The Spirit of Chivalry

November 26, 2015

By Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

We have this spirit! We admire the fight. We love the fight. And we have a fearless spirit so that when we find ourselves in the apex of effort and complication, we feel fulfilled.

This is to have the spirit of chivalry.

Afonso de Albuquerque, Duke of Goa.

Afonso de Albuquerque, Duke of Goa.

You’ve read books by Elaine Sanceau about Portuguese seafaring, haven’t you? Afonso de Albuquerque, all those things… those people were phenomenal! They loved to fight. Not so today. When facing a fight, people think: “Oh, poor me! That one obstacle has fallen, but now I find this man before me and I’m going to have to fight him. Oh my God, give me strength!”

That’s fine, but it is not chivalry!

two knights fightingChivalry is: “Thank God I found this brute here. I’m going to hurl him to the ground and trample him underfoot!”


(Excerpt from a Palavrinha of Monday, September 18, 1989.)

( translation.)


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