I am charmed with your description of Paradise, and with your plan of living there; and I approve much of your conclusion, that, in the meantime, we should draw all the good we can from this world.
But, indolent as I am, and averse to writing, the fear of having no more of your pleasing epistles, if I do not contribute to the correspondence, obliges me to take up my pen; and as Mr. has kindly sent me word that he sets out to-morrow to see you, instead of spending this Wednesday evening, as I have done its namesakes, in your delightful company, I sit down to spend it in thinking of you, in writing to you, and in reading over and over again your letters.
Lawrence, Studies in Classic American Literature (New York: Seltzer, 1923). Man is dominated by the making of money, by acquisition as the ultimate purpose of his life.
is thought of so purely as an end in itself, that from the point of view of the happiness of, or utility to, the single individual, it appears entirely transcendental and absolutely irrational. It expresses a type of feeling which is closely connected with certain religious ideas.
Woodrow Wilson, Introduction to the Autobiography (New York: Century, 1901 ).
addressing itself to the task, which in this country is every man's, of setting free the processes of growth, giving them facility and speed and efficacy.