Who Said That?

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation.

Who Said That?
Richard Dawkins
Thomas Aquinas
Thomas Merton
Karl Marx
Groucho Marx
Teilhard de Chardin
Jean-Paul Sartre
Pope John-Paul II
Alexander Pope
Bhagwan Swaminarayan
Jerry Falwell
Ayatlloh Khomeini
Omar Kayam
Mother Theresa
Nun Of The Above
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And what are the next seven much more (in)famous words that complete the quotation?

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Posted by: expat@large on May 20, 07 | 12:24 pm | Profile


it is the opium of the people. (not the opiate of the masses which is how it's usually quoted.)
karl marx, critique of hegel's philosophy of right

interesting juxtaposition, sugar

Posted by: savannah on May 20, 07 | 6:13 pm

Oi! No Googling!

Posted by: expat@large on May 21, 07 | 12:53 am

Currently reading "God is NOT Great" by Christopher Hitchens who points out the soiftness and understanding of the original context of the 'opium' quote which is traditionally isolated and reads as a hard-line thing...

Marx reads much better than Engels from this short excerpt.

Posted by: expat@large on May 21, 07 | 12:58 am

tis to laugh, sir...some of us read philosophy...i haven't decided about christopher hitchens, not that you asked, but your, or rather his point..yes, the softness being religon helping to soothe the harshness of economic opression, etc...

Posted by: savannah on May 21, 07 | 6:26 am

That Christopher Hitchens...he's everywhere. Having a go at Al Sharpton...being nasty to the Reverend Falwell...anyone would think he's got a new book out.

Posted by: Dick on May 21, 07 | 6:43 am

Very few people know it but Teilhard de Chardin said the exact same thing...he was talking to himself at the time and he forgot to write it down.

Posted by: Dick on May 21, 07 | 6:45 am

the leap of faith...or maybe someone will read my thoughts school of philosophy

al sharpton needs to get a job so we can demand he gets fired! (not an original thought, but seems appropriate...)
but what do i know? not only do i live in the us of a, but in the south...

Posted by: savannah on May 21, 07 | 10:38 am

Sav: Hitchens point was that that was Marx's point! ... (weird sentence!)

Dick: Chris loosing friends and unfluencing people as usual... Wait 10 years, he'll do another backflip.

So you plucked TdeC's words, still reverberating in their hermenuetic transendance, from the edge of the noosphere?

Posted by: expat@large on May 21, 07 | 10:46 am

understood, my sentence structure was poor, i meant, christoper hitchens, as a writer. etc..i haven't decided about him re his style, politics, etc...not his observation/point which i understood from your post...which is why i said earlier, my sentence/remark was poorly constructed...of course all of this sounds so much better when i say it out loud!
*smiling as i am totally and completely drunk*

Posted by: savannah on May 21, 07 | 12:10 pm

Hitchens should never have moved to America. It has turned him into a sort of pseudo stand-up English intellectual. He will end up getting his body parts stolen like Alistair Cooke.

Posted by: Dick on May 21, 07 | 12:57 pm

Sav: Hitch coped quite a blast about his Orwell book; some pseudo-sit-down American interlectuals tooks it (and Orwell himself) as anti-Amercian, anti-progress (as far as McDonalds and DRM represents progress), pro-war... There is quite a group out there only too eagre to chop him down. This latest atheistic tome should provide fodder for their grist for their mill for their food for their thought. American history being based on freedom of religion - the freedom to be incredibly restrictive and narrow...

Dick: whoever got Cooke's larynx? The plum in there must be worth millions.

Posted by: expat@large on May 21, 07 | 1:11 pm

*in the sober morning light*

you are a kind man..i'll prepare a far more reasonable response or not post when i've been drinking...

Posted by: savannah on May 21, 07 | 9:57 pm


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