I had the foolish idea that we should test for desirable and useful traits so that we could assemble ideally balanced teams to the colonies. … It’s like those foolish attempts to control immigration to America based on the traits that were deemed desirable, when in fact the only trait that defines Americans historically is “descended from somebody willing to give up everything to live there.

The task of the tyrant is not to compel, but to persuade even the unwilling that compliance better serves their interest than resistance.

My husband is a good man,” she said. “It’s important to him to be a good man. He has to not only be good, he has to believe that he’s good. In the eyes of God, in my eyes, in his parents’ eyes, in his own eyes. Good.

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