We know better than we do. We do not yet possess ourselves…
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.
Nature is full of freaks, and now puts an old head on young shoulders, and then takes a young heart heating under fourscore winters.
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You should read history and look at ostracism, persecution, martyrdom, and that kind of thing. They always happen to the best men, you know.
Nobody can write the life of a man but those who have eat and drunk and lived in social intercourse with him.
The blunting effects of slavery upon the slaveholder’s moral perceptions are known and conceded the world over; and a priveleged class, an aristocracy, is but a band of slaveholders under another name.
Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. Society acquires new arts, and loses old instincts.
Men being born with a title to perfect freedom and uncontrolled enjoyment of all the rights and privileges of the law of nature . . . no one can be put out of his estate and subjected to the political view of another, without his consent.
He that gives good advice builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example builds with both.