"For the Puritan still lives in New England, thank God! And will there so long as New England lives and keeps her old renown." --- 1884
"Life is a roar of bargain and battle, but in the very heart of it there arises a mystic spiritual tone that gives meaning to the whole. It transmutes the dull details into romance. It reminds us that our only but wholly adequate significance is as parts of the whole. It suggests that even while we think we are egotists we are living to ends outside ourselves." ---1911
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