Uimitor cum aceste citate isi pastreaza valabilitatea peste milenii, in schimb daca deschidem una dintre cartile "sfinte" ale religiilor de inspiratie abrahamica, vom constata ca aberatiile ineaca fiecare pagina.
"All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final."
"Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all."
"Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them. In fact, men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth --- often more so, since a superstition is so intangible you cannot get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable."
“If the gods listened to the prayers of men, all humankind would quickly perish since they constantly pray for many evils to befall one another”
"It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself."
“Freedom is the greatest fruit of self-sufficiency”
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?”
Seneca cel Tanar:
"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful."