A Quote by Samuel Eliot Morison on ambition, desires, emotion, passion, religion, tenacity, and world

A tough but nervous, tenacious but restless race [the Yankees]; materially ambitious, yet prone to introspection, and subject to waves of religious emotion. . . . A race whose typical member is eternally torn between a passion for righteousness and a desire to get on in the world.

Samuel Eliot Morison (1887 - 1976)

Source: Maritime History of Massachusetts, 1921, ch. 2

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