I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her
commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there;
in her fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there;
in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there.

Not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits
aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius
and power.

America is great because she is good and if America ever ceases to be good,

America will cease to be great.

— Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

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