Finding reality in fiction

Reflecting on today’s news made me think of several classics.

I am reminded of three of my favorite books today.

From Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”

Atticus Finch

It’s full of wonderful ideas plainly and profoundly stated.

“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

Atticus Finch

From Miguel de Cervantes’ “Don Quixote,” we get themes of idealism:

“For neither good nor evil can last for ever; and so it follows that as evil has lasted a long time, good must now be close at hand.”


Lastly, Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserable” hits on so many themes. His complex characters don’t have easy roads.

“If I speak, I am condemned. If I stay silent, I am damned.

Jean Valjean

But they all live in a time like ours, filed with injustice. Hugo shows us how society’s callousness, led by the powerful, often put people in untenable situations with with no good outcome.

“If the soul is left in darkness sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.”



I might not have many policy agreements with Mitt Romney, but I’ve certainly found some admirable traits before.

John Roberts could have had a starring role in the impeachment trial.

One comment

  1. It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Worst Of Times, It Was The Age Of Wisdom, It Was The Age Of Foolishness, It Was The Epoch Of Belief, It Was The Epoch Of Incredulity, It Was The Season Of Light, It Was The Season Of Darkness, It Was The Spring Of Hope, It Was The Winter Of Despair, We Had Everything Before Us, We Had Nothing Before Us, We Were All Going Direct To Heaven, We Were All Going Direct The Other Wayin Short, The Period Was So Far Like The Present Period, That Some Of Its Noisiest Authorities Insisted On Its Being Received, For Good Or For Evil, In The Superlative Degree Of Compar
    They Are So Filthy And Bestial That No Honest Man Would Admit One Into His House For A Water-Closet Doormat. Charles Dickens.


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