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"Women are the only realists; their whole object in life is to pit their realism against the extravagant, excessive, and occasionally drunken idealism of men."
"Women have a thirst for order and beauty as for something physical; there is a strange female power of hating ugliness and waste as good men can only hate sin and bad men virtue."
"The first two facts which a healthy boy or girl feels about sex are these: first that it is beautiful and then that it is dangerous."
"America is the only country ever founded on a creed."
Declaration of Independence
dogmatically bases all rights on the fact that God created all men equal; and it is right; for if they were not created equal, they were certainly evolved unequal. There is no basis for democracy except in a dogma about the divine origin of man."
"There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong."
"By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece."
"Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame."
"Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere."
"If there were no God, there would be no Atheists."
"It is largely because the free-thinkers, as a school, have hardly made up their minds whether they want to be more optimist or more pessimist than Christianity that their small but sincere movement has failed. For the duel is deadly; and any agnostic who wishes to be anything more than a Nihilist must sympathize with one version of nature or the other."
"Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy."
"There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions."
"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people."
"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried."
"The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted: precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden."
"These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own."
"At least five times...with the Arian and the Albigensian, with the Humanist sceptic, after Voltaire and after Darwin, the Faith has to all appearance gone to the dogs. In each of these five cases it was the dog that died."
"Too much capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists."
"Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around."
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