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Meditation 666
Quotations XLVI

"I always have a quotation for everything - it saves original thinking." Dorothy L. Sayers

On the other hand, an apt quotation can stimulate the mind towards original thought. A quotation better serves as the starting point for a discussion, not as a means for closing it. We will continue to publish a selection occasionally, mostly but not entirely relevant to agnosticism, rationalism, and free thought. This is the forty-sixth in an apparently unending series. Quotations are indexed by author and by opening words to assist anyone trying to locate a specific one. Quotations are also available as a set of downloadable pdf files (menu to the left.) Suggestions for previously unused quotations are always welcome.

  1. One considerable advantage that arises from philosophy consists in the sovereign antidote which it affords to superstition and false religion. David Hume
  2. A superstition is a premature explanation that overstays its time. George Iles
  3. I have only one superstition. I touch all the bases when I hit a home run. Babe Ruth
  4. Faith must have adequate evidence, else it is mere superstition. Alexander Hodge
  5. We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
  6. Count Hermann Keyserling once said truly that the greatest American superstition was belief in facts. John Gunther
  7. For as superstition arises naturally and easily from the popular opinions of mankind, it seizes more strongly on the mind, and is often able to disturb us in the conduct of our lives and actions. Philosophy on the contrary, if just, can present us only with mild and moderate sentiments. David Hume
  8. Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy; the mad daughter of a wise mother. Voltaire
  9. The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses. Francis Bacon
  10. Superstition is religion that has grown incongruous with intelligence. John Tyndall
  11. Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. Bertrand Russell
  12. The religious superstition is encouraged by means of the institution of churches, processions, monuments, festivities.... The so-called clergy stupefy the masses.... They befog the people and keep them in an eternal condition of stupefaction. Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
  13. To suffer from triskaidekaphobia is to be a victim of an unfounded superstion. John Tyrrell
  14. For however barbarous and bloody the common superstitions often are to the laity, they usually turn to the advantage of the holy order. David Hume
  15. We boast our emancipation from many superstitions; but if we have broken any idols, it is through a transfer of idolatry. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  16. The religious superstitions of women perpetuate their bondage more than all other adverse influences. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  17. Superstition is the poison of the mind. Joseph Lewis
  18. It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.T. H. Huxley
  19. In ages of stupidity and ignorance, indeed, these principles may safely be espoused; and perhaps no views of things are more proper to promote superstition than such that encourage the blind amazement, the diffidence, and melancholy of mankind. David Hume
  20. 666 is just another number as far as I am concerned. It has no power except that which fools allow it to have over them. John Tyrrell