You believe easily that which you hope for earnestly.
The amplest knowledge has the largest faith. Ignorance is always incredulous.
The great masses of the people… will more easily fall victims to a great lie than to a small one.
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
The inspiration of the Bible depends upon the ignorance of the gentleman who reads it.
The only disadvantage of an honest heart is credulity.
The credulity of the savage was almost boundless. To him the marvelous was the beautiful, the mysterious was the sublime. Consequently, every religion has for its foundation a miracle – that is to say, a violation of nature – that is to say, a falsehood. No one, in the world’s whole history, ever attempted to […]
The man scarce lives who is not more credulous than he ought to be… The natural disposition is always to believe. It is acquired wisdom and experience only that teach incredulity, and they very seldom teach it enough.
All religions, with their gods, demigods, prophets, messiahs and saints, are the product of the fancy and credulity of men who have not yet reached the full development and complete personality of their intellectual powers.
Credulity is the common failing of inexperienced virtue; and he who is spontaneously suspicious may justly be charged with radical corruption.