Wednesday, June 08, 2005

A Rapier Wit


By now, everyone and his (or her) dog knows the saying by Josef Stalin that goes to the tune of "The Pope? How many divisions does he have?" to indicate that the Vatican was essentially powerless and such. What they probably don't know is what the pope at the time, Pius XII, said in response when he heard Stalin's little jab:

"Tell Mr. Stalin that he shall meet my legions in the next world."

Which is where I will have to go to shake his hand, unfortuneatly. But that right there is a classic. Pure genius, plus a little wit.

+Ad Majorem Dei Gloram+

"Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends."
-J.R.R. Tolkein, The Lord of the Rings


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