Shorter John Cottingham: Would that all atheists had the humility to realize that the only thing that can save all of humankind from its moral inventions are the religious doctrines I prefer to believe in.
The Greeks, in a way of life in which great perils and upheavals were always present, sought in knowledge and reflection a kind of security and ultimate refugium. We, in an incomparably more secure condition, have transferred this perilousness into knowledge and reflection, and we recover from it, and calm ourselves down, with our way of life.
[W]here are you hurrying to? You will never find that life for which you are looking. When the gods created man they allotted to him death. But life they retained in their own keeping. As for you, Gilgamesh, fill your belly with good things; Day and night, night and day, dance and be merry, feast and rejoice. Let your clothes be fresh, bathe yourself in water. Cherish the little child that holds your hand. And make your wife happy in your embrace. For this too is the lot of man.
From The Epic of Gilgamesh (Sandars, Nancy K., trans. )