Quotation by Frances Wright

... we have broken down the self-respecting spirit of man with nursery tales and priestly threats, and we dare to assert, that in proportion as we have prostrated our understanding and degraded our nature, we have exhibited virtue, wisdom, and happiness, in our words, our actions, and our lives!
Frances Wright (1795–1852), Scottish author and speaker; relocated to America. Course of Popular Lectures, lecture 5 (1829).

Criticizing religion, which she held to be unproven because not based on observable fact.
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