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FEAR, n. The wellspring of religious faith–the greater the fear, the greater the “faith.” Christians normally refer to the behavior instigated by this inspiring emotion as “moral conduct.”

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–from the revised and expanded edition of The American Heretic’s Dictionary, the best modern successor to Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary


Front cover of The Devil's Dictionaries

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Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“It is the profound, suspicious fear, an incurable pessimism, which compels whole centuries to fasten their teeth into a religious interpretation of existence … Piety, the “Life in God,” regarded in this light, would appear as the most elaborate and ultimate product of the fear of truth … as the will to inversion of truth, to untruth at any price.”

Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

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Quoted in The Heretic’s Handbook of Quotations


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