An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


The puritan through life's sweet garden goes to pluck the thorn and cast away the rose.


Kenneth Hare


The puritan hated bear baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.


Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859, American essayist and historian)


Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


The truth is, as every one knows, that the great artists of the world are never Puritans, and seldom even ordinarily respectable. No virtuous man -- that is, virtuous in the Y.M.C.A. sense -- has ever painted a picture worth looking at, or written a symphony worth hearing, or a book worth reading, and it is highly improbable that the thing has ever been done by a virtuous woman.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


What the Puritans gave the world was not thought, but action.


Wendell Phillips (1811-1884, American reformer, orator)


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