I didn't know how to define it -- hermetic skepticism? liturgical cynicism? -- this higher disbelief that led him to acknowledge the dignity of all the superstitions he scorned.
Superstition, like true love, needs time to grow and reflect upon itself.
No, the menace of the supernatural is that it attacks where modern minds are weakest, where we have abandoned our protective armor of superstition and have no substitute defense.
I do not ever remember to have trembled at a tale of superstition or to have feared the apparition of a spirit. Darkness had no effect upon my fancy, and a churchyard was to me merely the receptacle of bodies deprived of life, which, from being the seat of beauty and strength, had become food for the worm.
We can handle all European themes, handle them without superstition, with an irreverence which can have, and already does have, fortunate consequences.
They always have a great field in Phoenix. That's what makes it one of the best tournaments on the tour. I have some wonderful memories from playing in Phoenix, and certainly winning the last two at Superstition Mountain are included, so I'm looking forward to coming back.
To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.
Speculation is perfectly all right, but if you stay there you've only founded a superstition. If you test it, you've started a science.
Patriotism ... is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a network of lies and falsehoods a superstition that robs man of his self-respect and dignity, and increases his arrogance and conceit.
The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence.
Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
It is science alone that can solve the problems of hunger and poverty, of insanitation and illiteracy, of superstition and deadening of custom and tradition, of vast resources running to waste, or a rich country inhabited by starving poor... Who indeed could afford to ignore science today At every turn we have to seek its aid... The future belongs to science and those who make friends with science.
In every age its (liberty's) progress has been beset by its natural enemies, by ignorance and superstition, by lust of conquest and by love of ease, by the strong man's craving for power, and the poor man's craving for food
Poetry is the mother of superstition.
For a person to build a rich and rewarding life for himself, there are certain qualities and bits of knowledge that he needs to acquire. There are also things, harmful attitudes, superstitions, and emotions that he needs to chip away. A person needs to chip away everything that doesn't look like the person he or she most wants to become.
It's more superstition. It could all be cut off tomorrow.
It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.
Audible prayer can never do the works of spiritual understanding, which regenerates but silent prayer, watchfulness, and devout obedience enable us to follow Jesus example. Long prayers, superstition, and creeds clip the strong pinions of Love, and
'Tis a superstition to insist on a special diet. All is made at last of the same chemical atoms.
Out of abysses of Illiteracy, Through labyrinths of Lies, Across wastelands of Disease . . . We advance Out of dead-ends of Poverty, Through wilderness of Superstition, Across barricades of Jim Crowism . . . We advance.
The goal of every culture is to decay through over-civilization the factors of decadence, -- luxury, skepticism, weariness and superstition, -- are constant. The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.
When the human race has once acquired a superstition nothing short of death is ever likely to remove it
Young men of this class never do anything for themselves that they can get other people to do for them, and it is the infatuation, the devotion, the superstition of others that keeps them going. These others in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred are women.
The religious superstition is encouraged by means of the institution of churches, processions, monuments, festivities....The so-called clergy stupefy the masses....They befog the people and keep them in an eternal condition of stupefaction
He puts gum in his hat I always keep gum in my back pocket, ... If we make the third out when I am on base, I take three pieces out of my pocket and put them in my helmet. Then I put my batting gloves on top of them and hand the coach my helmet. Superstition is not a dirty word in baseball. Not for me.
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.
People are realizing the ways things are going with growth in Arizona aren't always all that desirable. Superstition Vistas could change it for many areas. If the State Land Department gets the reform it needs to make more highly planned development happen, it could happen statewide.
The fundamentalist mind, running in a single rut for fifty years, is now quite unable to comprehend dissent from its basic superstitions, or to grant any common honesty, or even any decency, to those who reject them
The opinion prevailed among advanced minds that it was time that belief should be replaced increasingly by knowledge belief that did not itself rest on knowledge was superstition, and as such had to be opposed.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
A superstition is a premature explanation that overstays its time.
In fact men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth - often more so, since a superstition is so intangible you cannot get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable.
For a Christian Aborigine, land rights or the proposed Heritage Protection Act is a symbolic step back to the world of paganism, superstition, fear and darkness.
Conscience without judgment is superstition.
Superstition is...religion which has grown incongruous with intelligence.
I never think about the actual process of writing. I suppose I have a superstition about examining it too closely.
Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either.
The major obstacle to a religious renewal is the intellectual classes, who are highly influential and tend to view religion as primitive superstition. They believe that science has left atheism as the only respectable intellectual stance.
I have a superstition about saying too much about what I want to happen, just in case it all disappears, or someone else comes along and beats me to it.
Superstition Vistas sits out there vacant, not because there aren't buyers for it, but because we can't plan it. We don't have the money. Our inability to plan the land has caused development to leap over it. That's not supposed to happen.
'Management' means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folkways and superstition, and of cooperation for force. It means the substitution of responsibility for obedience to rank, and of authority of performance for the authority of rank.
Science keeps down the weed of superstition not by logic, but by rendering the mental soil unfit for its cultivation
Superstitions and belief in magic are perennial in just the same way as religion, and something near to being universal among mankind; and why this is so may be interesting, but in most cases the beliefs themselves are devoid of interesting content, at least to me.
History warns us that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.
Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
It is safe to say that no other superstition is so detrimental to growth, so enervating and paralyzing to the minds and hearts of the people, as the superstition of Morality.
Religion without morality is a superstition and a curse, and morality without religion is impossible.
Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, accomplished.
The church is challenging such negative cultural elements as superstition, rugged individualism, materialism, hedonism, permissiveness and utilitarianism.
Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.