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Religion is the opium of the masses.

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.
The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide.
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.
Religion, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.
To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.
The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.
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.
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.
Oh senseless man, who cannot possibly make a worm, and yet will make Gods by dozens.
Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference which is, at least, half infidelity.
To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.
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.
Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.
Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true.
Religion enables us to ignore nothingness and get on with the jobs of life.
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?
Culture's essential service to a religion is to destroy intellectual idolatry, the recurrent tendency in religion to replace the object of its worship with its present understanding and forms of approach to that object.
Give us a religion that will help us to live -- we can die without assistance.
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.
A church is disaffected when it is persecuted, quiet when it is tolerated, and actively loyal when it is favored and cherished.
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.
From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion: I know no other religion; I cannot enter into the idea of any other sort of religion; religion, as a mere sentiment, is to me a dream and a mockery.
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.
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
It is certain that if you would have the whole secret of a people, you must enter into the intimacy of their religion.
There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
My religion? Well, my dear, I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.
It is a good and gentle religion, but inconvenient.
Religion is love; in no case is it logic.
For a truly religious man nothing is tragic.
We need less freedom of religion and more freedom from religion!
Of all possible sexual perversions, religion is the only one to have ever been scientifically systematized.
The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.
And lips say God be pitiful, who never said, God be praised.
I am always most religious upon a sunshiny day...
If religion is only human, and its form is man's form, it follows that everything in religion is true.
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.

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