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Adin Ballou
and the Hopedale Community


The Hopedale Community

Hopedale Walking Tour

Works by Adin Ballou

Works on Adin Ballou and Hopedale

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Adin Ballou Biography

Hopedale Town History

Might and Right

One of these terms begins with an m and the other with an r. But this is not all the difference between them. Right never does wrong, even when possessed of infinite power. Might is very liable to do wrong. It very frequently does enormous wrong. It is never to be trusted unless under the direction of Right. Then it will always do good. With ignorant and wicked men, might makes right. With wise and good men, never. Therefore remember that no emperor, king, prince, president, governor, judge, general, legislative, court, army, or multitude, can make that right which is essentially wrong, either by declaring it to be right, or threatening death against those who refuse to perpetrate it.