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This human world of ours would be inconceivable without the practical existence of a religious belief.
      - Adolph Hitler

Commerce unites; religion divides.
      - Alice Tisdale Hobart (Alice Nourse Hobart)

Opinion of ghosts, ignorance of second causes, devotion to what men fear, and talking of things casual for prognostics, consisteth the natural seeds of religion.
      - Thomas Hobbes

A man in whom religion is an inspiration, who has surrendered his being to its power, who drinks it, breathes it, bathes in it, cannot speak otherwise than religiously.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

A man who feels that his religion is a slavery has not begun to comprehend the real nature of religion.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

My idea of the Christian religion is, that it is an inspiration and its vital consequences--an inspiration and a life--God's life breathed into a man and breathed through a man--the highest inspiration and the highest life of every soul which it inhabits; and, furthermore, that the soul which it inhabits can have no high issue which is not essentially religious.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

High on the world, see where religion stands
  And bears the open volume in her hands.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

No solemn, sanctimonious face I pull,
  Nor think I'm pious when I'm only bilious--
    Nor study in my sanctum supercilious
      To frame a Sabbath Bill or forge a Bull.
      - Thomas Hood, Ode to Rae Wilson

The enduring value of religion is in its challenge to aspiration and hope in the mind of man.
      - Ernest Martin Hopkins,
        (Durant, On the Meaning of Life, p. 75)

The external part of religion is doubtless of little value in comparison with the internal, and so is the cask in comparison with the wine contained in it: but if the cask be staved in, the wine must perish.
      - Thomas Hartwell Horne

A religion that never suffices to govern a man will never suffice to save him; that which does not sufficiently distinguish one from a wicked world will never distinguish him from a perishing world.
      - Edgar Watson Howe

Should all the banks of Europe crash,
  The bank of England smash.
    Bring all your notes to Zion's bank,
      You're sure to get your cash.
      - Henry Hoyt (1),
        Zion's Bank, or Bible Promises Secured to all Believers,
        published in Boston, 1857, probably a reprint of English origin

I believe in religion against the religious; in the pitifulness of orisons, and in the sublimity of prayer.
      - Victor Hugo

No religion but blasphemes a little.
      - Victor Hugo

Rome is the one great spiritual organization which is able to resist and must, as a matter of life and death, the progress of science and modern civilization.
      - Thomas Henry Huxley

To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.
      - William Ralph Inge

I belong to the Great Church which holds the world within its starlit aisles; that claims the great and good of every race and clime; that finds with joy the grain of gold in every creed, and floods with light and love the germs of good in every soul.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll,
        declaration in discussion with Rev. Henry M. Field on "Faith and Agnosticism", Farrell's "Life", vol. VI

Religion is one of the phases of thought through which the world is passing.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll

My creed is this:
  Happiness is the only good.
    The place to be happy is here.
      The time to be happy is now.
        The way to be happy is to help make others so.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll, Works
         (motto on the title page of vol. XII),
        (Farrell's edition)

At bottom every religion is anti-Christian which makes the form, the thing, the letter, the substance. Such a materialistic religion, in order to be at all consistent, ought to maintain a material infallibility.
      - Hermann Jacobi

Nowhere would there be consolation, if religion were not.
      - Hermann Jacobi

There are but two religions,--Christianity and paganism, the worship of God and idolatry. A third between these is not possible. Where idolatry ends, there Christianity begins; and where idolatry begins, there Christianity ends.
      - Hermann Jacobi

I envy them, those monks of old
  Their books they read, and their beads they told.
      - George Payne Rainsford James,
        The Monks of Old

Religion is a monumental chapter in the history of human egotism.
      - William James

The highest flights of charity, devotion, trust, patience, bravery to which the wings of human nature have spread themselves, have been flown for religious ideals.
      - William James

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