Atheism..., that bugbear of women and fools, is the very top and perfection of free-thinking. It is the grand arcanum to which a t rue genius naturally riseth, by a certain climax or gradation of thought, and without which he can never possess his soul in absolute liberty and repose.

George Berkeley free-thinking atheism

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How often must I repeat, that I know or am conscious of my own being; and that I myself am not my ideas, but somewhat else, a thin king, active principle that perceives, knows, wills, and operates about ideas?

George Berkeley consciousness existence perception

All those who write either explicitly or by insinuation against the dignity, freedom, and immortality of the human soul, may so fa r forth be justly said to unhinge the principles of morality, and destroy the means of making men reasonably virtuous.

George Berkeley immortality soul morality

The same principles which at first view lead to skepticism, pursued to a certain point, bring men back to common sense.

George Berkeley skepticism common sense

That food nourishes, sleep refreshes, and fire warms us; that to sow in the seed-time is the way to reap in the harvest, and, in g eneral, that to obtain such or such ends, such or such means are conducive, all this we know, not by discovering any necessary connexion between our ideas, but only by the observation of the settled laws of nature, without which we should be all in uncertainty and confusion, and a grown man no more know how to manage himself in the affairs of life than an infant just born.

George Berkeley observation causation experience

To be is to be perceived [Esse est percipi].

George Berkeley existence perception