In Defeat We Become Christian

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“I don’t know. I only think the Austrians will not stop when they have won a victory. It is in defeat that we become Christian.”

“The Austrians are Christians…”

“I don’t mean technically Christian. I mean like Our Lord… We are all gentler now because we are beaten. How would Our Lord have been if Peter had rescued him in the Garden?”

– Henry, speaking to Priest. From A Farewell to Arms

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