Americana

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H. Heyfelder, 1906 - United States - 147 pages
 

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Page 111 - Let me admonish you, first of all, to go alone; to refuse the good models, even those which are sacred in the imagination of men, and dare to love God without mediator or veil.
Page 54 - I choose to solve the controversy with this small distinction, and it belongs to all three: any government is free to the people under it (whatever be the frame) where the laws rule and the people are a party to those laws, and more than this is tyranny, oligarchy, or confusion.
Page 111 - A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall.
Page 108 - We must start in religion from our own souls. In these is the fountain of all divine truth. An outward revelation is only possible and intelligible, on the ground of conceptions and principles, previously furnished by the soul.
Page 110 - I am content that it should stand to the end of the world," but " I am not interested in it," — that is the view expressed of the holiest mystery of Christianity by a man who stood for three years in the pulpit of Cotton Mather. It is doubtful whether the whole literature of heresy contains two phrases which to any mind still affected by traditional Christian faith must seem more saturated...
Page 54 - We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unal ¡enable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Page 125 - Western life the lower sort of Americans had tended to revert towards a social state ancestrally extinct centuries before America was discovered.
Page 111 - ... of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with the shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words and to-morrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you have said to-day.
Page 125 - Lincoln's youth, whatever the authenticity of this anecdote or that, you can hardly avoid the impression that the social surroundings in which his life began were astonishingly like those of the Middle Ages. These people, of course, dressed in garments and used words, and had traditions which imply...
Page 66 - After seeing so many largest and most imposing sublimities, he adds, "Ich habe sogar — the purest water in the world — getrunken.

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