Friday, July 6, 2012

Deviant Science, Part 9

"You write that true Americans have a big and generous heart, which shows only what a big and generous heart you have. For you must know that a great nation, at least one where the British ideas of freedom flourish, is very complex and side by side lie the great and the mean, the generous and the selfish, just as they lie side by side in each man.

"To see generosity you must be generous enough not to see the meanness, and to see just meanness in a man you must be mean enough not to see the generosity."

-- Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman, edited by Michelle Feynman, Basic Books, New York, 2005, pg.184.

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