The universe is large and we are tiny, without the need for further religious superstructure. One can have so-called spiritual moments without belief in the spirit.

Alain de Botton

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Source: "Atheism 2.0." TEDGlobal 2001. Jul. 2011. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote by philosopher Alain de Botton means that people can have spiritual experiences in the absence of religion. In other words, being an atheist doesn't mean living a life devoid of spirituality. This is the main idea behind de Botton's 2011 TED Talk that is the source of this quote. Watch the full TED Talk here: Alain de Botton - Atheism 2.0