"When I became convinced that the Universe is natural -- that all the ghosts
and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every
drop of my blood, the sense, the feeling, the joy of freedom ... For the
first time, I was free ... I stood erect and joyously faced all worlds.
And then my heart was filled with gratitude, with thankfulness, and went
out in love to all the heroes, the thinkers who gave their lives for the
liberty of hand and brain ... And then I vowed to grasp the torch that
they had held, and hold it high, that light might conquer darkness still.
[Robert G. Ingersoll, "Why I Am An Agnostic", 1896,
quoted in Joseph Lewis' speech "Ingersoll the Magnificent"]