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Eleanor Roosevelt

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When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
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As quoted in "On The Universal Declaration of Human Rights" by Hillary Rodham Clinton in Issues of Democracy Vol. 3, No. 3 (October 1998), p. 11

 
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