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Beyond Literary Quotes(1933) - William FaulknerRating Mail
We never thought, sitting in my office on those afternoons, discussing Voltaire and Ingersoll, that we would ever be brought to this, did we? You, the atheist whom the mere sight of a church spire on the sky could enrage; and I who have never been able to divorce myself from reason enough even to accept your pleasant and labor-saving theory of nihilism.
[The Judge to Mothershed, a suicide.]
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Is Robert Ingersoll telling me that for twenty years I have leaned upon a reed no stronger than myself?
[The Judge]
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It is not proof that I sought. I, of all men, know that proof is but a fallacy invented by man to justify to himself and his fellows his own crass lust and folly.
[The Judge]
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You see, if I could believe that I shall see and touch him again, I shall not have lost him. And if I have not lost him, I shall never have had a son. Because I am I through bereavement and because of it. I do not know what I was nor what I shall be. But because of death, I know that I am. And that is all the immortality of which intellect is capable and flesh should desire. Anything else is for peasants, clods, who could never have loved a son well enough to have lost him.
[The Judge to Robert G. Ingersoll]
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Who is he who will affirm that there must be a web of flesh and bone to hold the shape of love?
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