Katie, 21, from Auckland, New Zealand.
We are never completely in accord with ourselves for we cannot follow one of our two natures (individual and social) without causing the other to suffer. Our joys can never be pure; there is always some pain mixed with them…It is this disagreement…that produces both our grandeur and our misery.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
There are moments in our lives which, threaded, give us heaven—