[N]othing promotes this ripeness for freedom so much as freedom itself. This truth, perhaps, may not …

[N]othing promotes this ripeness for freedom so much as freedom itself. This truth, perhaps, may not be acknowledged by those who have so often used this unripeness as an excuse for continuing repression. But it seems to me to follow unquestionably from the very nature of man. The incapacity for freedom can only arise for a want of moral and intellectual powr; to heighten this power is the only way to supply the want; but to do this presupposes the exercise of the power, and this exercise presupposes the freedom which awakens spontaneous activity.

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