But he knew life, it's foulness as well as it's fairness, it's greatness in spite of the slime that infested it, and by God he was going to have his say on it to the world. Saints in heaven -
how could they be anything but fair and pure? No praise to them. But saints in slime -- ah, that was the everlasting wonder! That was what made life worth while.
Martin Eden, J.L. 1908