Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Quote of the Day (Historian Charles A. Beard, on the ‘Achievement of the Human Spirit in Spite of Disasters’)

“[A]s I look over the grand drama of history, I find (or seem to find) amid the apparent chaos and tragedy, evidence of law and plan and immense achievement of the human spirit in spite of disasters. I am convinced that the world is not a mere bog in which men and women trample themselves in the mire and die. Something magnificent is taking place here amid the cruelties and tragedies, and the supreme challenge to intelligence is that of making the noblest and best in our curious heritage prevail.”—American historian Charles A. Beard (1874-1948), letter of June 25, 1931, quoted in Will Durant, On The Meaning of Life (1931)

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