"That [sensible things to read] disabused my mind of hell and the devil and of a cruel, avenging God, and I have never
believed in them since." Interview, Chicago Record, June 29, 1897, quoted in Women Without
"I found nothing grand in the history of the Jews nor in the morals inculcated in the Pentateuch.
Surely the writers had a very low idea of the nature of their god. They made him not only
anthropomorphic, but of the very lowest type, jealous and revengeful, loving violence rather
than mercy. I know of no other books that so fully teach the subjection and degradation of
women." Women Without Superstition.
"The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women's
emancipation." Treasury of Women's Quotations.
"I can say that the happiest period of my
life has been since I emerged from the shadows of superstitions of the old
theologies, relieved from all gloomy apprehensions of the future, satisfied that
as my labors and capacities were limited to this sphere of action, I was
responsible for nothing beyond my horizon, as I could neither understand nor
change the condition of the unknown world. Giving ourselves, then, no trouble
about the future, let us make the most of the present, and fill up our lives
with earnest work here." "The Pleasures of Age," in The Boston
Investigator, Feb. 2, 1901, quoted in Women Without Superstition.
Eighty Years and More.
The Woman's Bible.
Solitude of Self.