Letters and Journals Vol. 3
"If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the
certainty of his self-approved wisdom."
"All are inclined to believe what they covet, from a lottery-ticket up to a
passport to Paradise."
Letters and Journals Vol. 9
"It [Catholicism] is by far the most elegant worship, hardly excepting the
Greek mythology. What with incense, pictures, statues, altars, shrines,
relics, and the real presence, confession, absolution, -- there is something
sensible to grasp at. Besides, it leaves no possibility of doubt; for those
who swallow their Deity, really and truly, in transubstantiation, can hardly
find any thing else otherwise than easy of digestion."
"Of religion I know nothing -- at least, in its favor."
"We have fools in all sects, and impostors in most; why should I believe
mysteries no one can understand, because written by men who chose to mistake
madness for inspiration and style themselves Evangelicals?"
"I do not believe in revealed religion -- I will have nothing to do with
your immortality; we are miserable enough in this life, without speculating
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