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Religion is the mortar that binds society together; the granite pedestal of liberty; the strong backbone of the social system.
      - Thomas Guthrie (1)

Religion is the final centre of repose; the goal to which all things tend; apart from which man is a shadow, his very existence a riddle, and the stupendous scenes of nature which surround him as unmeaning as the leaves which the sibyl scattered in the wind.
      - Robert Hall

Many people make their own God; and he is much what the French may mean when they talk of le bon Dieu,--very indulgent, rather weak, near at hand when we want anything, but far away out of sight when we have a mind to do wrong. Such a God is as much an idol as if he were an image of stone.
      - Julius Charles Hare

Every man, either to his terror or consolation, has some sense of religion.
      - James Harrington (Harington)

It is not the business of religion in these days to isolate herself from the world like John the Baptist. She must go down into the world like Jesus Christ.
      - Hugh Reginald Haweis

The religious instinct will never be replaced by law or even philanthropy.
      - Hugh Reginald Haweis

We do ourselves wrong, and too meanly estimate the holiness above us, when we deem that any act or enjoyment good in itself, is not good to do religiously.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne, Marble Faun
         (bk. II, ch. VII)

From Greenland's icy mountains,
  From India's coral strand,
    Where Afric's sunny fountains
      Roll down their golden sand;
        From many an ancient river,
          From many a palmy plain,
            They call us to deliver
              Their land from error's chain.
      - Reginald Heber, Missionary Hymn

Our religious needs are our deepest needs. There is no peace till they are satisfied and contented. The attempt to stifle them is in vain. If their cry be drowned by the noise of the world, they do not cease to exist. They must be answered.
      - Isaac Thomas Hecker

Religion is the answer to that cry of Reason which nothing can silence, that aspiration of the soul which no created thing can meet, that want of the heart which all creation cannot supply.
      - Isaac Thomas Hecker

Be entirely tolerant or not at all; follow the good path or the evil one. To stand at the crossroads requires more strength than you possess.
      - Heinrich Heine,
        in Hans Zinsser's "As I Remember Him," p. 40

Some persons, instead of making a religion for their God, are content to make a god of their religion.
      - Sir Arthur Helps

Nothing exposes religion more to the reproach of its enemies than the worldliness and hard-heartedness of the professors of it.
      - Matthew (Mathew) Henry

The flower of youth never appears more beautiful than when it bends towards the Sun of Righteousness.
      - Matthew (Mathew) Henry

I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian religion. If they had that, and I had not given them one shilling, they would have been rich; and if they had not that, and I had given them all the world, they would be poor.
      - Patrick Henry

I am of the religion of all those who are brave and good.
      - Henry IV of Navarre ("LeGrand")

The crown, (or Paris), is well worth a mass.
  [Fr., La couronne vaut bien une messe (Paris vaut bien use messe.]
      - attributed to Henry IV of Navarre ("LeGrand")

Could not that wisdom which first broached the wine,
  Have thicken'd it with definitions?
    And jagg'd his seamless coat, had that been fine,
      With curious questions and divisions?
        But all the doctrine which he taught and gave
          Was clear as heav'n, from whence it came:
            At least those beams of truth, which only save.
              Surpass brightness any flame,
                Love God, and love your neighbor; watch and pray;
                  Do as you would be done unto:
                    O dark instructions, ev'n dark as day!
                      Who can these gordian knots undo?
      - George Herbert

Dresse and undresse thy soul: mark the decay
  And growth of it: if, with thy watch, that too
    Be down, then winde up both: since we shall be
      Most surely judged, make thy accounts agree.
      - George Herbert, Temple--Church Porch
         (st. 76)

Religion stands on tiptoe in our land,
  Ready to pass to the American strand.
      - George Herbert, The Church Militant
         (l. 235)

Religion gives a dignity to distress.
      - James Hervey

My Fathers and Brethren, this is never to be forgotten that New England is originally a plantation of religion, not a plantation of trade.
      - John Higginson,
        Election Sermon--The Cause of God and His People in New England

Test each sect by its best or its worst, as you will,--by its high-water mark of virtue or its low-water mark of vice. But falsehood begins when you measure the ebb of any other religion against the flood-tide of your own.
      - Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Religion implies revelation.
      - Roswell Dwight Hitchcock

Religion is not a dogma, nor an emotion, but a service.
      - Roswell Dwight Hitchcock

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