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  • Now, Sir, it is impossible for serious men, to whom God has given the divine gift of reason, and who employs that reason to reverence and adore the God that gave it, it is I say, impossible for such a man to put confidence in a book that abounds with
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  • A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
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  • It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.
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  • It is not a God, just and good, but a devil, under the name of God, that the Bible describes.
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  • Man is not the enemy of Man, but through the medium of a false system of government.
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  • Is it popular to pay our debts, to do justice, to defend the injured and insulted country, to protect the aged and the infant, and give top liberty a land to live in Then must taxation, as the means by which these things are done, be popular likewi
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  • He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the Faith, than George the Third.
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  • That there are men in all countries who get their living by war, and by keeping up the quarrels of nations, is as shocking as it is true but when those who are concerned in the government of a country, make it their study to sow discord, and cultivate prejudices between nations, it becomes the more unpardonable.
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  • It is the object only of war that makes it honorable. And if there was ever a just war since the world began, it is this in which America is now engages.
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  • To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not.
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  • I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.
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  • Infidelity does not consist in believing or in disbelieving it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe.
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  • The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance.
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  • Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one's own efforts.
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  • The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.
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