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...of the future and the afflictions of to-day, that the government of the world is moral, and does forever destroy what is not.
It is the maxim of natural philosophers, that the natural forces wear out in time all obstacles, and take place: and 't is the maxim of history, that victory always falls at last where it ought to fall; or, there is perpetual march and progress to ideas. But, in either case, no link of the chain can drop out. Nature works through her appointed elements; andIdeas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams.
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Since the above pages were written, President Lincoln has proposed to Congress that the Government shall cooeperate with any State that shall enact a gradual abolishment of Slavery. In the recent series of national successes, this Message is the best. It marks the happiest day in the political year. The American Executive ranges itself for the first time on the side of freedom. If Congress has been backward, the President has advanced. This... Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Excerpt from The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 54, April, 1862 · This quote is about ideas · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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