Awaken its powers, and it will respect itself.
Look into the nature of things. Search out the grounds of your opinions, the for and against.
Man has been adjudged a social animal.
Social Animal Man
He who lives in the single exercise of his mental faculties, however usefully or curiously directed, is equally an imperfect animal with the man who knows only the exercise of muscles.
Man However Equally
Instead of establishing facts, we have to overthrow errors; instead of ascertaining what is, we have to chase from our imaginations what is not.
Errors Establishing Overthrow
The simplest principles become difficult of practice, when habits, formed in error, have been fixed by time, and the simplest truths hard to receive when prejudice has warped the mind.
Receive Practice Mind
A necessary consequent of religious belief is the attaching ideas of merit to that belief, and of demerit to its absence.
Merit Religious Belief
And when did mere preaching do any good? Put something in the place of these things. Fill the vacuum of the mind.
Did These Fill
Know why you believe, understand what you believe, and possess a reason for the faith that is in you.
Why You Possess
Speak of change, and the world is in alarm. And yet where do we not see change?
See Where Yet
The hired preachers of all sects, creeds, and religions, never do, and never can, teach any thing but what is in conformity with the opinions of those who pay them.
Thing Opinions Those