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"Failure seems to be regarded as the one unpardonable crime, success as the all-redeeming virtue, the acquisition of wealth as the single worthy aim of life. Ten years ago such revelations as these of the Erie Railway would have sent a shudder through the community, and would have placed a stigma on every man who had had to do them. Now they merely incite others to surpass by yet bolder outrages and more corrupt combinations."

Charles Francis Adams
(1807-1886) American lawyer, politician, diplomat and writer, son of President John Quincy Adams, grandson of President John Adams
A chapter of Erie, pg 146, 1869.

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