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Every one knows the veneration which was paid by the Jews to a name so great, wonderful, and holy. They would not let it enter even into their religious discourses. What can we then think of those who make use of so tremendous a name, in the ordinary expression of their anger, mirth, and most impertinent passions?
- Joseph Addison
Most people who commit a sin count on some personal benefit to be derived therefrom, but profanity has not even this excuse.
- Hosea Ballou
Profaneness is a brutal vice. He who indulges in it is no gentleman, I care not what his stamp may be in society; I care not what clothes he wears, or what culture he boasts.
- Edwin Hubbell Chapin
A single profane expression betrays a man's low breeding.
- Joseph Cook
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.
- Samuel H. Cox
The loud type of vulgarity.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is difficult to account for a practice which gratifies no passion and promotes no interest.
- Robert Hall
Swearing is properly a superfluity of naughtiness, and can only be considered as a sort of pepper-corn rent, in acknowledgment of the devil's right of superiority.
- Robert Hall
From a common custom of swearing men easily slide into perjury; therefore, if thou wouldst not be perjured, do not use thyself to swear.
The devil tempts men through their ambition, their cupidity, or their appetite, until he comes to the profane swearer, whom he clutches without any reward.
- Horace Mann
To swear is neither brave, polite, nor wise.
- Alexander Pope
When a gentlemen is disposed to swear, it is not for any standers-by to curtail his oaths.
- William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
(Cloten at II, i)
Blasphemous words betray the vain foolishness of the speaker.
- Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)
Nothing is a greater sacrilege than to prostitute the great name of God to the petulancy of an idle tongue.
- Jeremy Taylor
None so nearly disposed to scoffing at religion as those who have accustomed themselves to swear on trifling occasions.
- John Tillotson
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.
- George Washington
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