„For the most part we inherit our opinions.“

—  Роберт Грин Ингерсолл, Context: For the most part we inherit our opinions. We are the heirs of habits and mental customs. Our beliefs, like the fashion of our garments, depend on where we were born. We are molded and fashioned by our surroundings. "Why I Am an Agnostic." (1896) http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/ingag.htm
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