At the end of his career, Sir Humphry Davy wrote:
Very miserable. I envy no quality of mind or intellect in others—not genius, power, wit or fancy. But if I could choose that which would be most delightful, and I believe, most useful to me, I should prefer a firm religious belief to every other blessing; for it makes life a discipline of goodness, creates new hopes; when all earthly hopes vanish, and throws over the decay, the destruction of existence, the most gorgeous of all lights; calling up the most delightful visions, where the sensual and the skeptic view only gloom, decay, and annihilation.
— Sir Humphry Davy, English chemist and inventor, The Last Days of a Philosopher (1830)