“The gods of men are sillier than their kings and queens, and emptier and more powerless.”

The poets are only the interpreters of the gods.

Linnaeus and cuvier have been my two gods, though in very different ways, but they were mere schoolboys to old aristotle.

We must conceive of this whole universe as one commonwealth of which both gods and men are members.

Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form, but with regard to their mode of life.