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Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when you have only one idea (Propos sur la religion)
Alain

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

Religion is not merely the opium of the masses, it's the cyanide.
Tom Robbins

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

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

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

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

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

Operationally, God is beginning to resemble not a ruler but the last fading smile of a cosmic Cheshire cat. (Religion without Revelation, 1957)
Sir Julian Huxley

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

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

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

By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon the same equal footing, and are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty.
Samuel Chase

I'm sickened by all religions. Religion has divided people. I don't think there's any difference between the pope wearing a large hat and parading around with a smoking purse and an African painting his face white and praying to a rock.
Howard Stern

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

It may be that religion is dead, and if it is, we had better know it and set ourselves to try to discover other sources of moral strength before it is too late.
Pearl Buck

After I left the convent, for fifteen years I was worn out with religion, I wanted nothing whatever to do with it. I felt disgusted with it.
Karen Armstrong

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

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

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

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

My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
Thomas Paine

No power of government ought to be employed in the endeavour to establish any system or article of belief on the subject of religion.
Jeremy Bentham

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

Religion has done love a great servive by making it a sin.
Anatole France

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

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

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

Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.
Joseph Campbell

Catholicism is not a soothing religion. It's a painful religion. We're all gluttons for punishment.
Madonna Ciccone

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

Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
Mahatma Gandhi

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

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

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

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

All religions must be tolerated... for every man must get to heaven in his own way.
Epictetus

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

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

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

Fear of things invisible in the natural seed of that which everyone in himself calleth religion.
Thomas Hobbes

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

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Albert Einstein

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

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

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

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

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

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



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