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“L’homme est libre au moment qu’il veut l’être.”

 

“The moment man wants to be free he is (free).”

 

François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire ; – with rough translation by yours truly ]

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“The capacity to accept suffering for the sake of

goodness,

truth

and justice i

s an essential criterion of humanity,

 

because if my own

well-being and safety are ultimately more important

than truth and justice,

 

then the power of the stronger prevails,

 

then violence and untruth reigns supreme.”

 

Pope Benedict XVI Saved in Hope: Spe Salvi  ]

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“There,

peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tower high up in the mountains,

Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while.

 

The beauty of it smote his heart,

as he looked up out of the forsaken land,

and hope returned to him.

 

For like a shaft,

clear and cold,

the thought pierced him that in the end

the Shadow was only a small and passing thing:

there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.”

 

[ J. R. R. Tolkien Lord of the RingsThe Return of the King ]