The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man. Character is much easier kept than recovered. Lead, follow, or get out of the way. We have it in our power to begin the world over again. That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly. It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry. My mind is my own church. Time makes more converts than reason. These are the times that try men’s souls. My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
The greatest remedy for anger is delay. It is an affront to treat falsehood with complaisance. The Vatican is a dagger in the heart of Italy. Human nature is not of itself vicious. Titles are but nicknames, and every nickname is a title. If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. Reason obeys itself and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it. An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.