The Greatness and Genius of America

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I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there; in the fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits, aflame with righteousness, did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.

Alexis de Tocqueville, 1805 – 1859

2 thoughts on “The Greatness and Genius of America

  1. Carleen M. Tjader

    The last line has been running through my head these last two years–was good to be reacquainted with the rest of the quote and it’s author. How did Tocqueville know we might need this?
    You surely have, and know, the very best words, Marion.

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