Wisdom on Wednesdays—Justice and charity made respectable

Pencil sketch, Naples, 1915

Pencil sketch, Naples, 1915

“The individual virtues of justice and charity will always be corrupted by the world and socialized so that justice is turned into legality and charity is debased into philanthropy: justice and charity made respectable.”

from the essay “Culture Can Withstand Anything but Respectability” (1931)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—Nothing to lose in the world

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Gertrude, October 1919, pastel on paper, 20 x 17 in.

“The minute a man has something to lose in the world is he enslaved.
“Or to put it better, when one decides he has nothing to lose he can be true and charitable.”  (1962)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—The only power in the world

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Noli me tangere (Christ appearing to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection), 1920, woodblock print, 8¾ x 5 in.

“The only power in the world—the basic creative force—is Charity: the transcendent existence of the Father made immanent and available to man through Christ, in his birth as man, and perpetuated by the Holy Spirit.”  (1964)