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Part One: Summaries of Our Outlook
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 splendour 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 brain and heart.
Our Creed by Robert Green Ingersoll
Nothing to fear in God.
Nothing to feel in Death.
Good can be attained.
Evil can be endured.
The Four-Fold Remedy by Philodemus of Gardara in Syria (c 110 - 30s BC)
This ‘Remedy’ is famous as a compressed account of the philosophy of Epicurus. It is useful today, therefore, as a summary of much of Humanism.
It is preserved in one of the charred papyrus rolls recovered from Piso’s villa in Herculaneum where Philodemus lived and taught. This translation of a Greek original by Gilbert Murray differs slightly from the Herculaneum wording.
My country is the world, my religion is to do good.
- Thomas Paine
I was not,
I am not,
I do not mind.
Epitaph used by Epicureans
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