Jorge Luis Borges - Labyrinths

“At that moment I understood his cowardice was irreparable. I clumsily entreated him to take care of himself and went out. This frightened man mortified me, as if I were the coward, not Vincent Moon. Whatever one man does, it is as if all men did it. For that reason it is not unfair that one disobedience in a garden should contaminate all humanity; for that reason it is not unjust that the crucifixion of a single Jew should be sufficient to save it. Perhaps Schopenhauer was right : I am all other men, any man is all men, Shakespeare is in some manner the miserable John Vincent Moon.”