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RELIGION
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The body of all true religion consists, to be sure, in obedience to the will of the Sovereign of the world, in a confidence in His declarations, and in imitation of His perfections.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Reflections on the Revolution in France

But the religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principle of resistance, it is the dissidence of dissent, and the protestantism of the Protestant religion.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Speech on Conciliation with America

Never trust anybody not of sound religion, for he that is false to God can never be true to man.
      - William Henry Burleigh

People differ in their discourse and profession about these matters, but men of sense are really but of one religion . . . "What religion?" . . . the Earl said, "Men of sense never tell it."
      - Bishop Gilbert Burnet,
        History of his Own Times
         (vol. I, bk. I, sec. 96),
        footnote by Onslow, referring to Earl of Shaftesbury

An' Atheist's laugh's a poor exchange
  For Deity offended!
      - Robert Burns, Epistle to a Young Friend

G-- knows I'm no the thing I should be,
  Nor am I even the thing I could be,
    But twenty times I rather would be
      An atheist clean,
        Than under gospel colours hid be,
          Just for a screen.
      - Robert Burns, Epistle to Rev. John M'Math
         (st. 8)

One religion is as true as another.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (bk. III, sec. IV, memb. 2, subsec, 1)

All our scourging of religion
  Began with tumult and sedition;
    When hurricanes of fierce commotion
      Became strong motives to devotion,
        As carnal seamen, in a storm,
          Turn pious converts and reform.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

As if Religion were intended
  For nothing else but to be mended.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto I, l. 205)

Synods are mystical Bear-gardens.
  Where Elders, Deputies, Church-wardens,
    And other Members of the Court,
      Manage the Babylonish sport.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. III, canto II, l. 1095)

So 'ere the storm of war broke out,
  Religion spawn'd a various rout
    Of petulant capricious sects,
      That maggots of corrupted texts,
        That first run all religion down,
          And after every swarm its own.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. III, canto II, l. 7)

There's naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto II, st. 34)

Carry religious principles into common life, and common life will lose its transitoriness. The world passes away. The things seen are temporal. Soon business, with all its cares and anxieties, the whole "unprofitable stir and fever of the world" will be to us a thing of the past. But religion does something better than sigh and moan over the perishableness of earthly things. It finds in them the seeds of immortality.
      - John Caird

Religion is not a perpetual moping over good books. Religion is not even prayer, praise, holy ordinances,--these are necessary to religion--no man can be religious without them. But religion is mainly and chiefly the glorifying God amid the duties and trials of the world; the guiding of our course amid adverse winds and currents of temptation by the sunlight of duty and the compass of Divine truth, the bearing up manfully, wisely, courageously, for the honor of Christ, our great Leader in the conflict of life.
      - John Caird

Most religions do not make men better, only warier.
      - Elias Canetti

Religion is just mind control.
      - George Carlin

A man's religion consists, not of the many things he is in doubt of and tries to believe, but of the few he is assured of and has no need of effort for believing.
      - Thomas Carlyle

An everlasting lodestar, that beams the brighter in the heavens the darker here on earth grows the night.
      - Thomas Carlyle

If there be not a religious element in the relations of men, such relations are miserable and doomed to ruin.
      - Thomas Carlyle

It is well said, in every sense, that a man's religion is the chief fact with regard to him.
      - Thomas Carlyle

His religion at best is an anxious wish,--like that of Rabelais, a great Perhaps.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays--Burns

On the whole we must repeat the often repeated saying, that it is unworthy a religious man to view an irreligious one either with alarm or aversion; or with any other feeling than regret, and hope, and brotherly commiseration.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays--Voltaire

Religion brings to man an inner strength, spiritual light, and ineffable peace.
      - Alexis Carrel

In a word, the free Church in a free State has been the programme which led me to my first efforts, and which I continue to regard as just and true, reasonable and practical, after the studies of thirty years.
      - Count Camillo Benso di Cavour

I extend the circle of real religion very widely. Many men fear God, and love God, and have a sincere desire to serve him, whose views of religious truth are very imperfect, and in some points utterly false. But may not many such persons have a state of heart acceptable before God?
      - Richard Cecil


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