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

Both state and church have as their object actions as well as convictions, the former insofar as they are based on the relations between man and nature, the latter insofar as they are based on the relations between nature and God.

Moses Mendelssohn
A God is thinkable, therefore a God is also actually present
Moses Mendelssohn

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

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

We would be able neither to remember nor to reflect nor to compare nor to think, indeed, we would not even be the person who we were a moment ago, if our concepts were divided among many and were not to be encountered somewhere together in their most exact combination.

Moses Mendelssohn
We consider the beauty of nature and art with pleasure and satisfaction, without the slightest movement of desire. 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

For a game it is too serious, for seriousness too much of a game.

Moses Mendelssohn
The analysis of concepts is for the understanding nothing more than what the magnifying glass is for sight
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
A God is thinkable, therefore a God is also actually present. Moses Mendels