Excerpt from Union of Sentiment Among Christians Not Essential to Peace: A Sermon, Preached at the Dedication of the South Congregational Church in Natick, November 20th, 1828
The love of excitement is a part of Our nature. It is early developed, and gathers strength with our increasing years. It is into this principle that we must, in part at least, resolve the desire for rash and hazardous adventure, as well as for deeds of high and noble daring. It is to this principle that we must refer that fondness for the marvellous of which we are conscious ourselves, and which we discover in those around us; the interest with which we listen to tales of wonder, or of horror, or of deep pathos, and the propensity we have to relate to others whatever will occasion a strong emotion. In this respect mankind always have been, and al ways will be, Athenians, who loved to tell, or to hear, something new.
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