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It has been said that men carry on a kind of coasting trade with religion. In the voyage of life, they profess to be in search of heaven, but take care not to venture so far in their approximations to it, as entirely to lose sight of the earth; and should their frail vessel be in danger of shipwreck, they will gladly throw their darling vices overboard, as other mariners their treasures, only to fish them up again when the storm is over.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Religion, like its votaries, while it exists on earth, must have a body as well as a soul. A religion purely spiritual might suit a being as pure, but men are compound animals; and the body too often lords it over the mind.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

There are three modes of bearing the ills of life: by indifference, which is most common; by philosophy, which is most ostentatious; and by religion, which is the most effectual.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Where true religion has prevented one crime, false religions have afforded a pretext for a thousand.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything but--live for it.
      - Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon (vol. I, XXV)

God is for men and religion is for women.
      - Joseph Conrad (Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski)

[Lord Shaftesbury said] "All wise men are of the same religion." Whereupon a lady in the room . . . demanded what that religion was. To whom Lord Shaftesbury straight replied, "Madam, wise men never tell."
      - Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury,
        said by first and third Earl of Shaftesbury

Religion, richest favor of the skies.
      - William Cowper

Religion, if in heavenly truths attired,
  Needs only to be seen to be admired.
      - William Cowper, Expostulation (l. 492)

Religion does not censure or exclude
  Unnumbered pleasures, harmlessly pursued.
      - William Cowper, Retirement (l. 782)

Pity! Religion has so seldom found
  A skilful guide into poetic ground!
    The flowers would spring where'er she deign'd to stray
      And every muse attend her in her way.
      - William Cowper, Table Talk (l. 688)

The Cross!
  There, and there only (though the deist rave,
    And atheist, if Earth bears so base a slave);
      There and there only, is the power to save.
      - William Cowper, The Progress of Error
         (l. 613)

See, then, how powerful religion is; it commands the heart, it commands the vitals. Morality,--that comes with a pruning-knife, and cuts off all sproutings, all wild luxuriances; but religion lays the axe to the root of the tree. Morality looks that the skin of the apple be fair; but religion searcheth to the very core.
      - Nathaniel Culverwell

Sacred religion! Mother of Form and Fear!
      - Samuel Daniel, Musophilus (st. 47)

Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
      - Denis Diderot

Religion is civilization, the highest.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Religion should be the rule of life, not a casual incident in it.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

"As for that," said Waldenshare, "sensible men are all of the same religion." "Pray, what is that?" inquired the Prince. "Sensible men never tell."
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Endymion (ch. LXXXI),
        borrowed from Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper (7th Lord Shaftesbury)

You can and you can't,--You shall and you shan't--You will and you won't--And you will be damned if you do--And you will be damned if you don't.
      - Lorenzo Dow ("Crazy Dow"),
        Reflections on the Love of God (ch. 6),
        defining Calvinism

Assure a man that he has a soul and then frighten him with old wives' tales as to what is to become of him afterward, and you have hooked a fish, a mental slave.
      - Theodore Dreiser

In pious times, ere priestcraft did begin, before polygamy was made a sin.
      - John Dryden

'Tis some relief, that points not clearly known,
  Without much hazard may be let alone;
    And, after hearing what our Church can say,
      If still our reason runs another way,
        That private reason 'tis more just to curb,
          Than by disputes the public peace disturb;
            For points obscure are of small use to learn,
              But common quiet is mankind's concern.
      - John Dryden

Beware of him the days that he takes Communion.
  [Fr., Gardez-vous bien de lui les jours qu'il communie.]
      - Jacques Du Lorens, Satires (I)

The Order of Jesuits is a sword whose handle is at Rome and whose point is every where.
  [Fr., L'institut des Jesuites est une epee dont la poignee est a Rome et la pointe partout.]
      - Andre Marie J.J. Dupin, Proces de Tendance

Religion, in its purity, is not so much a pursuit as a temper; or rather it is a temper, leading to the pursuit of all that is high and holy. Its foundation is faith; its action, works; its temper, holiness; its aim, obedience to God in improvement of self, and benevolence to men.
      - Jonathan Edwards

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