So here’s a page of quotes that pertain to our project:
On the death of OBL:
“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” -MLK
“There is nothing manly but what is conducted by reason, and agreeable to the practice of virtue and justice.”
-Richard Steele, The Conscious Lovers, IV, i. (1722).
[Despite the possible overtones, this remains a fine definition of what all men (and women) should strive for in their lives. The enlightenment, in short, seems to have had a much more truly noble, because truly humanist and publicly agreeable, notion of what it meant to be a person. As my wife says, “this puts the virtue back into vir.”