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July 15, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(3):186-191. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510030043002h

"It is further to be observed that just as the self-assertion necessary to the maintenance of society against the state of nature will destroy that society if it is allowed free operation within, so the self-restraint, the essence of the ethical process, which is no less an essential condition of the existence of every polity may, by excess, become ruinous to it.

"In a large proportion of cases, crime and pauperism have nothing to do with heredity; but are the consequence partly of circumstances and partly of the possession of qualities which under different conditions of life might have excited esteem and even admiration. The benevolence and openhanded generosity which adorn a rich man may make a pauper of a poor one; the energy and courage to which the successful soldier owes his rise, the cool and daring subtlety to which the great financier owes his fortune may very easily

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