Many worthy people, and many good books, with no doubt the best intentions, … have represented a life of sin as a life of pleasure; they have pictured virtue as self-sacrifice, austerity as religion. Even in everyday life we meet with worthy people who seem to think that whatever is pleasant must be wrong, that the true spirit of religion is crabbed, sour, and gloomy; that the bright, sunny, radiant nature which surrounds us is an evil and not a blessing,

John Lubbock, Lord Avebury (1834-1913) British banker, politician, polymath
The Use of Life (1894)
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 1-Feb-04
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