Depend upon it, the first universal characteristic of all great art is Tenderness, as the second is Truth. I find this more and more every day: an infinitude of tenderness is the chief gift and inheritance of all the truly great men. It is sure to involve a relative intensity of disdain towards base things, and an appearance of sternness and arrogance in the eyes of all hard, stupid, and vulgar people
— John Ruskin

New England is the home of all that is good and noble with all her sternness and uncompromising opinions.
— Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards