Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom, in the pursuit of truth as in the endeavour after a worthy manner of life.
An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish (1943), 23.
The origin of certain superstitions is often connected to the intention of attributing adverse events to specific causes.
When man seized the loadstone of science , the loadstar of superstition vanished in the clouds .william r. alger
The general root of superstition:;: namely, that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other.Francis Bacon
The superstitions of today are the scientific facts of tomorrow.
A visitor to Niels Bohr's country cottage, noticing a horseshoe hanging on the wall, teasing the eminent scientist about this ancient superstition. 'Can it be true that you, of all people, believe it will bring you luck?' 'Of course not,' replied Bohr, 'but I understand it brings you luck whether you believe it or not.'
Foul Superstition! howsoe'er disguised, Idol, saint, virgin, prophet, crescent, cross, For whatsoever symbol thou art prized, Thou sacerdotal gain, but general loss! Who from true worship's gold can separate thy dross?lord byron
Science of to-day – the superstition of to-morrow. Science of to-morrow – the superstition of to-day.charles fort
History warns us ... that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.thomas henry huxley
The office of reformer of the superstitions of a nation, is ever dangerous.thomas jefferson
May it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all), the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government.thomas jefferson
Through it [Science] we believe that man will be saved from misery and degradation, not merely acquiring new material powers, but learning to use and to guide his life with understanding. Through Science he will be freed from the fetters of superstition; through faith in Science he will acquire a new and enduring delight in the exercise of his capacities; he will gain a zest and interest in life such as the present phase of culture fails to supply.
[Science] "intensifies religious truth by cleansing it of ignorance and superstition.charles lindbergh
Wherever modern Science has exploded a superstitious fable or even a picturesque error, she has replaced it with a grander and even more poetical truth.
The greatest burden in the world is superstition, not only of ceremonies in the church, but of imaginary and scarecrow sins at home.john milton
It is science alone that can solve the problems of hunger and poverty, of insanitation and illiteracy, of superstition and deadening custom and tradition, of vast resources running to waste, of a rich country inhabited by starving people... Who indeed could afford to ignore science today? At every turn we have to seek its aid... the future belongs to science and those who make friends with science.jawaharlal nehru
A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.George Bernard Shaw
Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.Adam Smith
Men are probably nearer the essential truth in their superstitions than in their science.Henry David Thoreau
Laws should be made, not against quacks but against superstition.rudolf virchow
Why is it that we entertain the belief that for every purpose odd numbers are the most effectual?pliny the elder
Hence, to the realms of Night, dire Demon, hence! Thy chain of adamant can bind That little world, the human mind, And sink its noblest powers to impotence.samuel rogers
Superstition is related to this life, religion to the next; superstition is allied to fatality, religion to virtue; it is by the vivacity of earthly desires that we become superstitious; it is, on the contrary, by the sacrifice of these desires that we become religious.anne louise germaine de staël
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy; the mad daughter of a wise mother.voltaire