Some sayings of Joseph Priestley

All the disputes which have in no way contributed to the discovery of truth, I would gladly consign to oblivion.

We cannot doubt that a wise and good Providence superintends and directs the whole.

Such is the necessary connection of all things in the system of nature, that every discovery brings to our view many things of which we had no intimation before…

Certainly the minds of women are capable of the same improvement, and the same furniture, as those of men.

We are all hearers of the word; but the greatest article of all is, to be doers of work assigned us by God to do.

Searching must imply an earnest endeavour to find out for ourselves, and to understand the truths contained in the Scriptures; and what faculty can we employ for this purpose, but that which is commonly called reason, whereby we are capable of thinking, reflecting, comparing, and judging of things. Distrust, therefore, all those who require you to abandon it, wherever religion is concerned.

The connection that all persons, and all things, necessarily have, as parts of an immense, glorious and happy system (and of which we ourselves are a part, however small and inconsiderable), with the great Author of this system, makes us regard every person, and every thing, in a friendly and pleasing light.

The good and happiness of the members, that is, the majority of members of any state, is the great standard by which every thing relating to that state must finally be determined.

The wisdom of one generation will ever be the folly of the next.

Truth can never have a fair chance of being discovered, or propagated, without the most perfect freedom of inquiry and debate.

It is most evident that the apostles, and all those who conversed with our Lord before and after his resurrection, considered him in no other light than simply as ‘a man approved of God, by wonders and signs which God did by him.’ (Acts 2: 22).

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