Men often take their imagination for their heart; and they believe they are converted as soon as they think of being converted.
What I cry out for, like every being, with my whole life and all my earthly passion, is something very different from an equal to cherish: it is a God to adore.
It is by doubting that we come to investigate, and by investigating that we recognize the truth.
Everything tends to make us believe that there exists a certain point of the mind at which life and death, the real and the imagined, past and future, the communicable and the incommunicable, high and low, cease to be perceived as contradictions.
Heroes are not known by the loftiness of their carriage; the greatest braggarts are generally the merest cowards.
In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them.
Reason commands us far more imperiously than a master; for in disobeying the one we are unfortunate, and in disobeying the other we are fools.
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
My thought is me: that is why I cannot stop thinking. I exist because I think I cannot keep from thinking.
In this connection, faith and experience teach us many truths by means of the short-cut of authority and by the proofs of very pleasant and agreeable feelings.