John L. Stoddard's Lectures, Vol. 8 of 10...

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Author  John Lawson Stoddard
Publisher  Forgotten Books
Publication Date   July 6, 2012
ISBN  1440047030
Pages  342

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And I would rather see a ruin, if it possessed historic interest, than the best modern structure ever framed. They were A mericans, walking the deck of an Atlantic steamer. Both were intelligent, outspoken, and sincere. They represented in these words two widely different classes of their fellow-countrymen. The first speaker expressed the view of those who are intensely practical and progressive. They are weary of kings, emancipated from the past, impatient of Old-W orld conservatism, and so exultant in the building up of new and prosperous communities that they consider it almost sacrilege to waste their time on men, events, and buildings of antiquity. The second represented those Americans whose patriotism is no less strong than that of the firstmentioned class, and who concede that the Old World looks rather toward the Past, while the New World is LEONARDO DA VINCI.
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