Wednesday, July 24, 2013

These are not virtues

“In the context of tragedy, all polite behavior is a form of self-denial. I can remember being eight years old and there was my mother warning me to watch the tone of my voice in the middle of a violent fight between my father and myself. The purpose of polite behavior is never virtuous. Deceit, surrender and concealment: these are not virtues.” ~June Jordan, “Civil Wars”

Painting by Elisabeth Slettnes

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