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AUTHOR: Herbert Butterfield (1900–79)
QUOTATION: But the greatest menace to our civilization today is the conflict between giant organized systems of self-righteousness—each system only too delighted to find that the other is wicked—each only too glad that the sins give it the pretext for still deeper hatred and animosity.
ATTRIBUTION: HERBERT BUTTERFIELD, Christianity, Diplomacy and War, p. 43 (1953).
SUBJECTS: Civilization