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William Winwood Reade Quotes

It may safely be asserted that the art of war will soon be reduced to a simple question of expenditure and credit, and that the largest purse will be the strongest arm.
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Christians believe themselves to be the aristocracy of heaven upon earth, they are admitted to the spiritual court, while millions of men in foreign lands have never been presented. They bow their knees and say they are 'miserable sinners,' and their hearts rankle with abominable pride. Poor infatuated fools! Their servility is real and their insolence is real but their king is a phantom and their palace is a dream.

— William Winwood Reade

The essence of religion is inertia; the essence of science is change. It is the function of the one to preserve, it is the function of the other to improve. If, as in Egypt, they are firmly chained together, either science will advance, in which case the religion will be altered, or the religion will preserve its purity, and science will congeal.

— William Winwood Reade

As a single atom man is an enigma: as a whole he is a mathematical problem. As an individual he is a free agent, as a species the offspring of necessity.

— William Winwood Reade

Our enlightened posterity will look back upon us who eat oxen and sheep, just as we look upon cannibals.

— William Winwood Reade

To cultivate the intellect is therefore a religious duty; and when this truth is fairly recognized by men, the religion which teaches that the intellect should be distrusted and that it should be subservient to faith, will inevitably fall.

— William Winwood Reade

Doubt is the offspring of knowledge: the savage never doubts at all.

— William Winwood Reade

A day will come when the European god of the nineteenth century will be classed with the gods of Olympus and the Nile.

— William Winwood Reade

Artistic genius is an expansion of monkey imitativeness.

— William Winwood Reade

We live between two worlds; we soar in the atmosphere; we creep upon the soil; we have the aspirations of creators and the propensities of quadrupeds. There can be but one explanation of this fact. We are passing from the animal into a higher form, and the drama of this planet is in its second act.

— William Winwood Reade

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