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Time Of Disturbance

Written by: Robinson Jeffers | Biography
 | Quotes (23) |
 The best is, in war or faction or ordinary vindictive
 life, not to take sides.
Leave it for children, and the emotional rabble of the
 streets, to back their horse or support a brawler.

But if you are forced into it: remember that good and
 evil are as common as air, and like air shared
By the panting belligerents; the moral indignation that
 hoarsens orators is mostly a fool.

Hold your nose and compromise; keep a cold mind. Fight,
 if needs must; hate no one. Do as God does,
Or the tragic poets: they crush their man without hating
 him, their Lear or Hitler, and often save without
 love.

As for these quarrels, they are like the moon, recurrent
 and fantastic. They have their beauty but night's
 is better.
It is better to be silent than make a noise. It is better
 to strike dead than strike often. It is better not
 to strike.



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