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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Alexander Hamilton Stephens (1812–83)
QUOTATION: These ceremonies and the National Statuary Hall will teach the youth of the land in succeeding generations as they come and go that the chief end of human effort in a sublunary view should be usefulness to mankind, and that all true fame which should be perpetuated by public pictures, statues, and monuments, is to be acquired only by noble deeds and high achievements and the establishment of a character founded upon the principles of truth, uprightness, and inflexible integrity.
ATTRIBUTION: Representative ALEXANDER H. STEPHENS, remarks in the House, February 15, 1881, upon Vermont’s presentation of a statue of Jacob Collamer to Statuary Hall.—Congressional Record, vol. 11, p. 1611.
SUBJECTS: Education