Quotes: superstition

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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
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    'Tis a superstition to insist on a special diet. All is made at last of the same chemical atoms.
  • Bertrand Russell
    Bertrand Russell
    English philosopher and mathematician 1872-1970
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    Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
  • Barbara Walters
    Barbara Walters
    American journalist and author 1929-
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    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.
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    Percy Bysshe Shelley
    English poet 1792-1822
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    Chastity is a monkish and evangelical superstition, a greater foe to natural temperance even than unintellectual sensuality.
  • Benjamin Haydon
    Benjamin Haydon
    British artist 1786-1846
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    Danger is the very basis of superstition. It produces a searching after help supernaturally when human means are no longer supposed to be available.
  • Bernard Beckett
    Bernard Beckett
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    Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile. It can be blackened by fear and superstition.
  • Anne Tyler
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    I never think about the actual process of writing. I suppose I have a superstition about examining it too closely.
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    French writer and philosopher (ps. of Fran├žois Marie Arouet) 1694-1778
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    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.
  • Emma Goldman
    Emma Goldman
    American anarchist 1869-1940
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    It is safe to say that no other superstition is so detrimental to growth, so enervating and paralyzing to the minds and hearts of the people, as the superstition of Morality.
  • Adam Weishaupt
    Adam Weishaupt
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    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.
  • Aldous Huxley
    Aldous Huxley
    English writer 1894-1963
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    Most kings and priests have been despotic, and all religions have been riddled with superstition.
    Source: Brave New World Revisited (1958) Ch. 6
  • Duffy Daugherty
    Duffy Daugherty
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    My only feeling about superstition is that it's unlucky to be behind at the end of the game.
  • Carl Jung
    Carl Jung
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    Primitive superstition lies just below the surface of even the most tough-minded individuals, and it is precisely those who most fight against it who are the first to succumb to its suggestive effects.
    Source: Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle (1960)
  • Iain Banks
    Iain Banks
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    Reason shapes the future, but superstition infects the present.
    Source: The State of the Art (1991) 75
  • Adam Smith
    Adam Smith
    Scottish Economist 1723-1790
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    Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
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