Famous Quotes & Sayings

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes & Sayings

Enjoy the top 83 famous quotes, sayings and quotations by Walter M. Miller Jr..

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pinterest Share on Linkedin

Famous Quotes By Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 899830

The closer men came to perfecting for themselves a paradise, the more impatient they became with it, and with themselves as well. They made a garden of pleasure, and became progressively more miserable with it as it grew in richness and power and beauty; for then, perhaps, it was easier to see something was missing in the garden, some tree or shrub that would not grow. When the world was in darkness and wretchedness, it could believe in perfection and yearn for it. But when the world became bright with reason and riches, it began to sense the narrowness of the needle's eye, and that rankled for a world no longer willing to believe or yearn. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1230545

Science Fiction has always attracted more talented writers than it could reward adequately. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1921966

Forgive me,' said Abbot Zerchi. 'I wasn't getting ready to argue moral theology with you. I was speaking only of this spectacle of mass euthanasia in terms of human motivation. the very existence of the Radiation Disaster Act, and like laws in other countries, is the plainest possible evidence that governments were fully aware of the consequences of another war, but instead of trying to make the crime impossible, they tried to provide in advance for the consequences of the crime. Are the implications of that fact meaningless to you, Doctor? — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 165851

I'm not so sure he's mad, Father. Just a little devious in his sanity. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 673612

He prayed for the recovery of that inward privacy which the purpose of his vigil demanded that he seek: a clean parchment of the spirit whereon the words of a summons might be written in his solitude - if that other Immensurable Loneliness which was God stretched forth Its hand to touch his own tiny human loneliness and to mark his vocation there. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1115900

Centuries old, but recently widened, the highway was the same road used by pagan armies, pilgrims, peasants, donkey carts, nomads, wild horsemen out of the east, artillery, tanks, and ten-ton trucks. Its traffic gushed or trickled or dripped, according to the age and season. Once before, long ago, there had been six lanes and robot traffic. Then the traffic had stopped, the paving had cracked, and sparse grass grew in the cracks after an occasional rain. Dust had covered it. Desert dwellers had dug up its broken concrete for the building of hovels and barricades. Erosion made it a desert trail, crossing wilderness. But now there were six lanes and robot traffic, as before. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1356416

The trouble with being a priest was that you eventually had to take the advice you gave to others. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1968717

They don't think up questions like that on the basis of what might be true; they concoct the questions on the basis of what might be sensational if it just happened to be true. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 923199

He fought because it was considered the 'thing to do,' because he liked the people he had to live with, and because those people wouldn't have a good opinion of him if he didn't fight. People never needed much of a philosophic motive to make them do the socially approved things. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 2156979

He could think only of the girl and the child. He was certain she had been ready to change her mind, had needed only the command, I, a priest of God, adjure thee, and the grace to hear it - if only they had not forced him to stop where she could witness "God's priest" summarily overruled by "Caesar's traffic cop." Never to him had Christ's Kingship seemed more distant. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 667579

The visage of Lucifer mushroomed into hideousness above the cloudbank, rising slowly like some titan climbing to its feet after ages of imprisonment in the Earth. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 914049

It is not what you meant to say, but it is what your saying meant. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 975369

There seems to be at least one common denominator to all intelligent life: it was bipedal and bimannual. Four legs was the most practical number for any animal on any planet, and it seems that nature has nothing else to work with. When she decided to give intelligence to a species, she taught him to stand on his hind legs, freeing his forefeet to become tools of his intellect. And she usually taught him by making him use his hands to climb. As a Cophian biologist had said, Life first tries to climb a tree to get to the stars. When it fails, it comes down and invents the high-C drive. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 2109678

Listen, my dear Cors, why don't you forgive God for allowing pain? If He didn't allow it, human courage, bravery, nobility, and self-sacrifice would all be meaningless things. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 300713

Sincere
that was the hell of it. From a distance, one's adversaries seemed fiends, but with a closer view, one saw the sincerity and it was as great as one's own. Perhaps Satan was the sincerest of the lot. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1403351

Perhaps in his loneliness he had acquired the silent conviction that he was 'the last', the one, the only. And, being the last, he ceased to be Benjamin, becoming Israel. And upon his heart had settled the history of five thousand years, no longer remote, but become as the history of his own lifetime. His "I" was the converse of the imperial "We. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 843906

What did you do for them, Bone? Teach them to read and write? Help them rebuild, give the, Christ, help restore a culture? Did you remember to warn the, that it could never be Eden? — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1154302

The Memorabilia, the abbey's small patrimony of knowledge out of the past, had been walled up in underground vaults to protect the priceless writings from both nomads and soidisant crusaders of the schismatic Orders, founded to fight the hordes, but turned to random pillaging and sectarian strife. Neither the nomads nor the Military Order of San Pancratz would have valued the abbey's books, but the nomads would have destroyed them for the joy of destruction and the military knightsfriars would have burned many of them as "heretical" according to the theology of Vissarion, their Antipope. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 167481

To minimize suffering and to maximize security were natural and proper ends of society and Caesar. But then they became the only ends, somehow, and the only basis of law - a perversion. Inevitably, then, in seeking only them, we found only their opposites: maximum suffering and minimum security. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 295264

Ignorance is king. Many would not profit by his abdication. Many enrich themselves by means of his dark monarchy. They are his Court, and in his name they defraud and govern, enrich themselves and perpetuate their power. Even literacy they fear, for the written word is another channel of communication that might cause their enemies to become united. Their weapons are keen-honed, and they use them with skill. They will press the battle upon the world when their interests are threatened, and the violence which follows will last until the structure of society as it now exists is leveled to rubble, and a new society emerges. I am sorry. But that is how I see it. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 2189746

Listen, are we helpless? Are we doomed to do it again and again and again? Have we no choice but to play the Phoenix in an unending sequence of rise and fall? Assyria, Babylon, Egypt, Greece, Carthage, Rome, the Empires of Charlemagne and the Turk: Ground to dust and plowed with salt. Spain, France, Britain, America - burned into the oblivion of the centuries. And again and again and again. Are we doomed to it, Lord, chained to the pendulum of our own mad clockwork, helpless to halt its swing? This time, it will swing us clean to oblivion. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1310136

When there was fear, men huddled in small groups and counted their friends on their fingers, and all else was Foe. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1088402

One should be embarrassed to speak of God in the third person. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 696361

The monk's ultimate goal is direct union with the Godhead. But to aim at that goal is to miss it altogether. His task is to rid himself of ego so that consciousness, once its usual discordant mental content is dumped out of it through ritual prayer and meditation, may experience nonself as a living formlessness and emptiness into which God may come, if it please Him to come. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1310759

Fire, loveliest of the four elements of the world, and yet an element too in Hell. While it burned adoringly in the core of the Temple, it had also scorched the life from a city, this night, and spewed its venom over the land. How strange of God to speak from a burning bush, and of Man to make a symbol of Heaven into a symbol of Hell. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1022567

If you try to save wisdom until the world is wise, Father, the world will never have it. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1227955

For Man was a culture-bearer as well as a soul-bearer, but his cultures were not immortal and they could die with a race or an age ... — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 932283

In divinity opposites are always reconciled. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1371206

[ ... ]How can a great civilization have destroyed itself so completely?"
"Perhaps,"said Apollo, "by being materially great and materially wise and nothing else. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1287329

Are you an atheist?"
"Oh no, I honor all the gods."
"And how many belong to that all?"
"Countless. And one."
"How meaningless!"
"'Oliness, let me hear you count to one."
"One."
"Point at that one."
Brownpony stirred restlessly. Finally he tapped his index finger against his temple.
Wooshin laughed quietly. "Wrong. You had to think about it too long. And you didn't count to one. You counted from one and stopped. The one is countless. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 666858

The captain looked defensive. "You regard our customs as primitive?"
Every society to its own tastes, captain. The wisdom of one society would be folly for another. Who is qualified to judge? Only the universe, which passes the judgment of survival on all peoples. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 83259

Are we doomed to it, Lord, chained to the pendulum of our own mad clockwork, helpless to halt its swing? — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 118034

But neither infinite power nor infinite wisdom could bestow godhood upon men. For that there would have to be infinite love as well. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 203204

Then his singing paused, and he stood for a
moment to cry out softly in the vernacular of the region: 'Blest be Adonoi Elohim, King of All, who maketh bread to spring forth from the earth,' in a sort of nasal bleat. The bleat being finished, he sat again, and commenced eating.

The wanderer had come a long way indeed, thought
Brother Francis, who knew of no adjacent realm governed by a monarch with such an unfamiliar name and such strange pretensions. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 219916

The trouble with the world is me. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 333740

Dom Paulo had not expected to convince him. But it was with a heavy heart that the abbot noticed the plodding patience with which the thon heard him through; it was the patience of a man listening to an argument which he had long ago refuted to his own satisfaction. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 374018

You heard him say it? 'Pain's the only evil I know about.' You heard that?"
The monk nodded solemnly.
"And that society is the only thing that determines whether an act is wrong or not? That too?"
"Yes."
"Dearest God, how did those two heresies get back into the world after all this time? Hell has limited imaginations down there. 'The serpent deceived me, and I did eat. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 426478

But the princes, putting the words of their wise men to naught, thought each to himself: If I but strike quickly enough, and in secret, I shall destroy those others in their sleep, and there will be none to fight back; the earth shall be mine.
Such was the folly of princes, and there followed the Flame Deluge. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 489237

Francis began the actual illumination of the lambskin. The intricacies of scrollwork and the excruciating delicacy of the gold-inlay work would, because of the brevity of his spare-project time, make it a labor of many years; but in a dark sea of centuries wherein nothing seemed to flow, a lifetime was only brief eddy, even for the man who lived it. There was a tedium of repeated days and repeated seasons; then there were aches and pains, finally Extreme Unction, and a moment of blackness at the end-or at the beginning, rather. For then the small shivering soul who had endured the tedium, endured it badly or well, would find itself in a place of light, find itself absorbed in the burning gaze of infinitely compassionate eyes as it stood before the Just One. And then the King would say: "Come," or the King would say: "Go," and only for that moment had the tedium of years existed. It would be hard to believe differently during such an age as Francis knew. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 492489

And how will this come to pass?' He paused and lowered his voice. ' In the same way all change comes to pass, I fear, And I am sorry it is so. It will come to pass by violence and upheaval, by flame and by fury, for no change comes calmly over the world. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 571512

What I impose, I must accept. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 678112

Like any wise ruler, Abbot Arkos did not issue orders vainly, when to disobey was possible and to enforce was not possible. It was better to look the other way than to command ineffectually. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 692323

Be for Man the memory of Earth and Origin. Remember this Earth. Never forget her, but - never come back. If you come back, you might meet the Archangel at the east end of Earth, guarding her passes with a sword of flame. I feel it. Space is your home hereafter. It's a lonelier desert than ours. God bless you, and pray for us. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 725695

That's where all of us are standing now, he thought. On the fat kindling of past sins. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 801771

Could a man decide, 'I am right, and everyone else is wrong?'
No evidence of a malfunction, he thought. I am not a coward. Neither am I insane.
His heart cried, 'I am disgusted with this purposeless war. I shall quit fighting it. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 828007

Because a doubt is not a denial. Doubt is a powerful tool, and it should be applied to history. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 870006

And yet he felt forebodings. Some nameless threat lurked just around the corner of the world for the sun to rise again. The feeling had been gnawing at him, as annoying as a swarm of hungry insects that buzzed about one's face in the desert sun. There was the sense of the imminent, the remorseless, the mindless; it coiled like a heat-maddened rattler, ready to strike at rolling tumbleweed. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 971642

When you tire of living, change itself seems evil, does it not? for then any change at all disturbs the deathlike peace of the life-weary. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1057765

But you've always used words so wordily in crafty defense of your Trinity, although He never needed such defense before you got Him from me as a Unity. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1098297

Tell me, how would you feel if everyone screamed and ran when they saw you coming, or hunted you down like a criminal? How long would you sanity last?" ... " ... Tell me something else, if all the world was blind save one man, wouldn't the world be inclined to call that man's sight a hallucination? And the man with eyes might even come to agree with the world. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1141692

It is said that water is for cattle and farmers, that milk is for children and blood for men. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1218708

Nayrol is without speech and therefore never lies ... (Nayrol is) one of the nature gods of the Red River people. Objective evidence is the ultimate authority. Recorders may lie, but Nature is incapable of it. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1240006

He soon decided that almost any fact could be accepted calmly after it had already happened. Men would be just as calm after their cities had been reduced to rubble. The human capacity for calmness was almost unlimited, ex post facto, because the routine of daily living had to go on, despite the big business of governments whose leaders invoked the Deity in the cause of slaughter. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1246549

When the world was in darkness and wretchedness, it could believe in perfection and yearn for it. But when the world became bright with reason and riches, it began to sense the narrowness of the needle's eye, and that rankled for a world no longer willing to believe or yearn. Well, they were going to destroy it again, were they - this garden Earth, civilized and knowing, to be torn apart again that man might hope again in wretched darkness. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1255078

Insofar as thought could be governed at all, it could only be commanded to follow what reason affirmed anyhow; command it otherwise and it would not obey. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1256893

To abuse the intellect for reasons of pride, vanity, or escape from responsibility, is the fruit of that same tree. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1292855

There were spaceships again in that century, an dthe ships were manned by fuzzy impossibilities that walked on two legs and sprouted tufts of hair in unlikely anatomical regions. They were a garrulous kind. They belonged to a race quite capable of admiring its own image in a mirror, and equally capable of cutting its own throat before the altar of some tribal god, such as the deity of Daily Shaving. It was a species that considered itself to be, basically, a race of divinely inspired toolmakers; any intelligent entity from Arcturus would instantly have perceived them to be, basically, a race of impassioned after-dinner speechmakers. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1308280

You don't have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1328867

Ask for an omen, then stone it when it comes
de essentia hominum. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1399468

The wild black scavengers of the skies laid their eggs in season and lovingly fed their young. They soared high over prairies and mountains and plains, searching for the fulfillment of that share of life's destiny which was theirs according to the plan of Nature. Their philosophers demonstrated by unaided 15 Animals reason alone that the Supreme Cathartes aura regnans had created the world especially for buzzards. They worshipped him with hearty appetites for many centuries. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1407162

Steel screams when it's forged, it gasps when it's quenched. It creaks when it goes under load. I think even steel is scared, son. Take half an hour to think? A drink of water? A drink of wind? Totter off awhile. If it makes you seasick, then prudently vomit. If it makes you terrified, scream. If it makes you anything, pray. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1450643

When Holy Church occasionally hinted that she still considered her authority to be supreme over all nations and superior to the authority of states, men in these times tended to snicker. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1463602

Men must fumble awhile with error to separate it from truth, I think- as long as they don't seize the error hungrily because it has a pleasanter taste. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1515184

Probing the womb of the future is bad for the child. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1533419

His screaming disquieted the buzzards and further disgruntled the Poet, who was feeling peevish anyhow. He was a very dispirited Poet. He had never expected the world to act in a courteous, seemly, or even sensible manner, and the world had seldom done so; often he had taken heart in the consistency of its rudeness and stupidity. But never before had the world shot the Poet in the abdomen with a musket. This he found not heartening at all. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1629973

The visitor shrugged. Like euthanasia? I'm sorry, Father, I feel that the laws of a society are what make something a crime or not a crime. I'm aware that you don't agree. And there can be bad laws, ill conceived, true. But in this case, I think we have a good law. If I thought I had such a thing as a soul, and that there was an angry God in Heaven, I might agree with you. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1639132

He did not like saying it. To communicate a fact seemed always to lend it fuller existence. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1667496

Soon the sun will set'- is that prophecy? No, it's merely an assertion of faith in the consistency of events. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1671828

Simpletons! Yes, yes! I'm a simpleton! Are you a simpleton? We'll build a town and we'll name it Simple Town, because by then all the smart bastards that caused all this, they'll be dead! Simpletons! Let's go! This ought to show 'em! Anybody here not a simpleton? Get the bastard, if there is! — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1690867

It never was any better, it never will be any better. It will only be richer or poorer, sadder but not wiser, until the very last day. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1741610

Nature imposes nothing on you that Nature doesn't prepare you to bear. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1791638

M'Lord, I know from history that once upon a time in a much earlier Church, a vocation to the priesthood meant a call from the bishop, not necessarily a call from God. And I heard the Bishop of Rome himself call you to be that which you have now become by ordination and consecration. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1810606

I mean Jesus never asked a man to do a damn thing that Jesus didn't do. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1818016

Earth - it was a place where you could stop being afraid, a place where fear of suffocation was not, where fear of blowout was not, where nobody went berserk with the chokers or dreamed of poisoned air or worried about shorthorn cancer or burn blindness or meteoric dust or low-gravity muscular atrophy. A place where there was wind to blow your sweat away. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1857265

Why do you take delight in leaping to such a wild conjecture from so fragile a springboard? — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1879271

What's to be believed? Or does it matter at all? When mass murder's been answered with mass murder, rape with rape, hate with hate, there's no longer much meaning in asking whose ax is bloodier. Evil, on evil, piled on evil. Was there any justification for what they did - or was there? We only know what that thing says, and that thing is a captive. The Asian radio has to say what will least displease it's government; ours has to say what will least displease our fine patriotic opinionated rabble, which is what, coincidentally, the government wants it to say anyhow, so where's the difference? — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 1914684

Speak up, destiny, speak up! Destiny always seems decades away, but suddenly it's not decades away; it's right now. But maybe destiny is always right now, right here, right this very instant, maybe. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 2022839

Bless me Father, I ate a lizard. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 2085620

The seventh John Smith had even conspired to have a conspiracy against himself in Argentina, with resulting civil war, so that the weapons could be tested under actual battle conditions--for the region had been overpopulated anyway. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 2097226

As Brother Francis readily admitted, his mastery of pre-Deluge English was far from masterful yet. The way nouns could sometimes modify other nouns in that tongue had always been one of his weak points. In Latin, as in most simple dialects of the region, a construction like servus puer meant about the same thing as puer servus, and even in English slave boy meant boy slave. But there the similarity ended. He had finally learned that house cat did not mean cat house, and that a dative of purpose or possession, as in mihi amicus, was somehow conveyed by dog food or sentry box even without inflection. But what of a triple appositive like fallout survival shelter? Brother Francis shook his head. The Warning on Inner Hatch mentioned food, water, and air; and yet surely these were not necessities for the fiends of Hell. At times, the novice found pre-Deluge English more perplexing than either Intermediate Angelology or Saint Leslie's theological calculus. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 2194490

The mourner does not pity the dead . He pities himself for having lost the living . — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 2237150

Where's the truth?" he asked quietly. "What's to be believed? Or does it matter at all? When mass murder's been answered with mass murder, rape with rape, hate with hate, there's no longer much meaning in asking whose ax is bloodier. Evil, on evil, piled on evil. — Walter M. Miller Jr.

Walter M. Miller Jr. Quotes 2250583

The dead must humor the mourners, he thought, and the sick must comfort the visitors. It was always so. — Walter M. Miller Jr.