Signs of the Times

[Glasgow (Scotland) Herald]

The cry of the earnest to-day is not for new creeds in religion, art, or literature, but for a restatement of the old by men who have a living conviction of their truth. It is not words that are weak or stale, but the men who utter them. They it is who mean nothing, and so their words, once shattering trumpets, are but sounding brass and tinkling cymbals. No man ever uttered a commonplace who had anything worth saying and a passionate desire to say it; and the real essence of the platitude is that, however moral or edifying, it has no passionate faith behind it. It turns the very words of life into words of death.

[The Leader, Pittsburgh, Pa.]

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April 24, 1920

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