True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.
I am plenty safe enough in his hands; I am not in any danger from that kind of a Diety. The one that I want to keep out of the reach of, is the caricature of him which one finds in the Bible. We (that one and I) could never respect each other, never get along together. I have met his superior a hundred times– in fact I amount to that myself.
– Letter to Olivia Clemens, 17 July 1889
The gods offer no rewards for intellect. There was never one yet that showed any interest in it…
– Mark Twain‘s Notebook