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When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.
Abraham Lincoln

A little philosophy inclineth men's minds to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds to religion.
Francis Bacon

We have just enough religion to make us hate but not enough to make us love one another.
Jonathan Swift

We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
H. L. Mencken

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Albert Einstein

I won't take my religion from any man who never works except with his mouth.
Carl Sandburg

I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father's religion, if they can find out what it is.
Charles Lamb

A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.
James Feibleman

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
Sir Richard F Burton

Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything but live for it.
Charles Caleb Colton

The liberality of sentiment toward each other, which marks every political and religious denomination of men in this country, stands unparalleled in the history of nations.
George Washington

It is a fine thing to establish one's own religion in one's heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing.
D. H. Lawrence

The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not.
Eric Hoffer

Such evil deeds could religion prompt.
Lucretius


The true meaning of religion is thus not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.
Matthew Arnold

Everyone ought to worship God according to his own inclinations, and not to be constrained by force.
Flavius Josephus


The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible.
George Burns

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
Albert Einstein

For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing.
H. L. Mencken

I've often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying this is fiction.
Ian McKellen

A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.
James Feibleman

It will, I believe, be everywhere found, that as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be, so are the rest of the nation.
Jane Austen

Those who seek consolation in existing churches often pay for their peace of mind with a tacit agreement to ignore a great deal of what is known about the way the world works.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
Oscar Wilde

Never confuse the faith with the supposedly faithful.
Randy K. Milholland

Whatever God's dream about man may be, it seems certain it cannot come true unless man cooperates.
Stella Terrill Mann

Everybody likes to go their own way--to choose their own time and manner of devotion.
Jane Austen

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
Steven Weinberg

Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life: if it has been honest and dutiful to society the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one.
Thomas Jefferson

The only time anyone's admitted they were a Christian before was when they were busy telling me why they're better than me.
Randy K. Milholland

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
Sir Richard Francis Burton

Children of men! the unseen Power, whose eye Forever doth accompany mankind, Hath look'd on no religion scornfully That men did ever find.
Matthew Arnold

Religion brought forth riches, and the daughter devoured the mother.
Francis Bacon

And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
Bible

Can such bitterness enter into the heart of the devout?
Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

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

Angels dancing on the head of a pin dissolve into nothingness at the bedside of a dying child.
Waiter Rant

No mere man since the Fall, is able in this life perfectly to keep the Commandments.
Book of Common Prayer

There was never law, or set, or opinion did so much magnify goodness, as the Christian religion doth.
Francis Bacon

The crooked end obedient spirits draws, The pointed, those rebels who spurn at Christian laws.
Thomas Broughton

The greatest vicissitude of things amongst men, is the vicissitude of sects and religions.
Francis Bacon

Persecution is a bad and indirect way to plant religion.
Sir Thomas Browne

The writers against religion, whilst they oppose every system, are wisely careful never to set up any of their own.
Edmund Burke

People differ in their discourse and profession about these matters, but men of sense are really but of one religion . . . "What religion?" . . . the Earl said, "Men of sense never tell it."
Bishop Gilbert Burnet

But the religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principle of resistance, it is the dissidence of dissent, and the protestantism of the Protestant religion.
Edmund Burke

An Atheist's laugh's a poor exchange For Deity offended!
Robert Burns

Speak low to me, my Saviour, low and sweet From out the hallelujahs, sweet and low, Lest I should fear and fall, and miss Thee so Who art not missed by any that entreat.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The body of all true religion consists, to be sure, in obedience to the will of the Sovereign of the world, in a confidence in His declarations, and in imitation of His perfections.
Edmund Burke

I won't take my religion from any man who never works except with his mouth.
Carl Sandberg

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
Thomas Paine

It is a fine thing to establish one's own religion in one's heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing.
D H Lawrence

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Dalai Lama

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.
Arthur Shopenhauer

G-- knows I'm no the thing I should be, Nor am I even the thing I could be, But twenty times I rather would be An atheist clean, Than under gospel colours hid be, Just for a screen.
Robert Burns

Synods are mystical Bear-gardens. Where Elders, Deputies, Church-wardens, And other Members of the Court, Manage the Babylonish sport.
Samuel Butler (1)

There's naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.
Lord Byron

One religion is as true as another.
Robert Burton

As if Religion were intended For nothing else but to be mended.
Samuel Butler (1)

His religion at best is an anxious wish,--like that of Rabelais, a great Perhaps.
Thomas Carlyle

So 'ere the storm of war broke out, Religion spawn'd a various rout Of petulant capricious sects, That maggots of corrupted texts, That first run all religion down, And after every swarm its own.
Samuel Butler (1)

On the whole we must repeat the often repeated saying, that it is unworthy a religious man to view an irreligious one either with alarm or aversion; or with any other feeling than regret, and hope, and brotherly commiseration.
Thomas Carlyle

I realized that ritual will always mean throwing away something; Destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The rigid saint, by whom no mercy's shown To saints whose lives are better than his own.
Charles Churchill

Religion is a candle inside a multicolored lantern. Everyone looks through a particular color, but the candle is always there.
Mohammed Neguib

Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

Those who are used to a clergy take very lightly those who do not have a formal divinity degree: like Paul and Peter and James and John.
Dallin H. Oakes

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