When a nation exists, founded in righteousness and...

When a nation exists, founded in righteousness and justice, whose object and purposes are the welfare of humanity, the things which make for its growth and the increase of its power, so long as it is true to its ideals, are sure to come to pass, no matter what political theories or individual sentiments stand in the way. The common good will ultimately prevail, though it "mock the counsels of the wise and the valor of the brave." I know what snares may lie in this idea — how it may serve as the cry of demagogues and the pretext for despots. Woe be unto the nation which misuses it! But shame and disaster is also the portion of those who fear to follow its luminous beaconing.

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THE LECTURES
June 6, 1908
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