Phrases with "religion"

Nor had the Catholic religion attraction for him; he despised what seemed to him its mummery, the child’s play, as he saw it, of its tinkling bells and scented air. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Anthony Trollope It is not his religion but his strength that has prevailed. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

The religion of the one, the pride of the other, the conscious innocence of both, and, it may be, the support derived from their mutual companionship, elevated the victim into the hero. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

H. G. Wells The aspect of God is different in the measure of every man’s individuality, and the intimate thing of religion must, therefore, exist in human solitude, between man and God alone. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Charles Kingsley Unnecessary fear or scruples in religion; observance of unnecessary and uncommanded rites or practices; religion without morality. Superstition by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope In the first place it was quite manifest that he was tipsy; in the next place it was to be taken as proved that all his religion was sheer hypocrisy; and finally the man was utterly shameless. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Robert Green Ingersoll All the orthodox religion of the day is Calvinism. It believes in the fall of man. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

Percy Bysshe Shelley Thus, by an artful appeal to her passions, did Zastrozzi extinguish the faint spark of religion which yet gleamed in Matilda’s bosom. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Henry James He had a fancy of carrying out his life as he would have directed it if Madame de Cintre had been left to him — of making it a religion to do nothing that she would have disliked. The American by Henry James [1877]

In a service of religion he may be timid. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Nor did her humility seem unwomanly or abject, nor that of mistress to lover, of slave to master, but rather of a child to its guardian, of a neophyte of the old religion to her priest. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

He had a hope that religion would assist him. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Arthur Schopenhauer Indeed, it may be said that religion is the chef d’oeuvre of the art of training, because it trains people in the way they shall think: and, as is well known, you cannot begin the process too early. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Andrew Lang It appears, then, if our general suggestion meets with any acceptance, that what occurred in the development of Hebrew religion was precisely what the Bible tells us did occur. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton He never said a word of religion in the whole of his damnable address. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Her fealty to her dingy religion of ink and paper and chemical symbols was inflexible. The Long Chamber by Olivia Howard Dunbar

Wilkie Collins We find, in the spirit of the book, the most simple and most perfect system of religion and morality that humanity has ever received — and with that we are content. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Robert Green Ingersoll True religion is the subordination of the passions to the intellect. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Walter Scott The very genius of a religion which admitted of the subdivision of sects ad infinitum, excluded a legal prosecution of any one of these for heresy or apostasy. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

It is a religion of love, practical, undemonstrative, knowing nothing of pageantry and spectacle. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

Jules Verne Was it religion that prompted him to cannibalism? No! it was hunger. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Music seems to me like the voice of religion summoning to remember and worship the God of my heart. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Her female friends spoke of her sometimes with pity, as an unfortunate who was afraid to let the town see her altered face, and who had taken to religion as a substitute for beauty. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

On the outer Barcoo where the churches are few,   And men of religion are scanty, On a road never cross’d ‘cept by folk that are lost,   One Michael Magee had a shanty. The Man from Snowy River and other verses by A. B. Paterson

G. K. Chesterton But then certainly the silence seemed to be one of religion defeated; a desert of materialism. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Sinclair Lewis As a boy, he had first seen the value of religion in business when he had tattled on a friend who had stolen some candy, and the shopkeeper had rewarded him. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Robert Green Ingersoll True religion is a subordination of the passions to the perceptions of the intellect. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Arthur Conan Doyle Neither did a religion of peace affect him much, for, in spite of the adoption of Christianity, Roman history was still written in blood. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Andrew Lang Wilson’s observations on North and South Guinea religion were published in 1856. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Jean-Jacques Rousseau We should not, with Warburton, conclude from this that politics and religion have among us a common object, but that, in the first periods of nations, the one is used as an instrument for the other. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

G. K. Chesterton Most of us have disagreed with that religion until we made the simple discovery that it does not exist. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

George Meredith She was with religion to let him know the meanness of wealth. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Jules Verne Toute cette partie du haut Bundelkund, peu fréquentée des voyageurs, est habitée par une population fanatique, endurcie dans les pratiques les plus terribles de la religion indoue. Le Tour du Mond en Quatre-vingts Jours by Jules Verne [1873]

Augustine Birrell But that I may gain your good opinion, the best way is to acquaint you what I have done to deserve it, out of my royal care for your religion and your property. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

We see four new churches, proclaiming four different sects; religion suited to all customers. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Robert Green Ingersoll The history of religion is simply the story of man’s efforts in all ages to avoid one of these powers and to pacify the other. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anatole France And it is right that another poor poet should take his task and teach the world true religion and true joy. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

The Greeks had a religion full of beauty and happiness and light-heartedness, and they weren’t frightened of death at all. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

H. G. Wells The religion and morals they fed us are exploded old rubbish. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Elizabeth Von Arnim He had let her slip away; he had given her up; he no longer minded; he accepted her religion indifferently, as a settled fact. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

The peculiar views which he adopted and partly professed on religion must have been formed then. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Andrew Lang This would hardly prove a difference of religion between the individual and the parish. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

My reason would not permit even a remote chance of his being in hell, he was so manifestly not evil, and this religion would not permit him a remote chance of being out yet. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Robert Green Ingersoll Morality is the only religion of the years to come. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Leslie Stephen The religion of the family made their seclusion from the world the more rigid, and by consequence must have strengthened their mutual adhesiveness. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

H. G. Wells The latest thing in religion presented itself one afternoon as a man too old for an undergraduate and too oily and shiny for a don, a queer fish with a slightly American accent. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

The religion described by Burns in The Cotter’s Saturday Night is, it should be remembered, his father’s faith, not his own. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Gibbon’s father, who was “neither a bigot nor a philosopher,” was shocked and astonished by his “son’s strange departure from the religion of his country. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Edmund Burke On these ideas, instead of quarrelling with establishments, as some do, who have made a philosophy and a religion of their hostility to such institutions, we cleave closely to them. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

George Gissing Their so-called religion is a vice. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

G. K. Chesterton I had found only one religion which dared to go down with me into the depths of myself. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Oscar Wilde The terror of society, which is the basis of morals, the terror of God, which is the secret of religion — these are the two things that govern us. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Andrew Lang The remarks of Waitz may be cited in full: ‘The religion of the negro may be considered by some as a particularly rude form of polytheism and may be branded with the special name of fetishism. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Why for the first time now did religion interest him? The unseen, intangible, was even now at work within him. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Borrow None but Christians have ever been good persecutors; well, the old religion succumbed, Christianity prevailed, for the ferocious is sure to prevail over the gentile. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Joseph Furphy Better silence than falsehood; better no religion at all — if such lack be possible — than one which concedes equal rights beyond the grave, and denies them here. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

George Gissing Doctrinal religion had a strong hold upon her, and it was her solicitude that Beatrice should walk from the first in the ways of Anglican salvation. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

William Makepeace Thackeray Through the storms and tempests of his furious mind, the stars of religion and love break out in the blue, shining serenely, though hidden by the driving clouds and the maddened hurricane of his life. Jonathan Swift by William Makepeace Thackeray

In spite of the selfishness of this theory, which condemned so many souls to perdition, Marchurst was a kindly natured man, and his religion was more of an hallucination than anything else. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Arthur Conan Doyle Such was, in her opinion, the Church as established in the beginning, and no religion without these characteristics could lay any claim to being the true one. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

H. G. Wells It is distinctively the religion of love. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

John Morley This kind of teaching was clearly to perpetuate and transfix forever the form of religion which each country, or any given set of men in it, might possess. Voltaire by John Morley

George Eliot These women, if they are not happy, and have no children, must either take to folly or to some overstrained religion that makes them think they’ve got all heaven’s work on their shoulders. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Henry David Thoreau Is there no religion for the temperate and frigid zones? We know of no scripture which records the pure benignity of the gods on a New England winter night. A Winter Walk by Henry David Thoreau [1843]

G. K. Chesterton She had been, by an accident, brought up in the school of an Anglo-Catholic convent; and to all that agnostic or mystic world, practising a religion was much more puzzling than professing it. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Though he did not approve of the Catholic religion as a whole, there were features in it that appealed to him. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Anthony Trollope Then, as to his want of religion — and it is a very sad want — I can only say of him that I, as an Englishman, do not feel myself justified in flinging the first stone at him. North America by Anthony Trollope

Poor Silas! old as he is, I don’t think his religion fits him. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Andrew Lang But this view is not inconsistent with the existence of survivals in religion and ritual. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Robert Green Ingersoll Now some one says, “The religion of my father and mother is good enough for me. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Strange to say the talk usually turned to bawd or religion or the relations of capital and labor. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

H.P. Lovecraft Tales added that the fall of the old religion did not end the orgies at the temple, but that the priests lived on in the new faith without real change. The Rats in the Walls by H.P. Lovecraft [1923]

H. G. Wells The essential fact in religion is the desire for religion and not how it came about. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

William Godwin Secondly, the consideration of the Grecian race, the same with us in blood and in speech, the same in religion and manners, and whose cause we will never betray. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Edmund Burke They preferred atheism to a form of religion not agreeable to their ideas. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Robert Green Ingersoll Thoughtful people began to question the divine origin of a religion that made its believers hold the rights of others in absolute contempt. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Priests and ministers of an ancient Celtic religion which did not disdain to employ the humble allurement of human sacrifice. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

T. E. Lawrence He had called his men, told them these Sherifs were only English creatures, and conjured them to strike a blow for religion and the Caliph while there was yet time. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

H. G. Wells I should have a little sinecure perhaps or I should perform some graceful functions in the ceremonies of a religion that had completely lost whatever reality it ever had. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

John Locke Credo, quia impossibile est: I believe, because it is impossible, might, in a good man, pass for a sally of zeal; but would prove a very ill rule for men to choose their opinions or religion by. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Mdlle. Susanne Curchod was born about the year 1740; her father was the Calvinist minister of Crassier, her mother a French Huguenot who had preferred her religion to her country. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle The names of the participators in the deeds of blood and violence done under the name of religion were kept profoundly secret. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

George Gissing Iii religion it was not enough for her to conform; zeal drove her into the extremest forms of ritualistic observance. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Of what value would a religion so adopted be? It would be mere blind, besotted superstition. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Wilkie Collins It’s a religion with the pride of property at the bottom of it, and a veneer of benevolent sentiment at the top. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Daniel Defoe In this interval the Christian church was established under Constantine, religion flourished in peace, and under the most perfect tranquillity. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

Charles Dickens They even cast a shower of stones — and among them a dagger — at one of the royal chaplains who attacked the Reformed religion in a public sermon. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

And why? I knew her religion was sincere: but my little mind fixed on a few phrases she had picked up from others, and I——” He could say no more, but groaned with anguish. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

The interest of religion was more powerful than the interest of knowledge; and the author of Eikonoklastes must have been held in special abhorrence by the loyal clergy. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Thomas Hardy I was never much for religion nor against it, but it can’t be right to let her do this, and you ought to persuade her out of it. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Her religion was the religion which she had learnt from the Baroness Lehzen and the Duchess of Kent. Here, too, it might have been supposed that Albert’s views might have influenced her. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Edmund Burke The cause of civil liberty and civil government gains as little as that of religion by this confusion of duties. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Wilkie Collins I could die a martyr to religion if I had a religion. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Jeremy Bentham The motive of religion is not altogether in the same case with the three former. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Here are, besides, M. de Castillon, M. le Baron de Lusignan, MM. Cruce and Leclerc, all ready to march under the guidance of your highness, to the emancipation of religion and the throne. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Robert Louis Stevenson In this case, I was driven to reflect deeply and inveterately on that hard law of life, which lies at the root of religion and is one of the most plentiful springs of distress. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson [1886]

Robert Green Ingersoll True religion must be free; without liberty the brain is a dungeon and the mind the convict. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

He listened to the prayers that his wife said with him every night, and he distinctly approved of religion in other persons. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Sir Thomas Browne Those that held religion was the difference of man from beasts, have spoken probably, and proceed upon a principle as inductive as the other. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

Walter Besant It cannot be a part of religion —— I cannot bring myself to think that it is —— for a man thus on the point of death to tear his wife out of his heart, or for her to let him go out of hers. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Virginia Woolf For the house before the Reformation, like so many houses in that neighbourhood, had a chapel; and the chapel had become a larder, changing, like the cat’s name, as religion changed. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

The channel theory had become a sort of religion with him, promising double salvation — not only avoidance of the Dollmanns, but success in the quest by methods in which he was past master. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

T. H. Huxley Nor did the germ of religion fail when science began to bud. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Anthony Trollope As a convert, Mr. Keegan was very enthusiastically attached to the Protestant religion and the Tory party, for which he had fought tooth and nail at the last county election. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Leslie Stephen They argued that religion was based upon reason, and would be strengthened instead of weakened by free inquiry. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Elizabeth Gaskell At length, after one of Sylvia’s deep, unconscious sighs, the old woman spoke: ‘It’s religion as must comfort thee, child, as it’s done many a one afore thee. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

The mollah bashi (between you and me, be it said) is in every degree an ass — one who knows as much of religion and its duties, as of Frangistân and its kings. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

G. K. Chesterton Thus religion is always insisting on the shortness of human life. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

H. G. Wells For the finer sort of mind this aspect of religion seems always to have been its primary attraction. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Henry James Women find their religion sometimes in strange exercises, and Isabel at present, in playing a part before her cousin, had an idea that she was doing him a kindness. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Robert Green Ingersoll True religion is the perfume of the free and grateful air. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Berkeley Many other advantages there are, as well with regard to religion as the sciences, which it is easy for any one to deduce from what has been premised; but this will appear more plainly in the sequel. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

When religion called him it was as a challenge not to renounce but to perfect his past. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

George Gissing I marvel also;—all the more that their very teachers in religion seem to lay such stress on the joys of life. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Thomas Hardy It was a louring, mournful, still afternoon, when a religion of some sort seems a necessity to ordinary practical men, and not only a luxury of the emotional and leisured classes. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing Isn’t there a good deal of religion in that, Adela?’ ‘Yes, but not all. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Benjamin Disraeli If we had only had the Protestant religion in Italy, things would have been very different. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Sinclair Lewis Mechanical religion — a dry, hard church, shut off from the real life of the streets, inhumanly respectable as a top-hat. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Walter Scott But now, alas! they all are dead, Or gone beyond the seas; Or farther for religion fled, Or else they take their ease. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

George Meredith But if you’re right with religion you needn’t fear. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Edith Wharton I got my morals out of the Bible, and I guess there’s enough left in it for Draper. If religion won’t make a man moral, I don’t see why irreligion should. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

James Anthony Froude In religion he affected to be a freethinker, careless of death and judgment, and ridiculing those who feared them ‘as frighted with unseen bugbears. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Anatole France Baptisée après la mort de son mari et naturalisée depuis cinq ans déjà, elle était toute dévouée à la religion et à la patrie. Monsieur Bergeret à Paris by Anatole France

But fight them that there be no sedition and that the religion may be God’s; but, if they desist, then let there be no hostility save against the unjust. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Benjamin Disraeli And yet, as you sometimes say, religion is the great business of life; I sometimes begin to think the only business. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Arthur Conan Doyle To him the firm of Girdlestone was the very representation of religion in the commercial world, and as such must be upheld by every conceivable means. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Robert Green Ingersoll The founder of a religion must be able to turn water into wine — cure with a word the blind and lame, and raise with a simple touch the dead to life. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Catherine Helen Spence But this I must premise that in the most extraordinary way religion has showed its vitality. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Henry James It gave her plenty to do; there was passion, exaltation, religion in it. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

On the one hand, it might be maintained that a religion which has no mysteries, which has been pared down to the requirements of human reason, has ceased to be a religion altogether. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

G. K. Chesterton I do not want to be in a religion in which I am allowed to have a crucifix. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

G. K. Chesterton The thing that I was trying to say then is the same thing that I am trying to say now; and even the deepest revolution of religion has only confirmed me in the desire to say it. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Père Silas took an interest in this prospective improvement for the sake of religion and the church, whereof Magliore Walravens was a devout daughter. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

John Galsworthy No religion and no philosophy will satisfy me — words, all words. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

But religion is a savage thing, like the universe it illuminates; savage, cold, and bare, but infinitely strong. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

The dismay spread through the country by the revelations already made, demanded that religion and morality, which had been so grossly outraged, should be speedily avenged. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Anthony Trollope But if worldliness and religion are terms opposed to each other, then they were not worldly. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott He knew the Moslem men of religion were not implicitly to be trusted. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

John Morley The quarrels of Jansenists and Molinists have done more harm to the Christian religion than could have been done by four emperors like Julian one after another. Voltaire by John Morley

Robert Green Ingersoll The terrible religious wars that inundated the world with blood tended at least to bring all religion into disgrace and hatred. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anthony Trollope Such blunderings and quarrellings have been a matter of course since politics have been politics, and since religion has been religion. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

For one great excellence of religionabove all, the Religion of the Cross — is, that it raises PATIENCE first into a virtue, and next into a hope. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Andrew Lang Thus, if it contains nothing more august, the Chinese religion is, so far, beneath that of the Zuñis, or the creed in Taa-roa, in Beings who are eternal, who were before earth was or sky was. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Virginia Woolf Hence (against Cousin) I hold that religion is higher far than philosophy. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Thomas Hardy I know this: a religion was building itself upon you in my heart. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Maria Edgeworth Then, as to her being a Jewess — who knows what changes love might produce? Voltaire and Mowbray say, “qu’une femme est toujours de la religion de son amant. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

George Meredith A question to you, Greg. Those heathen Pagan dogs had a religion that encouraged them to swear. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Lucy Maud Montgomery I never knew before that religion was such a cheerful thing. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Urn-burial and a doctor’s religion were clean out of the picture. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

God, be assured, takes care for the religion of children, wheresoever his Christianity exists. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

George Gissing His religion was the British Empire; his saints, the men who had made it; his prophets, the politicians and publicists who held most firmly the Imperial tone. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Andrew Lang One is the bias which makes the observer deny any religion to the native race, except devil-worship. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Ralph Waldo Emerson The religion of the cultivated class now, to be sure, consists in an avoidance of acts and engagements which it was once their religion to assume. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

D. H. Lawrence In religion there were the two great motives of fear and love. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Leon Trotsky But all this ceremonial observance of religion lessened as years went on as the children grew up and the prosperity of the family increased. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Andrew Lang No one will doubt the truth of this where weapons are concerned; but Mr. Max Müller will not look at religion in this way. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton As a matter of fact, he was discussing religion with the booking-office clerk, and had almost got his head through the hole in his excitement. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Jeremy Bentham For if they did, they would recognise that the dictates of religion could be neither more nor less than the dictates of utility: not a tittle different: not a tittle less or more. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

H. G. Wells No religion prescribes rules that can be immediately applied to every eventuality. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

What is more extraordinary, the cry of religion could not hinder the ladies from being violently my partisans, and I owe my success in a great measure to their solicitations. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Andrew Lang We watch the childhood of religion with all its childish freaks. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Nathaniel Hawthorne It had reached her ears that there was a design on the part of some of the leading inhabitants, cherishing the more rigid order of principles in religion and government, to deprive her of her child. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Robert Louis Stevenson I cannot conceive that any single proposition whatever in religion is true in the scientific sense; and yet all the while I think the religious view of the world is the most true view. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

The drunkenness, the madness of religion would blaze on every face; and the Mahdi, immovable on his charger, would let the scene grow under his eyes in silence. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Ralph Waldo Emerson These are no more his moods than are those of religion and philosophy. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Elizabeth Von Arnim A marriage, she found, with someone of a different breed is fruitful of small rubs; and she had had to change her religion too, which annoyed her, in spite of her not really having any. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

That is too easy a religion which shifts the burden of guilt on to the shoulders of a stipendiary priest, and walks away from the confessional absolved by the payment of a few extra prayers. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

G. K. Chesterton Those abuses which are supposed to belong specially to religion belong to all human institutions. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Thomas Paine Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Miles Franklin Besides, men say that a girl without religion is like a rose without perfume. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Anthony Trollope During those four months at Cologne the zeal of Madame Staubach’s religion had been quenched, and she had been unable to use her fanaticism, even towards herself. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Leslie Stephen Swift’s religion thus partook of the directly practical nature of his whole character. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Edward Bellamy Even the ministers of religion were not exempt from this cruel necessity. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Thomas Wolfe In the affirmation of that fact, the continuance of that unceasing war, is man’s religion and his living faith. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

He heard him talk of religion with disgust. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sinclair Lewis We’ve both sworn to let ourselves be old ladies with caps and knitting for a while, probably take to religion and camomile tea. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Robert Green Ingersoll That is to say, we are changing them, and the religion of to-day is not the religion of one year ago. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

The religion which these later poems of Wordsworth’s embody is rather the stately tradition of a great Church than the pangs and aspirations of a holy soul. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Robert Green Ingersoll What is it? If the Christian religion be true, the grandest, greatest, noblest of the world are now in hell, and the narrowest and meanest are now in heaven. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

G. K. Chesterton He knew that this woman had got hold of a religion and that a religion is often a renunciation. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

George Meredith It’s part of Renee’s religion to obey her father. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

He united the religion of the philosopher with the religion of the churchman; one rarer thing he could not do; he could not unite the religion of the philosopher with the religion of the saint. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Andrew Lang It is therefore quite incorrect, and strangely presumptuous, to deny, with almost all anthropologists, the alliance of ethics with religion among the most backward races. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

George Meredith Perhaps, in a crisis, a minister of religion is better armed than a philosopher. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

H. G. Wells It is a poor travesty of religion that does not produce an essential change in the life which embraces it. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Andrew Lang His writings on early marriage and early religion were revelations which led on to others. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Catherine Helen Spence In North and East London, and in the great manufacturing towns the demands on the time and the purse of ministers of religion were enormous. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Augustine Birrell Twenty years after he wrote in the Rehearsal Transprosed:— “Whether it be a war of religion or of liberty it is not worth the labour to inquire. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Andrew Lang In these bookish memories I have said nothing about religion and religious books, for various reasons. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Robert Green Ingersoll Now, we have a religion — that is, some people have. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

E. F. Benson I am thankful to God who gave me the faculty, and it is for me a part of my religion to defend this gift and to profit by its possession. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Anthony Trollope On religion she was a pure free-thinker, and with much want of true affection, delighted to throw out her own views before the troubled mind of her father. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

The opinions on religion and politics expressed in it are not, however, always those by which he was himself guided. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Anthony Trollope Love with her had that religion which nothing but freshness can give it. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

He wanted a religion which would adhere to him of its own accord, and be in the way when needed; and he tried various kinds recommended for the purpose, but—without effect. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Robert Green Ingersoll Let me tell you a tale of the Persian religion of a man who, having done good for long years of his life, presented himself at the gates of Paradise, but the gates remained closed against him. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

G. K. Chesterton I affirmed or implied the view that the religion of Mahomet was, in a peculiar sense, a religion of progress. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Their religion is a quotation; their church is a doll; and any examination is interdicted with screams of terror. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

He apologized to the House for reminding them of what might be called the first steps in a religion of which many of his hearers were distinguished professors. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Wilkie Collins His views on politics and religion are (in a clergyman) simply detestable. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]