January 02, 2007
So How About Cutting Dickie an’ Donnie an’ Dubya a Little Slack Here, Okay?

From an essay by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., called “Crime and Automatism,” in Pages from an Old Volume of Life:

The most frightful crimes, committed without a sign of compunction, and leaving not a shadow of regret, are without any moral character whatever; from which it follows that the unfortunate subject of moral idiocy is just as innocently acting out the tendencies he inherited as the rattlesnake, which we hate by instinct, which we extirpate through legislation if necessary, which we take as a type of evil in our theologies, but which is just as much a poor, dependent, not ill-meaning citizen of the Universe as the lamb and the dove, which are our most sacred symbols.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at January 02, 2007 08:24 PM
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