People grumble about inconvenience, yet their fathers had no railroads, no steamers, no gas, no friction matches, no telegraphs, sewing machines, no washing machines, no patent reapers and mowers — nothing much but their hands and feet and heads to get along with. And many sigh for a return of “the good old times,” too. Funny creatures, we are, and never content.

— March 5, 1870