William Kingdon Clifford
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William Kingdon Clifford
To consider only one other such witness: the followers of the Buddha have at least as much right to appeal to individual and social experience…
Into this, for good or ill, is woven every belief of every man who has speech of his fellows. A awful privilege, and an awful…
There is no scientific discoverer, no poet, no painter, no musician, who will not tell you that he found ready made his discovery or poem…
Nor is it that truly a belief at all which has not some influence upon the actions of him who holds it.
We feel much happier and more secure when we think we know precisely what to do, no matter what happens, then when we have lost…
If I steal money from any person, there may be no harm done from the mere transfer of possession; he may not feel the loss,…
Our lives our guided by that general conception of the course of things which has been created by society for social purposes.
Every rustic who delivers in the village alehouse his slow, infrequent sentences, may help to kill or keep alive the fatal superstitions which clog his…
When an action is once done, it is right or wrong for ever; no accidental failure of its good or evil fruits can possibly alter…
This sense of power is the highest and best of pleasures when the belief on which it is founded is a true belief, and has…
The harm which is done by credulity in a man is not confined to the fostering of a credulous character in others, and consequent support…
An atmosphere of beliefs and conceptions has been formed by the labours and struggles of our forefathers, which enables us to breathe amid the various…
We may always depend on it that algebra, which cannot be translated into good English and sound common sense, is bad algebra.
To sum up: it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
To know all about anything is to know how to deal with it under all circumstances.
No simplicity of mind, no obscurity of station, can escape the universal duty of questioning all that we believe.
If a belief is not realized immediately in open deeds, it is stored up for the guidance of the future.
The rule which should guide us in such cases is simple and obvious enough: that the aggregate testimony of our neighbours is subject to the…
The danger to society is not merely that it should believe wrong things, though that is great enough; but that it should become credulous, and…
A little reflection will show us that every belief, even the simplest and most fundamental, goes beyond experience when regarded as a guide to our…
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