Quotation by Archibald Philip Primrose Rosebery, 5th Earl

How marvellous it all is! Built not by saints and angels, but the work of men's hands; cemented with men's honest blood and with a world of tears, welded by the best brains of centuries past; not without the taint and reproach incidental to all human work, but constructed on the whole with pure and splendid purpose. Human, and yet not wholly human—for the most heedless and the most cynical must see the finger of the Divine.
Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl Rosebery (1847–1929), British Liberal politician, prime minister. Rectorial address, November 16, 1900, Glasgow University.

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