A Quote by John Adams on authority, belief, cruelty, god, heaven, ignorance, knowledge, management, mankind, morality, nature, people, persuasion, pleasure, power, religion, rules, shame, timidity, and wine

They even persuaded mankind to believe, faithfully and undoubtingly, that God Almighty had entrusted them with the keys of heaven, whose gates they might open and close at pleasure; with a power of dispensation over all the rules and obligations of morality; with authority to license all sorts of sins and crimes; with a power of deposing princes and absolving subjects from allegiance; with a power of procuring or withholding the rain of heaven and the beams of the sun; with the management of earthquakes, pestilence, and famine; nay, with the mysterious, awful, incomprehensible power of creating out of bread and wine the flesh and blood of God himself. All these opinions they were enabled to spread and rivet among the people by reducing their minds to a state of sordid ignorance and staring timidity, and by infusing into them a religious horror of letters and knowledge. Thus was human nature chained fast for ages in a cruel, shameful, and deplorable servitude to him and his subordinate tyrants, who, it was foretold, would exalt himself above all that was called God and that was worshipped.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law, 1765.

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A Quote by James Russell Lowell on glory, shame, and women

Laborin' man an' laborin' woman Hev one glory an' one shame; Ev'y thin' thet' s done inhuman Injers all on 'em the same.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

Source: The Biglow Papers. First Series. No. i.

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A Quote by James Connolly on enthusiasm, fraud, heart, love, men, men and women, people, shame, suffering, and women

Ireland, as distinct from her people, is nothing to me; and the man who is bubbling over with love and enthusiasm for "Ireland," and can yet pass unmoved through our streets and witness all the wrong and the suffering, shame and degradation wrought upon the people of Ireland-yea, wrought by Irishmen upon Irish men and women, without burning to end it, is, in my opinion, a fraud and a liar in his heart, no matter how he loves that combination of chemical elements he is pleased to call Ireland.

James Connolly (1870 - 1916)

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A Quote by J. Reuben Clark, Jr. on belief, chastity, civilization, concern, death, debauchery, destruction, disease, friendship, life, love, misery, nations, parenthood, past, people, salvation, shame, soul, present, trust, women, and worth

Chastity is fundamental to civilization. If the race becomes unchaste, it will perish. Immorality has been basic to the destruction of mighty nations in the past. It will bring to dust the mighty nations of the present. You young people, may I directly entreat you to be chaste? Please believe me when I say that chastity is worth more than life itself. This is the doctrine my parents taught me; it is true. Better die chaste than live unchaste. The salvation of your very soul is concerned in this. I ask you to believe me whenever a man or woman, young or old, demands as the price of his friendship that you give up the righteous standards of your life, or any of them, that man's friendship is not worth the price he asks. You may not trust that friendship. He will cast it off as he does his worn out coat. Friendship is not now, and never was, the offspring of debauchery or unrighteousness. I ask you young women to believe me further when I say that any young man who demands your chastity as the price of his love is spiritually unclean, and is offering something that is not worth the purchase price. His love will turn to ashes under your touch; it will lead you to misery and shame, and too often, it will curse you with dread disease.

J. Reuben Clark (1871 - 1961)

Source: The Improvement Era, December, 1938, p. 714

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A Quote by Isaac Watts on agreement, birds, children, family, and shame

Birds in their little nests agree; And 'tis a shameful sight When children of one family Fall out, and chide, and fight.

Isaac Watts (1674 - 1748)

Source: Song xvii.

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A Quote by Henry Ware on beauty, life, shame, and work

The shaping of our own life is our own work. It is a thing of beauty, or a thing of shame, as we ourselves make it.

Henry Ware

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on companions, deed, men, saints, shame, and vices

Saint Augustine! well has thou said, That of our vices we can frame A ladder, if we will but tread Beneath our feet each deed of shame! . . . The heights by great men reached and kept Were not attained by sudden flight, But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upward in the night.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

Source: The Ladder of Saint Augustine

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A Quote by Heber J. Grant on embarrassment, family, feeling, service, shame, spirituality, welfare, and work

No pains must be spared to wipe out all feeling of diffidence, embarrassment, or shame on the part of those receiving relief; [we] must be one great family of equals. The spiritual welfare of those on relief must receive especial care and be earnestly and prayerfully fostered. A system which gives relief for work or service will go far to reaching these ends.

Heber J. Grant (1856 - 1945)

Source: The First Presidency, "An Important Message," Deseret News, 7 Apr. 1936

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A Quote by Hakuun Yasutani on shame


In last night's storm the beautiful blossoms all fell off. Ah! What a shame. When it rains for two or three days, again the weeds have grown up. Oh, well.

Hakuun Yasutani (1885 - 1973)

Source: Flowers Fall, 1996, Translated by Paul Jaffe

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A Quote by George Santayana on chastity, shame, and skepticism

Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer.

George Santayana (1863 - 1952)

Source: Skepticism and Animal Faith, 1923

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