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SUPERSTITION
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[ Also see Alchemy Apparitions Belief Credulity Curses Delusion Fairies Fear Gods Ignorance Mermaids Miracles Religion Skepticism Terror Theology Witches Wonder Worship ]

Number three is always fortunate.
      - Tobias George Smollett, Peregrine Pickle,
        quoted as a well-known proverb

'Tis a history
  Handed from ages down; a nurse's tale--
    Which children, open-ey'd and mouth'd, devour;
      And thus as garrulous ignorance relates,
        We learn it and believe.
      - Robert Southey

Superstition is related to this life, religion to the next; superstition is allied to fatality, religion to virtue; it is by the vivacity of earthly desires that we become superstitious; it is. on the contrary, by the sacrifice of these desires that we become religious.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein),
        see Abel Stevens' "Life of Madame de Stael", ch. XXXIV

The religious superstitions of women perpetuate their bondage more than all other adverse influences.
      - Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Superstition moulds nature into an arbitrary semblance of the supernatural, and then bows down to the work of its own hands.
      - John Sterling

Men are probably nearer to the essential truth in their superstitions than in their science.
      - Henry David Thoreau

I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

The child taught to believe any occurrence a good or evil omen, or any day of the week lucky, hath a wide inroad made upon the soundness of his understanding.
      - Isaac Watts

Superstition is not, as has been defined, an excess of religious feeling, but a misdirection of it, an exhausting of it on vanities of man's devising.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately


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