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“... absolute liberty may also corrupt absolutely.”
“In its sentimental mode, compassion is an exercise in moral indignation, in feeling good rather than doing good ... In its unsentimental mode, compassion seeks above all to do good ...”
“Without will, without individuals, there are no heroes. But neither are there villains. And the absence of villains is as prostrating, as soul-destroying, as the absence of heroes.”
“The 'real movement' of history, it turns out, is fueled not by matter but by spirit, by the will to freedom.”
“... absolute liberty ... tends to corrupt absolutely.”
Gertrude Himmelfarb, U.S. historian, philosopher
Also known as Bea Kristol.