Quotation by Henry David Thoreau

Who ever thought of the religion of an innkeeper,—whether he was joined to the Church, partook of the sacrament, said his prayers, feared God, or the like? No doubt he has had his experiences, has felt a change, and is a firm believer in the perseverance of the saints. In this last, we suspect, does the peculiarity of his religion consist. But he keeps an inn and not a conscience. How many fragrant charities and sincere social virtues are implied in this daily offering of himself to the public! He cherishes good-will to all, and gives the wayfarer as good and honest advice to direct him on his road as the priest.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Landlord" (1843), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 161, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
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