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The realism of the terrible war conditions cannot therefore be without effect upon the character of the present writings. At least these conditions have moved us to bring down to earth the loftiest flights of thought, they have compelled us to insist upon all reflection having a practical bearing upon life, and they have made us recognize the duty of improving the physical surroundings of men no less than the more important duty of improving their minds.

-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives > Chapter 3: Their Presence in The World > # 258

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