Tuesday, January 24, 2017

basic human truth

"When power leads man to arrogance

poetry reminds him of his limitations. 

When power narrows the areas of man's concern,

poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of this existence. 

When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. 

For art establishes the basic human truth which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment."   

------------------------- [excerpt, speech by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, on the occasion of the opening of Robert Frost Library at Amherst College] -------------------------




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