- "People in this land seem not even to realize yet that in the Germans we
have enemies whose virtues (and they are virtues) of obedience and
patriotism are greater than ours in the mass. Whose brave men are just
about as brave as ours. Whose industry is about ten times greater. And
who are - under the curse of God - now led by a man inspired by a mad,
whirlwind, devil: a typhoon, a passion: that makes the poor old Kaiser
look like an old woman knitting."
"Yet I suppose I know better than most what is the truth about this
'Nordic' nonsense. Anyway, I have in this War a burning private
grudge - which would probably make me a better soldier at 49 than I was
at 22: against that ruddy little ignoramus Adolf Hitler (for the odd
thing about demonic inspiration and impetus is that it in no way
enhances the purely intellectual stature: it chiefly affects the mere
will. Ruining, perverting, misapplying, and making for ever accursed,
that noble northern spirit, a supreme contribution to Europe which I
have ever loved, and tried to present in its true light."
happened to have a fuller excerpt of that at hand....