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John Locke

If punishment reaches not the mind and makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.

Mind | Punishment | Will | Wisdom |

David Franklin Noble

Modern technology has lost its magic. No longer do people stand in awe, thrilled by the onward rush of science, the promise of a new day. Instead, the new is suspect. It arouses our hostility as much as it used to excite our fancy. With each breakthrough there are recurrent fears and suspicion. How will the advance further pollute our lives; modern technology is not merely what it first appears to be. Behind the whitecoats, the disarming jargon, the elaborate instrumentation, and a the core of what has often seemed an automatic process, one finds what Dorothy found in Oz: modern technology is human after all.

Awe | Day | Magic | People | Promise | Science | Suspicion | Technology | Will | Wisdom |

William Penn

If thou wouldst conquer thy weakness, thou must never gratify it. No man is compelled to evil; his consent only makes it his. It is no sin to be tempted, but to be overcome.

Evil | Man | Sin | Weakness | Wisdom |

Danny Siegel

High theory and mere mind-stimulation are secondary; living itself - in the real world, among people - is the essence... I hereby promise to attempt to be a mensh, a decent, caring human being. Neutrality, noncommitment, indifference have no place in life. To be fully human, we are committed to being caring, sensitive, aggressively compassionate people. Our lives are defined by how we act. We are alive because we perform just and righteous deeds, deeds of gentle loving kindness.

Deeds | Indifference | Kindness | Life | Life | Mind | Neutrality | People | Promise | Wisdom | World | Deeds |

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The opportunity of making happy is more scarce than we imagine; the punishment of missing it is, never to meet with it again; and the use owe make of it leaves us an eternal sentiment of satisfaction or repentance.

Eternal | Happy | Opportunity | Punishment | Repentance | Sentiment | Wisdom |

Harold J. Stonier

With all its alluring promise that some one else will guarantee for a rainy day, social security can never replace the program that man's future welfare, is after all, a matter of individual responsibility.

Day | Future | Guarantee | Individual | Man | Promise | Responsibility | Security | Will | Wisdom |

Julian Baggini

Life’s meaning has to be found in the living of life itself, and the promise of eventual death is necessary to make any action worthwhile at all.

Action | Death | Life | Life | Meaning | Promise |

Al-Anṭākī , full name Yaḥya ibn Saʿīd al-Anṭākī NULL

Question: What is the most harmful sin? Answer: The sin thou dost not know to be a sin.

Question | Sin |

Paul Billheimer

The continuous and widespread fragmentation of the church has been the scandal of the ages. It has been Satan’s master strategy. The sin of disunity probably has caused more souls to be lost than all other sins combined.

Church | Satan | Scandal | Sin |

Joan Chittister, fully Sister Joan D. Chittister

Blind obedience is itself an abuse of human morality. It is a misuse of the human soul in the name of religious commitment. It is a sin against individual conscience. It makes moral children of the adults from whom moral agency is required. It makes a vow, which is meant to require religious figures to listen always to the law of God, beholden first to the laws of very human organizations in the person of very human authorities. It is a law that isn't even working in the military and can never substitute for personal morality.

Abuse | Children | Commitment | Conscience | God | Individual | Law | Morality | Obedience | Sin | Soul |

Robert McAfee Brown

Most newspaper headlines are more effective examples of man’s sin writ large than any book on theology can ever hope to be.

Hope | Man | Sin | Theology |

Herbert Butterfield, fully Sir Herbert Butterfield

In the kind of world that I see in history there is one sin that locks people up in all their other sins… the sin of self-righteousness.

History | People | Righteousness | Self | Self-righteousness | Sin | World |

Rachel Carson, fully Rachel Louise Carson

For mankind as a whole, a possession infinitely more valuable than individual life is our genetic heritage, our link with past and future. Shaped through long eons of evolution, our genes not only make us what we are, but hold in their minute beings the future – be it one of promise or threat. Yet genetic deterioration through manmade [chemical and radioactive] agents is the menace of our time, “the last and greatest danger to our civilization.”

Civilization | Danger | Evolution | Future | Individual | Life | Life | Mankind | Past | Promise | Time | Danger |

George Brantl

Reason will find God, but reason will find, too, the need to transcend reason, the promise of more than reason can offer.

God | Need | Promise | Reason | Will |