Pierre Bayle

Pierre Bayle

French philosopher, historian and critic of religious dogmas
I mention this only to shew that the citations of the most judicious authors frequently deceive us, and consequently that prudence obliges us to examine quotations, by whomsoever alleged.More Pierre Bayle quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There is not less wit nor invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought. Cardinal du Perron has been heard to say that the happy application of a verse of Virgil has deserved a talent.More Pierre Bayle quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Consider, I pray, whether you are not renouncing all shame and sincerity to advance such principles. Because a comet appears in a group of stars which the ancients thought fit to call the Virgin, therefore, shall our women be barren, or have frequent miscarriages, or die old maids. I know of nothing which hangs so ill together! To offer such things in seriousness, shows the greatest contempt of mankind, and the most scandalous lying impunity.More Pierre Bayle quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It has been asserted, that a moral Atheist would be a monster beyond the power of nature to create: I reply, that it is not more strange for an Atheist to live virtuously, than for a Christian to abandon himself to crime! If we believe the last kind of monster, why dispute the existence of the first?More Pierre Bayle quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is pure illusion to think that an opinion which passes down from century to century, from generation to generation, may not be entirely false.More Pierre Bayle quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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