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Religion
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I am for freedom of religion, & against all maneuvres to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.

- Thomas Jefferson
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Our religion is itself profoundly sad -- a religion of universal anguish, and one which, because of its very catholicity, grants full liberty to the individual and asks no better than to be celebrated in each man's own language -- so long as he knows anguish and is a painter.

- Baudelaire, Charles
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There are those, and, thanks to Almighty God, they are to be numbered by tens of thousands, who will not perplex themselves with questionings; simple, genial hearts, who try to do what good they can in the world, and meddle not with matters too high for them; people whose religion is not abstruse but deep, not noisy but intense, not aggressive but laboriously useful; people who have the same habit of mind as the early Christians seem to have worn, ere yet Catholic truth had been defined in formulae, when the Apostles' Creed was symbol enough for the Church, and men were orthodox in heart rather than exact in head. For such it is enough if a fellow-creature loves Him whom they love, and serves Him whom they serve. Personal affection and loyalty to the same unseen Being is to them a communion of saints both real and actual, in the genial warmth of which all minor differences of opinion vanish. . . .

- Preface to Tauler's Sermons. 1854.
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Our knowledge of the historical worth of certain religious doctrines increases our respect for them, but does not invalidate our proposal that they should cease to be put forward as the reasons for the precepts of civilization. On the contrary! Those historical residues have helped us to view religious teachings, as it were, as neurotic relics, and we may now argue that the time has probably come, as it does in an analytic treatment, for replacing the effects of repression by the results of the rational operation of the intellect.

- Freud, Sigmund
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There is a growing suspicion that what the world needs now is a religion that will cover the other six days of the week.

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For this is one of the ancientest laws among them; that no man shall be blamed for reasoning in the maintenance of his own religion.

- More, Thomas
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Religion is a monumental chapter in the history of human egotism.

- William James
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Religion is a candle inside a multicolored lantern. Everyone looks through a particular color, but the candle is always there.

- Mohammed Neguib
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Religions are the cradles of despotism.

- Sade, Marquis De
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Religion is pickled God.

- H. G. Wells
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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
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IMPALE, v.t. In popular usage to pierce with any weapon which remains fixed in the wound. This, however, is inaccurate; to imaple is, properly, to put to death by thrusting an upright sharp stake into the body, the victim being left in a sitting position. This was a common mode of punishment among many of the nations of antiquity, and is still in high favor in China and other parts of Asia. Down to the beginning of the fifteenth century it was widely employed in "churching" heretics and schismatics. Wolecraft calls it the "stoole of repentynge," and among the common people it was jocularly known as "riding the one legged horse." Ludwig Salzmann informs us that in Thibet impalement is considered the most appropriate punishment for crimes against religion; and although in China it is sometimes awarded for secular offences, it is most frequently adjudged in cases of sacrilege. To the person in actual experience of impalement it must be a matter of minor importance by what kind of civil or religious dissent he was made acquainted with its discomforts; but doubtless he would feel a certain satisfaction if able to contemplate himself in the character of a weather-cock on the spire of the True Church.

- Ambrose Bierce
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The principle of liberty and equality, if coupled with mere selfishness, will make men only devils, each trying to be independent that he may fight only for his own interest. And here is the need of religion and its power, to bring in the principle of benevolence and love to men.

- John Randolph
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The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.

- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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Clergymen have much the same in their breeches as other men.

- Elizabeth Aston
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Only happy people can learn. Only happy people can teach. Our religion should put a sparkle in our eyes and a tone in our voice, and a spring in our step that bears witness of our faith and confidence in the goodness of God.

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Nothing shocks me more in the men of religion and their flocks than their pretensions to be the only religious people.

- Jean Guehenno
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RUBBISH, n. Worthless matter, such as the religions, philosophies, literatures, arts and sciences of the tribes infesting the regions lying due south from Boreaplas.

- Ambrose Bierce
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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
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Man without religion is the creature of circumstances.

- Augustus Hare


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