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Hugh Kingsmill

Biographer and author of After Puritanism (1929), The Poisoned Crown (1944), and other works


A charlatan makes obscure what is clear; a thinker makes clear what is obscure.

What is divine in man is elusive and impalpable, and he is easily tempted to embody it in a collective form -- a church, a country, a social system, a leader, so that he may realize it with less effort and serve it with more profit ... Yet the attempt to externalize the Kingdom of Heaven in a temporal form must end in disaster. It cannot be created by Charters or Constitutions, nor established by arms. Those who set out for it alone will reach it together, and those who seek it in company will perish by themselves.

1944 - from The Poisoned Crown