Charles Péguy

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It's very good for an idea to be commonplace. The important thing is that a new idea should develop out of what is already there so that it soon becomes an old acquaintance. Old acquaintances aren't by any means always welcome, but at least one can't be mistaken as to who or what they are.
Penelope Fitzgerald
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Charles Péguy (1873-01-071914-09-05) was a French poet, socialist activist and essayist.


  • Everything begins in mysticism and ends in politics.
  • It is impossible to write ancient history because we do not have enough sources and impossible to write modern history because we have too many.
  • The honest man must be a perpetual renegade, the life of an honest man a perpetual infidelity. For the man who wishes to remain faithful to truth must make himself perpetually unfaithful to all the continual, successive, indefatigable renascent errors.
  • The world has changed more in the last thirty years than it has since Jesus Christ.
  • When I see my best friend coming I do not say to myself "How am I going to manage propagandizing him?"
  • The man who wishes to remain faithful to justice must make himself continually unfaithful to inexhaustibly triumphant injustice.

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