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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
From The Brothers Karamazof

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821–1881)
 
.. AND 1 surely it is not a vain dream that man shall come to find his joys only in acts of enlightenment and of mercy, and not in cruel pleasures, as he doth now, in gluttony, lust, pride, boasting and envious self-exaltation. I hold firmly that this is no dream but that the time is at hand … I believe that through Christ we shall accomplish this great work … and all men will say ‘The stone which the builders rejected is become the chief stone of the corner.’ And of the mockers themselves we may ask, If this faith of ours be a dream, then how long is it to wait ere ye shall have finished your edifice, and have ordered everything justly by the intellect alone without Christ?… In truth they have a greater faculty for dreaming than we have. They think to order all wisely; but, having rejected Christ, they will end by drenching the world with blood. For blood crieth again for blood, and they that take the sword shall perish by the sword.  1
 
Note 1. Dostoevsky, as 272. [back]
 
 
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