Simplicity should not be identified with bareness.
The exercises of our meeting are to be simple and devoid of all ceremonial and formalism.
We measure our enjoyments by the sum expended.
For more than three thousand years men have quarreled concerning the formulas of their faith.
No religion can long continue to maintain its purity when the church becomes the subservient vassal of the state.
An anxious unrest, a fierce craving desire for gain has taken possession of the commercial world, and in instances no longer rare the most precious and permanent goods of human life have been madly sacrificed in the interests of momentary enrichment.
FOR a long time the conviction has been dimly felt in the community that, without prejudice to existing institutions, the legal day of weekly rest might be employed to advantage for purposes affecting the general good.
Admitting the force of these contentions, nevertheless, the custom of meeting together in public assembly for the consideration of the most serious, the most exalted topics of human interest is too vitally precious to be lost.
Where the roots of private virtue are diseased, the fruit of public probity cannot but be corrupt.
You do not build your own houses, nor make your own garments, nor bake your own bread, simply because you know that if you were to attempt all these things they would all be more or less ill done.