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Superstition

  • ... he didn't make light of superstition. He knew it's the first and most natural of religions.

  • A little superstition is a good thing to keep in one's bag of precautions.

  • Whatever place she called home had to be immaculate before she left, as if this punctiliousness could guarantee that she would return safely.

  • A genuine coincidence always means bad luck for me; it's my only superstition.

  • No one is so thoroughly superstitious as the godless man.

  • Superstition has its practical uses.

  • ... it is not a good omen to meet a lot of cats when one sets out on a journey, so the Lieutenant spat three times for each cat, as his mother had taught him to do ...

  • Superstition is believing that something means anything and that anything means something and that each thing means a particular thing and will mean a particular thing is coming. Oh yes it does.

    • Gertrude Stein,
    • "The Superstitions of Fred Anneday, Annday, Anday: A Novel of Real Life" (1934), How Writing Is Written ()
  • Superstition is a funny thing. Actually, it's a belief that a thing not logically connected to events can influence their outcome. It's the faith that omens can control our fate. If you think about it, isn't that the basis of many religions — usually someone else's?

  • ... pity and charity may be at root an attempt to propitiate the dark powers that have not touched us yet.

  • Superstition is foolish, childish, primitive and irrational — but how much does it cost you to knock on wood?

  • Like most Chinese, I am basically a fatalist — too sophisticated for religion and too superstitious to deny the gods.

  • Taboos regulate matters of life and death. The difference between our taboos and those of more 'primitive' people is perhaps that theirs are more conscious, often overtly codified into law. They are openly discussed and warned about. In societies of this sort, persons who have broken taboos have been known to lie down under a tree and die, knowing that, having broken a life-governing rule, life is not possible. Much of life in our culture is also taboo-regulated, but our chief taboos are no longer conscious. They do not appear as themselves in our laws, and for the most part are not spoken of directly. But when we break them or even think of breaking them, our unconscious knowledge that we are violating sacred rules causes us to feel as if our lives are threatened, as if we may not be allowed to live.

  • Superstition is just fantasy with attitude; it's a way of erroneously trying to control events.