Quote by Charles Dickens
Under an accumulation of staggerers, no man can be considered a free agent. No man knocks himself down; if his destiny knocks him down, his destiny must pick him up again.
This quote suggests that when faced with continuous setbacks and obstacles, one's ability to make autonomous choices and control their own fate becomes limited. It implies that individuals do not intentionally bring misfortune upon themselves but are rather subject to the whims of fate. If destiny brings them down, it is then destiny's responsibility to provide them with the opportunity to rise again. In essence, the quote emphasizes the notion that external circumstances can heavily influence a person's freedom and agency in life.
No man can tell but he that loves his children, how many delicious accents make a man's heart dance in the pretty conversation of those dear pledges; their childishness, their stammering, their little angers, their innocence, their imperfections, their necessities, are so many little emanations of joy and comfort to him that delights in their persons and society.
America, we cannot turn back. Not with so much work to be done. Not with so many children to educate, and so many veterans to care for. Not with an economy to fix and cities to rebuild and farms to save. Not with so many families to protect and so many lives to mend. America, we cannot turn back. We cannot walk alone. At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Let us keep that promise - that American promise - and in the words of Scripture hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess.