“Loyalty and obedience to wisdom and justice are fine; but it is still finer to defy arbitrary power, unjustly and cruelly used–not on behalf of ourselves, but on behalf of others more helpless.”
~ Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
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KW229756 Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (1810-65) (litho) by Richmond, George (1809-96) (after); Private Collection; Ken Welsh; English, out of copyright