Quote by Horace Mann
To pity distress is but human to relieve it is Godlike.
This quote highlights the distinction between feeling compassion for someone in distress and taking action to alleviate their suffering. It suggests that while empathy is a natural characteristic of being human, actively assisting and providing relief to others is a quality that reflects godliness. The quote implies that merely feeling sorry for someone's hardship is insufficient; true compassion lies in actively taking steps to help them overcome their distress. It emphasizes the significance of translating empathy into tangible acts of kindness and assistance in order to attain a more godlike or virtuous state.
The acquisition by dishonest means and cunning,' said Levin, feeling that he was incapable of clearly defining the borderline between honesty and dishonesty. 'Like the profits made by banks,' he went on. 'This is evil, I mean, the acquisition of enormous fortunes without work, as it used to be with the spirit monopolists. Only the form has changed. Hardly were the monopolies abolished before railways and banks appeared: just another way of making money without work.
If men were equally at risk from this condition -- if they knew their bellies might swell as if they were suffering from end-stage cirrhosis, that they would have to go nearly a year without a stiff drink, a cigarette, or even an aspirin, that they would be subject to fainting spells and unable to fight their way onto commuter trains -- then I am sure that pregnancy would be classified as a sexually transmitted disease and abortions would be no more controversial than emergency appendectomies.