I can have respect and admiration for famous people, but I have never had a sense of fear or awe.
Through fear of being shown to be vacuous, religion denies the awesome power of human comprehension. It seeks to thwart, by encouraging awe in things unseen, the disclosure of the emptiness of faith.
Religious awe is the same organic thrill which we feel in a forest at twilight, or in a mountain gorge.
Conscience is but a word that cowards use, Devised at first to keep the strong in awe. (Richard III)