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Wherever we go in life, even in the darkest alleys of literature, a good and an evil example will always be put before us'f -and because this world is not heaven, we must be left to make our choice between good and evil; but the more a person's views are enlarged, and the wider the choice that is offered to him, the better hope there is that he may take the good and leave the evil. All that we can do is to give him light—light in every possible direction; and if a man chooses to make a bad use of his eyes and ears, and of his other faculties, all that we can say is, we have done our best; we cannot make the world heaven.
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