One of the original American humanists, lawyer, briefly Attorney General of Illinois (1867-1869), flowery orator, popular philosopher, author of The Ghosts (1877)
Give me the storm and tempest of thought and action, rather than the dead calm of ignorance and faith. 1872 - from The Gods
Hands that help are better than lips that pray.
I will not attack your doctrines nor your creeds if they accord liberty to me. If they hold thought to be dangerous - if they aver that doubt is a crime, then I attack them one and all, because they enslave the minds of men. 1877 - from The Ghosts