glyph 544: challenges, inspirations, hopes, summonings, calls ... Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister of England . 19th Century . novel: Conigsby ... Mike, Michael J. Lotus (Lexington Green on Chicago Boyz), a challenge to the Millenial Generation ..... 1921 Club


A Challenge to the Best of the Next Generation

Benjamin Disraeli, 1844

They stand now on the threshold of public life. They are in the leash, but in a moment they will be slipped. What will be their fate? Will they maintain in august assemblies and high places the great truths which, in study and in solitude, they have embraced? Or will their courage exhaust itself in the struggle, their enthusiasm evaporate before hollow-hearted ridicule, their generous impulses yield with a vulgar catastrophe to the tawdry temptations of a low ambition? Will their skilled intelligence subside into being the adroit tool of a corrupt party? Will Vanity confound their fortunes, or Jealousy wither their sympathies? Or will they remain brave, single, and true; refuse to bow before shadows and worship phrases; sensible of the greatness of their position, recognise the greatness of their duties; denounce to a perplexed and disheartened world the frigid theories of a generalising age that have destroyed the individuality of man, and restore the happiness of their country by believing in their own energies, and daring to be great? —Conigsby, or The New Generation (1844) by Benjamin Disraeli

This quotation was posted by Mike Lotus, co-author of America 3.0, on the Chicago Boyz blog, as Quote of the Day, or, A Challenge to the Millennial Generation:
August 9, 2014

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