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No power of government ought to be employed in the endeavor to establish any system or article of belief on the subject of religion.
      - Jeremy Bentham

Our Saviour hath enjoined us a reasonable service; all His laws are in themselves conducible to the temporal interest of them that observe them.
      - Richard Bentley

When in our days Religion is made a political engine, she exposes herself to having her sacred character forgotten. The most tolerant become intolerant towards her. Believers, who believe something else besides what she teaches, retaliate by attacking her in the very sanctuary itself.
      - Pierre Jean de Beranger

Religion brought forth riches, and the daughter devoured the mother.
  [Lat., Religio peperit divitias et filia devoravit matrem.]
      - saying of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
      - Bible, Genesis (ch. IV, v. 9)

There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
  Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
    Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
      His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. XIX, v. 3-6)

Religions are conclusions for which the facts of nature supply no major premises.
      - Ambrose Bierce

All the principles which religion teaches, and all the habits which it forms, are favorable to strength of mind. It will be found that whatever purifies fortifies also the heart.
      - Hugh Blair

The spirit of true religion breathes gentleness and affability; it gives a native, unaffected ease to the behavior; it is social, kind, cheerful; far removed from the cloudy and illiberal disposition which clouds the brow, sharpens the temper, and dejects the spirit.
      - Hugh Blair

You may discover tribes of men without policy, or laws, or cities, or any of the arts of life; but nowhere will you find them without some form of religion.
      - Hugh Blair

Can such bitterness enter into the heart of the devout?
  [Fr., Tant de fiel entre-t-il dans l'ame des devots?]
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux, Lutrin (I, 12)

No mere man since the Fall, is able in this life perfectly to keep the Commandments.
      - Book of Common Prayer, Shorter Catechism

Genuine religion is matter of feeling rather than matter of opinion.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

The crooked end obedient spirits draws,
  The pointed, those rebels who spurn at Christian laws.
    [Lat., Curva trahit mites, pars pungit acuta rebelles.]
      - Thomas Broughton,
        Dictionary of all Religions

Persecution is a bad and indirect way to plant religion.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici (XXV)

Speak low to me, my Saviour, low and sweet
  From out the hallelujahs, sweet and low,
    Lest I should fear and fall, and miss Thee so
      Who art not missed by any that entreat.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Comfort

There is a great deal we never think of calling religion that is still fruit unto God, and garnered by Him in the harvest. The fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, patience, goodness. I affirm that if these fruits are found in any form, whether you show your patience as a woman nursing a fretful child, or as a man attending to the vexing detail of a business, or as a physician following the dark mazes of sickness, or as a mechanic fitting the joints and valves of a locomotive; being honest true besides, you bring forth truth unto God.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Religion is the best armor in the world, but the worst cloak.
      - John Bunyan

When the time was come for them to depart, they went to the Brink of the River. The last words of Mr. Despondency were, Farewell Night, welcome Day. His daughter went through the River singing, but none could understand what she said.
      - John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress

Religion is for the man in humble life, and to raise his nature, and to put him in mind of a state in which the privileges of opulence will cease, when he will be equal by nature, and may be more than equal by virtue.
      - Edmund Burke

Religion is the basis of civil society, and the source of all good and of all comfort.
      - Edmund Burke

Religion, to have any force upon men's understandings,--indeed, to exist at all,--must be supposed paramount to law, and independent for its substance upon any human institution, else it would be the absurdest thing in the world,--an acknowledged cheat.
      - Edmund Burke

The source of all good and of all comfort.
      - Edmund Burke

True religion is the foundation of society. When that is once shaken by contempt, the whole fabric cannot be stable nor lasting.
      - Edmund Burke

The writers against religion, whilst they oppose every system, are wisely careful never to set up any of their own.
      - Edmund Burke,
        A Vindication of Natural Society--Preface
         (vol. I, p. 7)

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