Feb 21, 2008

The Quote Shelf

Medieval text with Latin script A frequent feature on this site; feel free to comment on the quote or to supply a competing quote.

La religion est ce qui empêche les pauvres de tuer les riches (Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich).
-- Napoleon Bonaparte


The Screaming Nutcase said...

This reminded me of the Karl Marx quote, which (much like Nietzsche's "God is dead" quote) is usually used out of context, which changes its meaning fairly drastically. The full quote is actually "Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opiate of the people."

microdot said...

Yeah, but the Marx quote is the most over used cliched quote in the universe.
I think it's a very interesting quote from the mouth of one of the greatest manipulative cynics of the last 300 years!
Napoleon if anything, and he was a brilliant monster. was a modern politician and understood the masses he was manipulating.
As far as I am concerned, he was absolutely right!

Mad Jack said...

He's wrong. Drugs and television are what keep the poor from the throats of the rich.

Barb said...

Religion is what enables rich and poor to get along at all, as they do in good churches --and what motivates the rich to share and be honorable toward the poor and their employees --like Golden Rule Jones -former toledo mayor. Christ's teachings restrain our greed, jealousy and selfishness; encourage generosity and compassion --in both rich and poor.

filomeno2006 said...

Los alemanes tienen sobre su conciencia todos los grandes crímenes CONTRA LA CULTURA (Nietzsche, Ecce Homo)