The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
- Aldous Huxley
If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
Religion is the opium of the masses.
- Karl Marx
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,
- George Washington
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.
- Voltaire
If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences.
- H. P. Lovecraft
It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.
- Robert A. Heinlein
The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.
- Vincent Van Gogh
I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti
When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.
- Voltaire
Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.
- Voltaire
Love is my religion - I could die for it.
- John Keats
Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.
- Robert Green Ingersoll
He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them, needs religion.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
- Richard Dawkins
A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this - that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made - not to understand - but to feel - as crime.
- Edgar Allan Poe
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
- Karl Marx
War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity, it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it.
- Martin Luther
The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.
- Voltaire
Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt.
- Niccolo Machiavelli
Religion is all bunk.
- Thomas A. Edison
Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.
- Bertrand Russell
Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.
- Carl Sagan
The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.
- Karl Marx
Religion is the organization of spirituality into something that became the hand maiden of conquerors. Nearly all religions were brought to people and imposed on people by conquerors, and used as the framework to control their minds.
- John Henrik Clarke
One of the things that is wrong with religion is that it teaches us to be satisfied with answers which are not really answers at all.
- Richard Dawkins
Religion is for people who are scared to go to hell. Spirituality is for people who have already been there.
- Bonnie Raitt
No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion.
- Abdul Kalam
Whoever seeks to set one religion against another seeks to destroy all religion.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
- Sigmund Freud
It was not a religion that attacked us that September day. It was al-Qaeda. We will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust.
- Barack Obama
At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence.
- Booker T. Washington
This is all the inheritance I give to my dear family. The religion of Christ will give them one which will make them rich indeed.
- Patrick Henry
Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.
- Margaret Mead
As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.
- George Orwell
Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.
- Thomas Paine
Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law.
- Thomas Paine
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
We want to answer this classical question, who am I? So I think that most of our works are for art, or whatever we do, including science or religion, tried to answer that question.
- Paulo Coelho
Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.
- Thomas Paine
The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion.
- Thomas Carlyle
My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
- Thomas Paine
Communism has decided against God, against Christ, against the Bible, and against all religion.
- Billy Graham
Communism, like any other revealed religion, is largely made up of prophecies.
- H. L. Mencken
Toleration is the best religion.
- Victor Hugo
Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true.
- Thomas Paine
Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed religion, when we see in it such contradictions and absurdities.
- Thomas Paine
I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its Churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.
- Bertrand Russell
I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian religion.
- Patrick Henry
In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all.
- Alan Watts
It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion.
- Bertrand Russell
These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness and worship without awareness.
- Anthony de Mello
I have a great love and respect for religion, great love and respect for atheism. What I hate is agnosticism, people who do not choose.
- Orson Welles
If any of you should ask me for an epitome of the Christian religion, I should say that it is in one word - prayer. Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell.
- Charles Spurgeon
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