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Man without religion is a diseased creature, who would persuade himself he is well and needs not a physician; but woman without religion is raging and monstrous.
- Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)
It is religion that has formed the Bible, and not the Bible which has formed religion.
- Raphael D'C. Levin
Religion is universal; theology is exclusive,--religion is humanitarian; theology is sectarian,--religion unites mankind; theology divides it,--religion is love, broad and all-comprising as God's love; theology preaches love and practises bigotry. Religion looks to the moral worth of man; theology to his creed and denomination. Religion is light and love, and virtue and peace, unadulterated and immaculate; but theology is the apple of discord, which disunites and estranges one from another.
- Max E. Lilienthal
I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
- Abraham Lincoln
Over all the movements of life religion scatters her favors, but reserves the choicest, her divine blessing, for the last hour.
- John Logan
Other hope had she none, nor wish in life, but to follow
Meekly, with reverent steps, the sacred feet of her Saviour.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline
(pt. II, V, l. 35)
Most religion-mongers have bated their paradises with a bit of toasted cheese. They have tempted the body with large promises of possessions in their transmortal El Dorado. Sancho Panza will not quit his chimney-corner, but under promise of imaginary islands to govern.
- James Russell Lowell
But he turned up his nose at their murmuring and shamming,
And cared (shall I say?) not a d--n for their damning;
So they first read him out of their church and next minute
Turned round and declared he had never been in it.
- James Russell Lowell, A Fable for Critics
Puritanism, believing itself quick with the seed of religious liberty, laid, without knowing it, the egg of democracy.
- James Russell Lowell,
Among My Books--New England Two Centuries Ago
God is not dumb, that he should speak no more;
If thou hast wanderings in the wilderness
And find'st not Sinai, 'tis thy soul is poor.
- James Russell Lowell, Bibliolatres
How many evils has religion caused!
[Lat., Tantum religio potuit suadere malorum!]
- Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus),
De Rerum Natura (I, 102)
Jews and papists are ungodly wretches; they are two stockings made of one piece of cloth.
- Martin Luther
Blessed is the man that hath not walked in the way of the Sacramentarians, nor sat in the seat of the Zwinglians, nor followed the Council of the Zurichers.
- Martin Luther, Parody of First Psalm
The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.
- Thomas Babington Macaulay,
History of England (vol. I, ch. II)
Religion is life essential.
- George MacDonald
To judge religion we must have it--not stare at it from the bottom of a seemingly interminable ladder.
- George MacDonald
There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt.
- Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli)
In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing. We lived at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana, and our father was a Presbyterian minister and a fly fisherman who tied his own flies and taught others. He told us about Christ's disciples being fishermen, and we were to assume, as my brother and I did, that all first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen and that John, the favorite, was a dry-fly fisherman.
- Norman Fitzroy Maclean,
A River Runs Through It
Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise, every expanded prospect.
- James Madison
Union of religious sentiments begets a surprising confidence.
- James Madison
Religion to be permanently influential must be intelligent.
- Elias L. Magoon
I count religion but a childish toy, and hold there is no sin but ignorance.
- Christopher Marlowe
Religion is the opiate of the masses.
- Karl Marx
A house without family worship has neither foundation nor covering.
- John Mason
We will be a better country when each religious group can trust its members to obey the dictates of their own religious faith without assistance from the legal structure of the country.
- Margaret Mead
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