„Whether or not the soul is immortal is a fact in nature and cannot be changed by any book whatever. If I am immortal, I am. If am not, no book can render me so. It is no more wonderful that I should live again than that I do live.“

My Reviewers Reviewed (lecture from June 27, 1877, San Francisco, CA)

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