Lemuel K. Washburn Quotes

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

 
Context
In 1877 Wasburn was dropped from the List of Ministers by the Unitarian Church. He had become quite atheistic.
Lemuel K. Washburn
Lemuel K. Washburn
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  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Writer

Lemuel Kelley Washburn was an American Freethought writer. He was the compiler of a Cosmian Hymn Book: A Collection of Original and Selected Hymns (1888) announced as "perfectly free from all sectarianism."