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PROFANITY
[ Also see Blasphemy Curses Oaths Piety Reverence Swearing ]

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.
      - Hierocles

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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