There are various, nay incredible faiths; why should we be alarmed at any of them?—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
There is no infidelity so great as that which prays and keeps the Sabbath and founds churches.—Journal, 1 January 1842
To the philosopher all sects all nations are alike. I like Brahma, Hare, Buddha, the Great Spirit, as well as God.—Journal, 26 April 1850
Veias, Menu, Zoroaster, Socrates, Christ, Shakespeare, Swedenborg,—these are some of our astronomers.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
We saw one school-house in our walk, and listened to the sounds which issued from it; but it appeared like a place where the process, not of enlightening, but of obfuscating the mind was going on, and the pupils received only so much light as could penetrate the shadow of the Catholic church.—A Yankee in Canada
What is called the religious world very generally deny virtue to all who have not received the Gospel.—Journal, 4 December 1860
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