Quotation by Woodrow Wilson

There is a very holy and a very terrible isolation for the conscience of every man who seeks to read the destiny in affairs for others as well as for himself, for a nation as well as for individuals. That privacy no man can intrude upon. That lonely search of the spirit for the right perhaps no man can assist.
Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924), U.S. president. Address at the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial, Springfield, Illinois (September 14, 1916).

Wilson was speaking of Lincoln, but no doubt reflecting on his own experience.
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