Quotation by Frances Wright

Weak as we are, compared to the health strength we are conscious would be desirable; ignorant as we are, compared to the height, and breadth, and depth of knowledge which extends around us as far as the universal range of matter itself; miserable as we are, compared to the happiness of which we feel ourselves capable; yet in this living principle we see nothing beyond or above us, nothing to which we or our descendants may not attain, of great, of beautiful, of excellent. But to feel the power of this mighty principle, to urge it forward in its course and accelerate the change in our condition which it promises, we must awaken to its observation.
Frances Wright (1795–1852), U.S. social reformer and author; born and raised in Scotland. Course of Popular Lectures, lecture 1 (1829).
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