quote by Saint Francis de Sales

Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall a soul, except sin. God commands you to pray, but He forbids you to worry.

— Saint Francis de Sales

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Laws that forbid the carrying of arms .

. . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

Laws which prescribe what everyone must believe, and forbid men to say or write anything against this or that opinion, are often passed to gratify, or rather to appease the anger of those who cannot abide independent minds.

In distinguishing between Islamic teachings and social taboos, we must remember that Islam forbids injustice; Injustice against people, against nations, against women. It shuns race, color, and gender as a basis of distinction amongst fellowmen. It enshrines piety as the sole criteria for judging humankind.

God forbid that any book should be banned. The practice is as indefensible as infanticide.

Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!

As freak legislation, the antitrust laws stand alone. Nobody knows what it is they forbid.

People often say that I'm curious about too many things at once.

.. But can you really forbid a man from harbouring a desire to know and embrace everything that surrounds him?

It is well known among physicians that the best of the nourishing foods is the one that the Moslem religion forbids, i.e., Wine. It contains much good and light nourishment. It is rapidly digested and helps to digest other foods.

Correcting bad habits cannot be done by forbidding or punishment.

The ministers and the Jacobins are making the king declare war tomorrow on Austria. The ministers are hoping that this move will frighten the Austrians and that within three weeks we will be negotiating (God forbid that this should happen). May we at last be avenged for all the outrages we have suffered from this country!

All the doctors who wanted to forbid me to smoke and to drink are dead.

It is not all bad, this getting old, ripening.

After the fruit has got its growth it should juice up and mellow. God forbid I should live long enough to ferment and rot and fall to the ground in a squash.

God forbid you be an ugly girl, 'course too pretty is also your doom, 'cause everyone harbors a secret hatred for the prettiest girl in the room.

What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long.

Writing an upbeat aphorism is a temptation, but decorum forbids.

God forbid that the day should ever come when, in the American mind, the thought of man as a consumer shall submerge the old American thought of man as a creature of God, endowed with unalienable rights.

The essence of fascism is to make laws forbidding everything and then enforce them selectively against your enemies.

The only way to get change is not through the courts or - heaven forbid - the politicians, but through a change of human consciousness and through a change of heart. Only through the arts - music, poetry, dance, painting, writing - "can we really reach each other.

This vice brings in one hundred million francs in taxes every year.

I will certainly forbid it at once - as soon as you can name a virtue that brings in as much revenue.

Adam was but human—this explains it all.

He did not want the apple for the apple's sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent.

I love breasts. I love the female shape. It's crazy - you can have movie posters with men with machine guns but, oh, God forbid you show the nipples! That never ceases to amaze me.

Leaders who forbid their followers to use effective contraceptive methods express a preference for "natural" methods of population limitation, and a natural method is exactly what they are going to get. It is called starvation.

The laws that forbid the carrying of arms.

.. serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

The socialist society would have to forbid capitalist acts between consenting adults.

Eternity forbids thee to forget.

Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.

When Michael (Jackson) died, it felt like part of my family died.

I want [my fans] to know that my music is for them and if, god forbid, anything happened [to me], it would be like a piece of them is gone.

God forbid that I should ever teach any adaptation of the Gospel.

But I contend that we may serve it up in any sort of dish that will induce the people to partake of it

Curtailment of free speech is rationalized on grounds that a more compelling American tradition forbids criticism of the government when the nation is at war... Nothing can be more destructive of our fundamental democratic traditions than the vicious effort to silence dissenters.

Liberals believe in burning the American flag, urinating on crucifixes, and passing out birth control pills to 11-year-olds without telling their parents -- but God forbid an infidel touch a Quran at Guantanamo.

For the Lakota there was no wilderness.

Nature was not dangerous but hospitable, not forbidding but friendly.

The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.

The State claims and exercises the monopoly of crime.

.. It forbids private murder, but itself organizes murder on a colossal scale. It punishes private theft, but itself lays unscrupulous hands on anything it wants, whether the property of citizen or of alien.

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