Who would condescend to strike down the mere things he does not fear? Who would debase himself to be merely brave, like any common prize-fighter? Who would stoop to be fearless—like a tree? Fight the thing you fear. You remember the old tale of the English clergyman who gave the last rites to the brigand of Sicily, and how on his death-bed the great robber said, “I can give you no money, but I can give you advice for a lifetime: your thumb on the blade, and strike upwards.” So I say to you, strike upwards, if you strike at the stars.
G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday, pg.90-1
Lol the sentence that follows that Chesterton quote (and which bookends the paragraph I culled it from) goes “that is why, in spite of a hundred disadvantages, the world will always return to monogamy”
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