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


  • It may be that religion is dead, and if it is, we had better know it and set ourselves to try to discover other sources of moral strength before it is too late.
    * Pearl S. Buck


  • Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.
    * Joseph Campbell


  • Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
    * Sigmund Freud


  • Many people believe that they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man.
    * William Ralph Inge


  • Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, then that of blindfolded fear.
    * Thomas Jefferson


  • A religion true to its natures must also be concerned about man's social conditions. Religion deals with both earth and heaven, both time and eternity. Religion operates not only on the vertical plane but also on the horizontal. It seeks not only to integrate men with God but to integrate men with men and each man with himself.
    * Martin Luther King, Jr.


  • Nobody can deny but religion is a comfort to the distressed, a cordial to the sick, and sometimes a restraint on the wicked; therefore whoever would argue or laugh it out of the world without giving some equivalent for it ought to be treated as a common enemy.
    * Lady Mary Wortley Montagu


  • In the long term we can hope that religion will change the nature of man and reduce conflict. But history is not encouraging in this respect. The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars.
    * Richard Nixon


  • It is convenient that there be gods, and, as it is convenient, let us believe that there are.
    * Ovid


  • Religion is not a popular error; it is a great instinctive truth, sensed by the people, expressed by the people.
    * Ernest Renan


  • Each religion, by the help of more or less myth, which it takes more or less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny.
    * George Santayana


  • We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
    * Jonathan Swift


  • The equation of religion with belief is rather recent.
    * Arnold Toynbee