Pierre Bayle

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Pierre Bayle

Pierre Bayle

I am a good Protestant, and in the full sense of the term, for from the bottom of my soul, I protest against everything that is said, and everything that is done.More Pierre Bayle [10/12/2011 05:10:34]
I know too much to be a sceptic and too little to be a dogmatist.More Pierre Bayle [10/12/2011 05:10:44]
It is pure illusion to think that an opinion that passes down from century to century, from generation to generation, may not be entirely false.More Pierre Bayle [10/12/2011 05:10:52]
It is thus tolerance that is the source of peace, and intolerance that is the source of disorder and squabbling.More Pierre Bayle [10/12/2011 05:10:00]
Properly speaking, history is nothing but the crimes and misfortunes of the human race.More Pierre Bayle [10/12/2011 05:10:08]
The antiquity and general acceptance of an opinion is not assurance of its truth.More Pierre Bayle [10/12/2011 05:10:16]
There is no less invention in aptly applying a thought found in a book, than in being the first author of the thought.More Pierre Bayle [10/12/2011 05:10:25]
There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought.More Pierre Bayle [10/12/2011 05:10:44]
It is thus tolerance that is the source of peace, and intolerance that is the source of disorder and squabbling.More Pierre Bayle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The antiquity and general acceptance of an opinion is not assurance of its truth.More Pierre Bayle [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 [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The movement of comets is part of the ordinary works of nature which, without regard to the happiness or misery of mankind, are transported from one part of the heavens to another by virtue of the general laws of motion.More Pierre Bayle [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 [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
So that, were it the purpose of God to produce comets as signs of his wrath it would be true to say that he is quickening a false devotion almost all over the world, increasing the number of pilgrims to Mecca, multiplying the offerings to the most famous impostors, inducing men to build mosques for Mohammedan worship, causing the invention of new superstitions among the dervishes - in a word, stimulating many abominable things which otherwise might not have been.More Pierre Bayle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Do you doubt that the least effects of nature were not used as marks of the wrath of heaven? It was to the interest of pontiffs, priests, and augurs, as much as it is to the interest of lawyers and doctors that there should be lawsuits and sickness. No wonder they took care that the people should not grow slack in their religion.More Pierre Bayle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is only common prejudice that induces us to believe that atheism is a fearful state.More Pierre Bayle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There was no other God, religion, or lawful magistracy, than conscience, which teaches all men the precepts of Justice, to do no injury, to live honestly, and give everyone his due.More Pierre Bayle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
One must be stark mad, to believe that mankind can subsist without magistrates.More Pierre Bayle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I get up and retire when I wish. I go out if I wish and I do not go out if I do not desire to do so, except for the two days on which I give lectures.More Pierre Bayle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Compulsion in the literal Sense is maliciously misrepresented, by supposing it authorizes Violences committed against the Truth. The Answer to this; by which it is prov'd, that the literal Sense does in reality authorize the stirring up Persecutions against the Cause of Truth, and that an erroneous Conscience has the same Rights as an enlighten'd Conscience.More Pierre Bayle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I lay down the Position, That whatever a Conscience well directed allows us to do for the Advancement of Truth, an erroneous Conscience will warrant for advancing a suppos'd Truth.More Pierre Bayle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The furnace of affliction refines us from earthly drossiness, and softens us for the impression of God's own stamp.More Pierre Bayle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
No nations are more warlike than those which profess Christianity.More Pierre Bayle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If an historian were to relate truthfully all the crimes, weaknesses, and disorders of mankind, his readers would take his work for satire rather than for history.More Pierre Bayle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Properly speaking, history is nothing but the crimes and misfortunes of the human race.More Pierre Bayle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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