Wherever there is a settled society, religion is necessary; the laws cover manifest crimes, and religion covers secret crimes.
We are a society of notoriously unhappy people: lonely, anxious, depressed, destructive, dependent — people who are glad when we have killed the time we are trying so hard to save.
I suppose society is wonderfully delightful! To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it simply a tragedy. Society is a necessary thing.
Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?
Wherever a man goes, men will pursue and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society.