A Bringer of New Things

I want to read and learn all I can, write thoughtfully and truthfully, live according to reason and ever more mature wisdom, and savor every wonderful little gift of life.

Quotes: Religion

 “I think it would be a very long time before a child who was not influenced began to trouble himself about God and things in another world…But we do not wait for such a development; we introduce him to the doctrines of religion at an age when he is neither interested in them nor capable of grasping their import.”
Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion

“A believer is bound to the teachings of religion by certain ties of affection.”
Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion

“Religious ideas have arisen from the same need as have all the other achievements of civilization: from the necessity of defending oneself against the crushingly superior force of nature.”
Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion

“Conversion is her name and she feasts on the wills of the weakly, loving to impress, to impose, adoring her own features stamped on the face of the populace. At Hyde Park Corner on a tub she stands preaching; shrouds herself in white and walks penitentially disguised as brotherly love through factories and parliaments; offers help, but desires power; smites out of her way roughly the dissentient, or dissatisfied; bestows her blessing on those who, looking upward, catch submissively from her eyes the light of their own.”
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

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