Force of thought may be put forth to amass wealth for selfish gratification, to give the individual power over others, to blind others, to weave a web of sophistry, to cast a deceitful lustre on vice, to make the worse appear the better cause; but energy of thought, so employed, is suicidal. The intellect—in becoming a pander to vice, a tool of the passions, an advocate of lies—becomes not only degraded, but diseased.
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