Capt'n John
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Traditions: Christianity, Humanism, Universal Ethics, Freethought, Agnosticism
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Man is indeed a fantastic creature; and nothing about him is so fantastic as the alchemy of his crushed soul which transmutes shame and weakness into pride and faith. — Eric Hoffer

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The politics of that year [2004] are old now, but the problem remains the same, the real culture clash of American life. It’s between the essence of fundamentalism — paternalism, authority, and charity — and the messy imperatives of democracy, “the din of the vox populi” once derided by Abram Vereide. It’s the difference between false unity, preached from above, and real solidarity, pledged between brothers and sisters — the kinds who are always bickering.

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C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy
Page Page 284,
Published by Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group, , New York , First Edition: September 2010,
Contribution #6196

It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives. Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.

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The Passionate State of Mind
Page 77 - #123
Published by Harper & Row, Publishers , New York , 1955
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Contribution #6154

I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution. — Jonathan Swift (Thoughts on Religion (1786))

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The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations - Third Edition
by Oxford University Press
Page 527 - #6
Published by Same as above? , USA , 1980
Contribution #3657

There is as yet no civilized society, but only a society in the process of becoming civilized. There is as yet no civilized nation, but only nations in the process of becoming civilized. From this standpoint, we can now speak of a collective task of humankind. The task of humanity is to build a genuine civilization.

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