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Arthur Hugh Clough - Writings
... to keep up the good fight, Through a Glass Darkly, an exploration of religious doubt, and The Latest Decalogue, a satirical take on the Ten Commandments ... The Latest Decalogue's couplet on murder, "Thou shalt not kill but need'st not strive Officiously to keep alive" is often quoted in debates on medical ethics in the sense that it ... indeed, the entire text of The Latest Decalogue satirizes the hypocrisy, materialism, the selective ethics and self-interest common to all of mankind ...

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