Frances Wright Quotes
the leading error of the human mind, – the bane of human happiness – the perverter of human virtue … is Religion – that dark coinage of trembling ignorance! It is Religion – that poisoner of human felicity! It is Religion – that blind guide of human reason! It is Religion – that dethroner of human virtue! which lies at the root of all the evil and all the misery that pervade the world!
How prone we are to come to the consideration of every question with heads and hearts pre-occupied! How prone to shrink from any opinion, however reasonable, if it be opposed to any, however unreasonable, of our own! How disposed are we to judge, in anger, those who call upon us to think, and encourage us to enquire! To question our prejudices seems nothing less than sacrilege; to break the chains of our ignorance, nothing short of impiety!
The man possessed of a dollar, feels himself to be not merely one hundred cents richer, but also one hundred cents better, than the man who is penniless; so on through all the gradations of earthly possessions – the estimate of our own moral and political importance swelling always in a ratio exactly proportionate to the growth of our purse.