Quotation by Henry Brooks Adams

The only human beings I have thoroughly admired and respected in the world have been those who carried the load of the world with a smile, and who, in the face of anxieties that would have knocked me clean out, never showed a tremor. Such men and women end by owning us, soul and body, and our allegiance can never be shaken. We are only too glad to be owned. Religion is nothing but this.
Henry Brooks Adams (1838–1918), U.S. historian. Letter, July 18, 1899, to Mabel Hooper La Farge. Henry B. Adams and His Friends, p. 469, ed. Harold Dean Cater.
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