"What is it the Bible teaches us? - rapine, cruelty, and murder. What is it the Testament teaches us? - to believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married, and the belief of this debauchery is called faith. The Age of Reason

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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. "The Rights of Man" 1792

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All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. "Age of Reason"

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Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.

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Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad.

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Character is much easier kept than recovered.

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Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one.

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He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

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Human nature is not of itself vicious.

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I fear not, I see not reason for fear. In the end we will be the victors. For though at times the flame of liberty may cease to shine, the ember will never expire.

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