Thoughts on religion
I AM in all opinions to believe according to my own impartial reason; which I am bound to inform and improve, as far as my capacity and opportunities will permit.
It may be prudent in me to act sometimes by other men's reason, but I can think only by my own.
If another man's reason fully convinceth me, it becomes my own reason.
To say a man is bound to believe, is neither truth nor nonsense.
You may force men, by interest or punishment, to say or swear they believe, and to act as if they believed: You can go no further.
Every man, as a member of the commonwealth, ought to be content with the possession of his own opinion in private, without perplexing his neighbour or disturbing the public.
Violent zeal for truth hath an hundred to one