Saturday, December 7, 2013

Siding with the good

"[I]t is our baseness to admire anything evil. It seems to me we should in everything side with virtue, even if we do not feel its charm, because good is good. ...[W]ithout earnestness there is nothing sound or beautiful in character, and a cynical vein indulged coarsens everything in us.”

quoted in a review of The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins in The Weekly Standard, Dec. 16, 2013, p. 33.