There are two things which a democratic people will always find very difficult - to begin a war and to end it.
The whole life of an American is passed like a game of chance, a revolutionary crisis, or a battle.
There is hardly a pioneer's hut which does not contain a few odd volumes of Shakespeare. I remember reading the feudal drama of Henry V for the first time in a log cabin.
The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through.
Life is to be entered upon with courage.