Saturday, October 24, 2015

Speaking of Cardozo.........................

The tests of character come to us silently, unaware, by slow and inaudible approaches.  We hardly know they are there, till lo! the hour has struck, and the choice has been made, well or ill, but whether well or ill, a choice.  The heroic hours of life do not announce their presence by drum and trumpet, challenging us to be ourselves by appeals to the martial spirit that keeps the blood at heat.  Some little, unassuming, unobtrusive choice presents itself before us slyly and craftily, glib and insinuating, in the modest garb of innocence.  To yield to its blandishments is so easy.  The wrong, it seems, is venial.  Only hyper-sensitiveness, we assure ourselves, would call it wrong at all.  These are the moments you will need to remember the game you are playing.  Then it is you will be summoned to show the courage of adventurous youth.

-Benjamin N. Cardozo

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