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Superstition Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Superstition

Please enjoy these Superstition Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

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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.
- Helen Keller

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
- Adam Smith

They that are against superstition oftentimes run into it of the wrong side.
If I wear all colors but black, then I am superstitious in not wearing black.
- John Selden

 

In the absence of evidence, superstition.
It's a Middle Ages thing.
That's my theory anyway.
- Tucker Carlson

To become a popular religion, it is only necessary
for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.
- William Ralph Inge

This is indeed a clash of civilisations,
not between Islam and Christendom but between reason and superstition.
- Polly Toynbee

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A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly,
science into superstition, and art into pedantry.
Hence University education.
- George Bernard Shaw

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy
the mad daughter of a wise mother.
These daughters have too long dominated the earth.
- Voltaire

I had only one superstition.
I made sure to touch all the bases when I hit a home run.
- Babe Ruth

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.
- Hal Clement

Ah, yes, superstition: it would appear to be cowardice
in face of the supernatural.
- Theophrastus

Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
- Edmund Burke

Science can purify religion from error and superstition.
Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.
- Pope John Paul II

I'm a third done into a new book but sorry -
I have a superstition about talking about it!
- Joanna Trollope

The devil divides the world between atheism and superstition.
- George Herbert

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.
- Gil Gerard

Superstition is only the fear of belief,
while religion is the confidence.
- Countess of Blessington

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

The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits,
but not when it misses.
- Francis Bacon

A superstition which pretends to be scientific creates
a much greater confusion of thought than one which
contents itself with simple popular practices.
- Johan Huizinga

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

I have only one superstition...
Touch all the bases when I hit a home run.
- George Herman

The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home,
and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence.
- Elbert Hubbard

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

Thou ought to be nice, even to superstition,
in keeping thy promises, and therefore equally cautious in making them.
- Thomas Fuller

My only feeling about superstition is that it's unlucky
to be behind at the end of the game.
- Duffy Daugherty

You'll find superstition a contagious thing.
Some people let it get the better of them.
- Curt Siodmak

A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief;
it is a superstition.
- Jose Bergamin

Superstition is the poison of the mind.
- Joseph Lewis

The memory of my own suffering has prevented me from
ever shadowing one young soul with the superstition
of the Christian religion.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Religion without morality is a superstition and a curse,
and morality without religion is impossible.
- Mark Hopkins

Superstition is foolish, childish, primitive and irrational -
but how much does it cost you to knock on wood?
- Judith Viorst

Man's mind is like a store of idolatry and superstition;
so much so that if a man believes his own mind it is
certain that he will forsake God and forge some idol in his own brain.
- John Calvin

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

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

The left sees nothing but bigotry and superstition
in the popular defense of the family or in popular
attitudes regarding abortion,
crime, busing, and the school curriculum.
- Christopher Lasch

Conscience without judgment is superstition.
- Benjamin Whichcote

Superstition? Who can define the boundary line between
the superstition of yesterday and the scientific fact of tomorrow?
- Garrett Fort

Ignorance and superstition ever bear a close and mathematical relation to each other.
- James F. Cooper

I never think about the actual process of writing.
I suppose I have a superstition about examining it too closely.
- Anne Tyler

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.
- Robert Bork

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.
- Adam Weishaupt

Although I myself don't go to church or synagogue,
I do, whether it's superstition or whatever,
pray every time I get on a plane.
I just automatically do it.
I say the same thing every time.
- Barbara Walters

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.
- Hypatia

Let this circumstance of our constitution therefore
be directed to this noble purpose,
and then all the objections urged against it by jealous
tyranny and affrighted superstition will vanish.
- Adam Weishaupt

There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man.
It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity.
It is the middle ground between light and shadow,
between science and superstition.
- Rod Serling

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.
- Joseph Smith, Jr.

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.
- Henry James

The nations were awakened from the sleep of death,
as the words of eternal life flowed from the Apostles' lips,
- the temples of superstition were shut or destroyed,
and churches were planted in every part of the civilized world.
- John Strachan

We're not as materialistic and income-tax conscious as we think.
At the moment our superstitions are tucked away,
but come out sometimes in strange ways sex crimes,
black masses.
- Terence Fisher

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

Superstitions are habits rather than beliefs.
- Marlene Dietrich

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

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

History warns us that it is the customary fate of new
truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.
- Thomas Huxley

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

Basically I say a few prayers before a game and let that direct me,
not superstitions.
- Brian McBride

Every rustic who delivers in the village alehouse his slow,
infrequent sentences, may help to kill or keep alive
the fatal superstitions which clog his race.
- William Kingdon Clifford

In better times the religion of the tribe or state
has nothing in common with the private and foreign
superstitions or magical rites that savage terror may
dictate to the individual.
- William Robertson Smith

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.
- Bryan Magee

The most dangerous man to any government is the man
who is able to think things out...
without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos.
Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the
government he lives under is dishonest,
insane, intolerable.
- H. L. Mencken

Therefore let men withdraw themselves from errors;
and laying aside corrupt superstitions,
let them acknowledge their Father and Lord,
whose excellence cannot be estimated,
nor His greatness perceived, nor His beginning comprehended.
- Lactantius

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

Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths,
and miracles as poetic fantasies.
To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing.
The child mind accepts and believes them,
and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can
he be in after years relieved of them.
- Hypatia

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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