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" The same principles which at first view lead to skepticism, pursued to a certain point, bring men back to common sense. "
" A mind at liberty to reflect on its own observations, if it produce nothing useful to the world, seldom fails of entertainment to itself. "
" That thing of hell and eternal punishment is the most absurd, as well as the most disagreeable thought that ever entered into the head of mortal man. "
" I had rather be an oyster than a man, the most stupid and senseless of animals. "
" Truth is the cry of all, but the game of few. "
" If we admit a thing so extraordinary as the creation of this world, it should seem that we admit something strange, and odd, and new to human apprehension, beyond any other miracle whatsoever. "
" We have first raised a dust and then complain we cannot see. "
" All the choir of heaven and furniture of earth - in a word, all those bodies which compose the frame of the world - have not any subsistence without a mind. "
" Others indeed may talk, and write, and fight about liberty, and make an outward pretence to it; but the free-thinker alone is truly free. "
" From my own being, and from the dependency I find in myself and my ideas, I do, by an act of reason, necessarily infer the existence of a God, and of all created things in the mind of God. "
" That neither our thoughts, nor passions, nor ideas formed by the imagination, exist without the mind, is what every body will allow. "
" So long as I confine my thoughts to my own ideas divested of words, I do not see how I can be easily mistaken. "
" Many things, for aught I know, may exist, whereof neither I nor any other man hath or can have any idea or notion whatsoever. "
" The eye by long use comes to see even in the darkest cavern: and there is no subject so obscure but we may discern some glimpse of truth by long poring on it. "