The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster.
Scholastic learning and polemical divinity retarded the growth of all true knowledge.
Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.
No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind, that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavors to establish.
That the sun will not rise tomorrow is no less intelligible a proposition, and implies no more contradiction, than the affirmation, that it will rise.
Belief is nothing but a more vivid, lively, forcible, firm, steady conception of an object, than what the imagination alone is ever able to attain.
The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one.
The rules of morality are not the conclusion of our reason.
What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call 'thought'.
Heaven and hell suppose two distinct species of men, the good and the bad. But the greatest part of mankind float betwixt vice and virtue.
It's when we start working together that the real healing takes place... it's when we start spilling our sweat, and not our blood.
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.
A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker.
It is a just political maxim, that every man must be supposed a knave.
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 propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow real poverty.
Philosophy would render us entirely Pyrrhonian, were not nature too strong for it.
This avidity alone, of acquiring goods and possessions for ourselves and our nearest friends, is insatiable, perpetual, universal, and directly destructive of society.
Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence.
Truth springs from argument amongst friends.