Religion Quotes

Karl marx, urban dictionary, under
The Religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

In England there are sixty different religions and only one sauce.
Francesco Caracciolo, on alcohol
Religion is an illusion, and it derives its strength from its readiness to fit in with our instinctual wishful impulses.
Sigmund Freud
What is the meaning of human life, or of organic life altogether To answer this question at all implies a religion. Is there any sense then, you ask, in putting it I answer, the man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unfortunate but almost disqualified for life.
Albert Einstein
As long as there are fools and rascals, there will be religions.
Voltaire, Letter to Frederick, 1767

Dalai lama - this is my simple religion. there is no need for...
Marie henri beyle, (1783 - 1842) - all religions are founded on the fear of the many...
Heaven is such that all who have lived well, of whatever religion, have a place there.
Emanuel Swedenborg, From the book "Divine Providence" #330
To attempt to be religious without practicing a specific religion is as possible as attempting to speak without a specific language.
George Santayana
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
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping the common people quiet.
Napoleon Bonaparte
To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
Jorge Luis Borges
It is a mistake to suppose that God is only, or even chiefly, concerned with religion.
Archbishop William Temple, 1955
Religion is a monumental chapter in the history of human egotism.
William James
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
Fear of things invisible in the natural seed of that which everyone in himself calleth religion.
Thomas Hobbes
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
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother.
Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire
Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
Sigmund Freud
The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
Sir Richard F. Burton
I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.
George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara (1907) act 2
If your religion does not make you holy, it will damn you. It is simply painted pageantry to go to hell in.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion, all in one.
John Ruskin
There is no cure for the pride of a virtuous nation but pure religion.
Reinhold Niebuh
Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.
Arthur Shopenhaue
Religion is the idol of the mob it adores everything it does not understand.
Frederick the Great
Man without religion is the creature of circumstances.
Augustus Hare
Religion is a bandage that man has invented to protect a soul made bloody by circumstance.
Theodore Herman Albert Dreise
My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Religion belongs to the realm that is inviolable before the law of causation and therefore closed to science.
Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck
Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.
Bertrand Russell
All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.
Stendhal
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.
John Adams
All outward forms of religion are almost useless, and are the causes of endless strife. Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself, and never mind the rest.
Beatrix Potte
I am for freedom of religion, & against all maneuvres to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to Elbridge Gerry, 1799
A cult is a religion with no political power.
Tom Wolfe
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
Napoleon
Religion points to that area of human experience where in one way or another man comes upon mystery as a summons to pilgrimage.
Frederick Buechne
Religion is far too important a thing for atheists to leave to the religious.
Tor N? rretranders, M? rk Verden (English title not known)