A Recipe For Living: Stephen Mackenna


One great use of keeping such a record as this is that one learns what blank things most of one’s days are: reading, talking, eating,  writing without interest or emotion, the days go by, blank: and it is life that passes: days make life, and if the days are blank – it is terrible. The only good thing in life is to have a vivid mental activity and some human love to warm it: all the rest is cold as fuel without fire. I believe it is a moral duty to think and to love; because it is a duty to live, and these are life.

Stephen Mackenna 1872-1934

Journals and Letters of Stephen Mackenna (1937)

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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