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Why do I let my pen slip sometimes into frivolous conduct, though dealing with the most serious of subjects? My reply is to ask another question: Why should fools be the only persons who can be flippant? Why should not the serious and thoughtful likewise toss words without apparent intent? Yet, in the latter case, you will likely find a tasty kernel of wisdom inside the husky shell of frivolity. Why should a spiritual truth conduce to the incapacity to perceive a joke?

-- Notebooks Category 12: Reflections > Chapter 6 : The Profane and The Profound > # 2