Bible worship, though at its best it may achieve sublimity by keeping its head in the skies, may also make itself both ridiculous and dangerous by having its feet off the ground.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. First published as The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God (1932). The Black Girl in Search of God, preface, The Black Girl in Search of God and Some Lesser Tales, Constable (1948).)
As for me, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are now only the subtlest imaginable essences, which would not stain the morning sky.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 71, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)