The age we live in is a busy age; in which knowledge is rapidly advancing towards perfection.
He who thinks and thinks for himself, will always have a claim to thanks; it is no matter whether it be right or wrong, so as it be explicit. If it is right, it will serve as a guide to direct; if wrong, as a beacon to warn.
It is vain to talk of the interest of the community, without understanding what is the interest of the individual.
The principle of asceticism never was, nor ever can be, consistently pursued by any living creature. Let but one tenth part of the inhabitants of the earth pursue it consistently, and in a day’s time they will have turned it into a Hell.
Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy, ought never to be the system of a regular government.
Tyranny and anarchy are never far apart.
The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but rather, ‘Can they suffer?’
No power of government ought to be employed in the endeavor to establish any system or article of belief on the subject of religion.