the rigorous m

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quotes: mann on justice

Posted by rigorousm on January 18, 2011

Only justice, only impartiality is historic. And could not, properly considered, be otherwise…. For justice can have nothing of youthful fire and blithe, fresh, loyal conviction. It is by nature melancholy. And, being so, has secret affinity with the lost cause and the forlorn hope rather than with the fresh and blithe and loyal– perhaps this affinity is its very essence and with it it would not exist at all.

— Thomas Mann – “Disorder and Early Sorrow”

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