Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Quotes: Puritanism

Puritanism 198 "Puritanism—the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." H. L. Mencken. 1928. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Puritanism 226 "The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators." Macaulay. Portable Curmudgeon.

Puritans 1031 " …how like an iron cage was that which they [the Puritans] called liberty!" Hawthorne: "Main-Street" The liberty that the Puritans wanted was freedom to worship THEIR way.

Puritans 1037 "Dorothy Talby is chained to a post at the corner of Prison Lane, with the hot sun blazing on her matronly face, and all for no other offense than lifting her hand against her husband." Hawthorne: "Main-Street"

Puritans 1039 "Nor, it may be, have we even yet thrown off all the unfavorable influences which, among many good ones, were bequeathed to us by our Puritan forefathers. Hawthorne:" "Main-Street"

Puritans 1124 "These worthies [grim prints of Puritan ministers that hung around the study] looked strangely like bad angels, or, at least, like men who had wrestled so continually and so sternly with the devil, that somewhat of his sooty fierceness had been imparted to their own visages." Hawthorne: Preface to “The Old Manse”

To what degree does our Puritan heritage shape our contemporary attitudes?

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