Quotation by Lydia M. Child

Reverence is the highest quality of man's nature; and that individual, or nation, which has it slightly developed, is so far unfortunate. It is a strong spiritual instinct, and seeks to form channels for itself where none exists; thus Americans, in the dearth of other objects to worship, fall to worshipping themselves.
Lydia M. Child (1802–1880), U.S. abolitionist, writer, editor. Letter, May 26, 1843. Letters from New York, vol. 1, letter 18 (1843).
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