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History is always written by victors, and the defeated create a new set of myths to explain the past and gild the future.
     ―     Morris L. West
From his novel:  “The Devil’s Advocate
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I believe in saints as I believe in sanctity.  I believe in miracles as I believe in God, who can suspend the laws of His own making.  But I believe, too, that the hand of God writes plainly and simply, for all men of good will to read.  I am doubtful of His presence in confusion and conflicting voices.
    ―    Morris L. West
From his book:  “The Devil’s Advocate
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I was lost a long time, without knowing it.  Without the Faith, one is free, and that is a pleasant feeling at first.  There are no questions of conscience, no constraints, except the constraints of custom, convention and the law, and these are flexible enough for most purposes.  It is only later that terror comes.  One is free – but free in chaos, in an unexplained and unexplainable world.  One is free in a desert, from which there is no retreat but inward, toward the hollow core of oneself.  There is nothing to build on but the small rock of one’s own pride, and this is a nothing, based on nothing…  I think, therefore I am.  But what am I?  An accident of disorder, going no place.
  ―   Morris L. West
From his novel:  “The Devil’s Advocate
[For a number of reasons (particularly “the hollow core of oneself”), this quote just reminded me of our current President (#IncompetentDonald).  I’m not sure if that says more about me or more about him.  —  KMAB]
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Even in sin, the act of love  – done with love –  is shadowed with divinity.  Its conformity may be at fault, but its nature is not altered, and its nature is creative, communicative, splendid in surrender.  It was in the splendor of my surrender to Nina and she to me, that I first understood how a man might surrender himself to God  – if a God existed.  The moment of love is a moment of union  – of body and spirit –  and the act of faith is mutual and implicit.
   ―    Morris L. West
From his novel: “The Devil’s Advocate
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