„It is well to think well. It is divine to act well.“

Source: Thoughts Selected from the Writings of Horace Mann (1872), p. 199
Context: Just in proportion as a man becomes good, divine, Christ-like, he passes out of the region of theorizing, of system-building, and hireling service, into the region of beneficent activities. It is well to think well. It is divine to act well.

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