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On profanity



   Of all the dark catalogue of sins, there is not one more vile 
   and execrable than profaneness.  It commonly does, and loves 
   to, cluster with other sins; and he who can look up and insult 
   his Maker to his face, needs but little improvement in guilt to 
   make him a finished devil. 

                                                S. H. Cox 




   Profanity is both an unreasonable and an unmanly sin, a 
   violation alike of good taste and good morals; an offense 
   against both man and God.  Some sins are productive of 
   temporary profit or pleasure; but profaneness is productive of 
   nothing unless it be shame on earth, and damnation in hell.  It 
   is the most gratuitous of all kinds of wickedness a sort of 
   peppercorn acknowledgment of the sovereignty of the devil over 
   those who indulge it. 

                                             Tryon Edwards 




   The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing 
   is a vice so mean and low, that every person of sense and 
   character detests and despises it. 

                                                  Washington 




   The devil tempts men through their ambition, their cupidity or 
   their appetite, until he comes to the profane swearer, whom he 
   catches without any bait or reward. 

                                          Horace Mann 




   Swearing is properly a superfluity of haughtiness, and can only 
   be considered as a sort of peppercorn sent, in acknowledgment 
   of the devil's right of superiority. 

                                               Robert Hall 




   Profaneness is a brutal vice.   He who indulges in it is no 
   gentleman.   I care not what his stamp may be in society, or 
   what clothes he wears, or what culture he boasts.  Despite all 
   his refinement, the light and habitual taking of God's name in 
   vain, betrays a coarse and brutal will. 

                                                E. H. Chapin 





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