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|What They Opined|
|Philip Adams||Marx was wrong. Religion is not the opiate of the people. Opium suggests something soporific, numbing, dulling. Too often religion has been an aphrodisiac for horror, a Benzedrine for bestiality. At best it has lifted spirits and raised spires. At worst it has turned entire civilizations into cemeteries/|
|Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)||RELIGION -- A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.|
|The Dalai Lama||This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own heart, your own mind, is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.|
|Thomas Alva Edison||So far as religion is concerned, It's a damned fake. Religion is all bunk.|
|Ralph Waldo Emerson||The religion of one age is the entertainment of the next.|
|Dr Albert Ellis||Religion is a neurosis.|
|Feuerbach (1841)||In religion, man denies his reason.|
|Christopher Hitchens||Since it's obviously inconceivable that all religions can be right, the most reasonable conclusion is that they are all wrong.|
|Thomas Jefferson||Religions are all alike -- founded on fables and myths.|
|Lucretius (99-55 BC, Rome)|| Religion has persuaded
man to many evils.
All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher.
|H L Mencken||Clergymen are the ticket scalpers outside the gates of heaven. Religion has been a curse to mankind. The motive of fear is the be-all and end-all of all religions.|
|John Stuart Mill||The time appears to me to have come when it is the duty of all to make their dissent from religion known.|
|J Morley||All religions die of one disease -- that of being found out.|
|Napoleon|| Religion is an excellent
stuff for keeping common people quiet.
Religion is what keeps poor people from murdering the rich.
|Friedrich Nietzsche||Art raises its head where religions decline.|
|E Scrooge (1955)||The Judeo-Christian religion answers many unasked questions. And, rather poorly at that.|
|E Scrooge (1962)||Religion cancels out from both sides of the equation of life.|
|E Scrooge (1987||Religion: Of the religionist, by the religionist, for the religionist.|
|Seneca The Younger (Rome)||Religion is regarded by common people as true, by wise men as false, and by the rulers as useful.|
|Voltaire||The first clergyman was the first sly rouge who first encountered the first fool.|
|George Washington||The United State is in no sense founded on the Christian religion.|
|?||Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish.|