A soil, exhausted by the long culture of Pagan empires, was to lie fallow for a still longer period.
A new civilization was not to be improvised by a single mind.
By definition, sacred beings are separated beings. That which characterizes them is that there is a break of continuity between them and the profane beings.
It is too great comfort which turns a man against himself. Life is most readily renounced at the time and among the classes where it is least harsh.
I’m not being naive; I realise there’s no such thing as a pure reading. But I’d rather keep myself as far out of it as I can.
Indifference may not wreck a man’s life at any one turn, but it will destroy him with a kind of dry-rot in the long run.
Enthusiasm could not supply the place of experience.
The sword – the first, for a time the only force: the force of iron.
The crusades made great improvement in the condition of the serfs.
A person is not merely a single subject distinguished from all the others. It is especially a being to which is attributed a relative autonomy in relation to the environment with which it is most immediately in contact.