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My whole religion is this: do every duty, and expect no reward for it, either here or hereafter.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Many have quarreled about religion that never practiced it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If I were personally to define religion I would say that it is a bandage that man has invented to protect a soul made bloody by circumstance. (attributed)More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Of all possible sexual perversions, religion is the only one to have ever been scientifically systematized.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Educate people without religion and you make them but clever devils.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If I were going to convert to any religion I would probably choose Catholicism because it at least has female saints and the Virgin Mary.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Christianity has operated with an unmitigated arrogance and cruelty -- necessarily, since a religion ordinarily imposes on those who have discovered the true faith the spiritual duty of liberating the infidels.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? are they two and not one? Can they exist separate? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride!More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Superstition is only the fear of belief, while religion is the confidence.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference which is, at least, half infidelity.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practiced.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I do not call the sod under my feet my country; but language -- religion -- government -- blood -- identity in these makes men of one country.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Bigotry murders religion to frighten fools with her ghost.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the trouble can use the pretext of religion to mask their true designs.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Murders are exciting and lift people into a heart-beating awe as religion is supposed to do, after seeing one in the street young couples will go back to bed and make love, people will cross themselves and thank God for the gift of their stuporous lives, old folks will talk to each other over cups of hot water with lemon because murders are enlivened sermons to be analyzed and considered and relished, they speak to the timid of the dangers of rebellion, murders are perceived as momentary descents of God and so provide joy and hope and righteous satisfaction to parishioners, who will talk about them for years afterward to anyone who will listen.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Women are an enslaved population -- the crop we harvest is children, the fields we work are houses. Women are forced into committing sexual acts with men that violate integrity because the universal religion -- contempt for women -- has as its first commandment that women exist purely as sexual fodder for men.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the unlimitable superior who reveals Himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Unless criticism refuses to take itself quite so seriously or at least to permit its readers not to, it will inevitably continue to reflect the finicky canons of the genteel tradition and the depressing pieties of the Culture Religion of Modernism.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Religion is doing; a man does not merely think his religion or feel it, he lives his religion as much as he is able, otherwise it is not religion but fantasy or philosophy.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The wise man regulates his conduct by the theories both of religion and science. But he regards these theories not as statements of ultimate fact but as art-forms.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We are on the side of religion as opposed to religions, and we are among those who believe in the wretched inadequacy of sermons and the sublimity of prayer.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In morals what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When we say science we can either mean any manipulation of the inventive and organizing power of the human intellect: or we can mean such an extremely different thing as the religion of science, the vulgarized derivative from this pure activity manipulated by a sort of priestcraft into a great religious and political weapon.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
This is one of the paradoxes of the democratic movement -- that it loves a crowd and fears the individuals who compose it -- that the religion of humanity should have no faith in human beings.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I count religion but a childish toy, and hold there is no sin but innocence.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
But is it not the fact that religion emanates from the nature, from the moral state of the individual? Is it not therefore true that unless the nature be completely exercised, the moral state harmonized, the religion cannot be healthy?More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nobody can deny but religion is a comfort to the distressed, a cordial to the sick, and sometimes a restraint on the wicked; therefore whoever would argue or laugh it out of the world without giving some equivalent for it ought to be treated as a common enemy.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A wise architect observed that you could break the laws of architectural art provided you had mastered them first. That would apply to religion as well as to art. Ignorance of the past does not guarantee freedom from its imperfections.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Prostitution is not just a service industry, mopping up the overflow of male demand, which always exceeds female supply. Prostitution testifies to the amoral power struggle of sex, which religion has never been able to stop. Prostitutes, pornographers, and their patrons are marauders in the forest of archaic night.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this -- that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made -- not to understand -- but to feel -- as crime.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nature recycles itself. History repeats itself. Religion has faith in itself. Technology creates itself. Humanity loves itself.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A religion so cheerless, a philosophy so sorrowful, could never have succeeded with the masses of mankind if presented only as a system of metaphysics. Buddhism owed its success to its catholic spirit and its beautiful morality.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Life is really about a spiritual unfolding that is personal and enchanting -- an unfolding that no science or philosophy or religion has yet fully clarified.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
He that has not religion to govern his morality, is not a dram better than my mastiff-dog; so long as you stroke him, and please him, and do not pinch him, he will play with you as finely as may be, he is a very good moral mastiff; but if you hurt him, he will fly in your face, and tear out your throat.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All the sweetness of religion is conveyed to the world by the hands of story-tellers and image-makers. Without their fictions the truths of religion would for the multitude be neither intelligible nor even apprehensible; and the prophets would prophesy and the teachers teach in vain.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When you see a great deal of religion displayed in his shop window, you may depend on it, that he keeps a very small stock of it within.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Philosophy offers the rather cold consolation that perhaps we and our planet do not actually exist; religion presents the contradictory and scarcely more comforting thought that we exist but that we cannot hope to get anywhere until we cease to exist. Alcohol, in attempting to resolve the contradiction, produces vivid patterns of Truth which vanish like snow in the morning sun and cannot be recalled; the revelations of poetry are as wonderful as a comet in the skies -- and as mysterious. Love, which was once believed to contain the Answer, we now know to be nothing more than an inherited behavior pattern.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Men expect that religion should cost them no pains, that happiness should drop into their laps without any design and endeavor on their part, and that, after they have done what they please while they live, God should snatch them up to heaven when they die. But though the commandments of God be not grievous, yet it is fit to let men know that they are not thus easy.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Though it is very important for man as an individual that his religion should be true, that is not the case for society. Society has nothing to fear or hope from another life; what is most important for it is not that all citizens profess the true religion but that they should profess religion.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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