Selected Quotes about Religion

Ethical religion can be real only to those who are engaged in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement. By moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement, without limit. -- Felix Adler

Every dogma, every philosophic or theological creed, was at its inception a statement in terms of the intellect of a certain inner experience. -- Felix Adler

Religion is a wizard, a sibyl . . . / She faces the wreck of worlds, and prophesies restoration. / She faces a sky blood-red with sunset colours that deepen into darkness, and prophesies dawn. / She faces death, and prophesies life. -- Felix Adler

The unique personality which is the real life in me, I can not gain unless I search for the real life, the spiritual quality, in others. I am myself spiritually dead unless I reach out to the fine quality dormant in others. For it is only with the god enthroned in the innermost shrine of the other, that the god hidden in me, will consent to appear. -- Felix Adler

Beth could not reason upon or explain the faith that gave her courage and patience to give up life, and cheerfully wait for death. Like a confiding child, she asked no questions, but left everything to God and nature, Father and Mother of us all, feeling sure that they, and they only, could teach and strengthen heart and spirit for this life and the life to come. -- Louisa May Alcott

I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows. -- Susan B. Anthony

The theologian considers sin mainly as an offence against God; the moral philosopher as contrary to reasonableness. -- Thomas Aquinas

The true meaning of religion is thus not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion. -- Matthew Arnold

The true meaning of religion is thus not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion. -- Matthew Arnold

Religion is an important institution. A nation without religion cannot survive. -- Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Everybody likes to go their own way--to choose their own time and manner of devotion. -- Jane Austen

It will, I believe, be everywhere found, that as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be, so are the rest of the nation. -- Jane Austen

If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him. -- James Baldwin

I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. -- Lucille Ball

Only barbarians are not curious about where they come from, how they came to be where they are, where they appear to be going, whether they wish to go there, and if so, why, and if not, why not. -- Isaiah Berlin

Why not let people differ about their answers to the great mysteries of the Universe? Let each seek one's own way to the highest, to one's own sense of supreme loyalty in life, one's ideal of life. Let each philosophy, each world-view bring forth its truth and beauty to a larger perspective, that people may grow in vision, stature and dedication. -- Algernon Black

I don't like it, to be honest, when politicians make a big thing of their religious beliefs, so I don't make a big thing of it. -- Tony Blair

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God. -- Lenny Bruce

It may be that religion is dead, and if it is, we had better know it and set ourselves to try to discover other sources of moral strength before it is too late. -- Pearl S. Buck

When men destroy their old gods they will find new ones to take their place. -- Pearl S. Buck

Everybody prays whether [you think] of it as praying or not. The odd silence you fall into when something very beautiful is happening or something very good or very bad. The ah-h-h-h! that sometimes floats up out of you as out of a Fourth of July crowd when the sky-rocket bursts over the water. The stammer of pain at somebody else s pain. The stammer of joy at somebody else's joy. Whatever words or sounds you use for sighing with over your own life. These are all prayers in their way. These are all spoken not just to yourself but to something even more familiar than yourself and even more strange than the world. -- Frederick Buechner

To believe in God or in a guiding force because someone tells you to is the height of stupidity. We are given senses to receive our information within. With our own eyes we see, and with our own skin we feel. With our intelligence, it is intended that we understand. But each person must puzzle it out for himself or herself. -- Sophy Burnham

The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible. -- George Burns

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself. -- Richard Francis Burton

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself. -- Sir Richard Francis Burton

The driving force behind today's terrorist threat is Islamist fundamentalism. The struggle we are engaged in is, at root, ideological. During the last century a strain of Islamist thinking has developed which, like other totalitarianisms, such as Nazi-ism and Communism, offers its followers a form of redemption through violence. -- David Cameron

The miracles of the church seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always. -- Willa Cather

Three quarters of the American population literally believe in religious miracles. The numbers who believe in the devil, in resurrection, in God doing this and that -- it's astonishing. These numbers aren't duplicated anywhere else in the industrial world. You'd have to maybe go to mosques in Iran or do a poll among old ladies in Sicily to get numbers like this. Yet this is the American population. -- Noam Chomsky

Religion is the human response to being alive and having to die. -- F. Forrester Church

For two people in a marriage to live together day after day is unquestionably the one miracle the Vatican has overlooked. -- Bill Cosby

All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by ... religion, whatever else it has done, has provided one of the main ways of meeting this abiding need. -- Harvey Cox

Those who seek consolation in existing churches often pay for their peace of mind with a tacit agreement to ignore a great deal of what is known about the way the world works. -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure -- that is all that agnosticism means. -- Clarence Darrow

Religions are not imaginative, not poetic, not soulful. On the contrary, they are parochial, small-minded, niggardly with the human imagination, precisely where science is generous. -- Richard Dawkins

In laying hands upon the sacred ark of absolute permanency, in treating the forms that had been regarded as types of fixity and perfection as originating and passing away, the Origin of Species introduced a mode of thinking that in the end was bound to transform the logic of knowledge, and hence the treatment of morals, politics, and religion. -- John Dewey

The religious is any activity pursued in behalf of an ideal end against obstacles and in spite of threats of personal loss because of its general and enduring value. -- John Dewey

The religious is any activity pursued in behalf of an ideal end against obstacles and in spite of threats of personal loss because of its general and enduring value. -- John Dewey

A deist is someone who has not lived long enough to become an atheist. -- Diderot

Religious experiences which are as real as life to some may be incomprehensible to others. -- William O. Douglas

If I were personally to define religion I would say that it is a bandage that man has invented to protect a soul made bloody by circumstance. -- Theodore Dreiser

There are no creeds in mathematics. -- Peter F. Drucker

In a rural society communities are "given" for the individual. Community is a fact, whether family or religion, social class or caste. -- Peter Drucker

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind. -- Albert Einstein

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. -- Albert Einstein

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom. -- Albert Einstein

I do not believe in the immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern without any superhuman authority behind it. -- Albert Einstein

Scientists were rated as great heretics by the church, but they were truly religious men because of their faith in the orderliness of the universe. -- Albert Einstein

True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness. -- Albert Einstein

What is the meaning of human life, or of organic life altogether? To answer this question at all implies a religion. Is there any sense then, you ask, in putting it? I answer, the man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unfortunate but almost disqualified for life. -- Albert Einstein

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. -- Albert Einstein

Any power must be an enemy of mankind which enslaves the individual by terror and force, whether it arises under the Fascist or the Communist flag. All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded to the individual. -- T. S. Eliot

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; Unbelief, in denying them. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the matter of religion, people eagerly fasten their eyes on the difference between their own creed and yours; whilst the charm of the study is in finding the agreements and identities in all the religions of humanity. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in your reading have been like the blast of triumph out of Shakespeare, Seneca, Moses, John and Paul. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Religion is to do right. It is to love, it is to serve, it is to think, it is to be humble. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The moral sense reappears today with the same morning newness that has been from of old the fountain of beauty and strength. You say there is no religion now. 'Tis like saying in rainy weather, There is no sun, when at that moment we are witnessing one of its superlative effects. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The progress of religion is steadily to its identity with morals. Strength enters just as much as the moral element prevails. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the New Testament, religion is grace and ethics is gratitude. -- Thomas Erskine

Life becomes religious whenever we make it so: when some new light is seen, when some deeper appreciation is felt, when some larger outlook is gained, when some nobler purpose is formed, when some task is well done. -- Sophia Lyon Fahs

A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes. -- James Feibleman

Religion has caused more harm than any other idea since the beginning of time. There's nothing good I can say about it. People use it as a crutch. -- Larry Flynt

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. -- Anne Frank

Lighthouses are more helpful than churches. -- Benjamin Franklin

The moral and religious system which Jesus Christ transmitted to us is the best the world has ever seen, or can see. -- Benjamin Franklin

Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis. -- Sigmund Freud

Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires. -- Sigmund Freud

The common dogma [of fundamentalists] is fear of modern knowledge, inability to cope with the fast change in a scientific-technological society, and the real breakdown in apparent moral order in recent years.... That is why hate is the major fuel, fear is the cement of the movement, and superstitious ignorance is the best defense against the dangerous new knowledge. ... When you bring up arguments that cast serious doubts on their cherished beliefs you are not simply making a rhetorical point, you are threatening their whole Universe and their immortality. That provokes anger and quite frequently violence. ... Unfortunately you cannot reason with them and you even risk violence in confronting them. Their numbers will decline only when society stabilizes, and adapts to modernity. -- G Gaia

The intention of the Holy Ghost is to teach us how one goes to heaven, not how heaven goes. -- Galileo Galilei

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. -- Galileo Galilei

It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business. -- Mohandas K. Gandhi

Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is. -- Mohandas K. Gandhi

Seven sins of life: Politics without principle. Commerce without morality. Wealth without work. Education without character. Science without humanity. Pleasure without conscience. Worship without sacrifice. -- Mahatma Gandhi

One of my less pleasant chores when I was young was to read the Bible from one end to the other. Reading the Bible straight through is at least 70 percent discipline, like learning Latin. But the good parts are, of course, simply amazing. God is an extremely uneven writer, but when He's good, nobody can touch Him. -- John Gardner

Cast aside those who liken godliness to whimsy and who try to combine their greed for wealth with their desire for a happy afterlife. -- Kahlil Gibran

I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit. -- Kahlil Gibran

If the grandfather of the grandfather of Jesus had known what was hidden within him, he would have stood humble and awe-struck before his soul. -- Kahlil Gibran

Let us revere, let us worship, but erect and open-eyed, the highest, not the lowest; the future, not the past! -- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

As a man can drink water from any side of a full tank, so the skilled theologian can wrest from any scripture that which will serve his purpose. -- Bhagavad Gita

We are pantheists when we study nature, polytheists when we write poetry, monotheists in our morality. -- Goethe

Religion is the idol of the mob; it adores everything it does not understand. -- Frederick the Great

But theological change happens though selective quoting. Every religious person does it: You quote those verses that resonate with your own religious insights and ignore or reinterpret those that undermine your certainties. Selective quoting isn't just legitimate, but essential: Religions evolve through shifts in selective quoting. -- Yossi Klein Halevi

Bart Giamatti did not grow up (as he had dreamed) to play second base for the Red Sox. He became a professor at Yale, and then, in time . . . president of the National Baseball League. He never lost his love for the Boston Red Sox. It was as a Red Sox fan, he later realized that human beings are fallen, and that life is filled with disappointment. The path to comprehending Calvinism in modern America, he decided, begins at Fenway Park. -- David Halverstam

The major civilizing force in the world is not religion, it is sex. -- Hugh Hefner

One man's religion is another man's belly laugh. -- Robert A. Heinlein

A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair. -- Abraham Joshua Heschel

The problem to be faced is: how to combine loyalty to one's own tradition with reverence for different traditions. -- Abraham Joshua Heschel

All ... religions show the same disparity between belief and practice, and each is safe till it tries to exclude the rest. Test each sect by its best or its worst as you will, by its high-water mark of virtue or its low-water mark of vice. But falsehood begins when you measure the ebb of any other religion against the flood-tide of your own. There is a noble and a base side to every history. -- Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Calling Atheism a religion is like calling bald a hair color. -- Don Hirschberg

My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Saviour as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognised these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! -- Adolf Hitler

This pride of race is a quality which the German, fundamentally, does not possess. The reason for this is that for these last three centuries the country has been torn by internal dissension and religious wars and has been subjected to a variety of foreign influences, to the influence. -- Adolf Hitler

Fear of things invisible is the natural seed of that which everyone in himself calleth religion. -- Thomas Hobbes

The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not. -- Eric Hoffer

Religion without morality is a superstition and a curse, and morality without religion is impossible. -- Mark Hopkins

Religions are many and diverse, but reason and goodness are one. -- Elbert Hubbard

At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols. -- Aldous Huxley

Today the god hypothesis has ceased to be scientifically tenable ... and its abandonment often brings a deep sense of relief. Many people assert that this abandonment of the god hypothesis means the abandonment of all religion and all moral sanctions. This is simply not true. But it does mean, once our relief at jettisoning an outdated piece of ideological furniture is over, that we must construct some thing to take its place. -- Sir Julian Huxley

Bigger things than the State will fall, all religion will fall. -- Henrik Ibsen

Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. -- Pope John Paul II

We Christians joyfully recognize the religious values we have in common with Islam. I would like to repeat what I said to young Muslims some years ago in Casablanca: 'We believe in the same God, the one God, the living God, the God who created the world and brings his creatures to their perfection.' -- Pope John Paul II

Few nations have been so poor as to have but one god. Gods were made so easily, and the raw material cost so little, that generally the god market was fairly glutted and heaven crammed with these phantoms. -- Robert Ingersoll

Many people think they have religion when they are troubled with dyspepsia. -- Robert G. Ingersoll

My dad taught me from my youngest childhood memories through these connections with Aboriginal and tribal people that you must always protect people's sacred status, regardless of the pest. -- Steve Irwin

Religion, whatever it is, is a man's total reaction upon life. -- William James

Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life: if it has been honest and dutiful to society the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one. -- Thomas Jefferson

Difference of opinion is helpful in religion. -- Thomas Jefferson

I never told my own religion nor scrutinized that of another. I never attempted to make a convert, nor wished to change another's creed. I am satisfied that yours must be an excellent religion to have produced a life of such exemplary virtue and correctness. For it is in our lives, and not from our words, that our religion must be judged. -- Thomas Jefferson

Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong. -- Thomas Jefferson

It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read. -- Thomas Jefferson

The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the Supreme Being in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. -- Thomas Jefferson

Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear. -- Thomas Jefferson

Everyone ought to worship God according to his own inclinations, and not to be constrained by force. -- Flavius Josephus

I have had but one passion, and I have lived for it - the absorbingly arduous yet glorious work of proclaiming the grace and love of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. -- John Henry Jowett

Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Among all my patients in the second half of life ... there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life. -- Carl Jung

No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion. -- Abdul Kalam

Religion is the recognition of all our duties as divine commands. -- Immanuel Kant

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next. -- Helen Keller

You don't have to be religious to have a soul; everybody has one. You don't have to be religious to perfect your soul; I have found saintliness in avowed atheists. -- Rabbi Harold Kushner

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. -- HH the Dalai Lama

If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it. -- Dalai Lama

The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. Rather, we must criticize ourselves. How much am I doing about my anger? About my attachment, about my hatred, about my pride, my jealousy? These are the things which we must check in daily life. -- Dalai Lama

Buddhism does not accept a theory of God, or a creator. According to Buddhism, one's own actions are the creator, ultimately. Some people say that, from a certain angle, Buddhism is not a religion but rather a science of mind. -- Dalai Lama

The time has come to educate people, to cease all quarrels in the name of religion, culture, countries, different political or economic systems. Fighting is useless. Suicide. -- Dalai Lama

Religion does not mean just precepts, a temple, monastery, or other external signs, for these as well as hearing and thinking are subsidiary factors in taming the mind. -- Dalai Lama

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. -- Dalai Lama

I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father's religion, if they can find out what it is. -- Charles Lamb

It is a fine thing to establish one's own religion in one's heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing. -- D. H. Lawrence

When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion. -- Abraham Lincoln

Friends, I agree with you in Providence; but I believe in the Providence of the most men, the largest purse, and the longest cannon. -- Abraham Lincoln

That I am not a member of any Christian Church, is true; but I have never denied the truth of the Scriptures; and I have never spoken with intentional disrespect of religion in general, or of any denomination of Christians in particular. -- Abraham Lincoln

When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion. -- Abraham Lincoln

The intellectual is constantly betrayed by his vanity. Godlike he blandly assumes that he can express everything in words; whereas the things one loves, lives, and dies for are not, in the last analysis completely expressible in words. -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Such evil deeds could religion prompt. -- Lucretius

And she (the Roman Catholic Church) may still exist in undiminished vigor, when some traveller from New Zealand shall, in the midst of a vast solitude, take his stand on a broken arch of London Bridge to sketch the ruins of St. Paul's. -- Thomas B. Macaulay

Whatever God's dream about man may be, it seems certain it cannot come true unless man cooperates. -- Stella Terrill Mann

Religion is the belief in an ever-living God, that is, in a Divine Mind and Will ruling the Universe and holding moral relations with mankind. -- James Martineau

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people. -- Karl Marx

Religion is the opium of the masses. -- Karl Marx

Religion is the sign of the oppressed creature, the sentiment of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. -- Karl Marx

I've often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying this is fiction. -- Ian McKellen

I still say a church steeple with a lightening rod on top shows a lack of confidence. -- Doug McLeod

For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing. -- H. L. Mencken

Puritanism: the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. -- H. L. Mencken

The scientist who yields anything to theology, however slight, is yielding to ignorance and false pretenses, and as certainly as if he granted that a horse-hair put into a bottle of water will turn into a snake. -- H. L. Mencken

We must respect the other fellow's religion,but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart. -- H. L. Mencken

Believe that Jesus did what the Bible says. Believe He is indeed the Son of God, born of a virgin. He took man's sin on the cross. He did not stay dead. He was in the grave three days. During that time, He entered hell, where you and I deserved to go (legally) because of our sin. -- Joyce Meyer

There is no hope of anyone going to heaven unless they believe this truth. You cannot go to heaven unless you believe with all your heart that Jesus took your place. -- Joyce Meyer

All I know is this works. It's not only worked for me, but I've seen it work for literally thousands and thousands of people. I have seen the transformation on people's faces when they receive Christ. I've seen the glory come on them, the light. -- Joyce Meyer

Never confuse the faith with the supposedly faithful. -- Randy K. Milholland

The only time anyone's admitted they were a Christian before was when they were busy telling me why they're better than me. -- Randy K. Milholland

Although he's regularly asked to do so, God does not take sides in American politics. -- George J. Mitchell

The difficulty with pragmatic arguments for a religion is that truths do not always "work", and beliefs that "work" are by no means always true. -- John Warwick Montgomery

The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don't want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don't have a soul. -- Thomas Moore

The religious community is essential, for alone our vision is too narrow to see all that must be seen. Together, our vision widens and strength is renewed. -- Mark Morrison-Reed

Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism. -- Benito Mussolini

Religion and science both profess peace (and the sincerity of the professors is not being doubted), but each always turns out to have a dominant part in any war that is going or contemplated. -- Howard Nemerov

The dimension of depth in the consciousness of religion creates the tension between what is and what ought to be. It bends the bow from which every arrow of moral action flies. -- Reinhold Niebuhr

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow. -- Anais Nin

In the long term we can hope that religion will change the nature of man and reduce conflict. But history is not encouraging in this respect. The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars. -- Richard Nixon

I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life. I believe in the equality of humans; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow creatures happy. -- Thomas Paine

My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. -- Thomas Paine

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. -- Blaise Pascal

Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known. -- Blaise Pascal

As to the gods, I have no means of knowing either that they exist or do not exist. -- Protagoras

If you are a Christian, you are in danger. Even if you are an atheist, you are in danger, and if you decide to convert to Islam, this will not save you, either, because traditional Islam is inimical to the conditions and objectives set by the terrorists. -- Vladimir Putin

Angels dancing on the head of a pin dissolve into nothingness at the bedside of a dying child. -- Waiter Rant

Do anything in this world but monkey with somebody eles's religion. What reasoning of conceit makes anyone think theirs is right? -- Will Rogers

Fanatical religion driven to a certain point is almost as bad as none at all, but not quite. -- Will Rogers

In conclusion, there is a marvelous anecdote from the occasion of Russell's ninetieth birthday that best serves to summarize his attitude toward God and religion. A London lady sat next to him at this party, and over the soup she suggested to him that he was not only the world's most famous atheist but, by this time, very probably the world's oldest atheist. "What will you do, Bertie, if it turns out you're wrong?" she asked. "I mean, what if -- uh -- when the time comes, you should meet Him? What will you say?" Russell was delighted with the question. His bright, birdlike eyes grew even brighter as he contemplated this possible future dialogue, and then he pointed a finger upward and cried, "Why, I should say, 'God, you gave us insufficient evidence.'" -- Bertrand Russell

A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by conventional faiths. Sooner or later such a religion will emerge. -- Carl Sagan

No religion can be built on force. -- George Sand

I won't take my religion from any man who never works except with his mouth. -- Carl Sandburg

Sandburg's retelling of Lincoln's attendance at an evangelist rally led by Peter Cartwright in 1846, in response to accusations by Cartwright's followers that he was an "infidel" - Cartwright was his opponent in his race for Congress: -- Carl Sandburg

What is dangerous is not minarets, but basements and garages that hide clandestine places of worship. Thus we must choose between mosques, where we know that the rules of the republic are respected, and secret places where extremism has been developing for too long. -- Nicolas Sarkozy

One should not stand at the foot of a sick person's bed, because that place is reserved for the guardian angel. -- Jewish Folk Saying

The essence of religion consists in the feeling of an absolute dependence. -- Friedrich Schleiermacher

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think. -- Arthur Schopenhauer

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. -- William Shakespeare

Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters. -- Isaac Bashevis Singer

Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion. -- Ralph Sockman

A successful woman preacher was once asked "what special obstacles have you met as a woman in the ministry?" "Not one," she answered, "except the lack of a minister's wife." -- Anna Garlin Spencer

What do I believe? As an American I believe in generosity, in liberty, in the rights of man. These are social and political faiths that are part of me, as they are, I suppose, part of all of us. Such beliefs are easy to express. But part of me too is my relation to all life, my religion. And this is not so easy to talk about. Religious experience is highly intimate and, for me, ready words are not at hand. -- Adlai E. Stevenson

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. -- Jonathan Swift

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love. -- Jonathan Swift

Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness. -- Mother Teresa

Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt. -- Paul Tillich

Religion is the state of being grasped by an ultimate concern, a concern which qualifies all other concerns as preliminary and which itself contains the answer to the question of the meaning of our life. -- Paul Tillich

I give great thanks to God that he has created a Dalai Lama. Do you really think, as some have argued, that God will be saying: 'You know, that guy, the Dalai Lama, is not bad. What a pity he's not a Christian'? I don't think that is the case - because, you see, God is not a Christian. -- Desmond Tutu

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said "Let us pray." We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land. -- Desmond Tutu

All schools, all colleges, have two great functions: to confer, and to conceal, valuable knowledge. The theological knowledge which they conceal cannot justly be regarded as less valuable than that which they reveal. That is, when a man is buying a basket of strawberries it can profit him to know that the bottom half of it is rotten. -- Mark Twain

In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing. -- Mark Twain

Man is the religious animal. He is the only religious animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion - several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat, if his theology isn't straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother's path to happiness and heaven. -- Mark Twain

There are many scapegoats for our sins, but the most popular one is Providence. -- Mark Twain

We had the sky up there, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss whether they was made or just happened. -- Mark Twain

Some children's answers to church school questions - from the Church of England: -- Unknown

If God did not exist it would be necessary for us to invent Him. -- Voltaire

When it's a question of money, everybody is of the same religion. -- Voltaire

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. -- Steven Weinberg

Above all, good leaders are open. They go up, down, and around their organization to reach people. They don't stick to the established channels. They're informal. They're straight with people. They make a religion out of being accessible. They never get bored telling their story. -- Jack Welch

Religion is the everlasting dialogue between humanity and God. Art is its soliloquy. -- Franz Werfel

A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain. -- Jessamyn West

Did St. Francis really preach to the birds? Whatever for? If he really liked birds he would have done better to preach to the cats. -- Rebecca West

Among politicians the esteem of religion is profitable; the principles of it are troublesome. -- Benjamin Whichcote

Religion is what an individual does with his solitariness. -- Alfred North Whitehead

In the faces of men and women I see God. -- Walt Whitman

So many Gods, so many creeds, So many paths that wind and wind, When just the art of being kind Is all this sad world needs. -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. -- Oscar Wilde

It isn't until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are— not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within— that you can begin to take control. -- Oprah Winfrey

A cult is a religion with no political power. -- Tom Wolfe

... And God, who studies each separate soul, out of commonplace lives makes his beautiful whole. -- Sarah Chauncey Woolsey

I believe in Islam. I am a Muslim and there is nothing wrong with being a Muslim, nothing wrong with the religion of Islam. It just teaches us to believe in Allah as the God. -- Malcolm X

America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. -- Malcolm X

This religion (Islam) recognizes all men as brothers. It accepts all human beings as equals before God, and as equal members in the Human Family of Mankind. -- Malcolm X

The new pope knows that his task is to make the light of Christ shine before men and women of world - not his own light, but that of Christ. -- Pope Benedict XVI

We do not seek a Christ whom we have invented, for only in the real communion of the Church do we encounter the real Christ. -- Pope Benedict XVI

Religion can be defined as a system of beliefs and practices by means of which a group of people struggles with the ultimate problems of human life. -- Milton Yinger

A God all mercy is a God unjust. -- Edward Young

A good man, is a good man, whether in this church, or out of it. -- Brigham Young

Don't try to tear down other people's religion about their ears. Build up your own perfect structure of truth, and invite your listeners to enter in and enjoy it's glories. -- Brigham Young

Selfishness is the only real atheism; aspiration, unselfishness, the only real religion. -- Israel Zangwill

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