Simonides, then, after the manner of poets, would seem to have spoken darkly of the nature of justice; for he really meant to
say that justice is the giving to each man what is proper to him, and this he termed a debt.
There is no doubt but the kindly playwright had his conscience, and meant to make people think as well as laugh.
It is only in thinking back to there that I can realize how much they might always have meant to me.
Is the conversational interaction among author, text, and reader meant to
lead to meaning or is the interplay itself the meaning?
Rather, the poems in Love's Alchemy are like a fine merlot, meant to
be imbibed slowly--you begin by sniffing their aroma; then hold them up to the light and savor their color; inhale their bouquet; hold the words in your mouth, let the taste of them sink into your pores; feel them warming your throat, let their wisdom spread through your veins and into the depths of your heart.
You're not meant to
be Mother Teresa; you're meant to
The book admirably succeeds in its first goal, but falls short in its attempt to understand what sugar actually meant to
The teachings and myths of the great world religions are meant to
be appreciated on different levels as one proceeds along life's path.
Secondly, he explains how the Husband's delicate reference to his Wife's hair is meant to
highlight his loving praise of her gleaming eyes ("...for ordinarily some tufts of hair, dishevelled out of the order and array that the artifice of hairdo and braiding impose on others, fall over her forehead and, stirred by air and motion, they sway as if playing over her eyes, so that sometimes they cover them and others they reveal their lights, which makes them look better").
It cannot be defended by arguing that "fruit of the earth" is no longer idiomatic to modern ears, for we still use "the fruit of your labor" and "fruitless efforts" and "the fruit of thy womb," and even commercially "fruit of the loom." In the Latin it is obvious that the two prayers are meant to
be parallel in structure and wording and content.
I wrote in my diary, "Algeria has become saturated with religious symbols." I meant to
remind myself of the official as well as the individual references to God, the sudden concern among friends and acquaintances for the validity of their daily activities measured against this or that Tradition.
Our ideals were never meant to
be frozen in stone or time.
One lesson from the failure of revolutionary federal health care reform was the importance of having a basic, shared notion of what this kind of triangular, potentially distorted relationship among physicians, payers, and patients is meant to
what's that old poem of Jones's, you know, "we are unsaved and unsaved," and that ends with "daylight can't save them and we own the night." In a sense, cultural studies can't save us, and perhaps we have yet to do a historical, analytical, coalitioned accounting for how we got here, and what these past 25 years have meant to
us as we face what is in many ways a completely frightening future.