This would be the best of all possible Worlds, if there were no Religion in it.“
– John Adams, to Thomas Jefferson
EDIT: As noted by commenter “Steve T.,” I’ve taken the quote out of context. Here’s the full context:
Twenty times, in the course of my late reading, have I been on the point of breaking out, ‘this would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it!!!!’ But in this exclamation, I should have been as fanatical as Bryant or Cleverly. Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in public company—I mean hell.
Even the great ones make mistakes from time to time…my apologies for the error!