QOTD: A Fool For Love

 

So I chose Valentine’s Day for my quote of the day, thinking it would be easy to write something about love, since I find myself madly in love with a truly wonderful man who is everything I ever wanted and better than I could ever have hoped for.  While searching for the perfect love quote, I came across this:

“Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.” Samuel Johnson

It reminded me of the section in 1 Corinthians that we had for Bible study a couple weeks ago:

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’  Where is the wise man?  Where is the scholar?  Where is the philosopher of this age?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him,God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached tho save those who believe.  Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block for Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of man, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”  1 Corinthians 1:18-25

At the end of the Bible study, I played the following song for the group “God’s Own Fool” by Michael Card

So Happy Valentine’s Day to all the fools, and I hope you all find the one that you are madly in love with, if you haven’t already.

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  1. OmegaPaladin Moderator
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    I wonder how many other love stories there are on Ricochet…

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  2. Katie Koppelman Coolidge
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    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    I wonder how many other love stories there are on Ricochet…

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    I’ve heard of a few…

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  3. RightAngles Member
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    Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  4. Percival Thatcher
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    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    As close as I’ll get to a valentine today.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  5. Stad Coolidge
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    Katie Koppelman: So Happy Valentine’s Day to all the fools, and I hope you all find the one that you are madly in love with, if you haven’t already.

    The same from us!

    How about a little Elvin Bishop?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Oc58xhEx30

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  6. Manny Member
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    Hmm, I thought you were a fool for taking the 14th Katie, now I know I was right!  ;)  I’m kidding.  Well done!  Combining those two disparate thoughts reminded me of the Franciscan Friars, who refer to themselves as “Fools for Christ.”  We should also point out that St. Valentine was an early Christian martyr.  

    Also I shouldn’t let this opportunity pass by without a prayer to the repose of my beloved Uncle Val, who’s saint’s day this is.  He passed away two years ago.

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  7. Lilly B Coolidge
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    This seems appropriate…

    The Triple Fool
    BY JOHN DONNE
    I am two fools, I know,

          For loving, and for saying so

              In whining poetry;

    But where’s that wiseman, that would not be I,

              If she would not deny?

    Then as th’ earth’s inward narrow crooked lanes

        Do purge sea water’s fretful salt away,

    I thought, if I could draw my pains

        Through rhyme’s vexation, I should them allay.

    Grief brought to numbers cannot be so fierce,

    For he tames it, that fetters it in verse.

          But when I have done so,

          Some man, his art and voice to show,

              Doth set and sing my pain;

    And, by delighting many, frees again

              Grief, which verse did restrain.

    To love and grief tribute of verse belongs,

        But not of such as pleases when ’tis read.

    Both are increased by such songs,

        For both their triumphs so are published,

    And I, which was two fools, do so grow three;

    Who are a little wise, the best fools be.

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