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PERSECUTION
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In that disputable point of persecuting men for conscience sake, I see such dreadful consequences rising, I would be as fully convinced of the truth of it, as a mathematical demonstration, before I would venture to act upon it or make it a part of my religion.
      - Joseph Addison

A religion which requires persecution to sustain it is of the devil's propagation.
      - Hosea Ballou

It has become a settled principle that nothing which is good and true can be destroyed by persecution, but that the effect ultimately is to establish more firmly, and to spread more widely, that which it was designed to overthrow. It has long since passed into a proverb that "the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church."
      - Albert Barnes

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. V, v. 10)

Christianity has made martyrdom sublime, and sorrow triumphant.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Persecution is disobeying the most solemn injunction of Christianity, under the sham plea of upholding it.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

There are only two things in which the false professors of all religions have agreed--to persecute all other sects and to plunder their own.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The history of persecution is a history of endeavor to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is an inherent and inseparable inconvenience in persecution that it knows not where to stop.
      - Robert Hall

The way of this world is, to praise dead saints, and persecute living ones.
      - Nathaniel Howe

Wherever you see persecution, there is more than a probability that truth lies on the persecuted side.
      - Hugh Latimer

It is iniquitous, unjust, and most impolitic to persecute for religion's sake. It is against natural religion, revealed religion, and sound policy.
      - 1st Earl of Mansfield, William Murray

Persecution often does in this life what the last day will do completely--separate the wheat from the tares.
      - Lord Milner

Whoever is right, the persecutor must be wrong.
      - William Penn

Persecution to persons in a high rank stands them in the stead of eminent virtue.
      - Cardinal de Retz

A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

A desire to resist persecution is implanted in the nature of man.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

Galileo probably would have escaped persecution if his discoveries could have been disproved.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

Persecution is not wrong because it is cruel; but it is cruel because it is wrong.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately


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