1. 10

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

    59
  2. 9

    Mohammed praises [instances of] tretchery, inhumanity, cruelty, revenge, and bigotry that are utterly incompatible with civilized society.

    65
  3. 8

    All knowledge degenerates into probability.

    75
  4. 7

    Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections, captivating the willing hearers, and subduing their understanding.

    80
  5. 6

    Nothing appears more surprising to those, who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few; and the implicit submission, with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers.

    92
  6. 5

    If God is omnipotent, omniscient and wholly good, whence evil? If God wills to prevent evil but cannot, then He is not omnipotent. If He can prevent evil but does not, then he is not good. In either case he is not God.

    103
  7. 4

    When men are the most sure and arrogant they are commonly the most mistaken, giving views to passion without that proper deliberation and suspense which alone can secure them from the grossest absurdities.

    118
  8. 3

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

    155
  9. 2

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

    189
  10. 1

    Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.

    190
  11. Last Update: 5 February 2023

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