Manly Quotes (2 quotes)
Our highest claim to respect, as a nation, rests not in the gold, nor in the iron and the coal, nor in inventions and discoveries, nor in agricultural productions, nor in our wealth, grown so great that a war debt of billions fades out under ministrations of the revenue collector without fretting the people; nor, indeed, in all these combined. That claim finds its true elements in our systems of education and of unconstrained religious worship; in our wise and just laws, and the purity of their administration; in the conservative spirit with which the minority submits to defeat in a hotly-contested election; in a free press; in that broad humanity which builds hospitals and asylums for the poor, sick, and insane on the confines of every city; in the robust, manly, buoyant spirit of a people competent to admonish others and to rule themselves; and in the achievements of that people in every department of thought and learning.
Study the hindrances, acquaint yourself with the causes which have led up to the disease. Dont guess at them, but know them through and through if you can; and if you do not know them, know that you do not, and still inquire. Cannot is a word for the idle, the indifferent, the self-satisfied, but it is not admissible in science. I do not know is manly if it does not stop there, but to say I cannot is a judgment both entirely illogical, and in itself bad as favouring rest in ignorance.