Excerpt from Among My Books, Vol. 2 of 3
Faith in God, faith in man, faith in work, this is the short formula in which we may sum up the teaching of the founders of New Eng land, a creed ample enough for this life and the next. If their municipal regulations smack somewhat of... Judaism, yet there can be no nobler aim or more practical wisdom than theirs; for it was to make the law of man a living counter part of the law of God, in their highest con ception of it. Were they too earnest in the strife to save their souls alive? That is still the problem which every wise and brave man is lifelong in solving. If the Devil take a less hateful shape to us than to our fathers, he is as busy with us as with them; and if We cannot find it in our hearts to break with a gentleman of so much worldly wisdom, who gives such admirable dinners, and whose manners are so perfect, so much the worse for us.
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