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It was a friar of orders grey
  Walked forth to tell his beads.
      - Thomas Percy, The Friar of Orders Grey

Religion is the hospital of the souls that the world has wounded.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Religion, which true policy befriends,
  Designed by God to serve man's noblest ends,
    Is by that old deceiver's subtle play
      Made the chief party in its own decay,
        And meets the eagle's destiny, whose breast
          Felt the same shaft which his own feathers drest.
      - Katherine Philips (Phillips),
        On Controversies in Religion

Difference of religion breeds more quarrels than difference of politics.
      - Wendell Phillips

The Puritan did not stop to think; he recognized God in his soul, and acted.
      - Wendell Phillips, in a speech

We have a Calvanistic creed, a Popish liturgy, and an Arminiam clergy.
      - William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham,
        see "Prior's Life of Burke", ch. X (1790)

If we traverse the world, it is possible to find cities without walls, without letters, without kings, without wealth, without coin, without schools and theatres; but a city without a temple, or that practiseth not worship, prayer, and the like, no one ever saw.
      - Plutarch

All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
      - Edgar Allan Poe

There is nothing wanting to make all rational and disinterested people in the world of one religion, but that they should talk together every day.
      - Alexander Pope

So upright Quakers please both man and God.
      - Alexander Pope, The Dunciad
         (bk. IV, l. 208)

To happy convents, bosom'd deep in vines,
  Where slumber abbots purple as their wines.
      - Alexander Pope, The Dunciad
         (bk. IV, l. 301)

Religion, blushing, veils her sacred fires,
  And unawares Morality expires.
      - Alexander Pope, The Dunciad
         (bk. IV, l. 649)

For virtue's self may too much zeal be had;
  The worst of madmen is a saint run mad.
      - Alexander Pope, To Murray
         (ep. VI of "Horace", l. 26)

We all remember how many religious wars were fought for a religion of love and gentleness; how many bodies were burned alive with the genuinely kind intention of saving souls from the eternal fire of hell.
      - Karl Popper

The only impregnable citadel of virtue is religion; for there is no bulwark of mere morality, which some temptation may not overtop or undermine, and destroy.
      - Jane Porter

The faith that does not throw a warmth as of summer around the sympathies and charities of the heart, and drop invigorations like showers upon the conscience and the will is as false as it is unsatisfying.
      - Paulus (Paul) Potter

I think while zealots fast and frown,
  And fight for two or seven,
    That there are fifty roads to town,
      And rather more to Heaven.
      - Winthrop Mackworth Praed,
        Chant of Brazen Head (st. 8)

He that hath no cross deserves no crown.
      - Francis Quarles, Esther

Pour the balm of the Gospel into the wounds of bleeding nations. Plant the tree of life in every soil, that suffering kingdoms may repose beneath its shade and feel the virtue of its healing leaves, till all the kindred of the human family shall be bound together in one common bond of amity and love, and the warrior shall be a character unknown but in the page of history.
      - Thomas Raffles

He who possesses religion finds a providence not more truly in the history of the world than in his own family history; the rainbow, which hangs a glistering circle in the heights of heaven, is also formed by the same sun in the dew-drop of a lowly flower.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Let us accept different forms of religion among men, as we accept different languages, wherein there is still but one human nature expressed. Every genius has most power in his own language, and every heart in its own religion.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Living religion grows not by the doctrines but by the narratives of the Bible: the best Christian religious doctrine is the life of Christ, and after that the sufferings and deaths of His followers, even those not related in Holy Writ.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Religion's lustre is, by native innocence
  Divinely pure, and simple from all arts;
    You daub and dress her like a common mistress,
      The harlot of your fancies; and by adding
        False beauties, which she wants not, make the world
          Suspect her angel's face is foul beneath,
            And will not bear all lights.
      - Nicholas Rowe

There is nothing solid and substantial in this world but religious ideas.
      - Pierre Paul Royer-Collard

They have the texts in their favor; said he, so much the worse for the texts.
  [Fr., Ils ont les textes pour eux; disait-il, j'en suis fache pour les textes.]
      - Pierre Paul Royer-Collard,
        words of disapproval of the Fathers of Port Royal on their doctrine of grace

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