Training the Human Plant
"Do not feed children on maudlin sentimentalism or dogmatic religion; give
them nature... Do not terrify them in early life with the fear of an after-
world. Never was a child made more noble and good by the fear of a
"The idea that a good God would send people to a burning Hell is utterly
damnable to me. The ravings of insanity! Superstition gone to
seed! I don't want to have anything to do with such a God. No avenging
Jewish God, no satanic devil, no fiery hell is of any interest to me."
"All my work in the field of science and research has come through a change
in my earlier opinions on religion. Growth is the law of life.
Orthodoxy is the death of scientific effort."
Most people's religion is what they want to believe, not what they do
believe. And very few of them stop to examine its foundations."
"I have learned from Nature that dependence on unnatural beliefs weakens us
in the struggle and shortens our breath for the race."
"Science, unlike theology, never leads to insanity."
"The scientist is a lover of truth for the very love of truth itself,
wherever it may lead."
"Let us read the Bible without the ill-fitting colored spectacles of
theology, just as we read other books, using our own judgment and reason,
listening to the voice within, not to the noisy babble without. Most of us
possess discriminating reasoning powers. Can we use them or must we be fed
by others like babes?"
"I do not believe what has been served to me to believe. I am a doubter, a
questioner, a skeptic."
"However, when it can be proved to me that there is immortality, that there
is resurrection beyond the gates of death, then will I believe. Until then,
"But as a scientist I cannot help feeling that all religions are on a
tottering foundation. None is perfect or inspired. As for their prophets,
there are as many today as ever before, only now science refuses to let them
overstep the bounds of common sense."