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There is no such thing as freedom of choice unless there is freedom to refuse.


A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence. 


Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them. 


When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken.


Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.


All knowledge degenerates into probability.


I do not have enough faith to believe there is no god.


Truth springs from argument amongst friends.


The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster.


To hate, to love, to think, to feel, to see; all this is nothing but to perceive.


Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.


A little philosophy makes a man an Atheist: a great deal converts him to religion


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


Reading and sauntering and lounging and dosing, which I call thinking, is my supreme Happiness.


Anticipation of pleasure is, in itself, a very considerable pleasure. In this sullen apathy neither true wisdom nor true happiness can be found.


He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper; but he Is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance.


In all ages of the world, priests have been enemies of liberty. 


When I hear that a man is religious, I conclude he is a rascal! 


The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds.


The most lively thought is still inferior to the dullest sensation.


God is an ever-present spirit guiding all that happens to a wise and holy end.


It is harder to avoid censure than to gain applause.



The supposition that the future resembles the past, is not founded on arguments of any kind, but is derived entirely from habit. 


Eloquence, when in its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection.


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


No human testimony can have such force as to prove a miracle, and make it a just foundation for any such system of religion


The rules of morality are not the conclusion of our reason. 


Grief and disappointment give rise to anger, anger to envy, envy to malice, and malice to grief again, till the whole circle be completed. 


Anything that is conceivable is possible.


Morals excite passions, and produce or prevent actions. Reason of itself is utterly impotent in this particular. The rules of morality, therefore, are not conclusions of our reason.


No amount of observations of white swans can allow the inference that all swans are white, but the observation of a single black swan is sufficient to refute that conclusion.


Praise never gives us much pleasure unless it concur with our own opinion, and extol us for those qualities in which we chiefly excel.

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