Quotation by Georges Bernanos

Have you never been moved by poor men's fidelity, the image of you they form in their simple minds? Why should you always talk of their envy, without understanding that what they ask of you is not so much your worldly goods, as something very hard to define, which they themselves can put no name to; yet at times it consoles their loneliness; a dream of splendor, of magnificence, a tawdry dream, a poor man's dream—and yet God blesses it!
Georges Bernanos (1888–1948), French novelist, political writer. The priest, in The Diary of a Country Priest, ch. 5 (1936).

To Madame la Comtesse.
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