"Do what thy manhood bids thee do,
From none but self expect applause:
He noblest lives and noblest dies
Who makes and keeps his self-made laws."
Sir Richard Francis Burton
(1821-1890) English explorer, linguist, author, and soldier
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Wonderful. Take personal responsibility for yourself and your actions.
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    i think that this quote is actually by German philosopher/poet Heinrich Heine
     -- greg, auckland,NZ     
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     -- Jane      
    On the understanding that the gentleman is honorable - Most of my resources confirm Burton only one said Heine
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
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    I'm with Joe
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Your freedom and nobility depend on your personal responsibility. No one can be free who behaves like a child. It requires manhood. Socialist societies create dependency, encourage irresponsibility by subsidizing childish behavior, and never places blame on the individual. Because of this, no one who lives in a socialistic society can live in noble freedom.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    Good quote regardless of who said it and Ken, Once again I concur.
     -- helorat, Milton     
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    True enough for oneself, but what about the other noble guy who has 'differing' self-made laws? ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Right On! Sir Richard
     -- Anonymous     
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    Good on you, Joe and Ken.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    As Heraclitus expressed it:

    " Character is destiny."

    Ah, the Virtue of mindlessly maligned Victorian Values...
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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