"If you can't completely eradicate wrong ideas, or deal with inveterate vices as effectively as you could wish, that's no reason for turning your back on public life altogether. You wouldn't abandon ship in a storm just because you couldn't control the winds."
St. Thomas More, Utopia, 1517
Complete text of a plaque formerly on the wall at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Capitol Hill where John and Robert Kennedy used to worship.
",,,truth is loved in such a way that those who love some other thing want it to be the truth, and, precisely because they do not wish to be deceived, are unwilling to be convinced that they are deceived."
St. Augustine, Confessions (10:23), Fifth Century
"...ignorance is said to be voluntary, when it regards that which one can and ought to know...And ignorance of this kind happens, either when one does not actually consider what one can and ought to consider; this is called 'ignorance of evil choice,' and arises from some passion or habit: or when one does not take the trouble to acquire the knowledge which one ought to have…"
St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, 13th Century
"The first law of history is not to dare to utter falsehood; the second, not to fear to tell the truth."
Pope Leo XIII, public letter, 1883
"I am more and more impressed by the fact that it is largely futile to get up and make statements about current problems. At the same time, I know that silent acquiescence in evil is also out of the question."
Thomas Merton, Faith and Violence,1968
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