„If we desire to do what will please God, and what will help men, we presently find ourselves taken out of our narrow habits of thought and action; we f1nd new elements of our nature called into activity; we are no longer running along a narrow track of selfish habit.“

—  James Freeman Clarke, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 536.
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