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Quotations: Superstition

There is superstition in avoiding superstitions
Francis Bacon

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.
Sarah Bernhardt

Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
Edmund Burke

We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition.
Cicero

Superstition is an unreasoning fear of God.
Marcus Tulius Cicero

When superstition is allowed to perform the task of old age in dulling the human temperament, we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry, in painting, and in music.
Denis Diderot

Superstitions are habits rather than beliefs.
Marlene Dietrich

Superstitions are, for the most part, but the shadows of great truths
Tryon Edwards

We boast our emancipation from many superstitions; but if we have broken any idols, it is through a transfer of idolatry
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Superstition is the poetry of life.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, accomplished.
Ulysses S. Grant

Count Hermann Keyserling once said truly that the greatest American superstition was belief in facts.
John Gunther

Mankind are an incorrigible race. Give them but bugbears and idols -- it is all that they ask; the distinctions of right and wrong, of truth and falsehood, of good and evil, are worse than indifferent to them.
William Hazlitt

Faith must have adequate evidence, else it is mere superstition.
Alexander Hodge

It is not enough for us to prostrate ourselves under the tree which is Creation, and to contemplate its tremendous branches filled with stars. We have a duty to perform, to work upon the human soul, to defend the mystery against the miracle, to worship the incomprehensible while rejecting the absurd; to accept, in the inexplicable, only what is necessary; to dispel the superstitions that surround religion --to rid God of His Maggots.
Victor Hugo

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.
Victor Hugo

It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions
Thomas Henry Huxley

A superstition is a premature explanation that overstays its time.
George Iles

I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.
Thomas Jefferson

Superstition is the only religion of which base souls are capable of.
Joseph Joubert

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Helen Keller

All people have their blind side - their superstitions; and I have heard her declare, under the rose, that hearts were her favourite suit.
Charles Lamb

The worst superstition is to consider our own tolerable.
Doris Lessing

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
Henry Louis Mencken

The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who Is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost invariably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And if he is not romantic personally, he is apt to spread discontent among those who are.
Henry Louis Mencken

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.
Earl Nightingale

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Bertrand Russell

I have only one superstition. I touch all the bases when I hit a home run.
Babe Ruth

Men become superstitious, not because they have too much imagination, but because they are not aware that they have any.
George Santayana

The doctor learns that if he gets ahead of the superstitions of his patients he is a ruined man; and the result is that he instinctively takes care not to get ahead of them.
George Bernard Shaw

The religious superstitions of women perpetuate their bondage more than all other adverse influences
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

No one is so thoroughly superstitious as the godless man.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

Men are probably nearer the central truth in their superstitions than in their science
Henry David Thoreau

The teaching of the church, theoretically astute, is a lie in practice and a compound of vulgar superstitions and sorcery
Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either
Mark Twain

It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.
Voltaire

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