Wisdom on Wednesdays—So many good people

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Pieta, pastel on paper

“The struggle now, as always, is between the good and the great.  There are so many good people and so few are great.  And when they are great they are usually not very good.  Christ was not only good.  He was also great.”  (1938)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—The isolation of truth

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Dalmatian Woman, gum Arabic print, 1928
One of five prints published in Scribners Magazine, February, 1929.

“Our period now drawing to a close has had a tragedy: the mistaking of truth—and its isolation from—goodness.  The isolation of truth is the suicide of the intellect.  Rationalism destroys itself.”  (1946)