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Take away God and religion, and men live to no purpose, without proposing any worthy end of life to themselves.
      - John Tillotson

Whether religion be true or false, it must be necessarily granted to be the only wise principle and safe hypothesis for a man to live and die by.
      - John Tillotson

In vain do science and philosophy pose as the arbiters of the human mind, of which they are in fact only the servants. Religion has provided a conception of life, and science travels in the beaten path. Religion reveals the meaning of life, and science only applies this meaning to the course of circumstances.
      - Leo Tolstoy (Count Lev Tolstoi)

Honour your parents; worship the gods; hurt not animals.
      - Triptolemus,
        according to Plutarch, from his traditional laws or precepts

The habit of religion is oppressive, an easy way out of thought.
      - Peter Ustinov

Systems of faith are different, but God is one.
      - Vemana

Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers.
      - Jesse Ventura

The idea of a good society is something you do not need a religion and eternal punishment to buttress; you need a religion if you are terrified of death.
      - Gore Vidal

Religion finds the love of happiness and the principles of duty separated in us; and its mission, its masterpiece, is to reunite them.
      - Alexandre Rodolphe Vinet

All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reasoning.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        Philosophical Dictionary

Once I journeyed far from home
  To the gate of holy Rome;
    There the Pope, for my offence,
      Bade me straight, in penance, thence
        Wandering onward, to attain
          The wondrous land that height Cokaigne.
      - Robert Wace (Eustace),
        The Land of Cokaigne

When religion doth with virtue join, it makes a hero like an angel shine.
      - Edmund Waller

I am sorry to see how small a piece of religion will make a cloak.
      - William Waller

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
      - George Washington

Religion is as necessary to reason as reason is to religion. The one cannot exist without the other. A reasoning being would lose his reason, in attempting to account for the great phenomena of nature, had he not a Supreme Being to refer to; and well has it been said, that if there had been no God, mankind would have been obliged to imagine one.
      - George Washington

When I can read my title clear
  To mansions in the skies,
    I'll bid farewell to every fear,
      And wipe my weeping eyes.
      - Isaac Watts, Songs and Hymns
         (bk. II, no. 65)

Religion is love; in no case is it logic.
      - Beatrice Potter Webb

A man with no sense of religious duty is he whom the Scriptures describe in such terse but terrific language, as living "without God in the world." Such a man is out of his proper being, out of the circle of all his duties, out of the circle of all his happiness, and away, far, far away, from the purposes of his creation.
      - Daniel Webster

Religion is the tie that connects man with his Creator, and holds him to His throne.
      - Daniel Webster

How religious the whole creation becomes as Science passes to and fro, touching the swarms of facts with her wand of order, to make them fall into line and present their thoughts.
      - John Weiss

Educate men without religion, and you make them but clever devils.
      - Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley

Among politicians the esteem of religion is profitable; the principles of it are troublesome.
      - Benjamin Whichcote (Whitchcote)

Religion is the last refuge of human savagery.
      - Alfred North Whitehead

Religion is what the individual does with his own solitariness.
      - Alfred North Whitehead

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