"The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the characters of individuals."
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Henry David Thoreau
(1817-1862) American author, poet, philosopher, polymath, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and transcendentalist
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Too accurate, too often.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Since no one is perfect, in a republican government, powers are distributed so that the impact of errors is reduced. That is why the basis of republican government is personal responsibility -- none are wise enough to command the rest. So we keep a live and let live approach to life. We don't need government to provide anything to us -- we only need government to administrate, not dictate. The 'laws' are for the government to obey, not to dictate to the populace. In a sense, we are ALL a bit bankrupt in our characters -- another reason to live and let live. Self-righteousness is far more hurtful and abusive towards others.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Please, more Thoreau daily quotes!


     -- Felipe, São Paulo     
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