Were 1800 authors better and more informed believers than those we encounter in today’s complicated technology-driven world?
I believe they might have been, for they still are quoted in the new millennium when a slowing down of frantic pace and a retake on thoughtfulness are capable of easing our tension.
What is gratefulness?
Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933) saw many changes in his lifetime, but is still quoted thusly in the 21st Century:
“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”
I am grateful today for the wisdom of 1800s circa authors who saw humankind for its true frailty and didn’t hesitate to try to help shape it into an acceptable and forgiving form.
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