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Author QuotedHenry Miller
Title QuotedRemember to remember
Date (Year/Month/Day)1961/10/15
ImprintNorfolk : New Directions. 1947
QuotationI have been reading Henry Miller's Remember to Remember [Norfolk, 1947] especially for the part about war, written twenty years ago. Some of it is very much like what I myself wrote at the same time. And it is exactly what one could write now. No peace now-Roosevelt was the headline in the evening paper. One night he will say No Peace Now-Kennedy. For Kennedy is not letting anyone get any illusions about the Berlin crisis "dying down." In Miller's words, of twenty years ago, "The vast majority of people know deep down that the day is drawing near"¦. They are dumb and silent, more or less reconciled to their lot because it seems inevitable." This time there is more confusion about it. Last time-Pearl Harbor made everything very simple. The Berlin issue is still, whether you like it or not, relatively technical. Most people are not easily convinced that it is worth a world war of the proportions war might now assume.
Quotation SourceTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 170
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