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Quaker Culture: Smiting Words

Elias Hicks
On Conflict (January 2023)
Quaker Culture

[When the] servant [of God] . . . is commanded to smite the rock, [he should] do so, and when to speak calmly to do so. Let the consequence be as it may. And I believe many precious gifts have been greatly marred and some lost by endeavoring to please.

          – Elias Hicks (1823)

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