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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
  Extinguished theologians lie about the cradle of every science, as the strangled snakes beside that of Hercules.  1
  Orthodoxy is the Bourbon of the world of thought; it learns not, neither can it forget.  2
  Science is nothing but trained and organised common sense.  3
  The clergy are at present divided into three sections: an immense body who are ignorant; a small proportion who know and are silent; and a minute minority who know and speak according to their knowledge.  4
  We live in a world which is full of misery and ignorance, and the plain duty of each and all of us is to try to make the little corner he can influence somewhat less miserable and somewhat less ignorant than it was before he entered it. To do this effectually, it is necessary to be fully possessed of only two beliefs: the first, that the order of nature is ascertainable by our faculties to an extent which is practically unlimited; the second, that our volition counts for something as a condition of the course of events.  5

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