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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 121 of the 2008 Oxford World’s Classics edition of Elizabeth Gaskell’s marvelous 1855 novel, North and South; the quotation is from the character John Thornton, a cotton-mill owner in the fictional English town of Milton (modeled by Gaskell after Manchester):

I value my own independence so highly that I can fancy no degradation greater than that of having another man perpetually directing and advising and lecturing me, or even planning too closely in any way about my actions.  He might be the wisest of men, or the most powerful – I should equally rebel and resent his interference.