Ashes.

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 “’And why do you pray?’ I asked him. ‘I pray to the God within me that He will give me the strength to ask Him the right questions.’”

“I told him that I did not believe that they could burn people in our age, that humanity would never tolerate it.”

“We were the only men on earth.”

“Did I write it so as not to go mad or, on the contrary, to go mad in order to understand the nature of madness?” 

“Never shall I forget that night,

the first night

[…] that smoke

[…] the small faces

[…] those flames

[…] the nocturnal silence

[…] those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.”

“Never.”

 

“The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me.”

“And I, the former mystic, was thinking: Yes, man is stronger, greater than God.”

“Every question possessed a power that did not lie in the answer.” 

“Action is the only remedy to indifference, the most insidious danger of all.” 

This series of quotes is almost like a timeline depicting the evolution of Wiesel’s/Eliezer’s mindset from the time before the Holocaust to the time after. Before his imprisonment, Eliezer wholeheartedly believed in God and religion. But the time and effort he spent in his early days of the Holocaust were soon realized to have been wasted trying to reach the divine powers in order to pray for relief. It seems as if Eliezer’s abandonment of faith was caused by God’s lack of response to his cries. He became indifferent to the rest of the world, even feeling scorn against his father.

Night was a fascinating read and I highly recommend it to everyone.

 

MetriDee

Don’t give in to temptation, don’t give in to temptation….Oops, too late.

Oh, temptation. It’s the reason why Adam and Eve were sinned, why Odysseus took so long to get back home in Ithaca after the fall of Troy, and it’s also the reason why you just can’t help but indulge that big slice of creamy cheesecake sitting on the table. You know what I mean.

Cheesecake

The theme temptation is used in many stories, new or old, and creates an interesting plot. I also saw it in the book Count of Monte Cristo, which I completely recommend you read if you haven’t done so already. I think Dumas is such an amazing and intelligent writer for finding logical ways to interrelate so many characters in the story. It’s like one of those super emotional Korean dramas written in text. Seriously, only without as many sappy love scenes and more action and plot twists. One of my favorite characters of the story is Caderousse, one of the big bad guys in the story. Not because I like greedy, lazy men, but because he’s the embodiment of the theme: temptation.

After escaping the Chateau d’If and receiving his fortune from the Isle of Monte Cristo, main character Edmond Dantes goes back to his hometown as Abbe Busoni, one of his alter egos, in order to find out what happened while he was gone. After talking to Caderousse, who at the time was a poor innkeeper, Edmond gave Caderousse a 5o,ooo frac diamond as a reward for being a ‘good friend’ to Dantes. But even after receiving the expensive diamond, greedy Caderousse and his wife wanted more.  When they met the jeweler, Madame Caderousse was the first one who thought of having him stay at the inn for “other purposes”. But although Caderousse initially was shocked and was completely against this idea, he eventually became the one that murdered both Madame Caderousse and the jeweler, took back the diamond, grabbed more banknotes and gold from a cupboard, and escaped into the darkness. All because of his greed and temptation, the same temptation that tells you that you’re not satisfied with just that one slice of cheesecake. Maybe just one more slice…. The same thing happens with chips, or at least for me. You can’t just have one chip. Or two for that matter. You’ll always want more, no matter how many you eat.

Chips

Caderousse will always want more money, no matter how much money good fortune brings to his door. And he wasn’t tempted just once in the story either. The second time he was tempted led to his death. He was talking to his fellow convict Benedetto (Andrea Cavalcanti), in which he told Caderousse that the Count wasn’t going to be at home the next day. Knowing the fact that the Count was extremely rich and wasn’t going to be at home propelled him to steal into the house at midnight, not knowing that the Count was given a warning  and was actually there as well. After confronting him with his alter ego Abbe Busoni however, he let him go, to have him be stabbed by Benedetto himself.

So, what does this teach us? Not to give in to temptation and greed. When it comes to food, giving in to temptation once in a while is okay, but the same doesn’t apply to crime. Stay in school, kids. And always love food.

Food more than people

 

-Cinnamon Roll.

3/19 Quote of the Day

“Cooking is not about being the best or most perfect cook, but rather it is about sharing the table with family and friends.”

– Skye Gyngell, My Favorite Ingredients

I like this quote because it’s a sort of reminder to me that I don’t always have to be perfect because getting it right isn’t always the most important thing in the world. The people who truly care about you don’t care if you’re not always in perfect, presentable condition all the time – most of the time they’re just glad to see you.

MetriDee

3/18 Quote of the Day

“As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.”

– Joan Gussow

This quote shows modern society’s growing debate over whether or not manmade products are as safe as naturally derived products. In my opinion, I’d stick with the butter.

MetriDee

3/17 Quote of the Day

“Did you ever stop to taste a carrot?  Not just eat it, but taste it?  You can’t taste the beauty and energy of the earth in a Twinkie.”

– Astrid Alauda

“Sugar is a type of bodily fuel, yes, but your body runs about as well on it as a car would.”

– V.L. Allineare

“And I find chopsticks frankly distressing. Am I alone in thinking it odd that a people ingenious enough to invent paper, gunpowder, kites and any number of other useful objects, and who have a noble history extending back 3,000 years haven’t yet worked out that a pair of knitting needles is no way to capture food?”

– Bill Bryson

“And, of course, the funniest food of all, kumquats.”

– George Carlin

“Always remember: If you’re alone in the kitchen and you drop the lamb, you can always just pick it up. Who’s going to know?”

– Julia Child

“It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate – you know someone’s fingers have been all over it.”

– Julia Child

“Cheese – milk’s leap toward immortality.”

– Clifton Fadiman

My apologies, Chickeneers! It’s been a hectic and busy week, so I haven’t had the time to make my daily Quote of the Day posts. Here are some to make up for that (including today’s quote), and I hope you find some to be humorous, if not all. My personal favorite is the third quote down by Bill Bryson 🙂

MetriDee

3/06 Quote of the Day

“1 billion people in the world are chronically hungry. 1 billion people are overweight.” 
― Mark Bittman, Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes

Although this quote is intended to be very obvious with its irony, I can’t help being a little surprised by this. It just makes you stop for a minute to think and go, “Huh. How queer.”

MetriDee

3/01 Quote of the Day

“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.”

– Leo Tolstoy

This is a quote that can appeal to vegetarians and vegans or anyone who is concerned about the well-being of animals. Tolstoy isn’t merely saying that humans should be more considerate of animals, but he also pins the blame on our selfishness to sacrifice a life just to satisfy our appetite.

MetriDee

2/28 Quote of the Day:

“A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.”

-James Beard

I think of this quote as a variation of the quote: “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” Ever heard of this quote? My teacher showed it to me some time ago, and I really like it. It’s different. Plus, it’s totally true, ask any girl. (; Hellooooo chickeneers! Today’s the last day of February already, can you believe it? Time goes by way  too fast, March is almost here! As March comes along, I’d like to let you all know I’m passing the baton to MetriDee and letting her take over responsibility of the quote-of-the-day segment. Don’t miss me too much though, I’ll still be here doing posts here and there! 😀

-Cinnamon Roll.