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A list of the best religion quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous religion quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic religion quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational religion quotes from that same writer.

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There must be something solemn, serious, and tender about any attitude which we denominate religious. If glad, it must not grin or snicker; if sad, it must not scream or curse. William James

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No, if you talk to God you're religious. If God talks to you, you're psychotic. Doris Egan

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The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance. Eric Hoffer

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Religion is doing; a man does not merely think his religion or feel it, he lives his religion as much as he is able, otherwise it is not religion but fantasy or philosophy. G. I. Gurdjieff

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After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands. Friedrich Nietzsche

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You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. Dogs do not ritually urinate in the hope of persuading heaven to do the same and send down rain. Asses do not bray a liturgy to cloudless skies. Nor do cats attempt, by abstinence from cat's meat, to wheedle the feline spirits into benevolence. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough. Aldous Huxley

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I count religion but a childish toy, and hold there is no sin but innocence. Christopher Marlowe

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Toleration is the best religion. Victor Hugo

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There's no reason to bring religion into it. I think we ought to have as great a regard for religion as we can, so as to keep it out of as many things as possible. Seán O'Casey

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We are on the side of religion as opposed to religions, and we are among those who believe in the wretched inadequacy of sermons and the sublimity of prayer. Victor Hugo

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Talk to me about the truth of religion and I'll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I'll listen submissively. But don't come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don't understand. C. S. Lewis

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A cosmic philosophy is not constructed to fit a man; a cosmic philosophy is constructed to fit a cosmos. A man can no more possess a private religion than he can possess a private sun and moon. G. K. Chesterton

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Wars don’t bring lasting peace, only lasting death. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable. Ambrose Bierce

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But is it not the fact that religion emanates from the nature, from the moral state of the individual? Is it not therefore true that unless the nature be completely exercised, the moral state harmonized, the religion cannot be healthy? Harriet Martineau

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For it is with the mysteries of our religion, as with wholesome pills for the sick, which swallowed whole, have the virtue to cure; but chewed, are for the most part cast up again without effect. Thomas Hobbes

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It's incongruous that the older we get, the more likely we are to turn in the direction of religion. Less vivid and intense ourselves, closer to the grave, we begin to conceive of ourselves as immortal. Edward Hoagland

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Religions are the cradles of despotism. Marquis de Sade

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Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values. Barack Obama

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I cannot see how a man of any large degree of humorous perception can ever be religious -- except he purposely shut the eyes of his mind and keep them shut by force. Mark Twain

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So well do I love you, I go to my god singing your praises. When I meet my father, I will tell him I fought beside you. Janet Morris

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And lips say God be pitiful, who never said, God be praised. Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality. Alexis de Tocqueville

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A wise architect observed that you could break the laws of architectural art provided you had mastered them first. That would apply to religion as well as to art. Ignorance of the past does not guarantee freedom from its imperfections. Reinhold Niebuhr

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All religions have based morality on obedience, that is to say, on voluntary slavery. That is why they have always been more pernicious than any political organization. For the latter makes use of violence, the former -- of the corruption of the will. Alexander Herzen

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Give us a religion that will help us to live -- we can die without assistance. Elbert Hubbard

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Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? Douglas Adams

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The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion. Matthew Arnold

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There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it. George Bernard Shaw

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It is upon each soul to recognize its limit. Janet Morris

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A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which are only accessible to our reason in their most elementary forms—it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man. Albert Einstein

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When a culture feels that its end has come, it sends for a priest. Karl Kraus

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Wherever an altar is found, there civilization exists. Joseph de Maistre

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Oh senseless man, who cannot possibly make a worm, and yet will make Gods by dozens. Michel de Montaigne

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A church is disaffected when it is persecuted, quiet when it is tolerated, and actively loyal when it is favored and cherished. Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay

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A man has no religion who has not slowly and painfully gathered one together, adding to it, shaping it; and one's religion is never complete and final, it seems, but must always be undergoing modification. D. H. Lawrence

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Man is made to adore and to obey: but if you will not command him, if you give him nothing to worship, he will fashion his own divinities, and find a chieftain in his own passions. Benjamin Disraeli

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My religion consists of a humble admiration of the unlimitable superior who reveals Himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God. Albert Einstein

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Gods have bloody hands. Janet Morris

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"Die never for a god, Nikodemos who should know better -- not your soldiers' god, nor any other." Janet Morris

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Our knowledge of the historical worth of certain religious doctrines increases our respect for them, but does not invalidate our proposal that they should cease to be put forward as the reasons for the precepts of civilization. On the contrary! Those historical residues have helped us to view religious teachings, as it were, as neurotic relics, and we may now argue that the time has probably come, as it does in an analytic treatment, for replacing the effects of repression by the results of the rational operation of the intellect. Sigmund Freud

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"Honorable battle sustains a Sacred Band." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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I don't want to be any closer to the gods than death will bring me. Janet Morris

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I'm reverent from a distance. Janet Morris

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All gods are tricksters, and war gods worst of any. Janet Morris

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Bandara was not an easy place to return to: it could hide from the common worlds whose periphery it inhabited. But Bandara never had, in all its years, completely disappeared. Janet Morris

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I do benefits for all religions -- I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality. Bob Hope

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Of all possible sexual perversions, religion is the only one to have ever been scientifically systematized. Louis Aragon

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A religion, that is, a true religion, must consist of ideas and facts both; not of ideas alone without facts, for then it would be mere Philosophy; -- nor of facts alone without ideas, of which those facts are symbols, or out of which they arise, or upon which they are grounded: for then it would be mere History. Samuel Taylor Coleridge