Religion Quotes

Oscar wilde - religion is the fashionable substitute for belief....
Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not but superstition dismounts all these, and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men... the master of superstition is the people and arguments are fitted to practice, in a reverse order.
Francis Bacon

Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other sects.
James Madison
Religion is far too important a thing for atheists to leave to the religious.
Tor N? rretranders, M? rk Verden (English title not known)
Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition.
Cicero

Unattributed truth from r. g. frp - it can be shown that for any nutty theory, beyond...
Ulysses s. grant - leave the matter of religion to the family altar,...
We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.
William Ralph Inge
Matters of religion should never be matters of controversy. We neither argue with a lover about his taste, nor condemn him, if we are just, for knowing so human a passion.
George Santayana
Religion is what keeps the poor man from murdering the rich.
Napoleon Bonaparte
The man who suffers from a sense of sin is suffering from a particular kind of self - Love. In all this vast universe the thing that appears to him of most importance is that he himself should be virtuous. It is a grave defect in certain forms of traditional religion that they have encouraged this particular kind of self - Absorption.
Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness
In the matter of religion, people eagerly fasten their eyes on the difference between their own creed and yours whilst the charm of the study is in finding the agreements and identities in all the religions of humanity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Counting is the religion of this generation it is its hope and its salvation.
Gertrude Stein
Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense.
Carl Sagan
Knowledge, like religion, must be experienced in order to be known.
Edwin P. Whipple
Such evil deeds could religion prompt.
Lucretius, De Rerum Natura
Mortification from a self - Strength, carried on by ways of self - Invention, unto the end of a self - Righteousness, is the soul and substnace of all false religion in the world.
John Owen
Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.
Margaret Mead
Religions change; beer and wine remain.
Hervey Allen
Fear of things invisible in the natural seed of that which everyone in himself calleth religion.
Thomas Hobbes
Religion is the human response to being alive and having to die.
F. Forrester Church
All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
Honore De Balzac
When it is a question of money, everyone is of the same religion.
Voltaire
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
Napoleon
There shall be no compulsion in religion.
Quran 2: 263, Quran 2: 263
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that is my religion.
Abraham Lincoln
Keep thy religion to thyself.
George Carlin
We are all Greeks. Our laws, our literature, our religion, our arts, have their root in Greece.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
History does not record anywhere at any time a religion that has any rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help. But, like dandruff, most people do have a religion and spend time and money on it and seem to derive considerable pleasure from fiddling with it.
Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love (1972)
Religion holds the solution to all problems of human relationship, whether they are between parents and children or nation and nation. Sooner or later, man has always had to decide whether he worships his own power or the power of God.
A. J. Toynbee
When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.
Anais Nin
Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.
Oscar Wilde
A society like ours, which professes no one religion and has allowed all religions to decay, which indulges freedom to the point of license and individualism to the point of anarchy, needs all the support that responsible, cultivated homes can furnish. I hope your generation will provide a firmer shelter for civilized standards.
Alan Simpson
It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.
Thomas Jefferson
Statesmen may plan and speculate for liberty but it is religion and morality alone that can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand.
John Adams
Science can destroy religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets. No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the non - Existence of Zeus or Thor - But they have few followers now.
Arthur C. Clarke
Religion consists in a set of things which the average man thinks he believes and wishes he was certain of.
Mark Twain
Religion is the monumental chapter in the history of human egotism.
William James
Religion consists of a set of things which the average man thinks he believes and wishes he was certain.
Mark Twain