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We don't harm the gods when we mingle their names with our curses and obscenities. We harm ourselves. I said that I didn't regard most gods as holy, but they don't have to be for our malice and mockery to recoil upon ourselves.
Men build scales, but the gods blow upon the lighter pan.
Then I could not help wondering what the watching gods thought of us, with our clever masks and our jokes. What we think of crickets, perhaps, whose singing we hear with pleasure, though some of us smash them with our heels when they venture into sight.
Evolution teaches us the original purpose of language was to ritualize men's threats and curses, his spells to compel the gods; communication came later.
When neither our fellows nor our gods spoil our plans, we spoil them ourselves.
What little I have learned in the course of a long life, regarding the gods, I have tried to forget.
The gods smile on us, my son, or so it is written. It's a wonder they don't laugh aloud.
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May 7, 1931
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