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April 24, 2013

from brute need

“A Major Work” by William Meredith:

Poems are hard to read
Pictures are hard to see
Music is hard to hear
And people are hard to love

But whether from brute need
Or divine energy
At last mind eye and ear
And the great sloth heart will move.

April 24, 2013

a good deed in reality

“A sentimental society lady of genuinely good disposition in many respects” makes this statement to Elder Zosima: “I so love humanity that—would you believe it?—I often dream of forsaking all that I have, leaving Lise, and becoming a sister of mercy. I close my eyes and think and dream, and at that moment I feel full of strength to overcome all obstacles. No wounds, no festering sores could at that moment frighten me. I would bind them up and wash them with my own hands. I would nurse the afflicted. I would be ready to kiss such wounds.”

Elder Zosima replies: “It is much, and well that your mind is full of such dreams and not others. Some time, unawares, you may do a good deed in reality.”

From The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, book II (“An Unfortunate Gathering”), chapter 4 (“A Lady of Little Faith”):

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