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

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

'Religion is the sign of the oppressed... It is the opium of the people.'
Karl Marx

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

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 more dangerous than an idea, when you have only one idea (Propos sur la religion)
Alain

You could say people are living longer because of the decline in religion. Not many people believe in the hereafter, so they keep going. [Then again you could say its due to medical and scientific improvement, and speak the truth]
Cyril Clarke

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

A glorious Church is like a magnificent feast; there is all the variety that may be, but every one chooses out a dish or two that he likes, and lets the rest alone: how glorious soever the Church is, every one chooses out of it his own religion, by which he governs himself, and lets the rest alone.
John Selden

There is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison; there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think that we live in alienation.
Eugene Ionesco

I count religion but a childish toy, And hold there is no sin but ignorance.
Christopher Marlowe

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

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

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 search for religion is the starting point of thought
Xu Zhimo

Religions tend to disappear with man's good fortune.
Raymond Queneau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The equation of religion with belief is rather recent.
Arnold Toynbee

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

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

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

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

We're definitely going to get Brooklyn christened, but we don't know into which religion!
David Beckham

I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion.
Benedict Spinoza

Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters.
Isaac Singer

All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
Honore De Balzac

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

Let us put theology out of religion. Theology has always sent the worst to heaven, the best to hell.
Robert G Ingersoll

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

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

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

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

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

The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.
George Washington

Difference of religion breeds more quarrels than difference of politics
Wendell Phillips

In the middle ages people were tourists because of their religion, whereas now they are tourists because tourism is their religion.
Robert Runcie

The first time I sang in the Church choir, two hundred people changed their religion.
Fred Allen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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