Thursday, February 23, 2017

The beast In Man:Reforming Humankind by Boris Pasternak

I think that if the beast who sleeps in man could be held down
by threats — any kind of threat, whether of jail or of retribution
after death — then the highest emblem of humanity would be the lion
tamer in the circus with his whip, not the prophet who sacrificed himself.

What has for centuries raised man above the beast is not the cudgel
but an inward music:the irresistible power of unarmed truth, the powerful
attraction of its example.
Boris Pasternak

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