No one is without Christianity, if we agree on what we mean by that word. It is every individual’s individual code of behavior by means of which he makes himself a better human being than his nature wants to be, if he followed his nature only. Whatever its symbol – cross or crescent or whatever – that symbol is man’s reminder of his duty inside the human race.

Source:The Paris Review interview (1956) with Jean Stein; later published in Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews (1958), First Series, edited by Malcolm Cowley
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