To attend a place of worship, to abstain from spirits, to read a serious newspaper and put money in the savings bank, was in 1840 as good an ideal as could be set before a man. To pursue it gave him rank as a citizen, the promise of a vote, and a share in a solid civilization.
It was one of Lord Salisbury's paradoxes that only uncontentious legislation should be brought before Parliament: if it were contentious, then public opinion was not ripe for it.
The human mind is still something of a troglodyte. Expelled from one falling cavern, its first thought is to find another.
A flight of perplexed unstable minds into the Confessional, into Spiritualism, into strange Eastern Cults.