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

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

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

How many evils has religion caused!
Lucretius

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
Thomas Szasz

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

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

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

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

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

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

A cult is a religion with no political power.
Tom Wolfe

Like religion, politics, and family planning, cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public. It's too controversial.
Erma Bombeck

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Religion is the highest vanity.
Friedrich Hebbel

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

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

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

Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.
Pope John Paul II

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In England there are sixty different religions, and only one sauce
Francesco Caracciolo

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree
Albert Einstein

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

Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.
Robert G Ingersoll

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

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

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

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

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

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



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