Educate the people to noble purpose.
Lift them to the level of the highest motive.
Enforce by every possible appeal the influence of the finest elements of our nature.
Let the great ideas-self-respect, freedom, justice, self-sacrifice — help each man to tread the body under his feet.
This worship of great memories, noble deeds, sacred places,--the poetry of history,--is one of the keenest ripeners of such elements.
Seize greedily on every chance to save and emphasize these.
Give me a people freshly and tenderly alive to such influences, and I will laugh at money-rings or demagogues armed with sensual temptations.
Men marvelled at the uprising which hurled slavery to the dust.
It was young men who dreamed dreams over patriot graves,--enthusiasts wrapped in memories!
Marble, gold, and granite are not real
; the only actual reality is an idea.
Gentlemen, I remember,--Mr. Chairman
, you will remember, also,--that some six months ago the mayor and aldermen debated how they should use some eighteen or twenty thousand dollars left them by Jonathan Phillips
to ornament the streets of Boston
; and then the city government decided — and decided very properly -that they could do no better with that money than place before the people a statue of the great mayor, Josiah Quincy
, to whom this city owes so much.
It was a very worthy vote under those circumstances; but: if the great mayor were living to-day, he would be he-e with the Massachusetts
— yes, he would be here, Mr. Chairman
, with the Massachusetts Historical Society in his right hand, and the Mechanic Association
in the other, and he would protest against the use of a dollar of that money for his personal honor until it had been first used to save this immortal legacy.
I wish that I had a voice in that aldermanic corps; I would propose, with no