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Whence has come thy lasting power.
— William Edward Hartpole Lecky —

The moral duty to be expected in different ages is not a unity of standard, or of acts, but a unity of tendency ... At one time the benevolent affections embrace merely the family, soon the circle expanding includes first a class, then a nation, then a coalition of nations, then all humanity and finally, its influence is felt in the dealings of man with the animal world.

— William Edward Hartpole Lecky

When the Church obtained the direction of the civil power, she soon modified or abandoned the tolerant maxims she had formerly inculcated; and, in the course of a few years, restrictive laws were enacted, both against the Jews and against the heretics.

— William Edward Hartpole Lecky

Faith always presented to the mind the idea of an abnormal intellectual condition, of the subversion or suspension of the critical faculties. It sometimes comprised more than this, but it always included this. It was the opposite of doubt and of the spirit of doubt. What irreverent men called credulity, reverent men called faith; and although one word was more respectful than the other, yet the two words were with most men strictly synonymous.

— William Edward Hartpole Lecky

Terror is everywhere the beginning of religion.

— William Edward Hartpole Lecky

There have certainly been many periods in history when virtue was more rare than under the Caesars; but there has probably never been a period when vice was more extravagant or uncontrolled.

— William Edward Hartpole Lecky

Pleasures that are in themselves innocent lose their power of pleasing if they become the sole or main object of pursuit.

— William Edward Hartpole Lecky

I venture to maintain that there are multitudes to whom the necessity of discharging the duties of a butcher would be so inexpressibly painful and revolting, that if they could obtain a flesh diet on no other condition, they would relinquish it forever.

— William Edward Hartpole Lecky

Whence has come thy lasting power.

— William Edward Hartpole Lecky

Physical science has taught us to associate Deity with the normal rather than with the abnormal.

— William Edward Hartpole Lecky

Making every allowance for the errors of the most extreme fallibility, the history of Catholicism would on this hypothesis represent an amount of imposture probably unequaled in the annals of the human race.

— William Edward Hartpole Lecky

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