I think that if the heart in man could be held down by threats — any kind of threat, whether of jail or of retribution after death — then the highest emblem of humanity would be the lion tamer in the circus with his whip, not the prophet who sacrificed himself . But don’t you see, this is just the point — what has for centuries raised man above the beast is not the cudgel but an inward music: the irresistible power of unarmed truth, the powerful attraction of example.

Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator
Doctor Zhivago, 2.10 (1957) [tr. Hayward & Harari (1958)]
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