Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
Foul Superstition! howsoeer disguised, Idol, saint, virgin, prophet, crescent, cross, For whatsoever symbol thou art prized, Thou sacerdotal gain, but general loss! Who from true worships gold can separate thy dross? ByronChilde Harold. Canto II. St. 44.
Accedit etiam mors, quæ quasi saxum Tantalo semper impendit: tum superstitio, qua qui est imbutus quietus esse numquam potest. Death approaches, which is always impending like the stone over Tantalus: then comes superstition with which he who is imbued can never have peace of mind. CiceroDe Finibus Bonorum et Malorum. I. 8.
Superstitio, in qua inest inanis timor Dei; religio, quæ dei pio cultu continetur. There is in superstition a senseless fear of God; religion consists in the pious worship of Him. CiceroDe Natura Deorum. I. 42.
Alas! you know the cause too well; The salt is spilt, to me it fell. Then to contribute to my loss, My knife and fork were laid across; On Friday, too! the day I dread; Would I were safe at home, in bed! Last night (I vow to Heaven tis true) Bounce from the fire a coffin flew. Next post some fatal news shall tell: God send my Cornish friends be well! GayFables. Pt. I. Fable 37.
Dish yer rabbit footll gin you good luck. De man wat tote it mighty apfer ter come out right en up wen deys any racket gwine on in de neighborhoods, let er be whar she will en wen she may; mo espeshually ef de man wat got it know zactly wat he got ter do. Joel Chandler HarrisBrother Rabbit and his famous Foot.
Midnight hags, By force of potent spells, of bloody characters, And conjurations horrible to hear, Call fiends and spectres from the yawning deep, And set the ministers of hell at work. Nicholas RoweJane Shore. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 240.
Some devils ask but the parings of ones nail, A rush, a hair, a drop of blood, a pin, a nut, a cherry stone; But she, more coveteous, would have a chain. Master, be wise: an if you give it her, The devil will shake her chain and fright us with it. Comedy of Errors. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 72.
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. Madame de Staël. See Abel Stevens Life of Madame de Staël. Ch. XXXIV.