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.
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.
Believe nothing and be on your guard against everything.
The only safe skeptic is one who was never exposed to faith in his infancy. Converts of more mature years are always more or less unreliable.
“Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect” is one of Santayana’s most admirable epigrams. But chastity is meaningless except in relation to passion, and his own brand of seems to me little more than intellectual old-maidishness fittingly expressed in that genteel – and soporific – style for which is famous. No wonder he was averse […]
The world would be astonished if it knew how great a proportion of its brightest ornaments, of those most distinguished even in popular estimation for wisdom and virtue, are complete skeptics in religion.
A Sceptick therefore, who because he finds that Truths are not universally received, doubts of their existence, is just as foolish as a man who should try large shoes upon little feet, and little shoes upon large feet, and finding that they did not fit both should hold up his hands with philosophical agitation, and […]
Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good.