Phrases with "religion"

John Morley Consider the philosophy of these lines which are given to her: La coutume, la loi plia mes premiers ans À la religion des heureux musulmans. Voltaire by John Morley

G. K. Chesterton The favourite modern ideal in morals and even in religion, especially the religion popularised in the papers for millions of modern business men, is the word “adventure. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Andrew Lang That the armour and weapons are uniform in character throughout we have tried to prove, while the state of society and of religion is certainly throughout harmonious. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells You can’t contract out of your born religion any more than you can contract out of your born nationality. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

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]

I ask for no forms of religion — I wish not to hear words that have to me no meaning, or that I wish had none! Spare your look of horror. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Walter Besant A religion held by so goodly a part of Christendom cannot be wrong; and you shall be rewarded with the noblest young lover that exists, I believe, in the whole world. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The latter took energetic measures to secure their religion and their lives. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

William Makepeace Thackeray We shall not stop to argue the merits and demerits of Prince Louis’s notable comparison between the Christian religion and the Imperial-revolutionary system. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Jack London Truly, the Jews of that day battened on religion as did we on fighting and feasting. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Henry Adams Of all the conditions of his youth which afterwards puzzled the grown-up man, this disappearance of religion puzzled him most. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

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]

In a service of religion he may be timid. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

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

H. G. Wells We gradually broke down the inhibitions about religion and politics natural between father and son, and had a fine various amount of talk and discussion. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells Every day this sort of ignorance of the essential nature of religion — on the part of —— of samples of the so-called educated classes — crops up in my court. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

C’était la religion qui voulait ce pardon mutuel; et il fut convenu entre eux, par un accord tacite, qu’ils garderaient leur liberté. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

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]

H. G. Wells And I am equally hostile to you and exasperated and repelled by you when you speak of religion proper. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau In their political aspect, all these three kinds of religion have their defects. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Sinclair Lewis I don’t see how anybody could believe in religion after looking at that. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Thomas Carlyle By religion I do not mean here the church-creed which he professes, the articles of faith which he will sign and, in words or otherwise, assert; not this wholly, in many cases not this at all. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Henry Kingsley I can laugh, I say, at a form of religion like this; but I cannot laugh at the men who believe in it, and act up to it. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

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

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

H. G. Wells I was perhaps too aware of the numbers of fine-minded people who were still clinging not so much to religion as to the comfort of religious habits and phrases. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

James Joyce I will defend my church and my religion when it is insulted and spit on by renegade catholics. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Henry Fielding This admirable woman never let a day pass without instructing her children in some lesson of religion and morality. Amelia by Henry Fielding

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

John Morley If he was unflinching against theology, he always paid religion respect enough to treat it as the most important of all subjects. Voltaire by John Morley

Robert Green Ingersoll Some of them died naturally in their beds, but it would not do for the church to admit that they died peaceably; that would show that religion was not necessary in the last moments. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Olaf Stapledon Communism, meanwhile, still maintained its irreligious convention; but in the two great Communist countries the officially organized “irreligion” was becoming a religion in all but name. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Andrew Lang To him who reaches this point the whole animistic doctrine of ghosts as the one germ of religion will appear to be imperilled. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

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]

George Meredith For them our religion is a happy retreat; we are glad they have it. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

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

Open biographical volumes wherever you please, and the man who has no faith in religion is a man who has faith in a nightmare. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The torpidity on the side of religion of the vigorous English understanding, shows how much wit and folly can agree in one brain. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Arthur Conan Doyle You fellows who have a religion and then add to it cannot even imagine what it means to the man who has a complete vacuum and suddenly; finds something to fill it. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

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]

The Catholic religion likes to keep on good terms with its neighbours. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

G. K. Chesterton He will not destroy the religion of South Kensington, or crush the old customs of Bayswater.” An irrepressible explosion of laughter went up from the forefront of the great army. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Anthony Trollope But a bankrupt, who has not thought much of such things, will hardly find solace by taking up religion for that special occasion. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

His religion had been swept from him like a rotten garment. At the Article of Death by John Buchan

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

For in each of these complex aspects of religion we see, perhaps, the modification of a primeval instinct. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

H. G. Wells The religion of the samurai was after my heart, and it had taken hold of me very strongly. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Edith Wharton The greatest proof of the validity of a religion was its age, its duration, its having stood through centuries of change, as something that people had to have, couldn’t in any age get on without. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

H. G. Wells Naturally, necessarily, religion rests on religious experience and on nothing else. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Maria Edgeworth It is the triumph of religion and of its ministers to be able to support the human heart, when all other resources are of little avail. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Maria Edgeworth A difference of religion would be a most formidable objection, I grant; but we need not enter upon that subject — that is not the obstacle to which I allude. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

George Gissing Canada and Northampton, religion and crayfish, Huxley and—Yabsley.” “Yabsley? Who’s Yabsley?” “A gentleman of Northampton, a man of light and leading, a great friend of Miss Tomalin’s. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

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

William Morris Art is not so accommodating as the justice or religion of society, and she won’t have it. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

Leslie Stephen He was sure that he could mean as well in the religion he now professed as in any other; and that being so, he thought that a change even to an equally good religion could not be justified. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

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]

John Lewis Burckhard It is a common belief among Europeans, and even eastern Christians, that the Mohammedan religion forbids any precautionary measures against the plague; but this is erroneous. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Walter Scott Where will he ever get a Cameronian advocate? Or wha ever heard of a lawyer’s suffering either for ae religion or another? The lassie’s life is clean flung awa. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

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

George Gissing He began to understand Martin’s position with regard to religion and science, and thus could utter himself more securely. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Your honesty of nature, your sincerity in that absurd religion of yours, your general NAIVETE of mental and spiritual get-up, all pleased us a great deal. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

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

D.H. Lawrence The great inspiration of the new religion was the inspiration of freedom. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

All the highest elements of religion — the ardent devotion, the individual ecstasy, the sense of communion with the divine — these things he simply ignored. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

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

Benjamin Disraeli For the chance of subverting the Anglican Establishment, he is favoring a policy which will subvert religion itself. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

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

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

Edmund Burke The whole has been done under the auspices, and is confirmed by the sanctions, of religion and piety. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

George Eliot They’ll supply us with our religion like everything else, and get a profit on it. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Leslie Stephen In one respect even his religion helped him to emerge into fame. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

John Morley These were legends that from the right point of view of religion were not worth defending, any more than from the right point of view of truth they were worth attacking. Voltaire by John Morley

Benjamin Disraeli Lothair remembered how delicately his former guardian had always treated the subject of religion in their conversations. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman That is what our religion teaches us to want and to work for, and we do!” “But that is HERE,” I said, “only for this life on earth. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

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

Oliver Goldsmith But in religion the law is written, and inflexible, never to do evil. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Henry David Thoreau The religion and civilization which are barbaric and heathenish build splendid temples; but what you might call Christianity does not. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Sinclair Lewis Yessir, me for a religion of guys working together to make things easier for each other. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Francis Bacon So in the first platform of the divine nature itself, the heathen religion speaketh thus, Optimus Maximus: and the sacred Scriptures thus, Miscericordia ejus super omnia opera ejus. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Benjamin Disraeli Why is this?” “Because what you call your religion is a thing apart from your life, and it ought to be your life. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

H. G. Wells Rud’s instinctive hatred of religion was becoming more and more marked. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson We are the representatives of religion and intellect, and stand in the light of Ideas, whose rays stream through us to those younger and more in the dark. Lecture On The Times by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Elizabeth Gaskell 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. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

George Gissing I can’t see that a belief in the Christian religion is excluded by any degree of intellectual clearness. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Charles Kingsley Often they have deeper merits, and descend to those fundamental laws of beauty and of religion by which all Christian art must ultimately be tested. The Poetry of Sacred and Legendary Art by Charles Kingsley

Robert Green Ingersoll There is no religion but goodness, but justice, but charity. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

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

The excellent man’s religion was, we know, a little Jewish, and rested upon temporal rewards and comforts. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Guy de Maupassan Everyone took it for granted that she was religious and confessed and communicated at proper intervals, and no one ever tried to find out what her views on religion really were. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Robert Green Ingersoll But nearly every religion has accounted for all the devilment in this world by the crime of woman. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

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 True religion is the perfume of a free and grateful heart. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Andrew Lang Anthropological study of religion has hitherto almost entirely overlooked the mysteries of various races, except in so far as they confirm the entry of the young people into the ranks of the adult. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Charles Kingsley At all events, Byron never set to work to consecrate his own sin into a religion and proclaim the worship of uncleanness as the last and highest ethical development of “pure” humanity. Thoughts on Shelley and Byron by Charles Kingsley

While the ancient religion lasted, their office combined in itself the highest civil and sacerdotal functions. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

G. K. Chesterton He was the victim of that decay of our agricultural culture, which gave men bad religion and no philosophy. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

G. K. Chesterton All his views on religion (reverently quoted in the Review of Reviews) were simply the stalest ideas of his time. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Thomas Paine It will perhaps be said, that if such a revolution in the system of religion takes place, every preacher ought to be a philosopher. The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine

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

Andrew Lang But his peculiar wistful scepticism in religion had then no influence on such of us as were still happily in the ages of faith. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

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]

Anthony Trollope We cannot rest on religion merely by saying that we will do so. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether the subject of Freethinking in religion be not exhausted? And whether it be not high time for our freethinkers to turn their thoughts to the improvement of their country? 280. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Andrew Lang An old, nay, an obsolete theory — that of degeneration in religion — has facts at its basis, which its very supporters have ignored, which orthodoxy has overlooked. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Arthur Machen One must not degenerate into ecclesiastical controversy; I merely want to say that I never dreamed of looking for religion in our Chapel services. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Robert Louis Stevenson I would be unworthy of my religion if I let this pass without particular remark. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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

Sir Richard Burton But Destiny willed that my cunning prevail over his cunning, and I burned him to death after I vainly exhorted him to embrace the religion of Al-Islam. As for me, I am a dead woman. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

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

John Locke If the boundaries be not set between faith and reason, no enthusiasm or extravagancy in religion can be contradicted. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

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 Gissing And Veranilda passed into the care of the daughter of Maximus. ‘For I too was a captive,’ said Aurelia, ‘and of the same religion as the orphan child. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Francis Bacon Both of these losses however can even in this life be in some part repaired; the former by religion and faith, the latter by arts and sciences. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Virginia Woolf But now mystery had brushed them with her wing; they had heard the voice of authority; the spirit of religion was abroad with her eyes bandaged tight and her lips gaping wide. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

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]

The supernatural as especially related to religion offers an interesting field for research. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

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]

Karl Philipp Moritz When we had breakfasted, and were again seated in the coach, all the farmers, the lean one excepted, seemed quite alive again, and now began a conversation on religion and on politics. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

These countries, on the contrary, have no literature, and therefore have neither history nor religion to excite discontent should any foreigners intrench on their lands. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman But Ellador, for all her wide intellectual grasp, and the broad sympathy in which their religion trained them, could not make allowance for such — to her — sacrilegious brutality. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Of course in common men’s religion the relation is believed to be social, but that is only one of the many differences between religion and theology. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

However, they were incorruptible, which made him one day declare that this religion was the only one he had ever met with that had resisted the charms of gold. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Nothing came amiss to him in talk — birds, beasts, flowers, books, politics, religion — everything in the world except himself. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Tobias Smolle I know not whether I may be allowed to compare the Romish religion to comedy, and Calvinism to tragedy. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

From the festivals of the Pagan religion his exclusion was even more absolute; against them he was a sworn militant protester from the hour of his baptism. The Pagan Oracles by Thomas De Quincey

The image of my father, my revered, kind, learned, simple-hearted father, is a religion to me. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

Andrew Lang The worse side of religion is the less sacred, and therefore the more conspicuous. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

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]

Anatole France Car c’est la même chose, n’est-ce pas, la religion et la patrie? Il y a un élan admirable des âmes. Monsieur Bergeret à Paris by Anatole France

Robert Green Ingersoll We are making these religions every day, and just to the extent that we become civilized ourselves will we improve the religion of our fathers. On Hell by Robert Green Ingersoll

G. K. Chesterton Both romance and religion see everything as it were foreshortened; they see everything in an abrupt and fantastic perspective, coming to an apex. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

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]

Of enthusiasm in religion Scott always spoke very severely; both in his novels and in his letters and private diary. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Henry Handel Richardson Had she denied religion altogether, the look Mrs. Gurley bent on her could not have been more annihilating. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

I think sometimes they use it to work up with, and there are some who use religion in the same way; I think it’s horrid; but it’s perfectly safe; you can’t accuse them of doing it. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

William Makepeace Thackeray Regard for the lad’s religion made me not hesitate then how I should act towards him. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

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

Anthony Trollope It had become a religion to him that she should be his one. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Our religion disapproves of compulsion in all such affairs. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Anne Bronte To my thinking, a woman’s religion ought not to lessen her devotion to her earthly lord. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

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

Arthur Conan Doyle And there is a hideous mockery of religion running through it all which gives it a grotesque horror of its own. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

James Anthony Froude But it is dangerous to introduce into religion metaphysical conceptions of ‘law. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

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]

The trouble is that some architectural scoundrel of a priest is likely to build a religion upon it; and what the world needs is theory-good, solid, nourishing theory. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Edith Wharton The result had been beyond their hopes, and their religion was tinged by their success. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Theodore Dreiser On Sunday, when he went to church with his wife, he felt that religion was essential and purifying. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

George Borrow What are the points of my religion which do not meet your approbation? You are of course well acquainted with all our dogmas and ceremonies. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Charles Dickens The one object of his short reign was to re-establish the Catholic religion in England; and this he doggedly pursued with such a stupid obstinacy, that his career very soon came to a close. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

George Gissing After describing his plan: ‘And that matter of religion is one I wish to speak of most earnestly. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

D. H. Lawrence What she liked most of all was an argument on religion or philosophy or politics with some educated man. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang The evidence as to Australian religion is abundant, and is being added to yearly. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Yes, that is the highest religion I have ever met with since the childlike faith of my mother. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

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

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

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]

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]

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

And when man came he desired immortality, and deceived himself with begetting children and with religion and with art. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Anthony Trollope It was perhaps the violence of his wife’s religion rather than the weight of his daughter’s sufferings which cowed him. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Verily, (the true) religion in God’s sight is Islâm, and those to whom the Book was given disagreed not until after that there was given to them knowledge, through mutual envy. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Henry James What had she meant by her feeling being a kind of religion? It was the religion simply of the family laws, the religion of which her implacable little mother was the high priestess. The American by Henry James [1877]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Her education, her very religion itself had taught that it was the sign of his nobility and martial high breeding. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The great cities were divided into districts, placed under the charge of a sort of parochial clergy, who regulated every act of religion within their precincts. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Walter Scott My father is in danger — my mother in sorrow — the voices of religion and nature call me to their side. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

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]

They did not desire to meddle with the politics or religion of any man or set of men, although they could not help denying the supremacy of the pope, and looking upon him as a tyrant. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Thomas Hobbes Hitherto therefore the right of regulating both the policy and the religion were inseparable. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

A greenwood shade, for long religion known, Stands by the streams that wash the Tuscan town, Incompass’d round with gloomy hills above, Which add a holy horror to the grove. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

She had a very practical mind and no sense of religion at all. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

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]

Indeed, the husband may not have any religion to teach her, though in such a situation she will be in great want of a support to her virtue, independent of worldly considerations. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

But to do you service I will come out of my religion at any time. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Andrew Lang The position of De Brosses is this: Old mythology and religion are a tissue of many threads. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Willa Cather Music has always been like a religion in this house. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

George Gissing They surrender the very points at issue between religion and worldliness. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

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

James Anthony Froude He says, ‘I fell in with the religion of the times to go to church twice a day, very devoutly to say and sing as the others did, yet retaining my wicked life. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

D. H. Lawrence In politics he was something of a Socialist, in religion a free-thinker. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Green Ingersoll What would the world have been had infidels never existed? What the infidel is in religion the inventor is in mechanics. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

It was not long before Atahuallpa discovered, amidst all the show of religious zeal in his Conquerors, a lurking appetite more potent in most of their bosoms than either religion or ambition. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Anthony Trollope As to religion ——’ ‘If I were you, I would leave that alone,’ said the lawyer. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

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]

With the Moors, the festivals of religion are bonâ fide festivals. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Indeed, the character of religion was impressed on all the Peruvian wars. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Andrew Lang But neither private sorrow nor public grief could abate thy natural kindliness, nor shake a religion which was not untried, but had, indeed, passed through the furnace like fine gold. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

James Anthony Froude Religion hath no place in his heart, or home, or conversation; all that he hath lieth in his tongue, and his religion is to make a noise therewith. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

The only religion they felt was the religion of fear. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Sir Thomas Browne Of those four members of religion we hold a slender proportion. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

Mark Twain Thick-headed commentators upon the Bible, and stupid preachers and teachers, work more damage to religion than sensible, cool-brained clergymen can fight away again, toil as they may. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Jules Verne Cet enfant était un de ces jeunes indigènes baptisés par les missionnaires anglais, et élevés par eux dans les pratiques austères de la religion méthodiste. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Isabella Bird I think that his ruling religion is loyalty to Isfandyar Khan, and consequent hatred of the Ilkhani and all his other enemies. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

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

Anthony Trollope Her love had become her religion to Nina. It took the place of all things both in heaven and earth. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

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

Olaf Stapledon I must begin by explaining that in the development of religion on the Other Earth gustatory sensation had played a very great part. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Robert Louis Stevenson I thought with a smile of Bavile and his dragoons, and how you may ride rough-shod over a religion for a century, and leave it only the more lively for the friction. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

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]