Great Moments in Literature

“I found myself remembering the day in kindergarten when the teachers showed us Dumbo, and I realized for the first time that all the kids in the class, even the bullies, rooted for Dumbo, against Dumbo’s tormentors. Invariably they laughed and cheered, both when Dumbo succeeded and when bad things happened to his enemies. But they’re you, I thought to myself. How did they not know? They didn’t know. It was astounding, an astounding truth. Everyone they thought they were Dumbo.”

—Elif Batuman, The Idiot, 2017

 

BUT, OF WHAT AVAIL IS COURAGE? OF WHAT AVAIL IS GRIM RESOLVE…AGAINST A FOE WHO CANNOT BE DEFEATED??

—Stan Lee, THOR, Vol. 1, No. 151, “–To Rise Again,” 1968