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Nothing that is worth doing…

I always feel like a cheater when I post quotes that are just epigraphs from another book.  But I like this one from the beginning of How the Irish Saved Civilization, so I will continue to cheat:

Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved on our lifetimes; therefore we must be save by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we must be saved by love.  — Reinhold Niebuhr