If you believe in the pursuit of truth through rational means, rejecting supernaturalism; if you think the essence of morality is people treating other people well, rather than obedience to supernatural forces; if you believe that social betterment, individual liberty and happiness, intellectual and religious freedom, and democratic governments are worthy pursuits — your beliefs have a name – Humanism. There are plenty of others like yourself, and we hope we can encourage you by introducing you to some of them.
(by Travis Hardin)
To love justice…
to long for the right, to love mercy, to pity the suffering, to assist the weak, to forget wrongs and remember benefits — to love the truth, to be sincere, to utter honest words, to love liberty, to wage relentless war against slavery in all its forms, to love partner and child and friend, to make a happy home, to love the beautiful in art, in nature; to cultivate the mind, to be familiar with the mighty thoughts that genius has expressed, the noble deeds of all the world, to cultivate courage and cheerfulness, to make others happy, to fill life with the splendor of generous acts, the warmth of loving words, to discard error, to destroy prejudice, to receive new truths with gladness, to cultivate hope … to do the best that can be done and then to be resigned — this is the religion of reason, the creed of science. This satisfies the brain and heart.
Robert G. Ingersoll in The Foundations of Faith (1895)