On Liberty and Self-Control

Read this quote by Edmund Burke during our morning family devotions today:

Men qualify for freedom in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains on their own appetites. Society cannot exist unless a controlling power is put somewhere on will and appetite, and the less of it there is within, the more of it there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.

– Quoted in Douglas Bond’s Father’s & Sons: Hold Fast In a Broken World, p. 38

So good.

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