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“I have confidence in the laws of morals as of botany. I have planted maize in my field every June for seventeen years and I never knew it come up strychnine. My parsley, beet, turnip, carrot, buck-thorn, chestnut, acorn, are as sure. I believe that justice produces justice, and injustice injustice.”

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source: 1852 journal entry, in Emerson in Concord (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1889), 79.

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“Movies can’t correct human injustice all by themselves, but they can show it, they can touch you while showing it, and they can seed ideas and wake up dormant minds. For a medium that began — pretty much in my early childhood — as a few flickering images on a nickelodeon machine, that’s pretty powerful stuff.”

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source: “Irving Ravetch, Screenwriter, Dies at 89,” by Bruce Weber, The New York Times, September 21, 2010.

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