quotes on superstition

- A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere. Groucho Marx (1890-1977)
- To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. Hypatia (350/370-415)
- To a black cat brings bad luck being crossed by a car. Giordano Bruno Guerri (1950-), Pensieri scorretti, 2007
- I think I bring myself bad luck. Every time that something bad happens to me, I'm always there around. Andrea Gaddini (1961-) Anche le formiche, 2007
- Superstition brings you bad luck. Umberto Eco (1932-2016)
- Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy: the mad daughter of a wise mother. Voltaire (1694-1778)Treatise on Tolerance, 1763;
- Superstition is the religion of feeble minds. Edmund Burke (1729–1797), Reflections on the Revolution, 1790;
- O superstition! Your inflexible rigours deprive humanity of the most sensitive hearts. Voltaire (1694-1778) Fanatacism, or Mahomet the Prophet, 1.2, 1741;
- Superstition carries along with it some image of pusillanimity. Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592) Essays, 2.1, 1580/95
- Superstition is the art of putting yourself in order with the coincidences. Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)
- Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)
- 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. Denis Diderot (1713-1784) Pensées philosophiques, III, 1746.
- Superstition is, always has been, and forever will be the foe of progress, the enemy of education, and the assassin of freedom. Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899) “The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll”, (1907) p.1083, Library of Alexandria.
- In fact men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth - often more so, since a superstition is so intangible you cannot get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable. Hypatia (350/370-415)
- Ignorance and superstition ever bear a close and mathematical relation to each other. James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)
- This is indeed a clash of civilisations, not between Islam and Christendom but between reason and superstition. Polly Toynbee (1946-)
- We have to be very conscious of the fact that beneath every illness is a prohibition. A prohibition that comes from a superstition. Alejandro Jodorowsky (1929-)
- Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit. R. E. Shay
- Conscience without judgment is superstition. Benjamin Whichcote (1609-1683)
- Trying to understand superstition rationally is like trying to pick up something made of wood by using a magnet. Philip Pullman (1946-)
- Quintus Curtius clearly pointed out that there is no more effective means of governing the masses than superstition. Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677)
- The birth of science was the death of superstition. Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895)


 SUPERSTITION (Stevie Wonder, 1972)
Very superstitious, writings on the wall,
Very superstitious, ladders bout' to fall,
Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin' glass
Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past

When you believe in things that you don't understand,
Then you suffer,
Superstition ain't the way

Very superstitious, wash your face and hands,
Rid me of the problem, do all that you can,
Keep me in a daydream, keep me goin' strong,
You don't wanna save me, sad is my song

When you believe in things that you don't understand,
Then you suffer, Superstition ain't the way, yeh, yeh

Very superstitious, nothin' more to say,
Very superstitious, the devil's on his way,
Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin' glass,
Seven years of bad luck, good things in your past

When you believe in things that you don't understand,
Then you suffer, Superstition ain't the way, no, no, no.

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  page created: January 5th 2011 and last updated: August 11th, 2021