„It is thus superstition infatuates man from his infancy, fills him with vanity, and enslaves him with fanaticism.“
— Baron d'Holbach French-German author, philosopher, encyclopedist 1723 - 1789
Samuel Wilkinson, trans., The System of Nature ( Project Gutenberg e-text http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext05/7son110.txt), vol. 1, chap. IX Date and place of publication unknown. Original publication in French, 1770, as La Système de la nature, under the name of Jean Baptiste de Mirabaud.