Monday, November 16, 2009

Question of the day

From this knowledge there has arisen that fine dictum of morality so much bandied about by the philosophical crowd that men are everywhere the same, and that having everywhere the same passions and the same vices, it is rather useless to attempt to characterize the different races; which is just about as reasonable as if one were to say that one could not distinguish Peter from James, because each of them has a nose, a mouth, and eyes.
Okay, who wrote this? And no google cheating.


  1. Okay, who wrote this?

    An anonymous prankster who wants people to believe the writer was Rousseau?

  2. dearieme9:32 AM

    The English seems to me to be from an odd mixture of periods, so I'll guess that it's a translation.

  3. Anonymous8:23 PM

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  4. Deckin10:52 AM

    Either Thomas Jefferson or Abraham Lincoln--I'll put my Bayesian money on Lincoln.

  5. Okay, everyone has had time for a guess.

    Mr. Scrutineer wins the big prize. The author of the quote is none other than the Father of the Left, Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

    Dearieme gets the consolation prize for guessing the quote is a translation.

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