Monday, July 21, 2008

Quote - Milton on Vice and Virtue

I've been wanting to quote this ever since I saw it on Jeffrey Overstreet's blog last month, and I'm reminded of it again after watching The Dark Knight. This from John Milton's Areopagitica:

He that can apprehend and consider vice with all her baits and seeming pleasures, and yet abstain, and yet distinguish, and yet prefer that which is truly better, he is the true wayfaring Christian. I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.


Super Churchlady said...

ooh...great quote....I love it. (I may have to borrow that one myself.)

BTW - I'm gearing up for the Dark Knight. We watched Batman Begins last night b/c someone told us we really needed to see it first.

Ken Brown said...

My wife hadn't seen Batman Begins (actually, I had to talk her into seeing The Dark Knight at all), but she enjoyed it anyway. It's not the kind of sequel that requires a lot of knowledge of the prequel, but it does help.