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Admitting the force of these contentions, nevertheless, the custom of meeting together in public assembly for the consideration of the most serious, the most exalted topics of human interest is too vitally precious to be lost.
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An anxious unrest, a fierce craving desire for gain has taken possession of the commercial world, and in instances no longer rare the most precious and permanent goods of human life have been madly sacrificed in the interests of momentary enrichment.
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At present there are many persons who no longer pay heed to the summons of these bells.
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Ethical religion can be real only to those who are engaged in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement. By moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement, without limit.
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Even our domestic life has lost much of its former warmth and geniality.
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Every dogma, every philosophic or theological creed, was at its inception a statement in terms of the intellect of a certain inner experience.
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Few are there that will leave the secure seclusion of the scholar's life, the peaceful walks of literature and learning, to stand out a target for the criticism of unkind and hostile minds.
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FOR a long time the conviction has been dimly felt in the community that, without prejudice to existing institutions, the legal day of weekly rest might be employed to advantage for purposes affecting the general good.
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For if the Sunday service at all fulfills its purpose the impressions received will import a finer flavor, an atmosphere of elevation into the home, by which both parents and children will be infinitely the gainers.
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For more than three thousand years men have quarreled concerning the formulas of their faith.
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For nearly two thousand years the Christian Church has existed in the world fulfilling its beneficent function.
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If you desire information on some point of law, you are not likely to ponder over the ponderous tomes of legal writers in order to obtain the knowledge you seek, by your own unaided efforts.
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In a country of such recent civilization as ours, whose almost limitless treasures of material wealth invite the risks of capital and the industry of labor, it is but natural that material interests should absorb the attention of the people to a degree elsewhere unknown.
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In the Sunday meetings of the American Ethical Societies there is no prayer, no ritual. There is music as a kind of frame, but the center of the service is the address.
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Like the builders of the second Jerusalem temple, we were compelled to build with one hand and to bear the sword, as it were, in the other.
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Love is the expansion of two natures in such fashion that each include the other, each is enriched by the other.
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Love of country is like love of woman - he loves her best who seeks to bestow on her the highest good.
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Moreover, the lecturer is but an instrument in your hands.
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No one can fail to see that the power of the Church among large numbers in many communities is today diminishing, or has already ceased.
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No religion can long continue to maintain its purity when the church becomes the subservient vassal of the state.
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Perhaps a hundred people assembled one evening, May 15, 1876, at the time when the country was celebrating the hundredth anniversary of its political independence.
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Sects and factions are multiplying on every hand, and every new schism is but the parent of a dozen others. And it must be so. Let us make up our minds to that.
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Simplicity may indeed be empty but, on the other hand, may be pregnant with meanings that ritual cannot express or can express only incompletely.
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Simplicity should not be identified with bareness.
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The brief exhilaration of the dance, the physical stimulus of wine and of food, the nervous excitement of a game of hazard, perhaps these make up the sum total of enjoyment in by far the majority of our so-called parties of pleasure.
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The busy professional man, for instance, is apt to bring home on Saturday night the overflow of the week's work. He looks forward to the quiet Sunday morning with anticipation, determined to clear the way for a fresh start on Monday morning.
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The ethical manifold, conceived of as unified, furnishes, or rather is, the ideal of the whole.
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The Ethical Society, therefore, is like a Church in maintaining, and emphasizing the importance of maintaining the custom of public assemblies on Sunday.
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The exercises of our meeting are to be simple and devoid of all ceremonial and formalism.
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The family is the school of duties - founded on love.
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The freedom of thought is a sacred right of every individual man, and diversity will continue to increase with the progress, refinement, and differentiation of the human intellect.
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The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by.
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The office of the public teacher is an unenviable and thankless one.
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The past speaks to us in a thousand voices, warning and comforting, animating and stirring to action.
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The platform of an Ethical Society is itself the altar; the address must be the fire that burns thereon.
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The position of the Ethical Societies connected with ethics the two notes of independence and reverence. The authority of the moral law is not borrowed; it is aboriginal and also sovereign. The ethical end is the sovereign, supreme end of life to which all other ends must be subordinated.
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The real attitude of the Ethical Societies from the beginning was positive, not negative, not antagonistic.
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The rudder of our ship has ceased to move obedient to the helm.
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There have been no direr wars than religious wars, no bitterer hates than religious hates, no fiendish cruelty like religious cruelty; no baser baseness than religious baseness.
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There is the external fact, to begin with, that the Ethical Society assembles on Sunday morning, at the hour when the church bells ring. Nor is this a mere coincidence.
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This desire for a consecrating influence expressed itself in the initiation of Sunday Services, which were marked by great simplicity.
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Voluntarism arises out of the overemphasis of one of the two poles of ethical experience - the incontrovertible value of selfhood - to the neglect of the opposite pole.
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We are but reaping the bitter Sodom fruit of dead hopes and fair promises turned to ashes.
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We measure our enjoyments by the sum expended.
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We propose to entirely exclude prayer and every form of ritual.
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Where the roots of private virtue are diseased, the fruit of public probity cannot but be corrupt.
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You do not build your own houses, nor make your own garments, nor bake your own bread, simply because you know that if you were to attempt all these things they would all be more or less ill done.
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