Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
No nation is permitted to live in ignorance with impunity
A nation as a society forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society
In a republican nation, whose citizens are to be led by reason and persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance
On the dogmas of religion, as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarreling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and to all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind.
Religions are all alike -- founded upon fables and mythologies
If the freedom of religion, guaranteed to us by law in theory, can ever rise in practice under the overbearing inquisition of public opinion, then and only then will truth, prevail over fanaticism
We must do our duty and convince the world that we are just friends and brave enemies
Responsibility is a tremendous engine in a free government
Health is the requisite after morality
Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.
Men are disposed to live honestly, if the means of doing so are open to them.
I consider ethics, as well as religion, as supplements to law in the government of man.
Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.