Posted by: Stochasticus Weber | December 20, 2013

Quotation from the Journal of John Woolman, 18th century Quaker, tailor, human-dignity/anti-slavery advocate

“There is a principle which is pure, placed in the human mind, which in different places and ages hath different names. It is, however, pure, and proceeds from God. It is deep and inward, confined to no forms of religion nor excluded from any, where the heart stands in perfect sincerity. In whomsoever this takes root and grows, of what nation soever, they become brethren, in the best sense of the expression.”

“He whose tender mercies are over all His works hath placed that in the human mind which incites to exercise goodness towards every living creature, and this being singly attended to, people become tender-hearted and sympathizing.”

“To wait for the direction of this light in all temporal as well as spiritual concerns appears necessary: for if in any case we enter lightly into temporal affairs without feeling this spirit of truth to open our way therein, and through the love of this world proceed on and seek for gain … we fail in our testimony to the purity and peace of His government…”

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