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I am ready to reject all belief and reasoning and can look upon no opinion even as more probable or likely than another.

I am ready to reject all belief and reasoning and can look upon no opinion even as more probable or likely than another.


         
Beauty, whether moral or natural, is felt, more properly than perceived.

Beauty, whether moral or natural, is felt, more properly than perceived.


         
To be a philosophical Sceptic is the first and most essential step towards being a sound, believing Christian.

To be a philosophical Sceptic is the first and most essential step towards being a sound, believing Christian.


         
Be a philosopher but amid all your philosophy be still a man.

Be a philosopher but amid all your philosophy be still a man.


         
Explanation is where the mind rests.

Explanation is where the mind rests.


         
The most unhappy of all men is he who believes himself to be so.

The most unhappy of all men is he who believes himself to be so.


         
Nothing is pure and entire of a piece. All advantages are attended with disadvantages. A universal compensation prevails in all conditions of being and existence.

Nothing is pure and entire of a piece. All advantages are attended with disadvantages. A universal compensation prevails in all conditions of being and existence.


         
It is an absurdity to believe that the Deity has human passions, and one of the lowest of human passions, a restless appetite for applause

It is an absurdity to believe that the Deity has human passions, and one of the lowest of human passions, a restless appetite for applause


         
Men often act knowingly against their interest.

Men often act knowingly against their interest.


         
It is impossible for us to think of any thing, which we have not antecedently felt, either by our external or internal senses.

It is impossible for us to think of any thing, which we have not antecedently felt, either by our external or internal senses.


         
A man acquainted with history may, in some respect, be said to have lived from the beginning of the world, and to have been making continual additions to his stock of knowledge in every century.

A man acquainted with history may, in some respect, be said to have lived from the beginning of the world, and to have been making continual additions to his stock of knowledge in every century.


         
Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence.

Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence.


         
Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.

Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.


         
The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst.

The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst.


         
Of all sciences there is none, where first appearances are more deceitful than in politics.

Of all sciences there is none, where first appearances are more deceitful than in politics.


         
Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.


         
Every wise, just, and mild government, by rendering the condition of its subjects easy and secure, will always abound most in people, as well as in commodities and riches.

Every wise, just, and mild government, by rendering the condition of its subjects easy and secure, will always abound most in people, as well as in commodities and riches.


         
The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny.

The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny.


         
He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances.

He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances.


         
Scholastic learning and polemical divinity retarded the growth of all true knowledge.

Scholastic learning and polemical divinity retarded the growth of all true knowledge.