„He who cannot resist temptation is not a man. He is wanting in the highest attributes of humanity.“

A Few Thoughts for a Young Man (1850)
Contexto: He who cannot resist temptation is not a man. He is wanting in the highest attributes of humanity. <!-- p. 65

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