„In how many churches, by how many prophets, tell me, is man made sensible that he is an infinite Soul; that the earth and heavens are passing into his mind; that he is drinking forever the soul of God?“

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1803 - 1882

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„I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
Recollection by Gilbert J. Greene, quoted in The Speaking Oak (1902) by Ferdinand C. Iglehart and Latest Light on Abraham Lincoln (1917) by Ervin S. Chapman

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„And why does this same God tell me how to raise my children when he had to drown his?“

—  Robert G. Ingersoll, Some Mistakes of Moses
Some Mistakes of Moses (1879) http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/ingermm2.htm#XVIII] Section XVIII, "Dampness".

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„He who binds
His soul to knowledge, steals the key of heaven.“

—  Nathaniel Parker Willis American magazine writer, editor, and publisher 1806 - 1867
Willis, The Scholar of Thibét Ben Khorat, II. Quote reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 419-23.

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„Man is one name belonging to every nation upon earth. In them all is one soul though many tongues.“

—  Tertullian Christian theologian 155 - 230
Context: Man is one name belonging to every nation upon earth. In them all is one soul though many tongues. Every country has its own language, yet the subjects of which the untutored soul speaks are the same everywhere. De Testimonio Animae (The Testimony of the Soul), 6.3

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