Friday, March 5, 2010

The passion between the sexes, 18th century edition

[T]he best arguments for the perfectibility of man are drawn from a contemplation of the great progress that he has already made from the savage state, and the difficulty of saying where he is to stop. But towards the extinction of the passion between the sexes, no progress whatever has hitherto been made. It appears to exist in as much force at present as it did two thousand, or four thousand years ago.
--Thomas Malthus, 1787, An Essay on the Principle of Population

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