Source: The Greatest Truth and Other Discourses and Interpretations
Source type: book
Document type: book chapter
Document title: “Thoughts” [chapter 18]
Author(s): Dresser, Horatio W.
Publisher: Progressive Literature Co
Place of publication: New York, New York
Year of publication: 1907
Pagination: 167-88 (excerpt below includes only page 175)
|Dresser, Horatio W. “Thoughts” [chapter 18]. The Greatest Truth and Other Discourses and Interpretations. New York: Progressive Literature, 1907: pp. 167-88.|
|excerpt of chapter|
|Emma Goldman (impact on Czolgosz); McKinley assassination (personal response).|
|Leon Czolgosz; Emma Goldman; William McKinley.|
On the cover and half title page the book’s title is simply given as The Greatest Truth.
From title page: By Horatio W. Dresser, Author of “The Power of Silence.”
All life begins at a point, in the cell or seed, and works outward by cell division and organic multiplication. External accident may mar this growth, and a favourable environment is a necessary factor. But to bring about modifications and perpetuate them, it is necessary to begin at the centre of things. The same law is exemplified in the mental world. It is a thought of Emma Goldman which works in the mind of Czolgosz until it brings its terrible fruition, the killing of President M’Kinley. To reform that man or any other, you must somehow instil [sic] another idea into his mind. It would be useless to try to reform him by any other method. Your reformative idea is a carefully chosen product of your own mental evolution, it is the concentrated result of a vast deal of thinking. It will take root and grow like a seed in the soil.