Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each man too is a tyrant in tendency, because he would impose his idea on others; and their trick is their natural defence. Jesus would absorb the race; but Tom Paine or the coarsest blasphemer helps humanity by resisting this exuberance of power.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Nominalist and Realist," Essays, Second Series (1844).
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