The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.
The taste for splendor is hardly ever combined in the same souls with the taste for the honorable.[Le goût du faste ne s’associe guère dans les mêmes âmes avec celui de l’honnête.]
The pity is the public will demand and find a moral in my book — or worse they may take it in some more serious way, and on the honor of a gentleman, there is not one single serious line in it.