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Eça de Queirós

“(Prayer is) a fictitious consolation invented by those who have everything in order to keep those who have nothing contented. I belong to the bourgeoisie and I know the only reason my class bothers to show the lower classes that distant paradise full of ineffable pleasures that will one day be theirs is to divert attention from their own bulging coffers and from the abundance of their harvests.”


Eca De Queiroz, The Mandarin and Other Stories
tags: prayer, religion
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The Mandarin and Other Stories The Mandarin and Other Stories by Eça de Queirós
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