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  • Methinks we have hugely mistaken this matter of Life and Death. Methinks that what they call my shadow here on earth is my true substance. Methinks that in looking at things spiritual, we are too much like oysters observing the sun through the water, and thinking that thick water the thinnest of air. Me thinks my body is but the lees of my better being. In fact take my body who will, take it I say, it is not me.
    (Herman Melville, "Moby-Dick")
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  • A wise man once told me- he's a muslim by the way- that he has more in common with a jew than he does a fanatic of his own religion. He has more in common with a rational, reasonable-minded Christian or a Buddhist or Hindu than he does with a fanatic of his own religion. In fact, he has more in common with a ration, reasonable-minded atheist than he does with a fanatic of his own religion
    (Gregory David Roberts, "Shantaram")
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  • Religion! Is what you hear at church religion? Is that which can bend and turn, and descend and ascend, to fit every crooked phase of selfish, worldly society, religion? Is that religion which is less scrupulous, less generous, less just, less considerate for man, than even my own ungodly, worldly, blinded nature? No! When I look for religion, I must look for something above me, and not something beneath.
    (Harriet Beecher Stowe, "Uncle Tom's Cabin")
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  • In philosophy, or religion, or ethics, or politics, two and two might make five, but when one was designing a gun or an aeroplane they had to make four.
    (George Orwell, "1984")
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  • Clearly I miss Him, having been brought up in religion. But now a man must be responsible to himself.
    (Ernest Hemingway, "For Whom the Bell Tolls")
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  • There is no language so filthy as Spanish. There are words for all the vile words in English and there are other words and expressions that are used only in countries where blasphemy keeps pace with the austerity of religion.
    (Ernest Hemingway, "For Whom the Bell Tolls")
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  • Scientists seek the lawfulness of events. It is the task of Religion to fit man into this lawfulness.
    (Frank Herbert, "Dune")
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  • Traditionally, I have responded to the transcendent mystics of all religions. I have always responded with breathless excitement to anyone who has ever said that God does not live in a dogmatic scripture or in a distant throne in the sky, but instead abides very close to us indeed- much closer than we can imagine, breathing right through our own hearts.
    (Elizabeth Gilbert, "Eat, Pray, Love")
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  • It ain't that you get religion. Religion gets you and then milks you dry. Won't let you drink a little whiskey. Won't let you make no fat-assed girls grin and giggle. Won't let you do a damn thing except work for what you'll get in the hearafter. I live in the here and now.
    (Dorothy Allison, "Bastard Out of Carolina")
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  • We reach in desperation beyond the fog, beyond the very stars, the voids of the universe are ransacked to justify the monster, and stamped with a human face. London is religions opportunity--not the decorous religion of theologians, but an anthropomorphic, crude. Yes, the continuous flow would be tolerable if a man of our own sort--not anyone pompous or tearful--were caring for us up in the sky.
    (E.M. Forster, "Howards End")
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  • It is obvious that the war which Hitler and his accomplices waged was a war not only against Jewish men, women, and children, but also against Jewish religion, Jewish culture, Jewish tradition, therefore Jewish memory.
    (Elie Wiesel, "Night")
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  • Or maybe they were just doing it for fun. A lark. Their religion is tolerant of extreme forms of recreation. Boys will be boys, after all, and sociopathic boys will be sociopathic.
    (Dean Koontz, "Odd Thomas")
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  • Religion is flawed, but only because man is flawed.
    (Dan Brown, "Angels and Demons")
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  • Religion is like language or dress. We gravitate toward the practices with which we were raised. In the end, though, we are all proclaiming the same thing. That life has meaning. That we are grateful for the power that created us.
    (Dan Brown, "Angels and Demons")
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  • Science and religion are not at odds. Science is simply too young to understand.
    (Dan Brown, "Angels and Demons")
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