The Arc Of The Moral Universe

Look at the facts of the world. You see a continual and progressive triumph of the right. I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight. I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice. Things refuse to be mismanaged long.

Theodore Parker 1810-1860 Minister US “The Present Aspect of Slavery in America and The Immediate Duty of the North”: a speech delivered in the hall of the Massachusetts State House, before the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Convention, on Friday night, January 29, 1858