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It is in the prosecution of some single object, and in striving to reach its accomplishment by the combined application of his moral and physical energies, that the true happiness of man, in his full vigour and development, consists. Possession, it is true, crowns exertion with repose; but it is only in the illusions of fancy that it has power to charm our eyes. If we consider the position of man in the universe,—if we remember the constant tendency of his energies towards some definite activity, and recognize the influence of surrounding nature, which is ever provoking him to exertion, we shall be ready to acknowledge that repose and possession do not indeed exist but in imagination. - Wilhelm von Humboldt, The Sphere and Duties of Government (The Limits of State Action) (1854 ed.)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Robert Ingersoll on "Republicanism"

While I have a link in my blog roll to my old blog, there are only 8 posts over there. If I would like anyone to read any of them, this one would be it.

Robert Ingersoll is an American figure everyone ought to know and have read (like Jefferson and Paine).

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