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Definition any system of principles or beliefs
  • I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: - "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
    Martin Luther King Jr.
  • If we were to wake up some morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed and color, we would find some other cause for prejudice by noon.
    George Aiken
  • It is essential for the growth of reason that as individuals we should bow to forces and obey principles which we cannot hope fully to understand, yet on which the advance and even the preservation of civilization depends. Historically this has been achieved by the influence of the various religious creeds and by traditions and superstitions which made man submit to those forces by an appeal to his emotions rather than to his reason. The most dangerous stage in the growth of civilization may well be that in which man has come to regard all these beliefs as superstitions and refuses to accept or to submit to anything which he does not rationally understand. The rationalist whose reason is not sufficient to teach him those limitations of the powers of conscious reason, and who despises all the institutions and customs which have not been consciously designed, would thus become the destroyer of the civilization built upon them.
    Friedrich A. Hayek
  • History is a voice forever sounding across the centuries the laws of right and wrong. Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity.
    James A. Forude
  • All Christian statements of faith affirm that there is only one God (e.g., Nicene Creed, Athanasian Creed, and Chalcedonian Creed).
    Christianity - Wikipedia  --  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
    William Pitt
  • "If we take you with us," he said, in solemn words, "it can only be as believers in our own creed."
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  A Study In Scarlet
  • The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.
    Walter Bagehot
  • ...the various churches of Early Christianity shared a common creed, but actual beliefs varied widely.
    Christianity - Wikipedia  --  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • "That is to say," replied Villefort with hesitation, "that human nature being weak, every man, according to your creed, has committed faults."
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The Army has carried the American ... ideal to its logical conclusion. Not only do they prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, creed and color, but also on ability.
    Tom Lehrer
  • at the hideous defacement—the last grotesque phase of a creed which had served mankind well in its time.
    Hardy, Thomas  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles - A Pure Woman
  • Implicit faith in the deception was the first article of his creed.
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Nor seems it strange indeed To hold the happy creed That all fair things that bloom and die Have conscious life as well as I.
    Pater, Walter Horatio  --  The Guardian
  • There is no nonsense so errant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action.
    Bertrand Russell
  • It must be so; yes, it's part of his creed, I suppose; well, then, let him rest; he'll get up sooner or later, no doubt.
    Melville, Herman  --  Moby Dick I-LXVII
  • "The gospel of the tooth-brush," as General Armstrong used to call it, is part of our creed at Tuskegee.
    Washington, Booker T.  --  Up From Slavery
  • The problem with intelligent design theory is not that it is false but that it is not falsifiable: Not being susceptible to contradicting evidence, it is not a testable hypothesis. Hence it is not a scientific but a creedal tenet—a matter of faith, unsuited to a public school's curriculum.
    George F. Will
  • A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Unfortunately, they are still in Hades, I believe, according to your creed, and cannot help you much in your present trouble.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel

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