Both state and church have as their object actions as well as convictions, the former insofar as they are based on the relations between man and nature, the latter insofar as they are based on the relations between nature and God.
More Quotes from Moses Mendelssohn:The state has physical power and uses it when necessary; the power of religion is love and beneficence.
You know how much I am inclined to explain all disputes among philosophical schools as merely verbal disputes or at least to derive them originally from verbal disputes.
The principal axiom in their theory was: Everything can be proved, and everything can be disproved; and in the process, one must profit as much from the folly of others, and from his own superiority, as he can.
I am, therefore there is a God.
The analysis of concepts is for the understanding nothing more than what the magnifying glass is for sight.
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Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.
We'll be back. I promise you that.
Pessimism, when you get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism.