Genius Without Religion Is Only A Lamp On The Outer Gate Of A Palace; It May Serve To Cast A Gleam On Those That Are Without While The Inhabitant Sits In Darkness.
~ Hannah More
Science Can Destroy Religion By Ignoring It As Well As By Disproving Its Tenets. No One Ever Demonstrated, So Far As I Am Aware, The Non-existence Of Zeus Or Thor - But They Have Few Followers Now.
~ Arthur C. Clarke
I Find The Whole Business Of Religion Profoundly Interesting. But It Does Mystify Me That Otherwise Intelligent People Take It Seriously.
~ Douglas Adams, Salmon of Doubt, 2002
Formerly, When Religion Was Strong And Science Weak, Men Mistook Magic For Medicine; Now, When Science Is Strong And Religion Weak, Men Mistake Medicine For Magic.
~ Thomas Szasz, The Second Sin (1973) "Science and Scientism"
The Heart Of Religion Lies In Its Personal Pronouns.
~ Martin Luthe
We Have Enough Religion To Hate Each Other, But Not Enough To Love Each Other.
~ Jonathan Swift
Leave The Matter Of Religion To The Family Altar, The Church, And The Private School, Supported Entirely By Private Contributions. Keep The Church And The State Forever Separate.
~ Ulysses S. Grant
The Man Who Suffers From A Sense Of Sin Is Suffering From A Particular Kind Of Self-love. In All This Vast Universe The Thing That Appears To Him Of Most Importance Is That He Himself Should Be Virtuous. It Is A Grave Defect In Certain Forms Of Traditional Religion That They Have Encouraged This Particular Kind Of Self-absorption.
~ Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness
It Can Be Shown That For Any Nutty Theory, Beyond-the-fringe Political View, Or Strange Religion There Exists A Proponent On The Net. The Proof Is Left As An Exercise For Your Kill-file.
~ unattributed truth from r. g. frp
If Our Religion Only Proclaims A High Standard Of Ethics, Then Our Religion Is A Burden Heavier Than We Can Bear.
~ Rolland W. Schloe
Then He Saw Also That It Matters Little What Profession, Whether Of Religion Or Irreligion, A Man May Make, Provided Only He Follows It Out With Charitable Inconsistency, And Without Insisting On It To The Bitter End. It Is In The Uncompromisingness With Which Dogma Is Held And Not In The Dogma Or Want Of Dogma That The Danger Lies.
~ Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh
Matters Of Religion Should Never Be Matters Of Controversy. We Neither Argue With A Lover About His Taste, Not Condemn Him, If We Are Just, For Knowing So Human A Passion.
~ George Santayana