"The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." Poor Richard's Almanack, 1758
"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."
"He (the Rev. Mr. Whitefield) used, indeed, sometimes to pray for my conversion, but never had the satisfaction of believing that his prayers were heard." Franklin's Autobiography
"In the affairs of the world, men are saved, not by faith, but by the want of it."
“Some volumes against Deism fell into my hands. They were said to be the substance of sermons preached at Boyle’s Lecture. It happened that they produced on me an effect precisely the reverse of what was intended by the writers; for the arguments of the Deists, which were cited in order to be refuted, appealed to me much more forcibly than the refutation itself. In a word, I soon became a thorough Deist.”
"I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life, I absenteed myself from Christian assemblies."