When Socrates was about 30, and his father was long dead, he was still pursuing the art of sculpture, but from necessity, and without much inclination.

-Moses Mendelssohn
Moses Mendelssohn

My religion recognizes no obligation to resolve doubt other than through rational means; and it commands no mere faith in eternal truths

Moses Mendelssohn
Instead, it appears to be a particular mark of beauty that it is considered with tranquil satisfaction; that it pleases if we also do not possess it and we are still far removed from demanding to possess it.
Moses Mendelssohn

Judaism boasts of no exclusive revelation of eternal truths that are indispensable to salvation, of no revealed religion in the sense in which that term is usually understood.

Moses Mendelssohn
You know how much I am inclined to explain all disputes among philosophical schools as merely verbal disputes or at least to derive them originally from verbal disputes
Moses Mendelssohn

Socrates didn't care to visit the theater, as a rule, except when the plays of Euripides (which some think, he himself had helped to compose), were performed.

Moses Mendelssohn
Reader! To whatever visible church, synagogue, or mosque you may belong! See if you do not find more true religion among the host of the excommunicated than among the far greater host who excommunicated them.
Moses Mendelssohn

The state has physical power and uses it when necessary; the power of religion is love and beneficence

Moses Mendelssohn
Revealed religion is one thing, revealed legislation, another. Moses Mendels
Moses Mendelssohn

Consciousness of myself, combined with complete ignorance of everything that does not fall within my sphere of thinking, is the most telling proof of my substantiality outside God, of my original existence

Moses Mendelssohn
I am, therefore there is a God.