21 December 2008

Courage, so says Chesterton

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die. ‘ He that will lose his life, the same shall save it’ is not a piece of mysticism for saints and heroes. It is a piece of everyday advice for sailors or mountaineers. It might be printed in an Alpine guide or drill book. This paradox is the whole principle of courage; even of quite earthly or quite brutal courage” -Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton

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