Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

A lock-jaw that bends a man's head back to his heels, hydrophobia, that makes him bark at his wife and babes, insanity, that makes him eat grass; war, plague; cholera, famine, indicate a certain ferocity in nature, which, as it had its inlet by human crime, must have its outlet by human suffering.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Heroism," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).
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