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FANATICISM
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[ Also see Dogmatism Extremism Intolerance Monomania Neutrality Politics Positiveness Prejudice Radicalism Sects Terrorism Zeal ]

That can never be reasoned down which was not reasoned up.
      - Fisher Ames

Though fanaticism drinks at many founts, its predisposing cause is mostly the subject of an invisible futurity.
      - Francis Atterbury

There is no doubt that religious fanatics have done more to prejudice the cause they affect to advocate than have its opponents.
      - Hosea Ballou

Painful and corporeal punishments should never be applied to fanaticism; for, being founded on pride, it glories in persecution.
      - Marchese de Cesare Bonesana di Beccaria

Of all things, wisdom is the most terrified with epidemical fanaticism, because, of all enemies, it is that against which she is the least able to furnish any kind of resource.
      - Edmund Burke

The child of false zeal.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

The downright fanatic is nearer to the heart of things than the cool and slippery disputant.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

To conquer fanaticism, you must tolerate it; the shuttlecock of religious difference soon falls to the ground when there are no battledoors to beat it backward and forward.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

There is such a delusion as evinces itself in cool vehemence; and it is the most dangerous of all expressions of fanaticism.
      - William Benton Clulow

There is no cruelty so inexorable and unrelenting as that which proceeds from a bigoted and presumptuous supposition of doing service to God. The victim of the fanatical persecutor will find that the stronger the motives he can urge for mercy are, the weaker will be his chance for obtaining it, for the merit of his destruction will be supposed to rise in value in proportion as it is effected at the expense of every feeling both of justice and of humanity.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The false fire of an overheated mind.
      - William Cowper

Fanaticism is overcompensation for doubt.
      - Robertson Davies

A fanatic is someone who does what the Lord would do, if He knew the facts of the matter.
      - trans. to English by Peter Finley

Fanaticism is the child of false zeal and of superstition, the father of intolerance and of persecution.
      - John William Fletcher

There is nothing in art, in philosophy, or in politics to match the fervor of mutual cooperation among discordant bands of fanatics.
      - Alan Dean Foster, Diuturnity's Dawn

The blind fanaticism of one foolish honest man may cause more evil than the united efforts of twenty rogues.
      - Baron Friedrich von Grimm, Friedrich Melchior

An uncontrolled imagination may become as surely intoxicated by overindulgence as a toper may do bodily with strong drink.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

Fanaticism is an inflamed state of the passions; and nothing that is violent will last long. The vicissitudes of the world and the business of life are admirably adapted to abate the excesses of religious enthusiasm.
      - Robert Hall

Fanaticism is such an overwhelming impression of the ideas relating to the future world as disqualifies for the duties of life.
      - Robert Hall

We call Japanese soldiers fanatics when they die rather than surrender, whereas American soldiers who do the same thing are called heroes.
      - Robert Maynard Hutchins

I wish there were some cure, like the lover's leap, for all heads of which some single idea has obtained an unreasonable and irregular possession.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

As any action or posture long continued will distort and disfigure the limbs; so the mind likewise is crippled and contracted by perpetual application to the same set of ideas.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Rambler (#173)

If you see one cold and vehement at the same time, set him down for a fanatic.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Fanaticism, or, to call it by its milder name, enthusiasm, is only powerful and active so long as it is aggressive. Establish it firmly in power, and it becomes conservatism, whether it will or no.
      - James Russell Lowell

E.P. Whipple calls fanaticism "religion caricatured," which is a full definition in a word.
      - James Parton


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