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Quotation of the Day…

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… is from page 653 of the 1988 collection of Lord Acton’s writings (edited by the late J. Rufus Fears), Essays in Religion, Politics, and Morality [2]; specifically, it’s from Acton’s letter of June 1st, 1880, to Mary Gladstone (ellipses and brackets original to J. Rufus Fears):

The great intellectual and moral defect of the present day … [is] the habit of dwelling on appearances, not on realities….

DBx: And so this same intellectual and moral defect continues more than 140 years later.