For more than three thousand years men have quarreled concerning the formulas of their faith.
You do not build your own houses, nor make your own garments, nor bake your own bread, simply because you know that if you were to attempt all these things they would all be more or less ill done.
Where the roots of private virtue are diseased, the fruit of public probity cannot but be corrupt.
Love of country is like love of woman – he loves her best who seeks to bestow on her the highest good.
The exercises of our meeting are to be simple and devoid of all ceremonial and formalism.
We measure our enjoyments by the sum expended.
No one can fail to see that the power of the Church among large numbers in many communities is today diminishing, or has already ceased.
FOR a long time the conviction has been dimly felt in the community that, without prejudice to existing institutions, the legal day of weekly rest might be employed to advantage for purposes affecting the general good.
The ethical manifold, conceived of as unified, furnishes, or rather is, the ideal of the whole.
Every dogma, every philosophic or theological creed, was at its inception a statement in terms of the intellect of a certain inner experience.
No religion can long continue to maintain its purity when the church becomes the subservient vassal of the state.
The office of the public teacher is an unenviable and thankless one.
In a country of such recent civilization as ours, whose almost limitless treasures of material wealth invite the risks of capital and the industry of labor, it is but natural that material interests should absorb the attention of the people to a degree elsewhere unknown.
The freedom of thought is a sacred right of every individual man, and diversity will continue to increase with the progress, refinement, and differentiation of the human intellect.
Ethical religion can be real only to those who are engaged in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement. By moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement, without limit.