"The folly of the Fall"

“THERE are no wise few; for in all men rages the folly of the Fall. Take your strongest, happiest, handsomest, best born, best bred, best instructed men on earth and give them special power for half an hour and because they are men they will begin to [perform] badly …”

~G.K. Chesterton: from a private letter to Robert Blatchford, 1904.