Quotation by Mary McCarthy

I shall never send for a priest or recite an Act of Contrition in my last moments. I do not mind if I lose my soul for all eternity. If the kind of God exists Who would damn me for not working out a deal with Him, then that is unfortunate. I should not care to spend eternity in the company of such a person.
Mary McCarthy (1912–1989), U.S. author. Memories of a Catholic Girlhood, ch. 1 (1957).

Raised in a strictly religious, unsympathetic Irish-Catholic home, McCarthy had become an unbeliever.
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