"Even a purely ..." Quote of Václav Havel

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance.
Václav Havel
Václav Havel (b. 1936), Czechoslovakian playwright, president. Letter, August 1969, to Czechoslovakian leader Alexander Dubcek. Quoted by Havel, in Disturbing the Peace, ch. 3 (1986, trans. 1990).

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