“Christ was something more than an English gentleman. The best people voted for his death. He died alone and a fool. No English gentleman fears death if it is done by the best people and gregariously. What he really fears is making a fool of himself like St. Francis, and doing it alone.” (1931)
“Man is only happy in cooperating with his individual destiny. All men are destined to perfect virtue.
Some men are destined to achieve virtue before death.
Some are destined to achieve it after death.
It is a special mark of providence to have the opportunity of complete humility before death. The longer before death it is—the greater the mark of God’s love.”
(October 19, 1929)
“All nature seems to exist in order to prepare for birth;
The pangs of which are death.” (1956)
“Critics comfortably off and cosmopolite tell me that it is fatal for me to live alone in the woods and paint, that I must not separate myself from humanity, reality. . . . Humanity? Is there anything more human than ones own children? Reality? Is there anything more real than poverty with a family? (except death, which is also tasted each day)?” (1931)
“The human, the balanced human, believes that the mystery of birth, death, and life is master of science: that science is a means. The Liberal believes that science is the master of all; the human knows that it is simply a matter of time till the substance of life absorbs the means. Temporarily the means has gotten out of hand.” (1958)