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All religions will pass, but this will remain: simply sitting in a chair and looking in the distance.
      - Vasilij Vasil'e Rozanov (used pseudonym V. Varvarin)

It is not the church we want, but the sacrifice; not the emotion of admiration, but the act of adoration; not the gift, but the giving.
      - John Ruskin

Humanity and Immortality consist neither in reason, nor in love; not in the body, nor in the animation of the heart of it, nor in the thoughts and stirrings of the brain of it;--but in the dedication of them all to Him who will raise them up at the last day.
      - John Ruskin, Stones of Venice
         (vol. I, ch. II)

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution, and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Religion is only in the service of the people; it is not in the rosary and the prayer-carpet.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

Each religion, so dear to those whose life it sanctifies, and fulfilling so necessary a function in the society that has adopted it, necessarily contradicts every other religion, and probably contradicts itself.
      - George Santayana

Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace.
      - George Santayana

Religions are the great fairy tales of conscience.
      - George Santayana

What religion a man shall have is a historical accident, quite as much as what language he shall speak.
      - George Santayana

Freedom of religion is one of the greatest gifts of God to man, without distinction of race and color. He is the author and lord of conscience, and no power on earth has a right to stand between God and the conscience.
      - Philip Schaff

Religion and liberty are inseparable. Religion is voluntary, and cannot and ought not to be forced.
      - Philip Schaff

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

It is a great disgrace to religion, to imagine that it is an enemy to mirth and cheerfulness, and a severe exacter of pensive looks and solemn faces.
      - Sir Walter Scott

There are those to whom a sense of religion has come in storm and tempest; there are those whom it has summoned amid scenes of revelry and idle vanity; there are those, too, who have heard its "still small voice" amid rural leisure and placid retirement. But perhaps the knowledge which causeth not to err is most frequently impressed upon the mind during the season of affliction.
      - Sir Walter Scott

He that has not religion to govern his morality is not a dram better than my mastiff dog; so long as you stroke him, and please him, and do not pinch him, he will play with you as fine as may be,--he is a very good moral mastiff; but if you hurt him, he will fly in your face, and tear out your throat.
      - John Selden

Men say they are of the same religion, for quietness' sake; but if the matter were well examined, you would scarce find three anywhere of the same religion on all points.
      - John Selden, Table Talk

We look after religion as the butcher did after his knife, when he had it in his mouth.
      - John Selden, Table Talk

Religion is like the fashion, one man wears his doublet slashed, another lashed, another plain; but every man has a doublet; so every man has a religion. We differ about the trimming.
      - John Selden, Table Talk (p. 157),
        (ed. 1696)

Thicken your religion a little. It is evaporating altogether by being subtilized.
      - Marquise de Sevigne, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal

Obedience is a part of religion, and an element of peace.
      - Dr. George Sewell

The ground of all religion, that which makes it possible, is the relation in which the human soul stands to God.
      - John Campbell Shairp

Ay, marry, uncle; for I always thought
  It was both impious and unnatural
    That such immanity and bloody strife
      Should reign among professors of one faith.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part I
         (King Henry at V, i)

In religion,
  What damned error but some sober brow
    Will bless it and approve it with a text,
      Hiding the grossness with fair ornament?
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Bassanio at III, ii)

All religions begin with a revolt against morality, and perish when morality conquers them.
      - George Bernard Shaw

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