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For my part, it is not the mystery of the incarnation which I discover in religion, but the mystery of social order, which associates with heaven that idea of equality which prevents the rich from destroying the poor
Napoleon Bonaparte

Politics in America is the binding secular religion.
Theodore H White

The mysterious is always attractive. People will always follow a vail. [On the continued appeal of religion]
Bede Jarrett

The thing about religion is it seems that everyone has a slightly different conception of what it is and what it might mean to them.
James Frazer

Sex is the ersatz or substitute religion of the 20th Century
Malcolm Muggeridge

Well! Some people talk of morality, and some of religion, but give me a snug little property
Maria Edgeworth

I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.
Kahlil Gibran

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
Thomas Paine

A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this - that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made - not to understand - but to feel - as crime.
Edgar Allan Poe

The search for religion is the starting point of thought
Xu Zhimo

We peruse one ideal, that of bringing people together in peace, irrespective of race, religion and political convictions, for the benefit of mankind.
Juan Samaranch

Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
Sigmund Freud

There's a gullible side to the American people. They can be easily misled. Religion is the best device used to mislead them.
Michael Moore

Morality without religion is only a kind of dead reckoning - an endeavor to find our place on a cloudy sea by measuring the distance we have run, but without any observation of the heavenly bodies.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.
Edmund Burke

Some people talk of morality, and some of religion, but give me a little snug property
Maria Edgeworth

Religion is by no means a proper subject of conversation in a mixed company. [This particular Earl of Chesterfield Lived 1694 - 1773]
Earl Of Chesterfield

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.
Anais Nin

Religion often partakes of the myth of progress that shields us from the terrors of an uncertain future.
Frank Herbert

When you turn the discussion onto talk of religion, you will soon start to reveal a whole range of views ranging from the ardent supporter to the ardent atheist.
Arthur Hertzberg

'If you're writing songs, there are two things that you just don't write about: politics and religion. We write about both.'
Bono

Any system of religion that has any thing in it that shocks the mind of a child cannot be a true system. (The Age of Reason)
Thomas Paine

Religions do make claims about the universe - the same kinds of claims that scientists make, except they're usually false.
Richard Dawkins

Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy. Think of how many people rely on these prophecies, however vague, however unfulfilled, to support or prop up their beliefs. Yet has there ever been a religion with the prophetic accuracy and reliability of science?
Carl Sagan

A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.
James Feibleman

It is now several months since I promised to give you my reasons for preferring the Bible as a schoolbook to all other compositions. Before I state my arguments, I shall assume the five following propositions:

1 . That Christianity is the only true and perfect religion; and that in proportion as mankind adopts its principles and obeys its precepts they will be wise and happy.

2. That a better knowledge of this religion is to be acquired by reading the Bible than in any other way.

3. That the Bible contains more knowledge necessary to man in his present state than any other book in the world.

4. That knowledge is most durable, and religious instruction most useful, when imparted in early life.

5. That the Bible, when not read in schools, is seldom read in any subsequent period of life.
- Benjamin Rush, Essays, pp. 93-113, 'A Defence of the Use of the Bible as a School Book'.
Benjamin Rush

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
Abraham Lincoln

How many evils has religion caused!
Lucretius

The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.
Matthew Arnold

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side
Aristotle

Sacred religion! Mother of Form and Fear!
Samuel Daniel

My great religion is a belief in the blood, the flesh, as being wiser than the intellect. We can go wrong in our minds. But what our blood feels and believes and says, is always true. The intellect is only a bit and a bridle.
D H Lawrence

Religion has been an essential part of my life ever since I was baptised. My personal journey with God has been very important throughout my life.
Andy Griffith

A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and degrade religion.
Hugo Black

A great Pope - our most outstanding fellow countryman, the Holy Father, a good father to all of us, believers and non-believers, followers of different religions - is no more. [On Pope John Paul II]
Aleksander Kwasniewski

Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
Ambrose Bierce

We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.
T S Eliot

There is something utterly nauseating about a system of society which pays a harlot 25 times as much as it pays its prime minister, 250 times as much as it pays its members of Parliament and 500 times as much as it pays some of its ministers of religion.
Harold Wilson

The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one.
David Hume

I'll keep it short and sweet - Family. Religion. Friendship. These are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business.
Montgomery Burns

Conservatives do not believe that the political struggle is the most important thing in life... The simplest of them prefer fox-hunting, the wisest religion.
Quintin Hogg

Religion is more like response to a friend than it is like obedience to an expert.
Austin Farrer

Every man, either to his terror or consolation, has some sense of religion.
Heinrich Heine

For man may pious texts repeat,
And yet religion have no inward seat
Thomas Hood

I am a deeply religious nonbeliever. This is a somewhat new kind of religion.
Albert Einstein

Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.
Steven Weinberg

Religion is the state of being grasped by an ultimate concern, a concern which qualifies all other concerns as preliminary and which itself contains the answer to the question of a meaning of our life.
Paul Tillich

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Keep Darwinian thinking out of cosmology, out of psychology, out of human culture, out of ethics, politics, and religion!
Daniel Dennett

Modern societies march towards morality in proportion as they leave religion behind.
Paul Bert



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