1,394. Religion; Sacrifice
"It may be observed in general that the future is purchased by
the present. It is not possible to secure distant or permanent
happiness but by the forbearance of some immediate gratification.
This is so evidently true with regard to the whole of our
existence that all precepts of theology have no other tendency
than to enforce a life of faith; a life regulated not by our
senses but by our belief; a life in which pleasures are to be
refused for fear of invisible punishments, and calamities
sometimes to be sought, and always endured, in hope of rewards
that shall be obtained in another state."
Johnson: Rambler #178 (November 30, 1751)