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...common advantage. There was no ostentation in this; but everything was produced just as if each had a right to its use. Then it was, I felt the immense importance of having a companion, in an intellectual sense, in a wife. Lucy had always been intelligent; but I never fully understood her superiority in this respect, until we travelled together, amid the teeming recollections and scenes of the old world. That America is the greatest country of ancient or modern times, I shall not deny.Everybody says it, and what everybody says must be true.Nevertheless, I will venture to hint, that, _caeteris paribus_, and where there is the disposition to think at all, the intellectual existence of every American who goes to Europe, is more than doubled in its intensity. This is the country of action, not of thought, or speculation. Men _follow_ out their facts to results, instead of _reasoning_ them out. Then, the multiplicity of objects and events that exist in the old countries to quicken the powers of the mind, has no parallel here.... Cooper, James F.
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