Quotation by David Hume

The proper office of religion is to regulate the heart of men, humanize their conduct, infuse the spirit of temperance, order, and obedience; and as its operation is silent, and only enforces the motives of morality and justice, it is in danger of being overlooked, and confounded with these other motives.
David Hume (1711–1776), Scottish philosopher. Cleanthes, in Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, part 12, p. 220, ed. Norman Kemp Smith, Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill (1947).
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