Introduction

From my point of view, he can be called a remarkable man who stands out from those around him by the resourcefulness of his mind, and who knows how to be restrained in the manifestations which proceed from his nature, at the same time conducting himself justly and tolerantly towards the weaknesses of others.

Since the first such man I knew—whose influence left its trace on the whole of my life—was my father, I shall begin with him.

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