Tuesday, February 02, 2021


The Best Religion

Walter Savage Landor, "Asinius Pollio and Licinius Calvus: Second Conversation," Imaginary Conversations, Vol. II (London: J.M. Dent & Co., 1901), pp. 114-127 (at 116):
Pollio. In my opinion, that religion is the best in which there is the least of fraud and violence, the most of forbearance and sincerity.

Calvus. Wise and good-natured gods will never quarrel about the names they are called by. Do parents whip their children for imperfect pronunciation?

Pollio. I would not be surety for morose and ferocious men, intoxicated by the wine-cup of their priests, keeping the peace toward you, if you declined their mysteries and orgies. They call you blind, and knock out your eyes for being so.

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