Quotation Explorer - 'Superstition'

A superstition is a premature explanation that overstays its time. - George Iles
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
Our thoughts of literary renaissance should always center themselves on the removal of superstition, meanness, indignity and ignorance. - Periyar E.V. Ramasamy
When we see things through our fixed, false beliefs, science becomes superstition. - Debasish Mridha
Atheism deprives superstition of its stand ground, and compels Theism to reason for its existence. - George Holyoake
For wicked people to do evil requires money, and good people superstition. Combining these elements gives us organized religion, but to achieve the worst of all evil conflate politics to the compound and the tragedies are endless. - Sean Kamali
Count Hermann Keyserling once said truly that the greatest American superstition was belief in facts. - John Gunther
"Management" means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folklore and superstition, and of cooperation for force. . . - Peter Drucker
Oh, they knew it was something, but it couldn't be that -- not that. That was imagination, that was superstition, there was no such thing as that. And before science had caught up with the legend, the legend had swallowed science and everything. - Richard Matheson
A faith pure and simple distinguishes itself from superstition as a flame from the smoke and music from noise. - José Rizal
A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition. -, author (1895-1983) - Jose Bergamin
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. - Helen Keller
We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition. - Cicero
Religions are born and may die, but superstition in immortal.
Deep scientific psychoanalysis reveals that excessive beliefs and dependence on religion is a superstition and fear induced psychiatric disease. - Debasish Mridha
Criticism alone can sever the root of materialism, fatalism, atheism, free-thinking, fanaticism, and superstition, which can be injurious universally; as well as of idealism and skepticism, which are dangerous chiefly to the Schools, and hardly allow of being handed on to the public. - Immanuel Kant
When the mind has once begun to yield to the weakness of superstition, trifles impress it with the force of conviction. - Ann Radcliffe
Mathematical Knowledge adds a manly Vigour to the Mind, frees it from Prejudice, Credulity, and Superstition. - John Arbuthnot
The problem is that one man's superstition is another man's religion, and vice versa. Many Protestants today still see Catholicism as being rife with superstition, ... while atheists and agnostics would see bien-pensant Protestants as worshiping an equally absurd form of the supernatural. - David Gibson
Fear has been the original parent of superstition, every new calamity urges trembling mortals to deprecate the wrath of invisible enemies - Edward Gibbon
The greatest impact of the Darwinian revolution...was that it completed the liberation from superstition and fear that began in the physical sciences a few centuries before. Man, too, is a natural phenomenon. [in "The evolutionary concept of man", 1972, p. 35.] - George Gaylord Simpson
To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosohpy. - William Ralph Inge
Faith must have adequate evidence, else it is mere superstition. - Alexander Hodge
... Science... denude(s) all religious beliefs... denigrating them as irrational forms of superstition or myth regardless of their intrinsic rationality or value. - Nicolas Gane
Chastity is a monkish and evangelical superstition, a greater foe to natural temperance even than unintellectual sensuality; it strikes at the root of all domestic happiness, and consigns more than half of the human race to misery.
Thou ought to be nice, even to superstition, in keeping thy promises, and therefore equally cautious in making them. - Thomas Fuller
MAGIC, n. An art of converting superstition into coin. There are other arts serving the same high purpose, but the discreet lexicographer does not name them. - Ambrose Bierce
A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.
I have only one superstition. I touch all the bases when I hit a home run. - Babe Ruth
A new type of superstition has got hold of people's minds, the worship of the state. People demand the exercise of the methods of coercion and compulsion, of violence and threat. Woe to anybody who does not bend his knee to the fashionable idols! - Ludwig von Mises
[ memorial at Paine Hall][He turned] the strait-laced Boston of sixty years ago [into] the enlightened Hub of today, . . . to 'destroy bigotry and uproot the evils of superstition. - Josiah P. Mendum
Superstition is the belief in the causal nexus. - Ludwig Wittgenstein
For wicked people to do evil requires money, and good people superstition. Combining these elements and we get organized religion, but to achieve the worst of all evil conflate politics to the compound and the tragedies are endless. - Sean S. Kamali
The need of exercise is a modern superstition, invented by people who ate too much and had nothing to think about. - George Santayana
At nineteen, one lives in the utter idolatry, therefore the extreme superstition, of sex. Monstrously exaggerated tales about sexual feats, which we listen to greedily, determine our expectations. The disappointments are correspondingly great. - Gregor von Rezzori
The commendable efforts of preachers to Europe is that Superstition regarding work and wealth was broken. Everybody now knows that wealth comes only from hard work, not from some superstitious beliefs. - Sunday Adelaja
The mountain of superstition has to be leveled for our people to taste a fresh breath of life in Christ Jesus. - Sunday Adelaja
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. - Isaac Asimov
Life...as God intended it enables us to live above the drag of fear, superstition, shame, pessimism, guilt, anxiety, worry, and all the negativity that keeps people from seizing each day as a gift from Him. - Charles R. Swindoll
It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge. - Voltaire
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