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Louis Pasteur

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Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism.
As quoted in The Louisville & Nashville Employes' Magazine Vol. 20 (1944)?, p. 28

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Josh McDowell

God pity us indeed, for we are human,
And do not always see
The vision when it comes, the shining change,
Or, if we see it, do not follow it,
Because it is too hard, too strange, too new,
Too unbelievable, too difficult,
Warring too much with common, easy ways,
And now I know this, standing in this light,
Who have been half alive these many years,
Brooding on my own sorrow, my own pain,
Saying "I am a barren bough. Expect
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Stephen Vincent Benet

The water of the valley stream
Never shouts at the tainted world: “Purify yourself!”
But naturally, as it is,
Shows how it is done.

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