Let us put aside resolutely that great fright, tenderly and without malice, daring to be wrong in something important rather than right in some meticulous banality, fearing no evil while the mind is free to search, imagine, and conclude, inviting our countrymen to try other instruments than coercion and suppression in the effort to meet destiny with triumph, genially suspecting that no creed yet calendared in the annals of politics mirrors the doomful possibilities of infinity.

Charles A Beard
Charles Beard (1874-1948) American historian
Address, American Political Science Assoc., St. Louis, Missouri (29 Dec 1926)

Reprinted as "Time, Technology, and the Creative Spirit in Political Science," The American Political Science Review, (February 1927)

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