A thinking mind is not passively framed by outward circumstance
and is not the creature of accidental impulse.
A thinking mind protects itself against the usurpations of society
and does not cower to human opinion.
A thinking mind resists the bondage of habit
and does not mechnically copy the past, nor live on its old virtues.
modified from The Free Mind
by William Ellery Channing
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