„We ought not to judge superior men without reference to the spirit of their age. This is an influence from which they cannot escape“

—  John Tyndall, Context: We ought not to judge superior men without reference to the spirit of their age. This is an influence from which they cannot escape, and so far as it extenuates their errors it ought to be pleaded in their favour.<!--p.33
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