Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac

Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac

The funeral ceremonies of the most powerful monarchs, have rarely been wetted with the tears of the people - they have commonly drained them while living.More Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac quotes [09/30/2011 05:09:22]
Is there any thing more contradictory, than an intelligent and omnipotent workman, who only produces to destroy?More Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac quotes [09/30/2011 05:09:06]
If experience be consulted, it will be found there is no action, however abominable, that has not received the applause of some people. Parricide - the sacrifice of children - robbery - usurpation - cruelty - intolerance - prostitution, have all in their turn been licensed actions, and have been deemed laudable and meritorious deeds with some nations of the earth. Above all, Religion has consecrated the most unreasonable, the most revolting customs.More Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac quotes [09/30/2011 05:09:53]
If he must have his chimeras, let him at least learn to permit others to form theirs after their own fashion; since nothing can be more immaterial than the manner of men’s thinking on subjects not accessible to reason, provided those thoughts be not suffered to embody themselves into actions injurious to others: above all, let him be fully persuaded that it is of the utmost importance to the inhabitants of this world to be just, kind, and peaceable.More Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac quotes [09/30/2011 05:09:19]
The present state has served as the model of the future. We feel pleasure and pain - hence a heaven and a hell. A body is necessary for enjoying heavenly pleasures - hence the dogma of a resurrection.
But whence has the idea of hell arisen? Because, like a sick person who clings even to a miserable existence, man prefers a life of pain to annihilation, which he considers as the greatest of calamities. That notion was besides counterbalanced by the idea of divine mercy.More Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac quotes [09/30/2011 05:09:52]

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