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RELIGION
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There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
      - George Bernard Shaw,
        Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant

Where religion is a trade, morality is a merchandise.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

The moon of Mahomet
  Arose, and it shall set:
    While, blazoned as on heaven's immortal noon,
      The cross leads generations on.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Hellas (l. 237)

In religion, as in friendship, they who profess most are ever the least sincere.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Most of the dogmatic religions have exhibited a perverse talent for taking the wrong side on the most important concepts in the material universe, from the structure of the solar system to the origin of man.
      - George Gaylord Simpson

I endeavor in vain to give my parishioners more cheerful ideas of religion; to teach them that God is not a jealous, childish, merciless tyrant; that He is best served by a regular tenor of good actions, not by bad singing, ill-composed prayers, and eternal apprehensions. But the luxury of false religion is to be unhappy!
      - Sydney Smith

Religion is probably, after sex, the second oldest resource which human beings have available to them for blowing their minds.
      - Susan Sontag

No man's religion ever survives his morals.
      - Bishop Robert South

Religion intrenches upon some of our privileges, invades none of our pleasures.
      - Bishop Robert South

The pleasure of the religious man is an easy and portable pleasure, such an one as he carries about in his bosom, without alarming either the eye or the envy of the world.
      - Bishop Robert South

Without religion the highest endowments of intellect can only render the possessor more dangerous if he be ill disposed; if well disposed, only more unhappy.
      - Robert Southey

The language of religion can alone suit every situation and every mode of feeling.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)

A religious life is a struggle and not a hymn.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein),
        Corinne (bk. X, ch. V)

Nothing but religion is capable of changing pains into pleasures.
      - Leszczynski Stanislaus ("Stanislaus I")

The Word of God proves the truth of religion; the corruption of man, its necessity; government, its advantages.
      - Leszczynski Stanislaus ("Stanislaus I")

Religion has nothing to fear than not being sufficiently understood.
      - Leszczynski Stanislaus ("Stanislaus I"),
        Maxims (no. 36)

The true religion of Jesus Christ our Saviour is that which penetrates, and which receives all the warmth of the heart, and all the elevation of the soul, and all the energies of the understanding, and all the strength of the will.
      - Dean Arthur Penrhyn Stanley

Religion consists not so much in joyous feelings as in a constant exercise of devotedness to God.
      - Dugald Stewart

What religion is he of?
  Why, he is an Anythingarian.
      - Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation
         (dialogue I)

He made it a part of his religion, never to say grace to his meat.
      - Jonathan Swift, Tale of a Tub (sec. XI)

We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
      - Jonathan Swift,
        Thoughts on Various Subjects,
        collected by Pope and Swift, found in the "Spectator", no. 459

Religion cannot change, though we do; and, if we do, we have left God; and whither he can go that goes from God, his own sorrows will soon enough instruct him.
      - Jeremy Taylor

The way to judge of religion is by doing our duty. Religion is rather a Divine life than a Divine knowledge. In heaven, indeed, we must first see, and then love; but here, on earth, we must first love, and love will open our eyes as well as our hearts, and we shall then see and perceive and understand.
      - Jeremy Taylor

I take possession of man's mind and deed,
  I care not what the sects may brawl;
    I sit as God, holding no form of creed,
      But contemplating all.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Religion in a magistrate strengthens his authority, because it procures veneration, and gains a reputation to it. In all the affairs of this world, so much reputation is in reality so much power.
      - John Tillotson


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