In creeds never was such levity; witness the heathenisms in Christianity, the periodic “revivals,” the Millennium mathematics, the peacock ritualism, the retrogression to Popery, the maundering of Mormons, the squalor of Mesmerism, the deliration of rappings, the rat and mouse revelation, thumps in table-drawers, and black art.
It is grander to think and investigate for yourself than to repeat a creed… I look for the day when reason, throned upon the world’s brains, shall be the King of Kings and the God of Gods.
To hate man and worship god seems to be the sum of all the creeds.
My creed had been formed on unsheathing the sword at Lexington.
Creeds made in Dark Ages are like drawings made in dark rooms.
Some that will hold a creed unto martyrdom will not hold the truth against a sneering laugh.
There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action.
There is more faith in an honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.
There is greater argument in one fact than in all the creeds.
So many gods, so many creeds, So many paths that wind and wind, While just the art of being kind Is all the sad world needs.