All calm inquiry conducted among those who have their main principles of judgment in common, leads, if not to an approximation of views, yet, at least, to an increase of sympathy.
It is a shameful thing to be weary of inquiry when what we search for is excellent.
Free inquiry, if restrained within due bounds, and applied to proper subjects, is a most important privilege of the human mind; and if well conducted, is one of the greatest friends to truth.—But when reason knows neither its office nor its limits, and when employed on subjects foreign to its jurisdiction, it then becomes a privilege dangerous to be exercised.
It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.
Let not the freedom of inquiry be shackled.—If it multiplies contentions among the wise and virtuous, it exercises the charity of those who contend.—If it shakes for a time the belief that is rested only on prejudice, it finally settles it on the broader and more solid basis of conviction.