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What men think and believe attainable, is to be attained. A brave man, now blind, said to us the other day: ‘The world’s attitude to the blind, and the blind man’s attitude to himself, has hitherto been formed by the whine of the blind beggar, which by the way meant so many more pennies in the blind man’s cap. We know better nowadays. The blind man can be useful — and happy.’ If he can be, so can the rest of the disabled.

John Galsworthy, Reveille: Devoted to the Disabled Sailor & Soldier, 1 (August 1918), 5.

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