A Quote by Milton R. Sapirstein on assumptions, fanaticism, impulses, and value

There is nobody as enslaved as the fanatic, the person in whom one impulse, one value, has assumed ascendancy over all others.

Milton R. Sapirstein

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A Quote by George Gordon, Lord Byron on anger, courage, fanaticism, obstinacy, pride, and vanity

The French courage proceeds from vanity - the German from phlegm - the Turkish from fanaticism & opium - the Spanish from pride - the English from coolness - the Dutch from obstinacy - the Russian from insensibility - but the Italian from anger.

Lord Byron (1788 - 1824)

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A Quote by Immanuel Kant on atheism, criticism, danger, fanaticism, idealism, schools, skepticism, superstition, and thinking

Criticism alone can sever the root of materialism, fatalism, atheism, free-thinking, fanaticism, and superstition, which can be injurious universally; as well as of idealism and skepticism, which are dangerous chiefly to the Schools, and hardly allow of being handed on to the public.

Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)

Source: Critique of Pure Reason, 1781

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A Quote by Gordon R. Dickson on action, faith, fanaticism, and guidance

A faith-holder puts himself below his faith and lets it guide his actions. The fanatic puts himself above it and uses it as an excuse for his actions.

Gordon R. Dickson

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A Quote by George Wharton James on books, church, companions, earth, education, fanaticism, genius, god, government, harmony, heart, life, literature, mind, parenthood, power, prejudice, principles, prophets, reason, superiority, and time

Who can explain Joseph Smith? What are "revelations from God"? What is their test? Is it not beyond reason that a lad, born of poor parents, devoid of any save the commonest education, too poor to buy books, should have accomplished what he did in less than 40 years, unless there was some great reason for it? Let any one, even a literary genius, after 40 years of life, try to write a companion volume to the Book of Mormon, and then almost daily for a number of years give out "revelations" that internally harmonize one with another, at the same time formulate a system of doctrine for a church, introduce many new principles, resuscitate extinct priesthoods and formulate a system of Church government which has no superior upon earth . . . to deny such a man a wonderful power over the human heart and intellect is absurd. Only fanatical prejudice can ignore it. However he may be accounted for by the reasoning mind, Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet was one of the wonders of his time.

George Wharton James

Source: James, George Wharton. UTAH. The Land of the Blossoming Valley. Boston, MA: Page Co., 1922.

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A Quote by George Santayana on aim, effort, and fanaticism

Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.

George Santayana (1863 - 1952)

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A Quote by Charles Lamb on faith, falsehood, and fanaticism

But Faith, fanatic Faith, once wedded fast To some dear falsehood, hugs it to the last.

Charles Lamb (1775 - 1834)

Source: Lalla Rookh. The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan.

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A Quote by Carl Edward Sagan on celibacy, fanaticism, good, and ideas

A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

Source: Contact

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A Quote by Austin Farrar on charity, common sense, death, fanaticism, kindness, knowledge, life, peace, power, religion, virtue, and wisdom

'Knowledge, without common sense,' says Lee, is 'folly; without method, it is waste; without kindness, it is fanaticism; without religion, it is death.' But with common sense, it is wisdom with method, it is power; with charity, it is beneficence; with religion, it is virtue, and life, and peace.

Austin Farrar

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A Quote by Arnold W. Craft on civilization, fanaticism, improvement, liberty, life, people, progress, sacrifice, suffering, talent, and world

Unless man in the midst of all his modernism finds a middle ground upon which to adjust his differences, there can be no mutual progress, human liberty is sacrificed and talent and freewill suffer. Improvement of the standards of living of the whole people is paramount, if civilization is to escape world fanaticism.

Arnold W. Craft

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