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“I miss generosity. I miss magnanimity. I miss a loyalty to the future that makes people reasonable about how they conduct their lives in the present. The idea of a possibility, for ourselves and others – who is it who said that civilization is planting a tree that you will never sit under? That’s what we need to do. We have all these great libraries and all these wonderful resources, museums and so on, because other people planted trees that they were not going to sit under. And now we feel no obligation to leave behind similar legacies, at least in the highest scales of public debate.”

– Marilynne Robinson


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