Quotes with purely
The more competent and streamlined journalism becomes, the greater its threat to public mind -- particularly in a countly like the United States. It becomes more and more difficult to distinguish the secondhand from the real thing, until most people end by forgetting there is such a distinction. The very success of technique engenders a whole style of life for the period, which subsists purely on externals. What lies behind those externals -- the human person, in its uniqueness and its totality -- dwindles to a shadow and a ghost.
Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1958)
The ethical view of the universe involves us at last in so many cruel and absurd contradictions, where the last vestiges of faith, hope, charity, and even of reason itself, seem ready to perish, that I have come to suspect that the aim of creation cannot be ethical at all. I would fondly believe that its object is purely spectacular: a spectacle for awe, love, adoration, or hate, if you like, but in this view -- and in this view alone -- never for despair!
Some Reminiscences (1912)
If you look at the drug war from a purely economic point of view, the role of the government is to protect the drug cartel.
Discussing how prohibition makes drug market more lucrative at a policy forum in 1991.
Whether a man is a criminal or a public servant is purely a matter of perspective.
Another Roadside Attraction (1971)
Viewed purely in the abstract, I think there can be no question that women should have equal rights with men... Especially as regards the laws relating to marriage there should be the most absolute equality between the two sexes. I do not think the woman should assume the man's name.
"The Practicability of Equalizing Men and Women before the Law." Senior thesis at Harvard, 1880