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30 Day Book Challenge 

Day 17: Favorite Quote from your Favorite Book 

So I’ve clearly failed at keeping up this book challenge on a daily basis, but I’ll keep puttering along and probably finish sometime. There are two quotes from this book that I really like. I’m not sure if they are my favorite quotes or that this is my favorite book, but I’m terrible at notating while I read so even when I do read a quote that I love, I usually forget about it until I read the book again. But these two stuck with me. Let me know what you think: 

And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.” 

But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.’ “ 

The first quote is pretty self explanatory, but the second one needs more context to grasp the full meaning of what it says. I’m not going to give you that context because I want you to read the book (or at least go listen to that Mumford and Sons song that also quotes this book). 

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