How do you make any sense of history, art or literature without knowing the stories and iconography of your own culture and all the world's main religions?
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A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed.
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Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.
Pope John XXIII