Thursday, September 20, 2007

Three Short Years

It was reserved for Christianity to present to the world an ideal character which through all the changes of [twenty] centuries has inspired the hearts of men with an impassioned love; has shown itself capable of acting on all ages, nations, temperaments and conditions; has been not only the highest pattern of virtue, but the strongest incentive to its practice...

The simple record of three short years of active life has done more to regenerate and soften mankind than all the disquisitions of philosophers and all the exhortations of moralists.

William Lecky, One of Britain's most noted historians

1 comment:

mikestahlman said...

He's also drawn the fiercest criticism of hardened hearts like no other philosopher or moralist of whom I know.