Excerpt from The Memory of the Just: A Sermon, Preached in First Church on the Sunday After the Death of Joseph P. Bradlee, 25 February, 1838
A good name, says the book of Proverbs in another place, is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. And indeed, if it be a weakness to covet such a treasure, it is a weakness, of which only the best minds are capable, and of which a saint need not be ashamed. It is elevated far above the aims of any ordinary selfishness. Selfishness it in no sense is; for it looks for the regard of others, and it means the service of others. It craves no sordid delights. It consents to none of.
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