The wish to talk to God is absurd. We cannot talk to one we cannot comprehend — and we cannot comprehend God; we can only believe in Him.
Religion is too important a matter to its devotees to be a subject of ridicule. If they indulge in absurdities, they are to be pitied rather than ridiculed.
Men will not understand… that when they fulfil their duties to men, they fulfil thereby God’s commandments; that they are consequently always in the service of God, as long as their actions are moral, and that it is absolutely impossible to serve God otherwise.
Man’s greatest concern is to know how he shall properly fill his place in the universe and correctly understand what he must be in order to be a man.
In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.
He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.