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The man who fearing loss of present pleasures or material comforts, denies Truth within him, can be injured, and robbed, and degraded, and trampled upon, because he has first injured, robbed and degraded, and trampled upon his own nobler self; but man of steadfast virtue, of unblemished integrity, cannot be subject to such conditions, because he has denied craven self within him and has taken refuge in Truth. It is not scourge and chains which make a man a slave, but fact that he is a slave.
Slander, Accusation, and malice cannot affect righteous man, nor call from him any bitter response, nor does he need to go about to defend himself and prove his innocence. His innocence and integrity alone are a sufficient answer to all that hatred may attempt against him. Nor can he ever be subdued by forces of darkness, having subdued all those forces within himself; but he turns all evil things to good account - out of darkness he brings light, out of hatred love, out of dishonour honour; and slanders, envies, and misrepresentations only serve to make more bright jewel of Truth within him, and to glorify his high and holy destiny.
Let man of integrity rejoice and be glad when he is severely tried; let him be thankful that he has been given an opportunity of proving his loyalty to noble principles which he has espoused; and let him think: "Now is hour of holy opportunity! Now is day of triumph for Truth! Though I lose whole world I will note desert right!" So thinking, he will return good for evil, and will think compassionately of wrong-doer.
The slanderer, backbiter, and wrong-doer may seem to succeed for a time, but Law of Justice prevails; man of integrity may seem to fail for a time, but he is invincible, and in none of worlds, visible or invisible, can there be forged a weapon that shall prevail against him.
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