|Children of men! the unseen Power, whose eye|
Forever doth accompany mankind,
Hath lookd on no religion scornfully
That men did ever find.
Matthew ArnoldProgress. St. 10.
| There was never law, or sect, or opinion did so much magnify goodness, as the Christian religion doth.|
BaconEssays. Of Goodness, and Goodness of Nature.
| The greatest vicissitude of things amongst men, is the vicissitude of sects and religions.|
BaconOf Vicissitude of Things.
|Religio peperit divitias et filia devoravit matrem.|
Religion brought forth riches, and the daughter devoured the mother.
Saying of St. Bernard. Religio censum peperit, sed filia matri caussa suæ leti perniti osa fuit. See Reusners Ænigmatographia. Ed. 2. 1602. Pt. I. Page 361. Heading of an epigram ascribed to Henricus Meibomius.
|Tant de fiel entre-t-il dans lâme des dévots?|
Can such bitterness enter into the heart of the devout?
BoileauLutrin. I. 12.
| No mere man since the Fall, is able in this life perfectly to keep the commandments.|
Book of Common Prayer. Shorter Catechism.
|Curva trahit mites, pars pungit acuta rebelles.|
The crooked end obedient spirits draws,
The pointed, those rebels who spurn at Christian laws.
BroughtonDictionary of all Religions. (1756). The croisier is pointed at one end and crooked at the other. Curva trahit, quos virga regit, pars ultima pungit; is the Motto on the Episcopal staff said to be preserved at Toulouse.
| Persecution is a bad and indirect way to plant religion.|
Sir Thomas BrowneReligio Medici. XXV.
|Speak low to me, my Saviour, low and sweet|
From out the hallelujahs, sweet and low,
Lest I should fear and fall, and miss Thee so
Who art not missed by any that entreat.
E. B. BrowningComfort.
| The body of all true religion consists, to be sure, in obedience to the will of the Sovereign of the world, in a confidence in His declarations, and in imitation of His perfections.|
BurkeReflections on the Revolution in France.
| But the religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principle of resistance, it is the dissidence of dissent, and the protestantism of the Protestant religion.|
BurkeSpeech on Conciliation with America.
| The writers against religion, whilst they oppose every system, are wisely careful never to set up any of their own.|
BurkeA Vindication of Natural Society. Preface. Vol. I. P. 7.
| People differ in their discourse and profession about these matters, but men of sense are really but of one religion. * * * What religion? * * * the Earl said, Men of sense never tell it.|
Bishop BurnetHistory of his Own Times. Vol. I. Bk. I. Sec. 96. Footnote by Onslow, referring to Earl of Shaftesbury.
|An Atheists laughs a poor exchange|
For Deity offended!
BurnsEpistle to a Young Friend.
|G knows Im no the thing I should be,|
Nor am I even the thing I could be,
But twenty times I rather would be
An atheist clean,
Than under gospel colours hid be,
Just for a screen.
BurnsEpistle to Rev. John MMath. St. 8.
|One religion is as true as another.|
BurtonAnatomy of Melancholy. Bk. III. Sec. IV. Memb. 2. Subsec. 1.
|As if Religion were intended|
For nothing else but to be mended.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. I. Canto I. L. 205.
|Synods are mystical Bear-gardens,|
Where Elders, Deputies, Church-wardens,
And other Members of the Court,
Manage the Babylonish sport.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. I. Canto III. L. 1,095.
|So ere the storm of war broke out,|
Religion spawnd a various rout
Of petulant capricious sects,
The maggots of corrupted texts,
That first run all religion down,
And after every swarm its own.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. III. Canto II. L. 7.
| Theres naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.|
ByronDon Juan. Canto II. St. 34.
| His religion at best is an anxious wish,like that of Rabelais, a great Perhaps.|
| On the whole we must repeat the often repeated saying, that it is unworthy a religious man to view an irreligious one either with alarm or aversion; or with any other feeling than regret, and hope, and brotherly commiseration.|
| I realized that ritual will always mean throwing away something; Destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.|
G. K. ChestertonTremendous Trifles. Secret of a Train.
|The rigid saint, by whom no mercys shown|
To saints whose lives are better than his own.
ChurchillEpistle to Hogarth. L. 25.
|Deos placatos pictas efficiet et sanctitas.|
Piety and holiness of life will propitiate the gods.
CiceroDe Officiis. II. 3.
| Res sacros non modo manibus attingi, sed ne cogitatione quidem violari fas fuit.|
Things sacred should not only be untouched with the hands, but unviolated in thought.
CiceroOrationes in Verrem. II. 4. 45.
|Forth from his dark and lonely hiding place,|
(Portentous sight!) the owlet atheism,
Sailing on obscene wings athwart the noon,
Drops his blue-fringd lids, and holds them close,
And hooting at the glorious sun in Heaven,
Cries out, Where is it?
ColeridgeFears in Solitude.
|Life and the Universe show spontaneity;|
Down with ridiculous notions of Deity!
Churches and creeds are lost in the mists;
Truth must be sought with the Positivists.
Mortimer CollinsThe Positivists.
| Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything butlive for it.|
C. C. ColtonLacon. Vol. I XXV.
|Religion, if in heavenly truths attired,|
Needs only to be seen to be admired.
CowperExpostulation. L. 492.
There, and there only (though the deist rave,
And atheist, if Earth bears so base a slave);
There and there only, is the power to save.
CowperThe Progress of Error. L. 613.
|Religion does not censure or exclude|
Unnumbered pleasures, harmlessly pursued.
CowperRetirement. L. 782.
|Pity! Religion has so seldom found|
A skilful guide into poetic ground!
The flowers would spring whereer she deignd to stray
And every muse attend her in her way.
CowperTable Talk. L. 688.
|Sacred religion! Mother of Form and Fear!|
Samuel DanielMusophilus. St. 47.
| As for that, said Waldenshare, sensible men are all of the same religion. Pray what is that? inquired the Prince. Sensible men never tell.|
Benj. DisraeliEndymion. Ch. LXXXI. Borrowed from Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper (Lord Shaftesbury.)
| You can and you cant,You shall and you shantYou will and you wontAnd you will be damned if you doAnd you will be damned if you dont.|
Dow (Crazy Dow) defining Calvinism, in Reflections on the Love of God, by L. D.
| Gardez-vous bien de lui les jours quil communie.|
Beware of him the days that he takes Communion.
Du LorensSatires. I.
| Linstitut des Jesuites est une épée dont la poigée est à Rome et la pointe partout.|
The Order of Jesuits is a sword whose handle is at Rome and whose point is everywhere.
André M. J. DupinProcès de tendance (1825). Quoted by him as found in a letter to Mlle. Voland from Abbé Raynal. Rousseau quotes it from DAubignéAnti-Coton, who ascribes it to the saying of the Society of Jesus which is a sword, the blade of which is in France, and the handle in Rome.
| I do not find that the age or country makes the least difference; no, nor the language the actors spoke, nor the religion which they professed whether Arab in the desert or Frenchman in the Academy, I see that sensible men and conscientious men all over the world were of one religion.|
EmersonLectures and Biographical Sketches. The Preacher. P. 215.
|I like the church, I like a cowl,|
I love a prophet of the soul;
And on my heart monastic aisles
Fall like sweet strains or pensive smiles;
Yet not for all his faith can see,
Would I that cowlèd churchman be.
|Die Theologie ist die Anthropologie.|
Theology is Anthropology.
FeuerbachWesen des Christenthums.
| There are at bottom but two possible religionsthat which rises in the moral nature of man, and which takes shape in moral commandments, and that which grows out of the observation of the material energies which operate in the external universe.|
FroudeShort Studies on Great Subjects. Calvinism. P. 20.
| Sacrifice is the first element of religion, and resolves itself in theological language into the love of God.|
FroudeShort Studies on Great Subjects. Sea Studies.
| But our captain counts the image of God, nevertheless, his imagecut in ebony as if done in ivory; and in the blackest Moors he sees the representation of the King of heaven.|
FullerHoly and Profane States. The Good Sea-Captain. Maxim 5.
| Indeed, a little skill in antiquity inclines a man to Popery; but depth in that study brings him about again to our religion.|
FullerHoly and Profane States. The True Church Antiquary. Maxim 1.
|Am I my brothers keeper?|
Genesis. IV. 9.
| We do ourselves wrong, and too meanly estimate the holiness above us, when we deem that any act or enjoyment good in itself, is not good to do religiously.|
HawthorneMarble Faun. Bk. II. Ch. VII.
|From Greenlands icy mountains,|
From Indias coral strand,
Where Africs sunny fountains
Roll down their golden sand;
From many an ancient river,
From many a palmy plain,
They call us to deliver
Their land from errors chain.
Reginald HeberMissionary Hymn.
| La couronne vaut bien une messe (Paris vaut bien une messe.)|
The crown, (or Paris), is well worth a mass.
Attributed to Henry IV.
|Religion stands on tiptoe in our land,|
Ready to pass to the American strand.
HerbertThe Church Militant. L. 235.
|Dresse and undresse thy soul: mark the decay|
And growth of it: if, with thy watch, that too
Be down, then winde up both: since we shall be
Most surely judged, make thy accounts agree.
HerbertTemple. Church Porch. St. 76.
| My Fathers and Brethren, this is never to be forgotten that New England is originally a plantation of religion, not a plantation of trade.|
John HigginsonElection Sermon. The Cause of God and His People in New England. May 27, 1663.
|No solemn, sanctimonious face I pull,|
Nor think Im pious when Im only bilious
Nor study in my sanctum supercilious
To frame a Sabbath Bill or forge a Bull.
HoodOde to Rae Wilson.
|Should all the banks of Europe crash,|
The bank of England smash,
Bring all your notes to Zions bank,
Youre sure to get your cash.
Henry HoytZions Bank, or Bible Promises Secured to all Believers. Pub. in Boston, 1857. Probably a reprint of English origin.
|My creed is this:|
Happiness is the only good.
The place to be happy is here.
The time to be happy is now.
The way to be happy is to help make others so.
Robert G. IngersollOn the Title Page of Vol. XII. Farrells Ed. of his Works.
| I belong to the Great Church which holds the world within its starlit aisles; that claims the great and good of every race and clime; that finds with joy the grain of gold in every creed, and floods with light and love the germs of good in every soul.|
Robert G. IngersollDeclaration in Discussion with Rev. Henry M. Field on Faith and Agnosticism. Farrells Life. Vol. VI.
|I envy them, those monks of old|
Their books they read, and their beads they told.
G. P. R. JamesThe Monks of Old.
| Sir, I think all Christians, whether Papists or Protestants, agree in the essential articles, and that their religious differences are trivial, and rather political than religious.|
Samuel JohnsonBoswells Life. Ch. V. 1763.
|To be of no Church is dangerous.|
Samuel JohnsonLife of Milton.
|Other hope had she none, nor wish in life, but to follow|
Meekly, with reverent steps, the sacred feet of her Saviour.
LongfellowEvangeline. Pt. II. V. L. 35.
| Puritanism, believing itself quick with the seed of religious liberty, laid, without knowing it, the egg of democracy.|
LowellAmong My Books. New England Two Centuries Ago.
|God is not dumb, that he should speak no more;|
If thou hast wanderings in the wilderness
And findst not Sinai, tis thy soul is poor.
|But he turned up his nose at their murmuring and shamming,|
And cared (shall I say?) not a dn for their damning;
So they first read him out of their church and next minute
Turned round and declared he had never been in it.
LowellA Fable for Critics. L. 876.
|Tantum religio potuit suadere malorum!|
How many evils has religion caused!
LucretiusDe Rerum Natura. I. 102.
| Blessed is the man that hath not walked in the way of the Sacramentarians, nor sat in the seat of the Zwinglians, nor followed the Council of the Zurichers.|
Martin LutherParody of First Psalm.
| The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.|
MacaulayHistory of England. Vol. I. Ch. II.
|No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.|
William PennNo Cross, No Crown.
|It was a friar of orders grey|
Walked forth to tell his beads.
Thos. PercyThe Friar of Orders Grey.
|Religion, which true policy befriends,|
Designed by God to serve mans noblest ends,
Is by that old deceivers subtle play
Made the chief party in its own decay,
And meets the eagles destiny, whose breast
Felt the same shaft which his own feathers drest.
K. Phillips. On Controversies in Religion.
| The Puritan did not stop to think; he recognized God in his soul, and acted.|
Wendell PhillipsSpeech. Dec. 18, 1859.
| We have a Calvinistic creed, a Popish liturgy, and an Arminian clergy.|
William Pitt (Earl of Chatham)See Priors Life of Burke. Ch. X. (1790).
|So upright Quakers please both man and God.|
PopeThe Dunciad. Bk. IV. L. 208.
|To happy convents, bosomd deep in vines,|
Where slumber abbots purple as their wines.
PopeThe Dunciad. Bk. IV. L. 301.
|Religion, blushing, veils her sacred fires,|
And unawares Morality expires.
PopeThe Dunciad. Bk. IV. L. 649.
|For virtues self may too much zeal be had;|
The worst of madmen is a saint run mad.
PopeTo Murray. Ep. VI. of Horace. L. 26.
|I think while zealots fast and frown,|
And fight for two or seven,
That there are fifty roads to town,
And rather more to Heaven.
PraedChant of Brazen Head. St. 8.
|He that hath no cross deserves no crown.|
| Ils ont les textes pour eux; disait-il, jen suis faché pour les textes.|
They have the texts in their favor; said he, so much the worse for the texts.
Royer-CollardWords of disapproval of the Fathers of Port Royal on their doctrine of grace.
| Humanity and Immortality consist neither in reason, nor in love; not in the body, nor in the animation of the heart of it, nor in the thoughts and stirrings of the brain of it;but in the dedication of them all to Him who will raise them up at the last day.|
RuskinStones of Venice. Vol. I. Ch. II.
| Religion is like the fashion, one man wears his doublet slashed, another laced, another plain; but every man has a doublet; so every man has a religion. We differ about the trimming.|
John SeldenTable Talk. P. 157. (Ed. 1696).
| [Lord Shaftesbury said] All wise men are of the same religion. Whereupon a lady in the room
demanded what that religion was. To whom Lord Shaftesbury straight replied, Madam, wise men never tell.|
Lord Shaftesbury (Said by first and third Earl). John TolandClidophorus. Ch. XIII. Attributed to Samuel Rogers by FroudeShort Studies on Great Subjects. Plea for the Free Discussion of Theological Difficulties. Attributed also to Franklin.
| I always thought|
It was both impious and unnatural
That such immanity and bloody strife
Should reign among professors of one faith.
Henry VI. Pt. I. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 11.
| In religion,|
What damned error, but some sober brow
Will bless it and approve it with a text.
Merchant of Venice. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 77.
|The moon of Mahomet|
Arose, and it shall set:
While, blazoned as on heavens immortal noon,
The cross leads generations on.
ShelleyHellas. L. 237.
|A religious life is a struggle and not a hymn.|
Madame de StaëlCorinne. Bk. X. Ch. V.
| Religion has nothing more to fear than not being sufficiently understood.|
Stanislaus (King of Poland)Maxims. No. 36.
|What religion is he of?|
Why, he is an Anythingarian.
SwiftPolite Conversation. Dialogue I.
| He made it a part of his religion, never to say grace to his meat.|
SwiftTale of a Tub. Sec. XI.
| We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.|
SwiftThoughts on Various Subjects. Collected by Pope and Swift. Found in Spectator No. 459.
| Honour your parents; worship the gods; hurt not animals.|
Triptolemus, according to Plutarch. From his traditional laws or precepts.
|Once I journeyd far from home|
To the gate of holy Rome;
There the Pope, for my offence,
Bade me straight, in penance, thence
Wandering onward, to attain
The wondrous land that height Cokaigne.
Robert WaceThe Land of Cokaigne.
|When I can read my title clear|
To mansions in the skies,
Ill bid farewell to every fear,
And wipe my weeping eyes.
WattsSongs and Hymns. Bk. II. No. 65.
|The world has a thousand creeds, and never a one have I;|
Nor church of my own, though a million spires are pointing the way on high.
But I float on the bosom of faith, that bears me along like a river;
And the lamp of my soul is alight with love, for life, and the world, and the Giver.
Ella Wheeler WilcoxHeresy.
|So many gods, so many creeds|
So many paths that wind and wind
While just the art of being kind
Is all the sad world needs.
Ella Wheeler WilcoxThe Worlds Need.
|Who God doth late and early pray|
More of his Grace than Gifts to lend;
And entertains the harmless day
With a Religious Book or Friend.
Sir Henry WottonThe Character of a Happy Life. St. 5.
|Religions all. Descending from the skies|
To wretched man, the goddess in her left
Holds out this world, and, in her right, the next.
YoungNight Thoughts. Night IV. L. 550.
|But if man loses all, when life is lost,|
He lives a coward, or a fool expires.
A daring infidel (and such there are,
From pride, example, lucre, rage, revenge,
Or pure heroical defect of thought),
Of all earths madmen, most deserves a chain.
YoungNight Thoughts. Night VII. L. 199.