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Pierre Bayle

I know too much to be a sceptic and too little to be a dogmatist.

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The antiquity and general acceptance of an opinion is not assurance of its truth.

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Properly speaking, history is nothing but the crimes and misfortunes of the human race.

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It is thus tolerance that is the source of peace, and intolerance that is the source of disorder and squabbling.

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There is no less invention in aptly applying a thought found in a book, than in being the first author of the thought.

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There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought.

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It is pure illusion to think that an opinion that passes down from century to century, from generation to generation, may not be entirely false.

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I am a good Protestant, and in the full sense of the term, for from the bottom of my soul, I protest against everything that is said, and everything that is done.

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