Truth and Light

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Let the governments have possession of the school, the church, the press, billions of rubles, and millions of disciplined men turned into machines. All that apparently terrible organization of rude force is nothing in comparison with recognition of the truth, which arises in the heart of one man who knows its force and is communicated by this man to another, just as an endless number of candles are lighted from one. The light need only burn, and this seemingly powerful organization will waste away like wax before the fire.

— Leo Tolstoy, “Christianity and Patriotism”

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