THE COMEDIANS

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My favourite paragraph from Graham Greene’s great Haitian novel:

“Perhaps there is an advantage to being born … without roots, for one accepts more easily what comes. The rootless have experienced, like all others, the temptation of sharing the security of a religious creed or a political faith, and for some reason we have turned the temptation down. We are the faithless; we admire the dedicated …. for their courage and their integrity, for their fidelity to a cause, but through timidity, or through lack of sufficient zest we find ourselves the only ones truly committed—committed to the whole world of good and of evil, to the wise and to the foolish, to the indifferent and the mistaken. We have chosen nothing except to go on living, rolled round on Earth’s diurnal course, with rocks and stones and trees.”

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