I just thought this very clever.