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Gautama Siddhartha, the Buddha

“As a mirror reflects an object, as a still lake reflects the sky: take care that what you speak or act is for the good. For goodness will always cast back goodness, and harm will always cast back harm.”

Edmund Burke

“When bad men combine, the good must associate; otherwise they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”

John Middleton Murry

“For a good man to realize that it is better to be whole than to be good is to enter on a straight and narrow path, compared to which his previous rectitude was flowery license.”

James Carroll

“You know, the genius of the American system — why the Constitution is worth defending — is that our Constitution comes from Roger Williams, not John Winthrop and John Cotton. It assumes a world not divided between good and evil, but one where everybody participates in the whole mess.”

Paramahansa Yogananda

“Life has a bright side and a dark side, for the world of relativity is composed of light and shadows. If you permit your thoughts to dwell on evil, you yourself will become ugly. Look only for the good in everything so you absorb the quality of beauty.”

Elbert Hubbard

“Religions are many and diverse, but reason and goodness are one.”

Dorothy Rowe

“We would like to believe that we are not in the business of surviving but in being good, and we do not like to admit to ourselves that we are good in order to survive.”

Anne Frank

“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.”

My Father, My Grandfather, and Committment — Sermon by the Rev. David Pyle

Last preached on March 17th, 2013   As has been mentioned… today is my birthday. I was glad that Rev. Jan and I celebrated our birthday’s together last month, because it is not often I celebrate my birthday at all, or at least not for the last 20 years.   Read more →