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Gerry Spence
Attorney who “spent his lifetime representing the poor, the injured, the forgotten and the damned against what he calls “the new slave master,” mammoth corporation and mammoth government.... He has never lost a criminal case. He has not lost a civil case since 1969. He has had more multi-million dollar verdicts without an intervening loss than any lawyer in America.” (Quoted from his Web page.)

Gerry Spence (image adapted from his Website)I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.
Gerry Spence (attributed: source unknown)

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Samuel T Spear
Episcopal Priest, Brooklyn, New York

The public school, like the state, under whose authority it exists, and by whose taxing power it is supported, should be simply a civil institution, absolutely secular and not at all religious in its purposes, and all practical questions involving this principle should be settled in accordance therewith.
Samuel T Spear, Religion and the State, 1876, P 141, from Albert J Menendez and Edd Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom

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Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)
British philosopher who attempted to apply the theory of evolution to philosophy and ethics in his series Synthetic Philosophy

Herbert SpencerEvery man is free to do that which he wills, provided he infringes not the equal freedom of any other man.
Herbert Spencer, The Principles of Ethics, Part IV, ch. 6, The Formula of Justice

[Agnostics are] people who, like myself, confess themselves to be hopelessly ignorant concerning a variety of matters, about which metaphysicians and theologians, both orthodox and heterodox, dogmatize with the utmost confidence.
Herbert Spencer, from Laird Wilcox and John George, eds., Be Reasonable: Selected Quotations for Inquiring Minds

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.
Herbert Spencer, Essays, vol. 3, “State Tamperings with Money and Banks” (1891), quoted from The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

The “Creed of Christendom” is alien to my nature, both emotional and intellectual.
Herbert Spencer, from Ira D Cardiff, What Great Men Think of Religion, quoted from James A Haught, ed., 2000 Years of Disbelief

There is no origin for the idea of an afterlife, save the conclusion which the savage draws from the notion suggested by dreams.
Herbert Spencer, from Ira D Cardiff, What Great Men Think of Religion, quoted from James A Haught, ed., 2000 Years of Disbelief

Religion has been compelled by science to give up one after another of its dogmas, of those assumed cognitions which it could not substantiate.
Herbert Spencer, First Principles (1862), from James A Haught, ed., 2000 Years of Disbelief

The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality.