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Law in general is human reason, inasmuch as it governs all the inhabitants of the earth: the political and civil laws of each nation ought to be only the particular cases in which human reason is applied.
Religious wars are not caused by the fact that there is more than one religion, but by the spirit of intolerance...the spread of which can only be regarded as the total eclipse of human reason.
Lands produce less by reason of their fertility than by reason of the liberty of their inhabitants.
Knowledge humanizes mankind, and reason inclines to mildness; but prejudices eradicate every tender disposition.
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I hate the noise and hurry inseparable from great Estates and Titles, and look upon both as blessings that ought only to be given to fools, for 'Tis only to them that they are blessings.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
January 18, 1689
February 10, 1755
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