"A branch severed from an adjoining branch necessarily becomes severed from the whole tree. A man, likewise, who had been divided from any of his fellows had thereby fallen away from the whole community. But whereas the branch is lopped by some other hand, the man, by his feelings of hatred or aversion, brings about his own estrangement from his neighbour, and does not see that at the same time he has cut himself off from the whole framework of society."
"A branch which has been partner of the tree's growth since the beginning, and has never ceased to share its life, is a different thing from one that has been grafted in again after a severance. As gardeners say, it is of the same tree, but not of the same mind."
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