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Historically the Puritans left England to escape religious persecution, and they promptly turned around and started persecuting the people they didn't agree with - the scarlet letter A, and the stocks and the dunking board came from that. That puritanism is still there.
Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
H. L. Mencken
Puritanism, in whatever expression, is a poisonous germ. On the surface everything may look strong and vigorous; yet the poison works its way persistently, until the entire fabric is doomed.
Prostitution, although hounded, imprisoned, and chained, is nevertheless the greatest triumph of Puritanism.
The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February.
Joseph Wood Krutch
Many of us grew up with a kind of puritanism against shopping. But shopping can be much more than how it is cast. If you are bored or you have problems, it can be a way of lifting your spirits, by doing something light and superficial. Why not?
Puritanism was a youthful, vigorous movement.
When you think about Puritanism, you must begin by getting rid of the slang term 'Puritanism' as applied to Victorian religious hypocrisy. This does not apply to seventeenth-century Puritanism.
'Memorial Day' is about 'spring break' girls-gone-wild culture which is the seedy underbelly of our American Puritanism, the inverse side of the coin. It's also about how we forcefully exported that culture and then pretended to not know what we were doing.
Most people divorce because one in the couple falls in love with someone else: it's a common cause of divorce. I still think that it's tinted - this is my opinion - with a veil of racism and American puritanism.
There is more criticism of puritanism, and more distance from Christian morality, than there has been before.
One of the strongest features of Puritanism is its autobiographical tendency, its passionate self-regard.
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