Monday, April 15, 2013


Better for Mankind

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman, chapter XXV:
Once upon a time Angel had been so unlucky as to say to his father, in a moment of irritation, that it might have resulted far better for mankind if Greece had been the source of the religion of modern civilization, and not Palestine; and his father's grief was of that blank description which could not realize that there might lurk a thousandth part of a truth, much less a half truth or a whole truth, in such a proposition.

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