Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.
At man's core there is a voice that wants him never to give in to fear.
But if it is true that in general man cannot give in to fear, at the very least he postpones indefinitely the moment when he will have to confront himself with the object of his fear... when he will no longer have the assistance of reason as guaranteed by God, or when he will no longer have the assistance of God such as reason guaranteed. It is necessary to recoil, but it is necessary to leap, and perhaps one only recoils in order to leap better.
Many readers judge of the power of a book by the shock it gives their feelings --as some savage tribes determine the power of muskets by their recoil; that being considered best which fairly prostrates the purchaser.
I thought this must be obvious to everyone else, as it seemed obvious to me;
and that, if once it became apparent that we were on the edge, all the Great Powers would call a halt and recoil from the abyss.
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