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THEODORE PARKER
American theologian, pastor, scholar and abolitionist
(1810 - 1860)
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A democracy that is, a government of all the people, by all the people, for all the people.
      - [Democracy]

All men desire to be immortal.
      - [Immortality]

All men need something to poetize and idealize their life a little--something which they value for more than its use, and which is a symbol of their emancipation from the mere materialism and drudgery of daily life.
      - [Ideality]

As society advances the standard of poverty rises.
      - [Poverty : Society]

Be not familiar with the idea of wrong, for sin in fancy mothers many an ugly fact.
      - [Sin]

Cities have always been the fireplaces of civilization, whence light and heat radiated out into the dark.
      - [Cities]

Covetous men need money least, yet most affect it; and prodigals, who need it most, do least regard it.
      - [Money]

Democracy means not 'I am as good as you are,' but 'You are as good as I am.'
      - [Democracy]

Did the mass of men know the actual selfishness and injustice of their rulers, not a government would stand a year. The world would foment with revolution.
      - [Injustice]

Disappointment is often the salt of life.
      - [Disappointment]

Every rose is an autograph from the hand of the Almighty God on this world about us. He has inscribed His thoughts in these marvelous hieroglyphics which sense and science have been these many thousand years seeking to understand.
      - [Flowers]

First there is the democratic idea: that all men are endowed by their creator with certain natural rights; that these rights are alienable only by the possessor thereof; that they are equal in men; that government is to organize these natural, unalienable and equal rights into institutions designed for the good of the governed, and therefore government is to be of all the people, by all the people, and for all the people. Here government is development, not exploitation.
      - in a speech in Boston [Government]

For a thousand years no king in Christendom has shown such greatness or given so high a type of manly virtue.
      - [Washington, George]

Genius is the father of a heavenly line, but the mortal mother, that is industry.
      - [Industry]

Gratitude is a nice touch of beauty added last of all to the countenance, giving a classic beauty, an angelic loveliness, to the character.
      - [Gratitude]

Greatness is its own torment.
      - [Greatness]

He prays best who, not asking God to do man's work, prays penitence, prays resolutions, and then prays deeds--thus supplicating with heart and head and hands.
      - [Prayer]

Humanity is the Son of God.
      - [Humanity]

I am conscious of eternal life.
      - [Immortality]

I believe in the admission of women to the full rights of citizenship and share in government, on the express grounds that few women keep house so badly or with such wastefulness as chancellors of the exchequer keep the state.
      - [Right]

I look through the grave into heaven.
      - [Immortality]

In all the world there is nothing so remarkable as a great man, nothing so rare, nothing which so well repays study.
      - [Greatness]

In this country every one gets a mouthful of education, but scarcely any one a full meal.
      - [Education]

Intellect is stronger than cannon.
      - [Intellect]

It is vain to trust in wrong; as much of evil, so much of loss, is the formula of human history.
      - [Wrong]


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