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I can see much to admire in all religions [...] But whether there be a God and whatever be His nature; whether we have an immortal soul or not, or whatever may be our state after death, I can have no fear of having to suffer for the study of nature and the search for truth.
-: [ Letter to a relative, (1861), as quoted on en.wikiquote.org ]
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Religion
quotes Division : French Philosophers   
     
A church is disaffected when it is persecuted, quiet when it is tolerated, and actively loyal when it is favored and cherished.
~ Thomas B. Macaulay | (English politician, essayist and poet. ) | 1800-1859 | Religion
quotes Division : Essayists   
     
A cosmic philosophy is not constructed to fit a man; a cosmic philosophy is constructed to fit a cosmos. A man can no more possess a private religion than he can possess a private sun and moon.
~ Gilbert Keith Chesterton | ( British journalist, novelist and poet. ) | 1874-1936 | Religion
quotes Division : Journalists   
     
A man has no religion who has not slowly and painfully gathered one together, adding to it, shaping it; and one's religion is never complete and final, it seems, but must always be undergoing modification.
~ D. H. Lawrence | (English writer. ) | 1885-1930 | Religion
quotes Division : British Authors and Writers   
     
A religion, that is, a true religion, must consist of ideas and facts both; not of ideas alone without facts, for then it would be mere Philosophy; -- nor of facts alone without ideas, of which those facts are symbols, or out of which they arise, or upon which they are grounded: for then it would be mere History.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge | ( British poet, critic, and philosopher. ) | 1772-1834 | Religion
quotes Division : Critics   
     
After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche | ( German-Swiss philosopher and writer. ) | 1844-1900 | Religion
quotes Division : German Philosophers   
     
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
~ Thomas Paine | (English intellectual. ) | 1737-1809 | Religion
quotes Division : Intellectuals   
     
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.
~ George Bernard Shaw | ( Irish writer. ) | 1856-1950 | Religion
quotes Division : Irish writers   
     
And lips say ''God be pitiful,'' who never said, ''God be praised.''
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning | ( British poet. ) | 1806-1861 | Religion
quotes Division : British Poets   
     
Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.
~ Thomas Paine | (English intellectual. ) | 1737-1809 | Religion
quotes Division : Intellectuals   
     
For a truly religious man nothing is tragic.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein | ( Austrian-British philosopher. ) | 1889-1951 | Religion
quotes Division : British Philosophers   
     
For it is with the mysteries of our religion, as with wholesome pills for the sick, which swallowed whole, have the virtue to cure; but chewed, are for the most part cast up again without effect.
~ Thomas Hobbes | ( British philosopher. ) | 1588-1679 | Religion
quotes Division : British Philosophers   
     
I am always most religious upon a sunshiny day...
~ Lord Byron | ( British poet. ) | 1788-1824 | Religion
quotes Division : British Poets   
     
I cannot see how a man of any large degree of humorous perception can ever be religious -- except he purposely shut the eyes of his mind and keep them shut by force.
~ Mark Twain | (American Humorist and Educator ) | 1835 - 1910 | Religion
quotes Division : Humorists and Comedians   
     
I think that the leaf of a tree, the meanest insect on which we trample, are in themselves arguments more conclusive than any which can be adduced that some vast intellect animates Infinity.
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley | ( English poet. ) | 1792-1822 | Religion
quotes Division : British Poets   
     
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.
-: [ The Genius (1915) The University of Illinois Press, 2004, ISBN 0-252-03100-8, p. 734 ]
~ Theodore Dreiser | (American naturalist ) | 1871 - 1945 | Religion
quotes Division : Naturalists   
     
Man is made to adore and to obey: but if you will not command him, if you give him nothing to worship, he will fashion his own divinities, and find a chieftain in his own passions.
~ Benjamin Disraeli | ( British politician and author. ) | 1804-1881 | Religion
quotes Division : British Authors and Writers   
     
Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true.
~ Blaise Pascal | ( French mathematician, physicist and philosopher. ) | 1623-1662 | Religion
quotes Division : Scientists and Inventors   
     
My religion? Well, my dear, I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.
~ George Bernard Shaw | ( Irish writer. ) | 1856-1950 | Religion
quotes Division : Irish writers   
     
Not every religion has to have St. Augustine's attitude to sex. Why even in our culture marriages are celebrated in a church, everyone present knows what is going to happen that night, but that doesn't prevent it being a religious ceremony.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein | ( Austrian-British philosopher. ) | 1889-1951 | Religion
quotes Division : British Philosophers   
     
Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference which is, at least, half infidelity.
~ Edmund Burke | ( British political writer. ) | 1729-1797 | Religion
quotes Division : British Authors and Writers   
     

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