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Synods are mystical Bear-gardens,

Where Elders, Deputies, Church-wardens,
And other Members of the Court,
Manage the Babylonish sport.

BUTLER-Hudibras. Pt. I. Canto III. L. 1,095.

So 'ere the storm of war broke out,
Religion spawn'd a various rout
Of petulant capricious sects,
The maggots of corrupted texts,
That first run all religion down,
And after every swarm its own.

BUTLER Hudibras. Pt. III. Canto II. L. 7.

There's naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.

BYRON-Don Juan. Canto II. St. 34.

His religion at best is an anxious wish,-like that of Rabelais, a great Perhaps.

CARLYLE Essays. Burns.

(See also RABELAIS under DEATH)

On the whole we must repeat the often repeated saying, that it is unworthy a religious man to view an irreligious one either with alarm or aversion; or with any other feeling than regret, and hope, and brotherly commiseration. CARLYLE Essays. Voltaire.

I realized that ritual will always mean throwing away something; Destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.

G. K. CHESTERTON-Tremendous Trifles. Secret of a Train.

The rigid saint, by whom no mercy's shown To saints whose lives are better than his own. CHURCHILL Epistle to Hogarth. L. 25.

Deos placatos pietas efficiet et sanctitas.

Piety and holiness of life will propitiate the gods.

CICERO-De Officiis. II. 3.

Res sacros non modo manibus attingi, sed ne cogitatione quidem violari fas fuit.

Things sacred should not only be untouched with the hands, but unviolated in thought. CICERO Orationes in Verrem. II. 4. 45

Forth from his dark and lonely hiding place,
(Portentous sight!) the owlet atheism,
Sailing on obscene wings athwart the noon,
Drops his blue-fring'd lids, and holds them close,
And hooting at the glorious sun in Heaven,
Cries out, "Where is it?"

COLERIDGE-Fears in Solitude.

Life and the Universe show spontaneity;
Down with ridiculous notions of Deity!

Churches and creeds are lost in the mists;
Truth must be sought with the Positivists.
MORTIMER COLLINS--The Positivists.

Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything but live for it. C. C. COLTON-Lacon. Vol. I. XXV.

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L'institut des Jesuites est une épée dont la poignée est à Rome et la pointe partout.

The Order of Jesuits is a sword whose handle is at Rome and whose point is every where.

ANDRÉ M. J. DUPIN-Procès de tendance. (1825) Quoted by him as found in a letter to MLLE. VOLAND from ABBÉ RAYNAL. ROUSSEAU quotes it from D'AUBIGNÉAnti-Coton, who ascribes it to the saying of the Society of Jesus which is "a sword, the blade of which is in France, and the handle in Rome."


I do not find that the age or country makes the least difference; no, nor the language the actors spoke, nor the religion which they professed. whether Arab in the desert or Frenchman in the Academy, I see that sensible men and conscientious men all over the world were of one religion.

EMERSON-Lectures and Biographical Sketches. The Preacher. P. 215.

(See also BURNET)

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He [Cato] used to say that in all his life he never repented but of three things. The first was that he had trusted a woman with a secret; the second that he had gone by sea when he might have gone by land; and the third, that he had passed one day without having a will by him. PLUTARCH-Life of Cato. Vol. II. P. 495. LANGHORNE's trans. Same in SIMPLICIUS Commentary on the Enchiridion of EPICTETUS. Ch. IX. P. 52. (Ed. 1670)


Der Wahn ist kurtz, die Reu ist lang. The dream is short, repentance long. SCHILLER-Lied von der Glocke.


But with the morning cool repentance came. SCOTT Rob Roy. Ch. XII. The Monastery. Ch. III. Note 11. "But with the morning cool reflection came." In Chronicles of Canongate. Ch. IV. "Calm" substituted for "cool" in The Antiquary. Ch. V.


Nam sera nunquam est ad bonos mores via. Quem pœnitet peccasse, pæne est innocens.

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