HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

August 25, 2008
Wisdom from Polonius

Humankind


The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath...

- - Bible: New Testament, Mark 2:27 - -


When you think of the huge uninterrupted success of a book like Don Quixote, you’re bound to realize that if humankind have not yet finished being revenged, by sheer laughter, for being let down in their greatest hope, it is because that hope was cherished so long and lay so deep!

- - Georges Bernanos - -


And such are we—
Unreasoning, sanguine, visionary—
That I can hope
Health, love, friends, scope
In full for thee; can dream thou’lt find
Joys seldom yet attained by humankind!

- - Thomas Hardy - -


That whatever a man says, promises, or resolves in passion he must stick to later on when he is cold and sober—this demand is among the heaviest burdens that weigh on humankind.

- - Friedrich Nietzsche - -


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