"Failure seems to be the trademark of Nature. Why? Nature has no design, no
intelligence. Nature produces without purpose, sustains without intention
and destroys without thought. Man has a little intelligence, and he should
use it. Intelligence is the only lever capable of raising mankind."
[Robert G. Ingersoll, "What Is Religion?", his last
public address, delivered before the American Free
Religious association, Boston, June 2, 1899]