Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac

Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac

If ye will have Gods, let your imagination give birth to them; but do not suffer these imaginary beings so far to intoxicate ye as to make ye mistake that which ye owe to those real beings with whom ye live. ...always remember that, among the duties you owe to the real beings with whom ye are associated, the foremost, the most consequential, the most immediate, stands a reasonable indulgence for the foibles of others.More Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac quotes [09/30/2011 05:09:24]
The sentiment of fear will necessarily prevail over love; they will only adore the good God that they may prevent him from exercising his caprice, his phantasms, his malice; it is always inquietude and terrour that throws man at his feet; it is his rigour and his severity which they seek to disarm. In short, although they everywhere assure us that the Divinity is full of compassion, of clemency, and of goodness, it is always a malicious genius, a capricious master, a formidable demon, to whom everywhere they render servile homage, and a worship dictated by fear.More Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac quotes [09/30/2011 05:09:01]
The word God, will rarely be found to designate more than the unknown cause of those effects which man has either admired or dreaded.More Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac quotes [09/30/2011 05:09:17]
The funeral ceremonies of the most powerful monarchs, have rarely been wetted with the tears of the people - they have commonly drained them while living.More Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac quotes [09/30/2011 05:09:22]
Man would not appear less subjected to the laws of Nature when naked in the forest painfully seeking his sustenance, than when living in civilised society surrounded with comforts; that is to say, enriched with greater experience, plunged in luxury, where he every day invents a thousand new wants and discovers a thousand new modes of satisfying them. All the steps taken by man to regulate his existence, ought only to be considered as a long succession of causes and effects, which are nothing more than the development of the first impulse given him by nature.More Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbac quotes [09/30/2011 05:09:31]

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