Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jesus said, "When he looketh on her, he hath committed adultery." But he is an adulterer before he has yet looked on the woman, by the superfluity of animal, and the defect of thought, in his constitution. Who meets him, or who meets her, in the street, sees that they are ripe to be each other's victim.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Fate," The Conduct of Life (1860).
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