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Author QuotedNikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaev
Title QuotedRussian Idea
Date (Year/Month/Day)1958/04/22
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1946
QuotationCharmed and fascinated by everything Berdyaev says in "The Russian Idea" until suddenly I am brought up with a jolt by his statement that Proust is "France's only writer of genius!" An intuition that might possibly, from a certain point of view, have truth in it. And yet is not true. His insights, then, are brilliant and right but one must remember they are not always meant to be "tru" in the sense of "definitive." They are always tentative and that is a good thing. Perhaps this makes them in their way truer than those judgments which are sound and "tru" "for all men at all times."
Quotation SourceA Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3, 1952-1960.; Edited by Lawrence S. Cunningham. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 195
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