We would be a lot safer if the Government would take its money out of science and put it into astrology and the reading of palms. Only in superstition is there hope. If you want to become a friend of civilization, then become an enemy of the truth and a fanatic for harmless balderdash.
The superstition of science scoffs at the superstition of faith.
Superstition is foolish, childish, primitive and irrational - but how much does it cost you to knock on wood?
The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss and commit to memory the one, and pass over the other.
If you do not accuse each other, God will not accuse you. If you have no accuser you will enter heaven. What many people call sin is not sin; I do many things to break down superstition, and I will break it down.
Superstition is poetry of life, so that it does not injure the poet to be superstitious
There is a superstition in avoiding superstition.
A lot of voters always cast their ballot for the candidate who seems to them to be one of the people. That means he must have the same superstitions, the same unbalanced prejudices, and the same lack of understanding of public finances that are characteristic of the majority. A better choice would be a candidate who has a closer understanding and a better education than the majority. Too much voting is based on affability rather than on ability.
Superstition, bigotry and prejudice, ghosts though they are, cling tenaciously to life they are shades armed with tooth and claw. They must be grappled with unceasingly, for it is a fateful part of human destiny that it is condemned to wage perpetual war against ghosts. A shade is not easily taken by the throat and destroyed.
I have, thanks to my travels, added to my stock all the superstitions of other countries. I know them all now, and in any critical moment of my life, they all rise up in armed legions for or against me.
A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
The worst superstition is to consider our own tolerable.
We discover (in the gospels) a groundwork of vulgar ignorance, of things impossible, of superstition, fanaticism and fabrication
Superstition is the poison of the mind.
The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.
This is the great object held out by this association; and the means of attaining it is illumination, enlightening the understanding by the sun of reason which will dispell the clouds of superstition and of prejudice.
The devil divides the world between atheism and superstition.
The tomb-sweepers' feelings are understandable. But burning these messy things -- not only is it mired in feudal superstition, but it just appears low and vulgar.
We need to stop penalizing boys for late homework. This is a superstition and there's no evidence that this does any good. It just keeps them out of college.
The thing with Catholicism, the same as all religions, is that it teaches what should be, which seems rather incorrect. This is ''what should be.'' Now, if you're taught to live up to a ''what should be'' that never existed -- only an occult superstition, no proof of this ''should be'' -- then you can sit on a jury and indict easily, you can cast the first stone, you can burn Adolf Eichmann, like that
Superstition, idolatry, and hypocrisy have ample wages, but truth goes a-begging.
I have only one superstition... Touch all the bases when I hit a home run.
The superstition was that disability of any sort was the mark of the devil. The phrases are in languages throughout Europe the devil's hoof, the devil's horn mark. It reaches back to early Christianity and the middle ages. Where a child was born out of wedlock, the church cooked up the impression that you'd done something sinful, and something dreadful would result. You will still find, particularly in Greece, people doing a little sign when they see a very badly disabled child it needs warding off.
In the absence of evidence, superstition. It's a Middle Ages thing. That's my theory anyway.
Superstitions are habits rather than beliefs.
The memory of my own suffering has prevented me from ever shadowing one young soul with the superstition of the Christian religion.
A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition.
Such is the way of all superstition, whether in astrology, dreams, omens, divine judgments, or the like wherein men, having a delight in such vanities, mark the events where they are fulfilled, but where they fail, though this happen much oftener, n.
Ah, yes, superstition: it would appear to be cowardice in face of the supernatural.
Basically I say a few prayers before a game and let that direct me, not superstitions.