Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Creed of Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-1899)

I am not alone. I haven't been for quite some time. This makes me happy.

"To love justice, to long for the right, to love mercy, to pity the suffering, to assist the weak,

to forget wrongs and remember benefits -- to love the truth, to be sincere, to utter honest words, to love liberty, to wage relentless war against slavery in all its forms, to love wife and child and friend, to make a happy home, to love the beautiful in art, in nature,

to cultivate the mind, to be familiar with the mighty thoughts that genius has expressed,

the noble deeds of all the world, to cultivate courage and cheerfulness, to make others happy,

to fill life with the splendor of generous acts, the warmth of loving words, to discard error,

to destroy prejudice, to receive new truths with gladness, to cultivate hope, to see the calm beyond the storm, the dawn beyond the night, to do the best that can be done and then

to be resigned -- this is the religion of reason, the creed of science.

This satisfies the heart and brain."

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