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Superstition is the irrational belief that an object or behavior has the power to influence an outcome, when there's no logical connection between them. Most of us aren't superstitious - but most of us are a 'littlestitious.'
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.
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.
My only feeling about superstition is that it's unlucky to be behind at the end of the game.
I like to say magic is the world's second oldest profession, a mystical and often awe-inspiring spectacle that, throughout the ages, has blended superstition, trickery and religion.
Superstition is the poetry of life.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Science stands for rational thought, faith for superstition and unreason.
Thou ought to be nice, even to superstition, in keeping thy promises, and therefore equally cautious in making them.
The only superstition I have is that I must start a new book on the same day that I finish the last one, even if it's just a few notes in a file. I dread not having work in progress.
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
The cause of my life has been to oppose superstition. It's a battle you can't hope to win - it's a battle that's going to go on forever. It's part of the human condition.
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.
Superstition is foolish, childish, primitive and irrational - but how much does it cost you to knock on wood?
To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.
William Ralph Inge
We have to be very conscious of the fact that beneath every illness is a prohibition. A prohibition that comes from a superstition.
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.
A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition.
This is indeed a clash of civilisations, not between Islam and Christendom but between reason and superstition.
In the absence of evidence, superstition. It's a Middle Ages thing. That's my theory anyway.
I tend to eat things in fours. I'll eat four nuts, four grapes, four chips at a time. I don't know why. It's not really a superstition. I don't think anything bad will happen if I don't, but three potato chips doesn't seem right.
Superstition is only the fear of belief, while religion is the confidence.
You'll almost encounter a superstition amongst musicians, people sort of go through strange rituals, what they need to do to write a song.
Religion without morality is a superstition and a curse, and morality without religion is impossible.
Superstition is the poison of the mind.
I've always thought it was important not to attach too much superstition to the space where you're writing, because once you get into the mindset that you can only do it a certain way in a certain place, your creativity can get blocked.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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