Lemuel K. Washburn

(Lemuel Kelley Washburn)

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A marriage in which a woman is daily made to feel her dependence upon a man, is attended with the gravest moral perils. The only just rule is for the husband to allow his wife a fair share of his income, for her to do with as she pleases. Families, Children & Parenting
An oath is the liar's retreat. Behind it falsehood puts on the robes of truth. The perjurer delights in swearing, for the act invests him with the appearance of honesty. An oath makes the tongue of vice as pure as the lips of virtue. It gives a rogue the weapon of the gentleman. It permits guilt to wear the dress of innocence. The man who is willing to tell the truth feels that his honesty is impeached when asked to take an oath Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Catholic Menace to Our Government Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
God's name is not considered good at the banks Religion & God
It is necessary to distinguish between the virtue and the vice of obedience. Power
It is unfortunate for Christianity that it was founded on the book of Genesis. A scientific fact is higher authority today than a religious fable. Science has found so many facts that contradict the stories of Genesis that to accept these stories as divine truth is to make falsehood the word of God. Religion & God
Party service does not require intelligent, independent action, and politics today stands for party fealty more than for governmental ethics Political Parties & Machines
Priests will pardon thieves but not philosophers. Religion & God
The foolish and cruel notion that a wife is to obey her husband has sent more women to the grave than to the courts for a divorce. Women ;Minorities & Women
The main question that is decided by an election in our country is, which political party shall have the privilege of dispensing the offices of Government? Voters, Voting & Elections
The truths which God revealed have been overthrown by the truths which man has discovered. Religion & God
The world no longer permits the stronger to kill the weaker, but it allows the wealthy to oppress the poor. Money is holier than man. Human life is less sacred than property. To save a dollar is regarded as a more necessary virtue than to save a human heart. Society cares more for fortune than for truth. Policy & Policy Making ;Capitalism
There seems to be an idea abroad in this land as well as in others, that a certain class of people are for the purpose of producing servants for another class of people, and that this servant-producing class has no right to give their children an education that is calculated to elevate them above the position of their parents. We are not in sympathy with this idea. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
To endeavor to rehabilitate the sabbath of our forefathers is as foolish as to try to make people go back into log houses and cook in a fire-place. Some persons can never realize that the world grows; that what was a help to one age becomes a hindrance to another; that time corrects the mistakes of men and that respect and reverence for our ancestors does not necessarily require us to adopt their clothes or their habits. Religion & God
We say, pay talent well and genius generously, but pay well also the arm that toils; pay the needle, the saw, the spade, the hoe, the mop. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When a man is required to believe certain doctrines, he is not free to think. A creed is to keep the mind from inquiry. Questions lead to doubt, and doubt is the death of faith. Religion & God
Honesty is never seen sitting astride the fence.
If God exists, what objection can he have to saying so? Religion & God
If there were no ministers and no priests, how long would there be any churches?
If we do not need to worship God six days in the week why do we need to worship him on the seventh? Religion & God
Religion is no more the parent of morality than an incubator is the mother of a chicken. Religion & God