Thomas Wentworth Higginson quote

"All... religions show the same disparity between belief and practice, and each is safe till it tries to exclude the rest. Test each sect by its best or its worst as you will, by its high-water mark of virtue or its low-water mark of vice. But falsehood begins when you measure the ebb of any other religion against the flood-tide of your own. There is a noble and a base side to every history."

Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Born: December 22, 1823

Die: May 9, 1911

Occupation: Author

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