Scepticism has never founded empires, established principles, or changed the world's heart.—The great doers in history have always been men of faith.
Men are ready to believe everything when they believe nothing.—They have diviners when they cease to have prophets; witchcraft when they cease to have religious ceremonies; and they open the caves of sorcery when they shut the temples of the Lord.
The sceptic, in a vain attempt to be wise beyond what is permitted to man, plunges into a darkness more deplorable, and a blindness more incurable than that of the common herd, whom he despises, and would fain instruct. When he plunges into the depths of infidelity, like the miser who leaps from the shipwreck, he will find that the treasures he bears about him will only sink him the deeper in the abyss.
Skepticism becomes the mark and even the pose of the educated mind. It is no longer directed against this and that article of the older creeds but is rather a bias against any kind of far-reaching ideas, and a denial of systematic participation on the part of such ideas in the intelligent direction of affairs.
Imperfect knowledge is the parent of doubt: thorough and honest research dispels it.
Scepticism is slow suicide.
The great trouble with the scepticism of the age is, that it is not thorough enough.—It questions everything but its own foundations.
I know not any crime so great a man could contrive to commit, as poisoning the sources of eternal truth.
Sceptics are generally ready to believe anything provided it is only sufficiently improbable; it is at matters of fact that such people stumble.
The sceptical writers are a set whose business it is to prick holes in the fabric of knowledge wherever it is weak and faulty; and when these places are properly repaired, the whole building becomes more firm and solid than it was before.
I would rather dwell in the dim fog of superstition, than in air rarified to nothing by the air-pump of unbelief; in which the panting breast expires, vainly and convulsively gasping for breath.
Every person who has mastered a profession is a sceptic concerning it.
Free thinkers are generally those who never think at all.