Principium Volume I, Book 3, Quote 257, 258, 264

257. To live within a just order is to live within a pattern that has beauty. The individual finds purpose within an order, and security – whether it is the order of the soul or the order of the community. Without order, indeed the life of man is poor, nasty, brutish, and short. No order is perfect, but any tolerable order may be improved….The conscientious citizen works to improve that order: for the alternative to a tolerable order is not Utopia, but an intolerable disorder.

- Russell Kirk – The Roots of American Order, 1974


258. Gratitude is one form of happiness; and anyone who appreciates the legacy of moral and social order which he has inherited in America will feel gratitude. The pursuit of happiness is not altogether vain. One finds happiness in restoring and improving the order of the soul and the order of the republic – not in acts of devastation that make a desert of spirit and of society.

- Russell Kirk – The Roots of American Order, 1974


264. The republic is sustained by the citizens’ virtue, the monarchy by the king’s honor, and the despotism by the subject’s fear.

- Russell Kirk – Roots of American Order, 1974

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