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If one attempts to assign to religion its place in man's evolution, it seems not so much to be a lasting acquisition, as a parallel to the neurosis which the civilized individual must pass through on his way from childhood to maturity.
      - Sigmund Freud

Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
      - Sigmund Freud

Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis.
      - Sigmund Freud

When people can't handle God any more, they turn to religion.
      - attributed to Erich Fromm

The secret of a man's nature lies in his religion, in what he really believes about this world and his own place in it.
      - James Anthony Froude

Sacrifice is the first element of religion, and resolves itself in theological language into the love of God.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Holy and Profane States--The True Church Antiquary
         (maxim I)

There are at bottom but two possible religions--that which rises in the moral nature of man, and which takes shape in moral commandments, and that which grows out of the observation of the material energies which operate in the external universe.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects--Calvinism
         (p. 20)

True religion is not what men see and admire; it is what God sees and loves; the faith which clings to Jesus in the darkest hour; the sanctity which shrinks from the approach of evil; the humility which lies low at the feet of the Redeemer, and washes them with tears; the love which welcomes every sacrifice; the cheerful consecration of all the powers of the soul; the worship which, rising above all outward forms, ascends to God in the sweetest, dearest communion--a worship often too deep for utterance, and than which the highest heaven knows nothing more sublime.
      - Richard Fuller (1)

But our captain counts the image of God, nevertheless, his image--cut in ebony as if done in ivory; and in the blackest Moors he sees the representation of the King of heaven.
      - Richard Buckminster Fuller,
        Holy and Profane States--The Good Sea-Captain
         (maxim 5)

Indeed, a little skill in antiquity inclines a man to Popery; but depth in that study brings him about again to our religion.
      - Richard Buckminster Fuller,
        Holy and Profane States--The True Church Antiquary
         (maxim I)

Measure not men by Sundays, without regarding what they do all the week after.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Place not thy amendment only in increasing thy devotion, but in bettering thy life. This is the damning hypocrisy of this age; that it slights all good morality, and spends its zeal in matters of ceremony, and a form of godliness without the power of it.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

The best religion is the most tolerant.
      - Madame Delphine Gay de Girardin

No ritual is too much, provided it is subsidiary to the inner work of worship; and all ritual is too much unless it ministers to that purpose.
      - Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone

Nothing can be hostile to religion which is agreeable to justice.
      - Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone

The ship retains her anchorage, yet drifts with a certain range, subject to wind and tide; so we have for an anchorage the cardinal truths of the gospel.
      - Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone

We cannot change the profound and resistless tendencies of the age toward religious liberty. It is our business to guide and control their application.
      - Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone

It is the great beauty of true religion that it shall be universal, and a departure in any instance from universality is a corruption of religion itself.
      - Joseph Glanvill

He who has art and science also has religion, but those who do not have them better have religion.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Religion is not in want of art; it rests on its own majesty.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

True religion teaches us to reverence what is under us, to recognize humility and poverty, and, despite mockery and disgrace, wretchedness, suffering, and death, as things divine.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Religion does what philosophy could never do; it shows the equal dealings of Heaven to the happy and the unhappy, and levels all human enjoyments to nearly the same standard. It gives to both rich and poor the same happiness hereafter, and equal hopes to aspire after it.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

When we take our last remove, I fear that we shall find that a great deal which we call religion, and which we were at the trouble of lugging about with us through our whole pilgrimage, is perfectly worthless, fit only to be burned.
      - William Goodell

Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions; keep the Church and the State forever apart.
      - Ulysses Simpson Grant

He whom God chooseth, out of doubt doth well:
  What they that choose their God do, who can tell?
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

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