"The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature,
to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand."
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, and poet
Source:
Essays, 1841
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 -- Joe, Rochester, MI      
Nice thought, but it has to reach too far for those analogies...
 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
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    Emerson is a great writer but this quote makes no sense to me.
     -- me again     
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    I suppose free thought and the free interchange of ideas are as natural in human society as a stream running downhill. Persecution is the attempt to control the free thoughts of men to protect the rest of society from the heretical thoughts. It is much like damming a stream to protect a valley from floods. It takes a massive dam to stop a small stream.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    This doesn't make sense to me. Then again, maybe that's the point. Persecution is pointless.
     -- Anonymous     
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