A Quote by Bernard de Voto on achievement, america, civilization, destiny, life, and stability

New England is a finished place. Its destiny is that of Florence or Venice, not Milan while the American empire careens onward toward its unpredicted end. . . . It is the first American section to be finished to achieve stability in the conditions of its life. It is the first old civilization, the first permanent civilization in America.

Bernard de Voto (1897 - 1955)

Source: New England: There She Stands. In Harper's Magazine, March 1932

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