„I forgive the many for the sake of the few, the living for the dead.“
— Ronald David Laing Scottish psychiatrist and author 1927 - 1989
Context: Few books today are forgivable. Black on canvas, silence on the screen, an empty white sheet of paper are perhaps feasible. There is little conjunction of truth and social "reality". Around us are pseudo-events, to which we adjust with a false consciousness adapted to see these events as true and real, and even as beautiful. In the society of men the truth resides now less in what things are than in what they are not. Our social realities are so ugly if seen in the light of exiled truth, and beauty is almost no longer possible if it is not a lie. What is to be done? We who are still half alive, living in the often fibrillating heartland of a senescent capitalism — can we do more than reflect the decay around and within us? Can we do more than sing our sad and bitter songs of disillusion and defeat? The requirement of the present, the failure of the past, is the same: to provide a thoroughly self-conscious and self-critical human account of man. p. 1 of Introduction
„I was ten and very much afraid.
In my kind world the dead were out of range
And I could not forgive the sad or strange
In beast or man.“
— Richard Wilbur American poet 1921 - 2017
Context: Well, I was ten and very much afraid. In my kind world the dead were out of range And I could not forgive the sad or strange In beast or man.
— Henri Barbusse French novelist 1873 - 1935
Context: I am not in pain. I am extraordinarily calm; I am drunk with tranquillity. Are they dead, all — those? I do not know. The dead are specters of the living, but the living are specters of the dead. Something warm is licking my hand. The black mass which overhangs me is trembling. It is a foundered horse, whose great body is emptying itself, whose blood is flowing like poor touches of a tongue on to my hand.
— Agatha Christie, The Murder on the Links
„For us in Russia, communism is a dead dog, while, for many people in the West, it is still a living lion.“
— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Russian writer 1918 - 2008
BBC Radio broadcast, Russian service, as quoted in The Listener (15 February 1979).
„Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. And, I suppose I should add, it is traditionalism that gives tradition such a bad name.“
— Jaroslav Pelikan US historian of Christianity, Christian theology and medieval intellectual history at Yale 1923 - 2006
The Vindication of Tradition: 1983 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities (1984), p. 65. Alternate version" Tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. Tradition lives in conversation with the past, while remembering where we are and when we are and that it is we who have to decide. Traditionalism supposes that nothing should ever be done for the first time, so all that is needed to solve any problem is to arrive at the supposedly unanimous testimony of this homogenized tradition. in "Christianity as an enfolding circle," U.S. News & World Report (June 26, 1989), p. 57
— Robert Browning English poet and playwright of the Victorian Era 1812 - 1889
Dedication to La Saisiaz.
„I've looked on many women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times. God knows I will do this and forgives me.“
— Jimmy Carter American politician, 39th president of the United States (in office from 1977 to 1981) 1924
Interview in Playboy magazine (1976), while a candidate for President.