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Monday, April 9, 2012

My Commonplace Book... The Virginian (Penguin Classics)

 Waiting in the Moonlight by Frederick Remington
Chapter XIII: The Game and the Nation - Act First
"All America is divided into two classes - the quality and the equality.  The latter will always recognize the former when mistaken for it..."
"It was through the Declaration of Independence that we Americans acknowledged the eternal inequality of man.  For by it we abolished a cut-and-dried aristocracy.  We had seen little men artificially held up in high places, and great men artificially held down in low places, and our own justice-loving hearts abhorred this violence to human nature.  Therefore, we decreed that every man should thenceforth have equal liberty to find his own level.  By this very decree we acknowledged and gave freedom to true aristocracy, saying, "Let the best man win, whoever he is."  Let the best man win!  That is America's word.  That is true democracy.  And true democracy and true aristocracy are one and the same thing."
~The Tenderfoot Page 114
Chapter XVIII: Would You be a Parson?
"I reckon some parsons have a right to tell you to be good.  The bishop of this hyeh territory has a right.  But I'll tell yu' this: a middlin' doctor is a pore thing, and a middlin' lawyer is a pore thing; but keep me from a middlin' man of God."
~The Virginian Page 166
"I thought there should in truth be heavy damages for malpractice on human souls."
~The Tenderfoot Page 166
Chapter XX: The Judge Ignores Particulars
"Science!  He [Dr. MacBride] doesn't know what Christianity is yet.  I've entertained many guests, but none - The whole secret," broke off Judge Henry, "Lies in the way you treat people.  As soon as you treat men as your brothers, they are ready to acknowledge you - if you deserve it - as their superior.  That's the whole bottom of Christianity, and that's what our missionary will never know."
~Judge Henry Page 178

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