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WILLIAM RALPH INGE
English religious leader and author
(1860 - 1954)

A nation is a society united by delusions about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbors.
      - [Nation]

Experience proves that none is so cruel as the disillusioned sentimentalist.
      - [Sentimentality]

It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.
      - [Wisdom]

Patriotism varies, from a noble devotion to a moral lunacy.
      - [Patriotism]

Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to be the average man.
      - [Public Opinion]

The church is only a secular institution in which the half-educated speak to the half-converted.
      - [Churches]

The soul is dyed by the color of its leisure hours.
      - [Soul]

The whole of nature, as has been said, is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and passive.
      - [Eating]

To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.
      - [Religion]

We must cut our coat according to our cloth, and adapt ourselves to changing circumstances.
      - [Adaptation]


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