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Take not God's name in vain; select a time when it will have effect.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story writer.

'Twas but my tongue, 'twas not my soul that swore.

Euripides (BC 480-BC 406) Greek tragic poet.

Ethelberta breathed a sort of exclamation, not right out, but stealthily, like a parson's damn.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) British novelist, short story writer, and poet.

I've tried to reduce profanity but I reduced so much profanity when writing the book that I'm afraid not much could come out. Perhaps we will have to consider it simply as a profane book and hope that the next book will be less profane or perhaps more sacred.

Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer.

Oaths are the fossils of piety.

George Santayana (1863-1952) American philosopher and poet.

It comes to pass oft that a terrible oath, with a swaggering accent sharply twanged off, gives manhood more approbation than ever proof itself would have earned him.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

A whoreson jackanapes must take me up for swearing; as if I borrowed mine oaths of him and might not spend them at my pleasure. When a gentleman is disposed to swear, it is not for any standers-by to curtail his oaths, ha?

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

A footman may swear; but he cannot swear like a lord. He can swear as often: but can he swear with equal delicacy, propriety, and judgment?

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Irish-born English satirist.

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