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There are who mistake the spirit of pugnacity for the spirit of piety, and thus harbor a devil instead of an angel.
— John Lancaster Spalding —

We frolic in our emancipation from theology, but have we developed a natural ethic-a moral code independent of religion-strong enough to keep our instincts of acquisition, pugnacity, and sex from debasing our civilization into a mire of greed, crime, and promiscuity? Have we really outgrown intolerance, or merely transferred it from religious to national, ideological, or racial hostilities?

— Will Durant

Pugnacity is a form of courage, but a very bad form.

— Sinclair Lewis

Very much indeed of what we call moral education is such an artificial modification and perversion of instinct; pugnacity is trained into courageous self-sacrifice, and suppressed sexuality into religious emotion.

— H.G. Wells

D'Alembert was always surrounded by controversy ... he was the lightning rod which drew sparks from all the foes of the philosophes ... Unfortunately he carried this ... pugnacity into his scientific research and once he had entered a controversy, he argued his cause with vigour and stubbornness. He closed his mind to the possibility that he might be wrong ...

— Jean Le Rond D'Alembert

There are who mistake the spirit of pugnacity for the spirit of piety, and thus harbor a devil instead of an angel.

— John Lancaster Spalding

There was only one virtue, pugnacity; only one vice, pacifism. That is an essential condition of war.

— George Bernard Shaw

No community has ever yet passed beyond the initial phases in which its pugnacity and fanaticism enabled it to found a nation, and its cupidity to establish and develop a commercial civilization.

— George Bernard Shaw

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