What Thou Hast Done

“The world looks like a multiplication-table or a mathematical equation which, turn it how you will, balances itself… You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong… A man can not speak but he judges himself… Every secret is told, every wrong redressed, in silence and certainty… The thief steals from himself. The swindler swindles himself… Men suffer all their life long, under the foolish superstition that they can be cheated. But it is… Impossible for a man to be cheated by anyone but himself… What will you have? Quoth God; pay for it and take it… Thou shalt be paid exactly for what thou hast done, no more, no less.”

— Ralph Waldo Emmerson

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