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Author QuotedGeorge Gordon Coulton
Title QuotedFrom Saint Francis to Dante
Date (Year/Month/Day)1941/06/21
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1907
QuotationI just refrained from heaving out the window the only book I've tried to read in weeks except stuff about Dante, Coulton's From Saint Francis to Dante. It contained some fine material, all drowned in Coulton's opinions-argument after argument to vindicate his Victorian optimism, his love of moderate progress, etc. and his belief that asceticism is simply impossible and that saints are really only gentlemen, saints in a nice dull way, not in a mad crazy 13th century way.
Quotation SourceRun to the mountain: The Story of a Vocation. The journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 1, 1939-1941.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1995, p. 376
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