It did not come naturally; in fact, it would be difficult to conceive of any more dogmatic and less tolerant people than the first settlers on New England shores.
There is nothing in the genius of America more precious today than the spirit of religious and political tolerance in its application to our own people.
The lawlessness of frontier life in America has been pictured as a remarkable phenomenon. In reality, it was the natural consequence of indiscriminate mixing of volatile substances.
Much responsibility rests upon the shoulders of the song leader; it is not infrequently within his power to make or break a meeting.
Personality has power to uplift, power to depress, power to curse, and power to bless.
In course of time, religion came with its rites invoking the aid of good spirits which were even more powerful than the bad spirits, and thus for the time being tempered the agony of fears.
Permanent superiority has never been realized by any nation in history. After the rise comes the fall.
One's nativity is not of his own choosing, but whatever it may be, it is entitled to respect; and all nations have honorable place in the world's family.
If there is anything worse than international warfare, is civil warfare, and the United States was destined to experience it in the extreme of bitterness.
The nation that is supreme above all others during one age, will be eclipsed by another in the next age.
But primitive man had enemies real as well as imaginary, and they were not subject to priestly sorceries.
In the cold, shivering twilight, preceding the daybreak of civilization, the dominating emotion of man was fear.
Ignorance is a menace to peace.
If there ever was a militant religion, it was that of early New England.
One's religion is one's own possession and he has a right to it.