We need men with moral courage to speak and write their real thoughts, and to stand by their convictions, even to the very death.

My principal objections to orthodox religion are two - slavery here and hell hereafter.

Every library is an arsenal.

Happiness is not a reward / it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment / it is a result.

Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.

There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven.

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.

Nothing could be more dangerous to the existence of this Republic than to introduce religion into politics.