I have no desire to discredit spiritualism; I have no fight with the Spiritists; but I do believe it is my duty to place before the public the results of my long investigation of Spiritualism.
The primary tool of science is skepticism, whose light shrivels unquestioning faith.
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness.
An open mind, like an open window, should be screened to keep the bugs out.
I go to church because I am a skeptic in regard to my own skepticism.
Hume, and other skeptical innovators, are vain men, and will gratify themselves at any expense. Truth will not afford sufficient food to their vanity; so they have betaken themselves to error. Truth, Sir, is a cow that will yield such people no more milk, and so they are gone to milk the bull.
A skeptic is one who won’t take know for an answer.
Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic, for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt.
Skeptics are never deceived.
It is evident that skepticism, while it makes no actual change in man, always makes him feel better.