Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true.
(Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. "Lines From My Grandfather's Journal," The Spice-Box Of Earth (1961).)
(Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. It later entered the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971). Seraphita, chapter III, First published as part of Romans et contes philosophiques (1831), then the Etudes philosophiques (1835).
Explanation of Swedenborg's philosophy.)