quote the Iliad and die

That the most beautiful woman in the world lived in that one little town sounds like a legend; that the most beautiful poem in the world was written by somebody who knew of nothing larger than such little towns is a historical fact.

…If the world becomes pagan and perishes, the last man left alive would do well to quote the Iliad and die.

From The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton.

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