Quotes about bodies

[The body] would be too clumsy an instrument to render love’s music unless its very clumsiness could be felt as adding to the total experience its own grotesque charm – a sub-plot or antimasque miming with its own hearty rough-and-tumble what the soul enacts in statelier fashion.

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Ass is exquisitely right because no one in his senses can revere or hate a donkey. It is a useful, sturdy, lazy, obstinate, patient, lovable and infuriating beast; deserving now the stick and now a carrot; both pathetically and absurdly beautiful. So the body. There’s no living with it till we recognise that one of its functions i... read more


Temporality, limitation, and finitude are not defects to be overcome. Our existence in time, space, and bodies is not a bug; it’s a feature, designed by infinite wisdom for the communication of the unfathomable riches of his glory. God is not frustrated by our finitude. He is not hamstrung by our bodies. Our limitations pose no barrier to ... read more


These small and perishable bodies we now have were given to us as ponies are given to schoolboys. We must learn to manage: not that some day we may be free of horses altogether but that some day we may ride bare-back, confident and rejoicing, those greater mounts, those winged, shining and world-shaking horses which perhaps even now expect us wi... read more


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