Fanaticism Quotes

Fanaticism soberly defined, is the false fire of an over heated mind.

Cowper, William

There is no place in a fanatic's head where reason can enter.

Bonaparte, Napoleon

The fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea, he can just as well get himself killed for one; in either case, tyrant or martyr, he is a monster.

Cioran, E. M.

The most dangerous madmen are those created by religion, and people whose aim is to disrupt society always know how to make good use of them on occasion.

Diderot, Denis

A fanatic is a man that does what he thinks the Lord would do if He knew the facts of the case.

Dunne, Finley Peter

Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.

Huxley, Aldous

The worst of madmen is a saint run mad

Pope, Alexander

Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim

Santayana, George

Wisdom becomes nonsense in the mouth of a fanatic

Schuwdrmer, Otto

Fervor is the weapon of choice of the impotent.

Fanon, Frantz

A fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt.

Huxley, Aldous

In the history of mankind, fanaticism has caused more harm than vice

Kronenberger, Louis

If you see one cold and vehement at the same time, set him down for a fanatic.

Lavater, Johann Kaspar

A fanatic is someone who does what the Lord would do, if He knew the facts of the matter.

Unknown

As any action or posture long continued will distort and disfigure the limbs; so the mind likewise is crippled and contracted by perpetual application to the same set of ideas.

Samuel Johnson

Of all things wisdom is the most terrified with epidemical fanaticism, because, of all enemies, it is that against which she is the least able to furnish any kind of resource.

Edmund Burke

In morals what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil.

Anna Jameson

A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.

Dr. Carl Sagan

If the freedom of religion, guaranteed to us by law in theory, can ever rise in practice under the overbearing inquisition of public opinion, then and only then will truth, prevail over fanaticism

Thomas Jefferson

The greatness of every mighty organization embodying an idea in this world lies in the religious fanaticism and intolerance with which, fanatically convinced of its own right, it intolerantly imposes its will against all others

Adolf Hitler

Though fanaticism drinks at many founts, its predisposing cause is mostly the subject of an invisible futurity.

Francis Atterbury

We call Japanese soldiers fanatics when they die rather than surrender, whereas American soldiers who do the same thing are called heroes.

Unknown

The weakness of human nature has always appeared in times of great revivals of religion, by a disposition to run into extremes, especially in these three things: enthusiasm, superstition, and intemperate zeal.

Edwards, Jonathan

Nations eagerly invested their rulers with every prerogative needed to preserve their faith, and all the care to keep Church and State asunder, and to prevent the confusion of their powers, which had been the work of ages, was renounced in the intensity of the crisis. Atrocious deeds were done, in which religious passion was often the instrument, but policy was the motive. Fanaticism displays itself in the masses; but the masses were rarely fanaticised; and the crimes ascribed to it were commonly due to the calculations of dispassionate politicians.

John Dalberg-Acton, Lord Acton

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Updated On : March 13, 2013
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