Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on September 8, 2013

in Civil Society

… is from part III of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1813 poem “Queen Mab“:

The man
Of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys.
Power, like a desolating pestilence,
Pollutes whate’er it touches; and obedience,
Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth,
Makes slaves of men, and of the human frame
A mechanized automaton.


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