Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

We live in a very low state of the world, and pay unwilling tribute to government founded on force. There is not, among the most religious and instructed men of the most religious and civil nations, a reliance on the moral sentiment, and a sufficient belief in the unity of things to persuade them that society can be maintained without artificial restraints, as well as the solar system; or that the private citizen might be reasonable, and a good neighbor, without the hint of a jail or a confiscation.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Politics," Essays, Second Series (1844).
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