Man has been adjudged a social animal.
Awaken its powers, and it will respect itself.
Speak of change, and the world is in alarm. And yet where do we not see change?
Look into the nature of things. Search out the grounds of your opinions, the for and against.
Know why you believe, understand what you believe, and possess a reason for the faith that is in you.
And when did mere preaching do any good? Put something in the place of these things. Fill the vacuum of the mind.
A necessary consequent of religious belief is the attaching ideas of merit to that belief, and of demerit to its absence.
Instead of establishing facts, we have to overthrow errors; instead of ascertaining what is, we have to chase from our imaginations what is not.
The hired preachers of all sects, creeds, and religions, never do, and never can, teach any thing but what is in conformity with the opinions of those who pay them.
He who lives in the single exercise of his mental faculties, however usefully or curiously directed, is equally an imperfect animal with the man who knows only the exercise of muscles.