The moral nature of man is more sacred in my eyes than his intellectual nature. I know they cannot be divorced — that without intelligence we should be Brutes — but it is the tendency of our gaping, wondering dispositions to give pre-eminence to those faculties which most astonish us. Strength of character seldom, if ever, astonishes; goodness, lovingness, and quiet self-sacrifice, are worth all the talents in the world.
Timely and important, a work that astonishes and delights as it informs."Freedom for the Thought That We Hate". Kirkus Reviews (www.kirkusreviews.com). October 15, 2007. Retrieved on November 6, 2012.
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.ralph waldo emerson
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