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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

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

Each religion, by the help of more or less myth, which it takes more or less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny.
George Santayana

Religion is like chemotherapy, it may solve one problem, but it can cause a million more.
John Bledsoe

Whenever a taboo is broken, something good happens, something vitalizing. Taboos after all are only hangovers, the product of diseased minds, you might say, of fearsome people who hadn't the courage to live and who under the guise of morality and religion have imposed these things upon us.
Henry Miller

Youth is a religion from which one always ends up being converted
Andre Malraux

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

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

Life is a mission. Every other definition of life is false, and leads all who accept it astray. Religion, science, philosophy, though still at variance upon many points, all agree in this, that every existence is an aim.
Giuseppe Mazzini

When law and duty are one, united by religion, you never become fully conscious, fully aware of yourself. You are always a little less than an individual.
Frank Herbert

Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.
Ulysses S Grant

We cannot assume the injustice of any actions which only create offense, and especially as regards religion and morals. He who utters or does anything to wound the conscience and moral sense of others, may indeed act immorally; but, so long as he is not guilty of being importunate, he violates no right.
Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

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

The Olympic Movement is a 20th century religion. Where there is no injustice of caste, of race, of family, of wealth.
Avery Brundage

Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition.
Alan Turing

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

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

I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it
Abraham Lincoln

We all remember how many religious wars were fought for a religion of love and gentleness; how many bodies were burned alive with the genuinely kind intention of saving souls from the eternal fire of hell.
Karl Popper

The Bible is to religion what the Iliad is to poetry
Joseph Joubert

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

For me sport was a religion... with religious sentiment.
Baron Pierre De Coubertin

It is a masterpiece of the devil to make us believe that children cannot understand religion. Would Christ have made a child the standard of faith if He had known that it was not capable of understanding His words?
Dwight Moody

Mayonnaise: One of the sauces which serve the French in place of a state religion.
Ambrose Bierce

I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
Richard Dawkins

I look upon enthusiasm, in all other points but that of religion, to be a very necessary turn of mind; as indeed it is a vein which nature seems to have marked with more or less strength, in the tempers of most men. No matter what the object is, whether business, pleasures or the fine arts: whoever pursues them to any purpose must do so con amore
William Melmoth

To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy. (Idea of Progress)
William Ralph Inge

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

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

Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity all the more trenchant for its being lost.
Joyce Oates

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

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

Genius without religion is only a lamp on the outer gate of a palace; it may serve to cast a gleam of light on those that are without, while the inhabitant sits in darkness.
Hannah More

Sacred religion! Mother of Form and Fear!
Samuel Daniel

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

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

But to us, probability is the very guide of life (The Analogy of Religion)
Joseph Butler

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

The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart
Walter J Lippmann

E.P. Whipple calls fanaticism 'religion caricatured,' which is a full definition in a word.
James Parton

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

I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religion - I have shuddered at it. I shudder no more - I could be martyred for my religion - Love is my religion - I could die for that.
John Keats

The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.
Thomas Hardy

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

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
Ronald Reagan

I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics.
T S Eliot

The sense of being well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow
C F Forbes

There's naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.
Lord Byron

Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.
Bill Gates

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.
Edmund Burke



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