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It is not palatable to hold the thought that humanity is so bad, or else its rulers so misguided, that little or nothing can be done to save it. Yet if it happens to be a true thought, we ought to be strong enough to accept it and acknowledge that there are times when such a defeatist outlook is justified and necessary.

-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives > Chapter 3: Their Presence in The World > # 494

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