Completion of the
Czech National Renascence
against spiritual reaction; religious reform his life's ideal /
Havlíček as a realistic, modern, progressive person / Havlíček
as critic revolutionized literature
We have no more magnificent figure in our modern era, and I do not know whether I shall be able, in this brief space, to do justice to Havlíček's providential significance for our nation. I shall attempt to do so.
During the repressive period of reaction, when Havlíček became our national leader, the question of tactics assumed crucial importance. I see Havlíček's greatness in the fact that he knew his goal more clearly than anyone else and that he continued to strive for that goal with steadfast firmness before the revolution, during the revolution, and after the revolution; Havlíček had virile perseverance, and knowing the means to be employed he refused to be swayed by anything—not even by the general excitement—and he____________________