Religion Quotes

 A bad cause will never be supported by bad means and bad men. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets. 
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1917
  
 A good life is the only religion. 
Author: Thomas Fuller
Nationality: English
b. December 1608  - d. 16 August 1661
  
 A human being is part of a whole, called by us the 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes. 
Author: James Feibleman
Nationality: American   
 A patriot without religion in my estimation is as great a paradox as an honest Man without the fear of God. Is it possible that he whom no moral obligations bind, can have any real Good Will towards Men? Can he be a patriot who, by openly vicious conduct, is undermining the very bonds of Society? The Scriptures tell us 'righteousness exalteth a Nation'. 
Author: Abigail Adams
Nationality: American
b. 11 December 1744  - d. 28 October 1818
  
 A person starts to live when he can live outside himself. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years, but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 A really good religion is a form of treason. 
Author: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Nationality: American
b. December 1922
  
 A religion that requires persecution to sustain it is of the devil's propagation. 
Author: Hosea Ballou II
Nationality: American
b. December 1796  - d.  December 1861
  
 A religious life is a struggle and not a hymn. 
Author: Madame de Stael
Nationality: American   
 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. 
Author: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Nationality: American   
 A society like ours, which professes no one religion and has allowed all religions to decay, which indulges freedom to the point of license and individualism to the point of anarchy, needs all the support that responsible, cultivated homes can furnish. I hope your generation will provide a firmer shelter for civilized standards. 
Author: Alan Simpson
Nationality: American   
 A theory can be proved by experiment; but no path leads from experiment to the birth of a theory. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 A wise architect observed that you could break the laws of architectural art provided you had mastered them first. That would apply to religion as well as to art. Ignorance of the past does not guarantee freedom from its imperfections. 
Author: Reinhold Niebuhr
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1892  - d. 1 June 1971
  
 Abortion is a worse moral scandal than priests sexually abusing young people. 
Author: Dr. George Pell
Nationality: Australian
b. 08 June 1941
  
 According to this conception, the sole function of education was to open the way to thinking and knowing, and the school, as the outstanding organ for the people's education, must serve that end exclusively. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Acquire inner peace and a multitude will find their salvation near you. 
Author: Catherine Doherty
Nationality: Russian
b. 15 August 1896  - d. 14 December 1885
  
 Action and care will in time wear down the strongest frame, but guilt and melancholy are poisons of quick dispatch. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 All along, one of my major complaints was his absence from home, and even worse, his absence when he was home. 
Author: Sonia Johnson
Nationality: American
b. 26 February 1963
  
 All explorers are seeking something they have lost. It is seldom that they find it, and more seldom still that the attainment brings them greater happiness than the quest. 
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1917
  
 All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final. 
Author: Hypatia of Alexandria
Nationality: Greek
b. December 360  - d.  December 415
  
 All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 All people that on earth do dwell, Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice. Him serve with mirth, His praise forth tell; Come ye before him and rejoice. 
Author: William Kethe
Nationality: Scottish  - d. 06 June 1594   
 All Protestantism, even the most cold and passive, is a sort of dissent. But the religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principle of resistance; it is the dissidence of dissent, and the Protestantism of the Protestant religion. 
Author: Edmund Burke
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 January 1729  - d. 9 July 1797
  
 All religions are therapies for the sorrows and disorders of the soul. 
Author: Carl Jung
Nationality: Swiss
b. 26 July 1875  - d. 6 June 1961
  
 All religions must be tolerated, for every man must get to heaven in his own way. 
Author: King Frederick the Great - Frederick II
Nationality: Prussian
b. 24 January 1712  - d. 17 August 1786
  
 All such action would cease if those powerful elemental forces were to cease stirring within us.  
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 All these constructions and the laws connecting them can be arrived at by the principle of looking for the mathematically simplest concepts and the link between them. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Almighty God; we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government... and finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Literature of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 America is not fighting to win a war. We are fighting to give an application to an old Greek proverb, which is that the purpose of war is not to annihilate an enemy but to get him to mend his ways. And we are confident we can get the enemy to mend his ways. 
Author: Arthur Joseph Goldberg
Nationality: American
b. 8 August 1908  - d. 19 January 1990
  
 An aspiring Light Horseman, in answer to the recruiting sergeant's question: 'What religion?' 'Australian, That's my religion'. 
Author: William Baylebridge
Nationality: Australian
b. 12 December 1883  - d. 7 May 1942
  
 Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. 
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1917
  
 Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be a true system. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Anything you don't understand, Mr. Rankin, you attribute to God. God for you is where you sweep away all the mysteries of the world, all the challenges to our intelligence. You simply turn your mind off and say 'God did it'. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 Are we trapped in another Vietnam. 
Author: Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 15 October 1917  - d. 28 February 2007
  
 As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children. 
Author: Anita Bryant
Nationality: American
b. 25 March 1940
  
 As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 As long as I don't write about the government, religion, politics, and other institutions, I am free to print anything. 
Author: Pierri-Augustin de Beaumarchais
Nationality: French
b. December 1732  - d.  December 1799
  
 As long as there are sovereign nations possessing great power, war is inevitable. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 As we wake or sleep, we grow strong or we grow weak, and at last some crisis shows us what we have become. 
Author: Brooke Foss Westcott
Nationality: English
b. 12 January 1825  - d. 27 July 1901
  
 As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for socialism is its adherents. 
Author: George Orwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 June 1903  - d. 21 January 1950
  
 At any rate, I am convinced that God does not play dice. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 At every step of the way, George W. Bush has put the narrow interests of the few ahead of the interests of most Americans. 
Author: John Forbes Kerry
Nationality: American
b. 11 December 1943
  
 At the heart of racism is the religious assertion that God made a creative mistake when He brought some people into being. 
Author: Friedrich Otto Hertz
Nationality: American
b. December 1898  - d.  December 1965
  
 At the same time, as social beings, we are moved in the relations with our fellow beings by such feelings as sympathy, pride, hate, need for power, pity, and so on. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not; but superstition dismounts all these, and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men...the master of superstition is the people; and arguments are fitted to practice, in a reverse order. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 Because he who thinks freely does his best toward being right, and consequently does all that God, who can require nothing more of any Man than that he should do his best, can require of him. 
Author: Anthony Collins
Nationality: English
b. 21 June 1676  - d. 13 December 1729
  
 Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 Beware of the man of one book. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 Bigotry murders religion to frighten fools with her ghost. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 But their intervention makes our acts to serve ever less merely the immediate claims of our instincts 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Can that which is the greatest virtue in philosophy, doubt, be in religion what the priests term it, the greatest of sins? 
Author: Christian Nestell Bovee
Nationality: American
b. December 1820  - d.  December 1904
  
 Christianity does not remove you from the world and its problems; it makes you fit to live in it, triumphantly and usefully. 
Author: Charles Bradley Templeton
Nationality: Canadian
b. December 1915  - d.  December 2001
  
 Christianity is a missionary religion, converting, advancing, aggressive, encompassing the world; a non-missionary church is in the bands of death. 
Author: Friedrich Max Müller
Nationality: German
b. 06 December 1823  - d. 28 October 1900
  
 Christianity is just Prozac without the need for a prescription. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 As to harmonizing the theory of evolution with the Biblical account of creation, I do not believe it can be done, and I do not see why it should. the story of Genesis is beautiful, and profoundly significant as symbolism: but there is no good reason to torture it into conformity with modern theory. 
Author: Will Durant
Nationality: American
b. 05 November 1885  - d. 07 November 1981
  
 Civilization ceases when we no longer respect and no longer put into their correct places the fundamental values, such as work, family and country; such as the individual, honor and religion. 
Author: R. P. Lebret
Nationality: American   
 Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Considered logically this concept is not identical with the totality of sense impressions referred to; but it is an arbitrary creation of the human (or animal) mind. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last. To pluck the mask from the face of the Pharisee, is not to life an impious hand to the Crown of Thorns. 
Author: Charlotte Brontë
Nationality: English
b. December 1816  - d.  December 1855
  
 Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting points and its rich environment. But the point from which we started out still exists and can be seen, although it appears smaller and forms a tiny part of our broad view gained by the mastery of the obstacles on our adventurous way up. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Curiosity has its own reason for existence. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Degeneracy follows every autocratic system of violence, for violence inevitably attracts moral inferiors. Time has proven that illustrious tyrants are succeeded by scoundrels. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Devotion to God is atheism to Life. 
Author: Norman Lindsay
Nationality: Australian
b. 22 February 1879  - d. 21 November 1969
  
 Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal. 
Author: Lenore Hershey
Nationality: Australian   
 Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Do you ever sit down and wonder what is wrong with the world? Do you ever ask yourself why it is that Christians seem to have so little influence, why they seem to achieve so little, for all their numbers, in putting the world right? To each of those two questions there is ultimately but one answer. It is this: we lack the mind of Christ. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 During the last century, and part of the one before, it was widely held that there was an unreconcilable conflict between knowledge and belief. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 E=mc_ (Energy equals mass times the square of the speed of light.) Original statement: If a body gives off the energy L in the form of radiation, its mass diminshes by L/c_. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Each makes this cosmos and its construction the pivot of his emotional life, in order to find in this way peace and security which he can not find in the narrow whirlpool of personal experience. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Early to bed, early to rise Work like hell and advertise. 
Author: Ted Turner
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1938
  
 Earth groans beneath religion's iron age, And priests dare babble of a God of peace Even whilst their hands are red with guilty blood. 
Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley
Nationality: English
b. 4 August 1792  - d. 8 July 1822
  
 Education is the progressive realization of our ignorance. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for insects as well as for the stars. Human beings, vegetables or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Faith must have adequate evidence, else it is mere superstition. 
Author: Archibald Alexander Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1823  - d. 12 November 1886
  
 Fear was necessary to a religion which was to bring power to its leaders, for fear is the complement of power. Men seek power to gain their objective and to overawe their fellows: and simplicity must be disguised by mysticism for the glorification of the high priests of power. 
Author: Eleanor Hibbert
Nationality: British
b. 01 September 1906  - d. 18 January 1993
  
 Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 For a Christian Aborigine, land rights or the proposed Heritage Protection Act is a symbolic step back to the world of paganism, superstition, fear and darkness. 
Author: Hugh Matheson Morgan
Nationality: Australian
b. 09 September 1940
  
 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work neither should he eat. 
Author: Saint Paul
Nationality: Tarsus In Cilicia - South-central Turkey
b. December 5  - d.  December 67
  
 Formal symbolic representation of qualitative entities is doomed to its rightful place of minor significance in a world where flowers and beautiful women abound. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic. 
Author: Thomas S. Szasz
Nationality: American
b. 15 April 1920
  
 Generations to come will find it difficult to believe that a man such as Gandhi ever walked the face of this earth. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 God has no religion. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 God is clever, but not dishonest. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 God is subtle but not malicious. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 God is the universal substance in existing things. He comprises all things. He is the fountain of all being. In Him exists everything that is. 
Author: Giordano Bruno
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1548  - d. 17 February 1600
  
 God, used to be the answer, now he's the question. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes of men. 
Author: Brooke Foss Westcott
Nationality: English
b. 12 January 1825  - d. 27 July 1901
  
 Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Has not peace honours and glories of her own, unattended by the dangers of war? 
Author: General Hermocrates
Nationality: Syracuse   
 I have learned by experience that no man's character can be eventually injured but by his own acts. 
Author: Rowland Hill
Nationality: English
b. December 1744  - d.  December 1833
  
 He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Here come two religious caterpillars. 
Author: Christopher Marlowe
Nationality: English
b. 26 February 1564  - d. 30 May 1593
  
 Historically the profoundest meaning of Passover is something which sets Judaism apart from other religions. It marks the birth of a nation. Out of a mass of slaves, Moses fashioned a nation and gave them a faith. From that day to this, Jews have never ceased to be a people. 
Author: Philip S. Bernstein
Nationality: English
b. December 1910
  
 Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties; write its precepts on your hearts and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for the progress made, and to this we must look as our guide in the future. 
Author: Ulysses S. Grant
Nationality: American
b. 27 April 1822  - d. 23 July 1885
  
 Home interprets heaven. Home is heaven for beginners. 
Author: Charles H. Parkhurst
Nationality: American
b. 17 April 1842  - d. 08 September 1933
  
 How do I work? I grope. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 I am a Millionaire. That is my religion. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of. 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: British
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father's religion, if they can find out what it is. 
Author: Charles Lamb
Nationality: English
b. 10 February 1775  - d. 27 December 1834
  
 I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow creatures happy. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind - that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 I can think of no better way of redeeming this tragic world today than love and laughter. Too many of the young have forgotten how to laugh, and too many of the elders have forgotten how to love. Would not our lives be lightened if only we could all learn to laugh more easily at ourselves and to love one another? 
Author: Theodore M. Hesburgh
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1917
  
 I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly influence the actions of individuals, or would directly sit in judgment on creatures of his own creation. I cannot do this in spite of the fact that mechanistic causality has, to a certain extent, been placed in doubt by modern science. [He was speaking of Quantum Mechanics and the breaking down of determinism.] My religiosity consists in a humble admiratation of the infinitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality. Morality is of the highest importance - but for us, not for God 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 I count religion but a childish toy, And hold there is no sin but ignorance. 
Author: Christopher Marlowe
Nationality: English
b. 26 February 1564  - d. 30 May 1593
  
 I do benefits for all religions - I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality. 
Author: Bob Hope
Nationality: American
b. December 1903  - d.  December 2003
  
 I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't. 
Author: Jules Renard
Nationality: French
b. 22 February 1864  - d. 22 May 1910
  
 I have always been an enemy of half measures or weak decisions. If the Providence has so willed that the German people cannot be spared this fight, then I can only be grateful that it entrusted me with the leadership in this historic struggle which, for the next 500 or 1,000 years, will be described as decisive, not only for the history of Germany, but for the whole of Europe and indeed the whole world. The German people and their soldiers are working and fighting today, not only for the present, but for the coming, nay the most distant, generations. A historical revision on a unique scale has been imposed on us by the Creator. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 I have... a terrible need... shall I say the word?... of religion. Then I go out at night and paint the stars. 
Author: Vincent Willem van Gogh
Nationality: Dutch
b. 30 March 1853  - d. 29 July 1890
  
 I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 I read about an Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary priest, If I did not know about god and sin, would I go to hell?. No, said the priest, not if you did not know, Then why, asked the Eskimo earnestly, did you tell me? 
Author: Annie Dillard
Nationality: American
b. 30 April 1945
  
 I shot the Americans because they were preaching Christianity in a Muslim country. I did it to cleanse my religion and get closer to Allah. 
Author: Ahmed Alhaj
Nationality: American   
 I wasn't, I am, I won't be. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 I won't take my religion from any man who never works except with his mouth and never cherishes any memory except the face of the woman on the American silver dollar. 
Author: Carl Sandburg
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1878  - d. 22 July 1967
  
 I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. 
Author: Rita Rudner
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1956
  
 I'm not normally a religious man, but if you're up there, save me, Superman! 
T.V. Series: The Simpsons
Nationality: American   
 If I were going to convert to any religion I would probably choose Catholicism because it at least has female saints and the Virgin Mary. 
Author: Margaret Eleanor Atwood
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 November 1939
  
 If man was God's finest creation, made in his own image, how did man manage to descend to such widespread depths of depravity?  
Author: John Grosse
Nationality: Australian   
 If one were to take that goal out of out of its religious form and look merely at its purely human side, one might state it perhaps thus: free and responsible development of the individual, so that he may place his powers freely and gladly in the service of all mankind. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 If the good and evil which have grown out of the Christian Religion could be weighed against one another, which would tip the scales? 
Author: Eleanor Hibbert
Nationality: British
b. 01 September 1906  - d. 18 January 1993
  
 If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion. 
Author: Goncourt
Nationality: British   
 If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 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 birght, birdlike eyes grew even brighter as he contempalated this possible future dialogue, and then he pointed a finger upward and cried, 'Why, I should say, 'God, you gave us insufficient evidence.' ' 
Author: Al Seckel
Nationality: American
b. December 1958
  
 In earlier religions the spirit of the time was expressed through the individual and confirmed by miracles. In modern religions the spirit is expressed through the many and confirmed by reason. 
Author: Heinrich Heine
Nationality: German
b. 13 December 1797  - d. 17 February 1856
  
 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. 
Author: Anna Jameson
Nationality: British
b. 17 May 1794  - d. 17 March 1860
  
 In no direction that we turn do we find ease or comfort. If we are honest and if we have the will to win we find only danger, hard work and iron resolution. 
Author: Wendell L. Willkie
Nationality: American
b. 18 February 1892  - d. 8 October 1944
  
 In order to have a winner, the team must have a feeling of unity; every player must put the team first - ahead of personal glory. 
Author: Paul Bryant
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1913  - d. 26 January 1983
  
 In regard to religion, mutual toleration in the different professions thereof is what all good and candid minds in all ages have ever practiced, and both by precept and example inculcated on mankind ...  
Author: Samuel Adams
Nationality: American
b. 27 September 1722  - d. 2 October 1803
  
 In religion as in friendship, they who profess most are ever the least sincere. 
Author: Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 October 1751  - d. 7 July 1816
  
 In religion we believe only what we do not understand, except in the instance of an intelligible doctrine that contradicts an incomprehensible one. In that case we believe the former as a part of the latter. 
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1842  - d.  December 1914
  
 God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world. 
Author: Paul Dirac
Nationality: English
b. 08 August 1902  - d. 20 October 1984
  
 In the relationship between man and religion, the state is firmly committed to a position of neutrality. 
Author: Glenn Kessler
Nationality: American
b. 06 July 1959
  
 Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful. 
Author: Margaret Mead
Nationality: American
b. 16 December 1901  - d. 15 November 1978
  
 Intimidation is a sure sign of incompetence. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 Islam is the world's fastest growing religion today. It is a great force in Africa, a middling presence in China and the Soviet Union, a shareholder in the petropolitics of the Middle East, a huge presence in Indonesia, and the religion of more than 6 million North Americans. 
Author: Carmody & Carmody
Nationality: Australian   
 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. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 It is a literal fact that each man who heard his reprieve (for continued incarceration) wept bitterly, and that each man who heard his condemnation i.e. death sentence, went down on his knees, with dry eyes, and thanked God. 
Author: William Bernard Ullathorne
Nationality: English
b. 07 May 1802  - d. 21 March 1889
  
 It is a reproach to religion and government to suffer so much poverty and excess. 
Author: William Penn
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1644  - d. 30 June 1718
  
 It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as you enemy is the quintessence of true religion. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 It is not quite easy to fix an autobiographical paragraph into such a composition as that which I am now addressing to you, but I think it will have to be attempted, for undoubtedly my personal religion has been strongly affected by the eccentric course of my early years. 
Author: Herbert Hensley Henson
Nationality: English
b. December 1863  - d.  December 1947
  
 It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English - up to fifty words used in correct context - no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 It is only from the belief of the goodness and wisdom of a supreme being, that our calamities can be borne in the manner which becomes a man. 
Author: Henry Mackenzie
Nationality: Scottish
b. August 1745  - d. 14 January 1831
  
 It is plain that there is wide variety in American religious taste. The defendants are not alone in catering to it with a pretty dubious product. 
Author: Robert H. Jackson
Nationality: American
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1954
  
 It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people. 
Author: Giordano Bruno
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1548  - d. 17 February 1600
  
 It is the last territorial claim which I have to make in Europe - Sudetenland. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it. 
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1874  - d. 16 June 1936
  
 It is true, that a little Philosophy inclineth Man's Mind to Atheism: but depth in Philosophy bringeth Men's Minds about to Religion. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 It shouldn't be too much of a surprise that the Internet has evolved into a force strong enough to reflect the greatest hopes and fears of those who use it. After all, it was designed to withstand nuclear war, not just the puny huffs and puffs of politicians and religious fanatics. 
Author: Denise Caruso
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 It was the experience of mystery even if mixed with fear that engendered religion. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 It would be a gain to the country were it vastly more superstitious, more bigoted, more gloomy, more fierce in its religion that at present it shows itself to be. 
Author: Cardinal John Henry Newman
Nationality: English
b. 21 February 1801  - d. 11 August 1890
  
 It's incongruous that the older we get, the more likely we are to turn in the direction of religion. Less vivid and intense ourselves, closer to the grave, we begin to conceive of ourselves as immortal. 
Author: Edward Hoagland
Nationality: American
b. 21 December 1932
  
 John Grubby, who was short and stout And troubled with religious doubt, Refused about the age of three To sit upon the curate's knee. 
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1874  - d. 16 June 1936
  
 Let it be impressed upon your minds, let it be instilled into your children, that the liberty of the press is the palladium of all the civil, political, and religious rights. 
Author: Junius
Nationality: English
b. December 1740  - d.  December 1818
  
 Let me not be understood as saying that there are no bad laws, nor that grievances may not arise for the redress of which no legal provisions have been made. I mean to say no such thing. But I do mean to say that although bad laws, if they exist, should be repealed as soon as possible, still, while they continue in force, for the sake of example they should be religiously observed. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 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. 
Author: Sophia Lyon Fahs
Nationality: American
b. 2 August 1876  - d. 14 April 1978
  
 Live as though Christ died yesterday, rose from the grave today, and is coming back tomorrow. 
Author: Theodore H. Epp
Nationality: American
b. 27 January 1907  - d. 13 October 985
  
 Love is always creative, fear always destructive. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 Man always travels along precipices. His truest obligation is to keep his balance. 
Author: Pope John Paul II
Nationality: Polish
b. 18 May 1920  - d. 2 April 2005
  
 Many have quarreled about religion that never practiced it. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Maybe there is no actual place called hell. Maybe hell is just having to listen to our grandparents breathe through their noses when they're eating sandwiches. 
Author: Jim Carey
Nationality: Canadian
b. 17 January 1962
  
 Mayonnaise: One of the sauces which serve the French in place of a state religion. 
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1842  - d.  December 1914
  
 Men never do evil so cheerfully and so completely as when they do so from religious conviction. 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything but - live for it. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 Music is the only sensual gratification which mankind may indulge in to excess without injury to their moral or religious feelings. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 My friends and my road-fellows, pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion. Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave, eats a bread it does not harvest, and drinks a wine that flows not from its own winepress. Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero, and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful. Pity the nation that raises not its voice save when it walks in a funeral, boasts not except among its ruins, and will rebel not save when its neck is laid between the sword and the block. Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox, whose philosopher is a juggler, and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking. Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpetings, and farewells him with hootings, only to welcome another with trumpetings again. Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 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. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 My reverence has always been for holy simplicity rather than wordy vulgarity. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 Myth is someone else's religion. 
Author: Caroline Llewellyn
Nationality: Greek   
 Nature is not cruel, pitilessly, indifferent. This is one of the hardest lessons for humans to learn. We cannot admit that things might be neither good nor evil, neither cruel nor kind, but simply callous - indifferent to all suffering, lacking all purpose. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 Never look a gift horse in the mouth. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 No great advance has every made in science, politics, or religion, without controversy. 
Author: Lyman Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 12 October 1775  - d. 10 January 1863
  
 No praying, it spoils business. 
Author: Thomas Otway
Nationality: English
b. 3 March 1652  - d. 14 April 1685
  
 No religion can long continue to maintain its purity when the church becomes the subservient vassal of the state. 
Author: Felix Adler
Nationality: American
b. 13 August 1851  - d. 24 April 1933
  
 Nothing happens that is not first dreamed. 
Author: Edgar Cayce
Nationality: American
b. 18 March 1877  - d. 03 January 1945
  
 There have been four sorts of ages in the world's history. There have been ages when everybody thought they knew everything, ages when nobody thought they knew anything, ages when clever people thought they knew much and stupid people thought they knew little, and ages when stupid people thought they knew much and clever people thought they knew little. The first sort of age is one of stability, the second of slow decay, the third of progress, the fourth of disaster. All primitive ages belong to the first sort: no one has any doubt as to the tribal religion, the wisdom of ancient customs, or the magic by which good crops are to be secured; consequently everyone is happy in the absence of some tangible reason, such as starvation, for being unhappy. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 On pregnancy: I was slowly taking on the dimensions of a chest of drawers. 
Author: Maria Augusta von Trapp
Nationality: Austrian
b. 26 January 1905  - d. 28 March 1987
  
 Would it not be more Christian to open our doors to 800 Vietnamese displaced by war than to send 800 Australians to kill some more of them? 
Author: Morris Langlo West
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 April 1916  - d. 09 October 1999
  
 One issue that is sure to come up in the fall campaign that has already surfaced is Bush cozying up to the self-described religious right, including the Reverends Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. 
Author: Dan Rather
Nationality: American
b. 31 October 1931
  
 One of the less appealing aspects of bachelor communities, be they religious or secular, is that their members very easily become self-centred, self-protective and sadly deficient in compassion. The larger and more powerful the community, the more visible are its defects. 
Author: Morris Langlo West
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 April 1916  - d. 09 October 1999
  
 One religion is as true as another. 
Author: Robert Burton
Nationality: English
b. 8 February 1577  - d. 25 January 1640
  
 One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 One's religion is whatever he is most interested in, and yours is Success. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Our feeling of ignorance, vanity, want, weakness, in short, depravity and corruption, reminds us that in the Lord, and none but He, dwell the true light of wisdom, solid virtue, exuberant goodness. 
Author: John Calvin
Nationality: French
b. 10 July 1509  - d. 27 May 1564
  
 Our hope of immortality does not come from any religions, but nearly all religions come from that hope. 
Author: Robert G. Ingersoll
Nationality: American
b. 11 August 1833  - d. 21 July 1899
  
 Oysters are more beautiful than any religion There's nothing in Christianity or Buddhism That quite matches the sympathetic unselfishness of an oyster. 
Author: Saki
Nationality: English
b. 18 December 1870  - d. 14 November 1916
  
 Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 People may say what they like about the decay of Christianity; The religious system that produced green Chartreuse can never really die. 
Author: Saki
Nationality: English
b. 18 December 1870  - d. 14 November 1916
  
 People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace.They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them.The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within. 
Author: Ramona L. Anderson
Nationality: English   
 Personally, I'm in favor of democracy, which means that the central institutions of society have to be under popular control. Now, under capitalism, we can't have democracy by definition. Capitalism is a system in which the central institutions of society are in principle under autocratic control. Thus, a corporation or an industry is, if we were to think of it in political terms, fascist; that is, it has tight control at the top and strict obedience has to be established at every level - there's little bargaining, a little give and take, but the line of Literatureity is perfectly straightforward. Just as I'm opposed to political fascism, I'm opposed to economic fascism. I think that until the major institutions of society are under the popular control of participants and communities, it's pointless to talk about democracy. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 Pray as if everything depended on God, And work as if everything depended upon man. 
Author: Francis Spellman
Nationality: American
b. 4 May 1889  - d. 2 December 1967
  
 Prayer is to religion what thinking is to philosophy. To pray is to make religion. 
Author: Novalis
Nationality: German
b. 02 May 1772  - d. 25 March 1801
  
 Pride is an admission of weakness; it secretly fears all competition and dreads all rivals. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 Priests are no more necessary to religion than politicians to patriotism. 
Author: Rev. John H. Holmes
Nationality: American
b. December 1879  - d.  December 1964
  
 Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion. 
Author: William Blake
Nationality: English
b. 28 November 1757  - d. 12 August 1827
  
 Reform must come from within, not from without. You cannot legislate for virtue. 
Author: Cardinal James Gibbons
Nationality: American
b. 23 July 1834  - d. 24 March 1921
  
 Religion has done love a great servive by making it a sin. 
Author: Anatole France
Nationality: French
b. 16 April 1844  - d. 12 October 1924
  
 Religion has not civilized man, man has civilized religion. 
Author: Robert G. Ingersoll
Nationality: American
b. 11 August 1833  - d. 21 July 1899
  
 Religion is a candle inside a multicolored lantern. Everyone looks through a particular color, but the candle is always there. 
Author: Mohammed Neguib
Nationality: Egyptian
b. December 1901  - d.  December 1984
  
 Religion is a great force - the only real motive force in the world; but you must get a man through his own religion, not through yours. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 Religion is a multicolored lantern. Everyone looks through a particular color, but the candle is always the same. 
Author: Mohammed Naguib
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 20 February 1901  - d. 29 August 1984
  
 Religion is a necessary, an indispensable element in any great human character. There is no living without it. Religion is the tie that connects man to his Creator, and holds him to his throne. 
Author: Daniel Webster
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1782  - d. 24 October 1852
  
 Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires. 
Author: Sigmund Freud
Nationality: Austrian
b. 6 May 1856  - d. 23 September 1939
  
 Religion is by no means a proper subject of conversation in a mixed company. 
Author: Earl Philip Dormer Stanhope
Nationality: English
b. 22 September 1694  - d. 24 March 1773
  
 Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. 
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Nationality: Roman
b. December 4  - d.  December 65
  
 Religion is the best armour in the world, But the worst cloak. 
Author: John Bunyan
Nationality: English
b. 28 November 1628  - d. 31 August 1688
  
 Religion is the intellectual resolution of the unknown. 
Author: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 1 July 1983
  
 Religion is the last refuge of human savagery. 
Author: Alfred North Whitehead
Nationality: English
b. 15 February 1861  - d. 30 December 1947
  
 Religion is the sum of the expansive impulses of a being. 
Author: Henry Havelock Ellis
Nationality: British
b. 24 July 1859  - d. 03 October 1939
  
 Religion is too often talked of, but too little known. 
Author: Jonathan Swift
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 November 1667  - d. 19 October 1745
  
 Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich. 
Author: Napoleon Bonaparte
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Religion without myth not only fails to work, it also fails to offer man the promise of unity with the transpersonal and eternal. 
Author: Carl Jung
Nationality: Swiss
b. 26 July 1875  - d. 6 June 1961
  
 Religion, which should most distinguish us from beasts, and ought most peculiarly to elevate us, as rational creatures, above brutes, is that wherein men often appear most irrational, and more senseless than beasts themselves. 
Author: John Locke
Nationality: English
b. 29 August 1632  - d. 28 October 1704
  
 Religions are the great fairy tales of conscience. 
Author: George Santayana
Nationality: Spanish
b. 16 December 1863  - d. 26 September 1952
  
 Religions must continue to evolve to keep up with changing times, because only fittest shall survive. 
Author: B. J. Gupta
Nationality: Spanish   
 Religious factions will go on imposing their will on others unless the decent people connected to them recognize that religion has no place in public policy. They must learn to make their views known without trying to make their views the only alternative. 
Author: Barry Goldwater
Nationality: American
b. 2 January 1909  - d. 29 May 1998
  
 Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all. 
Author: Hypatia of Alexandria
Nationality: Greek
b. December 360  - d.  December 415
  
 Virtue supposes liberty, as the carrying of a burden supposes active force. Under coercion there is no virtue, and without virtue there is no religion. Make a slave of me, and I shall be no better for it. Even the sovereign has no right to use coercion to lead men to religion, which by its nature supposes choice and liberty. My thought is no more subject to authority than is sickness or health. 
Author: Voltaire
Nationality: French
b. 21 November 1694  - d. 30 May 1778
  
 Satan the envious said with a sigh: Christians know more about their hell than I. 
Author: Alfred Francis Kreymborg
Nationality: American
b. 10 December 1883  - d. 14 August 1996
  
 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. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 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. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Selfishness is the only real atheism; aspiration, unselfishness, the only real religion. 
Author: Israel Zangwill
Nationality: English
b. 21 January 1864  - d. 1 August 1926
  
 Sex has become one of the most discussed subjects of modern times. The Victorians pretended it did not exist; the moderns pretend that nothing else exists. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society. 
Author: Malcolm Muggeridge
Nationality: British
b. 24 March 1903  - d. 14 November 1990
  
 Simple doctrine was wrapped round and round with dogma so involved that the seed which had been planted by Jesus Christ was hidden and forgotten: taking the place of the wandering teacher who had given up all his worldly goods to the poor and followed in his Master's footsteps, there were the powerful men of the Church. 
Author: Eleanor Hibbert
Nationality: British
b. 01 September 1906  - d. 18 January 1993
  
 Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle, Sing the ending of the fray; Now above the cross, the trophy, Sound the loud triumphant lay: Tell how Christ the world’s Redeemer, As a victim won the day. He, our Maker, deeply grieving That the first made Adam fell, When he ate the fruit forbidden Whose reward was death and hell, Marked e’en then this Tree the ruin Of the first tree to dispel. Tell how, when at length the fullness, Of th’appointed time was come, Christ, the Word, was born of woman, Left for us His heavenly home; Showed us human life made perfect, Shone as light amid the gloom. Lo! He lies an Infant weeping, Where the narrow manger stands, While the Mother-Maid His members Wraps in mean and lowly bands, And the swaddling clothes is winding Round His helpless feet and hands. Thus, with thirty years accomplished, Went He forth from Nazareth, Destined, dedicated, willing, Wrought His work, and met His death. Like a lamb He humbly yielded On the cross His dying breath. There the nails and spears He suffers, Vinegar, and gall, and reed; From His sacred body piercèd Blood and water both proceed; Precious flood, which all creation From the stain of sin hath freed. Faithful cross, thou sign of triumph, Now for us the noblest tree, None in foliage, none in blossom, None in fruit thy peer may be; Symbol of the world’s redemption, For the weight that hung on thee! Bend thy boughs, O tree of glory! Thy relaxing sinews bend; For awhile the ancient rigor That thy birth bestowed, suspend; And the King of heavenly beauty On thy bosom gently tend! Thou alone wast counted worthy This world’s ransom to sustain, That a shipwrecked race forever Might a port of refuge gain, With the sacred blood anointed Of the Lamb of sinners slain. To the Trinity be glory Everlasting, as is meet: Equal to the Father, equal To the Son, and Paraclete: God the Three in One, whose praises All created things repeat. 
Author: Fortunatus Venantius
Nationality: Italian
b. December 530  - d.  December 600
  
 So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence; and in this respect, ministers of religion follow gospel authority more closely than in some others. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 Some people gain comfort believing there is a God, some by believing that his son died for us while others gain comfort from sitting on hard wooden pews in a very large building. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 Some persons do first, think afterward, and then repent forever. 
Author: Thomas Secker
Nationality: English
b. December 1693  - d.  December 1768
  
 By the Throat. 
Author: Ben Frost
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1980
  
 Speaking from my own religious tradition in this Christmas season, 2,000 years ago a homeless woman gave birth to a homeless child in a manger because the inn was full. 
Author: Al Gore
Nationality: American
b. 31 March 1948
  
 Stop thinking about your difficulties, whatever they are, and start thinking about God instead. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 Such evil deeds could religion prompt. 
Author: Lucretius
Nationality: Italian
b. December 99  - d.  December 55
  
 Superstition is religion - which has grown incongruous with intelligence. 
Author: John Tyndall
Nationality: British
b. 2 August 1820  - d. 4 December 1893
  
 Superstition is only the fear of belief, while religion is the confidence. 
Author: Marguerite Blessington
Nationality: Irish
b. 1 September 1789  - d. 4 June 1849
  
 Superstition is the only religion of which base souls are capable of. 
Author: Joseph Joubert
Nationality: French
b. 7 May 1754  - d. 4 May 1824
  
 Superstition is the poison of the mind. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 Superstition is the religion of feeble minds. 
Author: Edmund Burke
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 January 1729  - d. 9 July 1797
  
 Supreme art is a traditional statement of certain heroic and religious truth, passed on from age to age, modified by individual genius, but never abandoned. 
Author: W. B. Yeats
Nationality: Irish
b. 13 June 1865  - d. 28 January 1939
  
 Talk to me about the truth of religion and I'll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I'll listen submissively. But don't come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don't understand. 
Author: C. S. Lewis
Nationality: English
b. 29 November 1898  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 The artist needs no religion beyond his work. 
Author: Elbert Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1856  - d. 7 May 1915
  
 The baby doesn't understand English and the Devil knows Latin. 
Author: Ronald Knox
Nationality: English
b. December 1888  - d.  December 1957
  
 The Christian notion of the possibility of redemption is incomprehensible to the computer. 
Author: Vance Packard
Nationality: American
b. 22 May 1914  - d. 12 December 1996
  
 The Church of Scientology is a vicious and dangerous cult that masquerades as a religion. Its purpose is to make money. It practices a variety of mind-control techniques on people lured into its midst to gain control over their money and their lives. Its aim is to take from them every penny that they have and can ever borrow and to also enslave them to further its wicked ends. 
Author: Roland Rashleigh-Berry
Nationality: American   
 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 defence 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. 
Author: G. Gaia
Nationality: American   
 The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and the arena of the heart and the head will be occupied or reoccupied, by our real problems - the problems of life and of human relations, of creation and behavior and religion. 
Author: John Maynard Keynes
Nationality: British
b. 05 June 1883  - d. 21 April 1946
  
 The defiance of established Literatureity, religious and secular, social and political, as a world-wide phenomenon may well one day be accounted the outstanding event of the last decade. 
Author: Hannah Arendt
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1906  - d. 4 December 1975
  
 The difficulty of arriving at the truth when one has nothing, but human testimony to depend on, is both apparent, and, from a religious point of view, terribly disconcerting. 
Author: Herbert Hensley Henson
Nationality: English
b. December 1863  - d.  December 1947
  
 The enemy is like a woman, weak in face of opposition, but correspondingly strong when not opposed. In a quarrel with a man, it is natural for a woman to lose heart and run away when he faces up to her; on the other hand, if the man begins to be afraid and to give ground, her rage, vindictiveness and fury overflow and know no limit. 
Author: St. Ignatius Loyola
Nationality: Spanish
b. December 1491  - d.  December 1556
  
 The fact that astronomies change while the stars abide is a true analogy of every realm of human life and thought, religion not least of all. No existent theology can be a final formulation of spiritual truth. 
Author: Harry Emerson Fosdick
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1878  - d. 5 October 1969
  
 The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 The final test of religious faith is whether it will enable men to endure insecurity without complacency or despair, whether it can so interpret the ancient verities that they will not become mere escape hatches from responsibilities but instruments of insights into what civilization means.  
Author: Reinhold Niebuhr
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1892  - d. 1 June 1971
  
 The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regimen of Women. 
Author: John Knox
Nationality: Scottish
b. December 1510  - d.  December 1572
  
 The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion. 
Author: Fred Allen
Nationality: American
b. 31 May 1894  - d. 17 March 1956
  
 The friendship that can cease has never been real. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world... To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one. 
Author: Walter Winchell
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1897  - d. 20 February 1972
  
 The highest principles for our aspirations and judgments are given to us in the Jewish-Christian religious tradition. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 The liberty of the press is the Palladium of all the civil, political, and the religious rights of an Englishman. 
Author: Junius
Nationality: English
b. December 1740  - d.  December 1818
  
 The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him. 
Author: Thomas Hardy
Nationality: English
b. 02 June 1840  - d. 11 January 1928
  
 The majesty of God in itself goes beyond the capacity of human understanding and cannot be comprehended by it. We must adore its loftiness rather than investigate it, so that we do not remain overwhelmed by so great a splendor. 
Author: John Calvin
Nationality: French
b. 10 July 1509  - d. 27 May 1564
  
 The mass of the people have nothing to do with the laws but to obey them. 
Author: Bishop Samuel Horsley
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1733  - d. 4 October 1806
  
 The more dark a person's nature, the more likely they are to need religion to contain them. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself. 
Author: Richard Francis Burton
Nationality: English
b. 9 March 1821  - d. 20 October 1890
  
 The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the power of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms -- this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the rank of devoutly religious men. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. 
Author: Theodore M. Hesburgh
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1917
  
 The only religious way to think of death is as part and parcel of life. 
Author: Thomas Mann
Nationality: German
b. 06 June 1875  - d. 12 August 1955
  
 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. 
Author: Eric Hoffer
Nationality: American
b. 25 July 1902  - d. 21 May 1983
  
 The price of freedom of religion or of speech or of the press is that we must put up with, and even pay for, a good deal of rubbish. 
Author: Robert H. Jackson
Nationality: American
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1954
  
 The puritanical potentialities of science have never been forecast. If it evolves a body of organized rites, and is established as a religion, hierarchically organized, things more than anything else will be done in the name of ''decency.'' The coarse fumes of tobacco and liquors, the consequent tainting of the breath and staining of white fingers and teeth, which is so offensive to many women, will be the first things attended to. 
Author: Wyndham Lewis
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 November 1882  - d. 07 March 1957
  
 The religion of the Jews is, indeed, a light; but it is as the light of the glow-worm, which gives no heat, and illumines nothing but itself. 
Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Nationality: English
b. 21 October 1772  - d. 25 July 1834
  
 The religions of the world are the ejaculations of a few imaginative men. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 The secret of a person's nature lies in their religion and what they really believes about the world and their place in it. 
Author: James A. Froude
Nationality: English
b. 23 April 1818  - d. 20 October 1894
  
 The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin. 
Author: Jay Leno
Nationality: American
b. 28 April 1950
  
 The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 The true meaning of religion is thus not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion. 
Author: Matthew Arnold
Nationality: English
b. 24 December 1822  - d. 15 April 1888
  
 The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual - when it begins to ignore the passions, the motions - it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 The way we respond to criticism pretty much depends on the way we respond to praise. If praise humbles us, then criticism will build us up. But if praise inflates us, then criticism will crush us; and both responses lead to our defeat. 
Author: Warren W. Wiersbe
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1929
  
 The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum. 
Author: Henry Havelock Ellis
Nationality: British
b. 24 July 1859  - d. 03 October 1939
  
 The world is my country, All mankind are my brethren, To do good is my religion, I believe in one God and no more. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 The world would be astonished if it knew how great a proportion of its brightest ornaments, of those most distinguished even in popular estimation for wisdom and virtue, are complete skeptics in religion. 
Author: John Stuart Mill
Nationality: English
b. 20 May 1806  - d. 8 May 1873
  
 There are times when I hope there is a God, so that if Judgement Day does come, the religious who have caused so much misery since time began, will have a really tortured, tortuous time, but the shame of it is, that's not going to happen. 
Author: Suzanne Le Moy
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1894  - d.  December 1976
  
 There is a holy mistaken zeal in politics as well as in religion. By persuading others, we convince ourselves. 
Author: Franciscus Junius
Nationality: Dutch
b. 29 January 1591  - d.  December 1677
  
 There is a sixth religious duty associated with the Five Pillars, Jihad or Holy War. Prescribed for you is fighting, though it be hateful to you. Yet it may happen that you will hate a thing which is better for you; and it may happen that you will love a thing which is worse for you; God knows, and you know not.  
Tome: The Qur'an
Nationality: Dutch   
 There is no cure for the pride of a virtuous nation but pure religion. 
Author: Reinhold Niebuhr
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1892  - d. 1 June 1971
  
 There is not even enough religion in the world to destroy the world's religions. 
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
Nationality: German
b. 15 October 1844  - d. 25 August 1900
  
 There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 There must have been many - Jews and Moslems - who fervently wished that Jesus Christ had never made His appearance on Earth, when contemplating all the misery which would have been spared them, their families and friends, but for this, to them, calamitous event. 
Author: Eleanor Hibbert
Nationality: British
b. 01 September 1906  - d. 18 January 1993
  
 There's nought, no doubt, so much the spirit calms As rum and true religion. 
Author: Lord George Byron
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1788  - d. 19 April 1824
  
 Things have come to a pretty pass when religion is allowed to invade the sphere of private life. 
Author: Danish Proverb
Nationality: English   
 This so-called 'new religion' is nothing but a pack of weird rituals and chants, designed to take away the money of fools. Let us say the Lord's Prayer 40 times, but first, let's pass the collection plate! 
T.V. Series: The Simpsons
Nationality: American   
 Time consecrates; And what is grey with age becomes religion. 
Author: Friedrich von Schiller
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1759  - d. 09 May 1805
  
 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 To be furious in religion is to be irreligiously religious. 
Author: William Penn
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1644  - d. 30 June 1718
  
 To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy. 
Author: William Ralph Inge
Nationality: English
b. 6 June 1860  - d. 26 February 1954
  
 To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull facilities can comprehend only in the most primitive forms--this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the ranks of the devoutly religious men. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 To teach superstitions as truth is a most terrible thing. 
Author: Hypatia of Alexandria
Nationality: Greek
b. December 360  - d.  December 415
  
 Too austere a philosophy makes few wise men; too rigorous politics, few good subjects; too hard a religion, few persons whose devotion is of long continuance. 
Author: Charles de Saint-Evremond
Nationality: French
b. 01 April 1610  - d. 29 September 1703
  
 True religion is the poetry of the heart; it has enchantments useful to our manners; it gives us both happiness and virtue. 
Author: Joseph Joubert
Nationality: French
b. 7 May 1754  - d. 4 May 1824
  
 Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed. 
Author: Epictetus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 55  - d.  December 135
  
 We are a nation of many nationalities, many races, many religions-bound together by a single unity, the unity of freedom and equality. Whoever seeks to set one nationality against another, seeks to degrade all nationalities. 
Author: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1882  - d. 12 April 1945
  
 We believe that all men are created equal because they are created in the image of God. 
Author: Harry S. Truman
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1884  - d. 26 December 1972
  
 We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form. 
Author: William Ralph Inge
Nationality: English
b. 6 June 1860  - d. 26 February 1954
  
 We have in England a particular bashfulness in every thing that regards religion. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. 
Author: Jonathan Swift
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 November 1667  - d. 19 October 1745
  
 We wish to find the truth, no matter where it lies. But to find the truth we need imagination and skepticism both. We will not be afraid to speculate, but we will be careful to distinguish speculation from fact. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 Well! some people talk of morality, and some of religion, but give me a little snug property. 
Author: Maria Edgeworth
Nationality: English
b. 1 January 1767  - d. 22 May 1849
  
 What is a minority? The chosen heroes of this earth have been in a minority. There is not a social, political, or religious privilege that you enjoy today that was not bought for you by the blood and tears and patient suffering of the minority. It is the minority that have stood in the van of every moral conflict, and achieved all that is noble in the history of the world. 
Author: John B. Gough
Nationality: English   
 What is important - what lasts - in another language is not what is said but what is written. For the essence of an age, we look to its poetry and its prose, not its talk shows. 
Author: Peter Brodie
Nationality: English   
 What started out as a mass confidence trick backed up with brainwashing became a monstrous and insane organisation with fantastic, fanatical ideals. Because of this change, the Church of Scientology survived the death of their founder. It is like a runaway monster machine that tramples on society and peoples lives that is very difficult to stop.  
Author: Roland Rashleigh-Berry
Nationality: American   
 What we do upon a great occasion will probably depend upon what we already are; what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline, under the grace of Christ or the absence of it. 
Author: H. P. Liddon
Nationality: English
b. 20 August 1829  - d. 09 September 1890
  
 Whatever a man seeks, honors, or exalts more than God, this is the god of his idolatry. 
Author: William Bernard Ullathorne
Nationality: English
b. 07 May 1802  - d. 21 March 1889
  
 When God is no longer cruel, many questions will be answered. 
Author: Patrick White
Nationality: Australian
b. 28 May 1912  - d. 30 September 1990
  
 When holy and devout religious men Are at their beads, 'tis hard to draw them thence; So sweet is zealous contemplation. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 When men have gone so far as to talk as though their idols have come to life, it is time that someone broke them. 
Author: Richard Henry Tawney
Nationality: English
b. 30 November 1880  - d. 16 January 1962
  
 When we say ''science'' we can either mean any manipulation of the inventive and organizing power of the human intellect: or we can mean such an extremely different thing as the religion of science, the vulgarized derivative from this pure activity manipulated by a sort of priestcraft into a great religious and political weapon. 
Author: Wyndham Lewis
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 November 1882  - d. 07 March 1957
  
 Whenever a man talks loudly against religion - always suspect that it is not his reason, but his passions which have got the better of his creed. 
Author: Laurence Sterne
Nationality: English
b. 24 November 1713  - d. 18 March 1768
  
 Where there is no religion, hypocrisy becomes good taste. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 Which brand is best? Which faith is true? The Gospel according to me ...? Or you ...? 
Author: Bastian Sleffur
Nationality: Australian   
 Why do you not practise what you preach? 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 With stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. 
Author: Friedrich von Schiller
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1759  - d. 09 May 1805
  
 Without an understanding of myth or religion, without an understanding of the relationship between destruction and creation, death and rebirth, the individual suffers the mysteries of life as meaningless mayhem alone. 
Author: Marion Woodman
Nationality: Canadian
b. 15 August 1928
  
 Without philosophy man cannot know what he makes; without religion he cannot know why. 
Author: Eric Gill
Nationality: British
b. 22 February 1882  - d. 17 November 1940
  
 Women are an enslaved population - the crop we harvest is children, the fields we work are houses. Women are forced into committing sexual acts with men that violate integrity because the universal religion - contempt for women - has as its first commandment that women exist purely as sexual fodder for men. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.  
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Yes, the world belongs to the courageous. God helps him. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know is going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt. 
Author: Robert Maynard Pirsig
Nationality: American
b. December 1928
  
 You can believe in God without believing in immortality, but it is hard to see how anyone can believe in immortality and not believe in God. 
Author: Ernest Dimnet
Nationality: American
b. 09 July 1866  - d.  December 1954
  
 You have noticed that everything as Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round ... The Sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours ... Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and soit is in everything where power moves. 
Author: Black Elk
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1863  - d.  December 1950
  
 You know, religion is organized spirituality. But there's an inherent contradiction there, because the moment you try to organize spirituality, you destroy its essence. So religion is spirituality in which the spiritual has been killed. 
Author: Tom Robbins
Nationality: American
b. 22 July 1936
  
 You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 You will realise that the care of your health is a religious duty. 
Author: Herbert Hensley Henson
Nationality: English
b. December 1863  - d.  December 1947
  
 Galileo was no idiot. Only an idiot could believe that science requires martyrdom - that may be necessary in religion, but in time a scientific result will establish itself.  
Author: David Hilbert
Nationality: German
b. 23 January 1862  - d. 14 February 1943
  
 Everything that used to be a sin, is now a disease. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Prayer changes things? No! Prayer changes people, and people change things. 
Author: Burton Hills
Nationality: English   
 Finding that no religion is based on facts and cannot be true, I began to reflect what must be the condition of mankind trained from infancy to believe in error. 
Author: Robert Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. 14 May 1771  - d. 17 November 1858
  
 An Oxford man of a very decided and one-sided religious belief who held his pedigree very proudly indeed sat beside me. 
Author: Wilfred Owen
Nationality: English
b. 18 March 1893  - d. 04 November 1918
  
 Religion is not a popular error; it is a great instinctive truth, sensed by the people, expressed by the people. 
Author: J. Ernest Renan
Nationality: French
b. December 1823  - d.  December 1892
  
 On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.  
Author: Jules Renard
Nationality: French
b. 22 February 1864  - d. 22 May 1910
  
 If you would not step into the harlot's house, do not go by the harlot's door. 
Author: Thomas Secker
Nationality: English
b. December 1693  - d.  December 1768
  
 He enjoys much who is thankful for little.  
Author: Thomas Secker
Nationality: English
b. December 1693  - d.  December 1768
  
 Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 A vow is a purely religious act which cannot be taken in a fit of passion. It can be taken only with a mind purified and composed and with God as witness. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Fear of death makes us devoid both of valour and religion. For want of valour is want of religious faith 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 One's own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one's Maker and no one else's. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Religion is a matter of the heart. No physical inconvenience can warrant abandonment of one's own religion. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Religion is more than life. Remember that his own religion is the truest to every man even if it stands low in the scales of philosophical comparison. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 And then when all around grows dark, when we feel utterly alone, when all men right and left pass us by and know us not, a forgotten feeling rises in the breast. 
Author: Friedrich Max Müller
Nationality: German
b. 06 December 1823  - d. 28 October 1900
  
 For those who live neither with religious consolations about death nor with a sense of death - or of anything else - as natural, death is the obscene mystery, the ultimate affront, the thing that cannot be controlled. It can only be denied. 
Author: Susan Sontag
Nationality: American
b. 16 January 1933  - d. 28 December 2004
  
 The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 Men neglect the duties incumbent on man, yet are treated like demi-gods; religion is also separated from morality by a ceremonial veil, yet men wonder that the world is almost, literally speaking, a den of sharpers or oppressors. 
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft
Nationality: British
b. 27 April 1759  - d. 10 September 1797
  
 I am obliged to believe certain opinions myself. No man's belief will save me except my own. 
Author: Anthony Collins
Nationality: English
b. 21 June 1676  - d. 13 December 1729
  
 It is not enough to render things equal to the will, that they are equal or alike in themselves. 
Author: Anthony Collins
Nationality: English
b. 21 June 1676  - d. 13 December 1729
  
 Willing or preferring is the same with respect to good and evil, that judging is with respect to truth or falsehood. 
Author: Anthony Collins
Nationality: English
b. 21 June 1676  - d. 13 December 1729
  
 I think that there is a quasi-religious theory of human nature that is prevalent among pundits and intellectuals, which includes both empirical assumptions about how the mind works and a set of values that people hang on those assumptions. 
Author: Steven Pinker
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 September 1954
  
 Some people think that all the equipment you need to discuss religion is a mouth. 
Author: Herman Wouk
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1915
  
 Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active. 
Author: Edith Hamilton
Nationality: American
b. December 1867  - d.  December 1963
  
 Although created out of nothing, that is, through and out of God, he cannot of his own power resolve himself back into this nothingness. 
Author: Friedrich Max Müller
Nationality: German
b. 06 December 1823  - d. 28 October 1900
  
 There's no reason to bring religion into it. I think we ought to have as great a regard for religion as we can, so as to keep it out of as many things as possible. 
Author: Sean O'Casey
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 March 1880  - d. 18 September 1964
  
 Love and business and family and religion and art and patriotism are nothing but shadows of words when a man's starving! 
Author: O. Henry
Nationality: American
b. December 1862  - d.  December 1910
  
 Religion was nearly dead because there was no longer real belief in future life; but something was struggling to take its place - service - social service - the ants creed, the bees creed. 
Author: John Galsworthy
Nationality: English
b. December 1867  - d.  December 1933
  
 Do you think that God will punish them for not practicing a religion which he did not reveal to them? 
Author: Charles de Secondat
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 I would as soon say that religion gives its professors a right to enslave those who dissent from it, in order to render its propagation more easy. 
Author: Charles de Secondat
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 People here argue about religion interminably, but it appears that they are competing at the same time to see who can be the least devout. 
Author: Charles de Secondat
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Religious wars are not caused by the fact that there is more than one religion, but by the spirit of intolerance. The spread of which can only be regarded as the total eclipse of human reason. 
Author: Charles de Secondat
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 When men take pleasure in feeling their minds elevated with strong drink, and so indulge their appetite as to disorder their understandings, neglect their duty as members of a family or civil society, and cast off all regard to religion, their case is much to be pitied. 
Author: John Woolman
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1720  - d. 7 October 1772
  
 The future is religion and commerce, aphrodisiac and Benzedrine, a mother of mysterious comfort and a mistress of familiar ravishments ever on the verge of embracing or destroying us. 
Author: Eugene Cullen Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. December 1928
  
 A good sermon should be like a woman's skirt: short enough to arouse interest but long enough to cover the essentials. 
Author: Ronald Knox
Nationality: English
b. December 1888  - d.  December 1957
  
 It is so stupid of modern civilisation to have given up believing in the devil when he is the only explanation of it. 
Author: Ronald Knox
Nationality: English
b. December 1888  - d.  December 1957
  
 When suave politeness, tempering bigot zeal, corrected 'I believe' to 'one does feel'. 
Author: Ronald Knox
Nationality: English
b. December 1888  - d.  December 1957
  
 Every society has its traditions, laws, and religious beliefs, which it tries to preserve. 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 God did not intend religion to be an exercise club. 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 If you want to move people, you look for a point of sensitivity, and in Egypt nothing moves people as much as religion. 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 Science has a place in society, just as a new religion does. 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 The Koran and the laws of all civilized nations legislate against the vilification of religions. 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 Today's interpretations of religion are often backward and contradict the needs of civilization. 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God. 
Author: Rev. Mary Manin Morrissey
Nationality: American
b. December 1949
  
 I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical or religious beliefs or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs. 
Author: Pete Seeger
Nationality: American
b. December 1919
  
 I am saying voluntarily that I have sung for almost every religious group in the country, from Jewish and Catholic, and Presbyterian and Holy Rollers and Revival Churches. 
Author: Pete Seeger
Nationality: American
b. December 1919
  
 I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience, no matter what religion or color of their skin, or situation in life. 
Author: Pete Seeger
Nationality: American
b. December 1919
  
 I love my country very dearly, and I greatly resent this implication that some of the places that I have sung and some of the people that I have known, and some of my opinions, whether they are religious or philosophical, or I might be a vegetarian, make me any less of an American. 
Author: Pete Seeger
Nationality: American
b. December 1919
  
 Some of my ancestors were religious dissenters who came to America over three hundred years ago. Others were abolitionists in New England in the eighteen forties and fifties. 
Author: Pete Seeger
Nationality: American
b. December 1919
  
 The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women's emancipation.  
Author: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1815  - d. 26 October 1902
  
 The stability and peace which seemed to be so firmly established by the brilliant monarchy of Francis I vanished with the terrible outbreak of the Wars of Religion. 
Author: Giles Lytton Strachey
Nationality: British
b. 01 March 1880  - d. 21 January 1932
  
 Many lamented but more rejoiced, and specially such as either had been religious men, or favoured religious persons; for they banqueted and triumphed together that night, many wishing that that day had been seven year before; and some fearing lest he should escape, although he were imprisoned, could not be merry. Others who knew nothing but truth by him both lamented him and heartily prayed for him. But this is true that of certain of the clergy he was detestably hated, & specially of such as had borne swynge, and by his means was put from it; for in dead he was a man that in all his doings seemed not to favour any kind of Popery, nor could not abide the snoffyng pride of some prelates, which undoubtedly, whatsoever else was the cause of his death, did shorten his life and procured the end that he was brought unto. 
Author: Thomas Cromwell
Nationality: English
b. December 1485  - d.  December 1540
  
 All outward forms of religion are almost useless, and are the causes of endless strife. Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest. 
Author: Beatrix Potter
Nationality: English
b. 28 July 1866  - d. 22 December 1943
  
 Religion is the organization of spirituality into something that became the hand maiden of conquerors. Nearly all religions were brought to people and imposed on people by conquerors, and used as the framework to control their minds 
Author: John Henrik Clarke
Nationality: American
b. 1 January 1915  - d. 16 July 1998
  
 The inner spaces that a good story lets us enter are the old apartments of religion. 
Author: John Updike
Nationality: American
b. 18 March 1932  - d. 27 January 2009
  
 Religion consists herein, that man in his own person, with his own spiritual eye, immediately beholds and possesses God. This, however, is possible through pure independent thought alone; for only through this does man assume real personality, and this alone is the eye to which God becomes visible.  
Author: Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Nationality: German
b. 19 May 1762  - d. 27 January 1814
  
 Beneath all differences of doctrine or discipline there exists a fundamental agreement as to the simple, absolute essentials in religion. 
Author: Julia Ward Howe
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1819  - d. 17 October 1910
  
 I need to be practically reminded that Love is the Religion of Life. 
Author: Julia Ward Howe
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1819  - d. 17 October 1910
  
 I ask you to pray for me, for once age has overtaken us, we find consolation only in religion. 
Author: Paul Cezanne
Nationality: French
b. 19 January 1839  - d. 22 October 1906
  
 Everything I did, all my actions, all of the problems I had I dedicate to God and to Chile, because I kept Chile from becoming Communist. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 If I were asked for a one-sentence sound bite on religion, I would say I was against it. 
Author: Sir Salman Rushdie
Nationality: English
b. 19 June 1947
  
 What is needed is a move beyond tradition, nothing less than a reform movement to bring the core concepts of Islam into the modern age, a Muslim Islamic Reformation to combat not only the jihadist ideologues but also the dusty, stifling seminaries of the traditionalists, throwing open the windows to let in much-needed fresh air. It is high time, for starters, that Muslims were able to study the revelation of their religion as an event inside history, not supernaturally above it. Broad-mindedness is related to tolerance; open-mindedness is the sibling of peace. 
Author: Sir Salman Rushdie
Nationality: English
b. 19 June 1947
  
 We had better dispense with the personification of evil, because it leads, all too easily, to the most dangerous kind of war: religious war. 
Author: Konrad Lorenz
Nationality: Austrian
b. 7 November 1903  - d. 27 February 1989
  
 The habit of religion is oppressive, an easy way out of thought. 
Author: Peter Ustinov
Nationality: English
b. 16 April 1921  - d. 28 March 2004
  
 Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched. 
Author: Guy de Maupassant
Nationality: French
b. 5 August 1850  - d. 6 July 1893
  
 Religions get lost as people do. 
Author: Franz Harrington
Nationality: Austrian
b. 3 July 1883  - d. 3 June 1924
  
 It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 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. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow 
Author: Anais Nin
Nationality: American
b. 21 February 1903  - d. 14 January 1977
  
 The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between. 
Author: Mother Teresa
Nationality: Indian
b. 26 August 1910  - d. 5 September 1997
  
 I thank God for the honesty and virility of Jesus religion which makes us face the facts and calls us to take a man's part in the real battle of life. 
Author: Henry van Dyke
Nationality: American
b. December 1852  - d.  December 1933
  
 Religion is not a conclusion of the reason. 
Author: Lyman Abbott
Nationality: American
b. 18 December 1835  - d. 22 October 1922
  
 If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 Human salvation demands the divine disclosure of truths surpassing reason. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 How is it they live in such harmony the billions of stars - when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their minds about someone they know. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 All that is true, by whomsoever it has been said has its origin in the Spirit. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 Because of the diverse conditions of humans, it happens that some acts are virtuous to some people, as appropriate and suitable to them, while the same acts are immoral for others, as inappropriate to them. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 Clearly the person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstances confronting him. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 It is possible to demonstrate God's existence, although not a priori, yet a posteriori from some work of His more surely known to us. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary: First, the Literatureity of the sovereign. Secondly, a just cause. Thirdly, a rightful intention. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 It is clear that he does not pray, who, far from uplifting himself to God, requires that God shall lower Himself to him, and who resorts to prayer not to stir the man in us to will what God wills, but only to persuade God to will what the man in us wills. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 Man should not consider his material possession his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 Love takes up where knowledge leaves off. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 Law; an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 This religion takes away the courage of thinking of unusual things and prohibits self-examination above all as the most egregious of sins.... It is one step away from protestantism. 
Author: Marie Stendhal
Nationality: French
b. 23 January 1783  - d. 23 March 1842
  
 Religion: A weapon of mass destruction. 
Author: Michael G. Olson
Nationality: Australian
b. 7 December 1956
  
 To say that Literatureity, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed. 
Author: Noah Webster
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1758  - d. 28 April 1843
  
 It is the sincere desire of the writer that our citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the bible, particularly the New Testament or the Christian religion.  
Author: Noah Webster
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1758  - d. 28 April 1843
  
 No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.  
Author: Noah Webster
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1758  - d. 28 April 1843
  
 The ecclesiastical establishments of Europe which serve to support tyrannical governments are not the Christian religion but abuses and corruptions of it. 
Author: Noah Webster
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1758  - d. 28 April 1843
  
 America sees the absurdities - she sees the kingdoms of Europe, disturbed by wrangling sectaries, or their commerce, population and improvements of every kind cramped and retarded, because the human mind like the body is fettered 'and bound fast by the chords of policy and superstition': She laughs at their folly and shuns their errors: She founds her empire upon the idea of universal toleration: She admits all religions into her bosom - She secures the sacred rights of every individual; and - astonishing absurdity to Europeans!, she sees a thousand discordant opinions live in the strictest harmony. It will finally raise her to a pitch of greatness and lustre, before which the glory of ancient Greece and Rome shall dwindle to a point, and the splendor of modern Empires fade into obscurity. 
Author: Noah Webster
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1758  - d. 28 April 1843
  
 Let us start a new religion with one commandment, "Enjoy thyself". 
Author: Israel Zangwill
Nationality: English
b. 21 January 1864  - d. 1 August 1926
  
 Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so. 
Author: Brigham Young
Nationality: English
b. 1 June 1801  - d. 29 August 1877
  
 You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind....Cain slew his brother. Cain might have been killed, and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings. This was not to be, and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin. 
Author: Brigham Young
Nationality: English
b. 1 June 1801  - d. 29 August 1877
  
 The true basis of religion is not belief, but intuitive experience. Intuition is the soul's power of knowing God. To know what religion is really all about, one must know God. 
Author: Paramhansa Yogananda
Nationality: Indian
b. 5 January 1893  - d. 7 March 1952
  
 Perhaps you, my judges, pronounce this sentence against me with greater fear than I receive it. 
Author: Giordano Bruno
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1548  - d. 17 February 1600
  
 It may be you fear more to deliver judgment upon me than I fear judgment. 
Author: Giordano Bruno
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1548  - d. 17 February 1600
  
 There is no law governing all things. 
Author: Giordano Bruno
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1548  - d. 17 February 1600
  
 Time takes all and gives all. 
Author: Giordano Bruno
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1548  - d. 17 February 1600
  
 Time is the father of truth, its mother is our mind. 
Author: Giordano Bruno
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1548  - d. 17 February 1600
  
 With luck on your side, you can do without brains. 
Author: Giordano Bruno
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1548  - d. 17 February 1600
  
 The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 One of the great benefits of organised religion is that you can be forgiven your sins, which must be a wonderful thing. I mean, I carry my sins around with me, there's nobody there to forgive them. 
Author: Sir Kingsley Amis
Nationality: English
b. 16 April 1922  - d. 22 October 1995
  
 I don't have a religion. I believe in a God. I don't know what it looks like but it's MY god. My own interpretation of the supernatural. 
Author: Jennifer Aniston
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1969
  
 In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United Nations will be defined by a new, more profound awareness of the sanctity and dignity of every human life, regardless of race or religion. 
Author: Kofi Annan
Nationality: Ghanaian
b. 8 April 1938
  
 We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race. 
Author: Kofi Annan
Nationality: Ghanaian
b. 8 April 1938
  
 What we must look for here is, firstly, religious and moral principles; secondly, gentlemanly conduct; thirdly, intellectual ability. 
Author: Thomas Arnold
Nationality: English
b. 13 June 1795  - d. 12 June 1842
  
 As a motive for terror, religion has more often than not required a good deal of lubrication by lucre. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 I don't like to say it but I grew up with a kind of visceral fear of Catholics. I knew it was irrational and got over it but it was just the street experience. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 Some people are that - more than a parent, more than a role model, more than anything less than a religion. 
Author: Margaret Cho
Nationality: American
b. 05 December 1968
  
 I regret and suffer those losses, but it's God's will. He will pardon me if I committed excesses, but I don't think I did. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Let religion become the basis and reality of your life and your actions, but let it be the pure and single-minded religion of divine reason and divine love, and not that religion which strove to disassociate itself from everything that makes up the substance and life of truly moral existence. Look at Christ, my dear friend; His life was divine through and through, full of self-denial, and He did everything for mankind, finding His satisfaction and His delight in the dissolution of His material being. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 God is a challenge because there is no proof of his existence and therefore the search must continue. 
Author: Donald Knuth
Nationality: American
b. 10 January 1938
  
 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. 
Author: Oprah Winfrey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1954
  
 There were very few Jews in Linz. In the course of centuries the Jews who lived there had become Europeanized in external appearance and were so much like other human beings that I even looked upon them as Germans. The reason why I did not then perceive the absurdity of such an illusion was that the only external mark which I recognized as distinguishing them from us was the practice of their strange religion. As I thought that they were persecuted on account of their faith my aversion to hearing remarks against them grew almost into a feeling of abhorrence. I did not in the least suspect that there could be such a thing as a systematic anti-Semitism. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator - by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 It is always more difficult to fight against faith than against knowledge. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 Sooner will a camel pass through a needle's eye than a great man be "discovered" by an election. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 Who says I am not under the special protection of God? 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Religion brings to man an inner strength, spiritual light, and ineffable peace. 
Author: Alexis Carrel
Nationality: French
b. 28 June 1873  - d. 5 November 1944
  
 In religion as in politics it so happens that we have less charity for those who believe half our creed, than for those who deny the whole of it. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 There are three modes of bearing the ills of life, by indifference, by philosophy, and by religion. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 We should not run away from religious teachings. We should run to them. 
Author: James Carville
Nationality: American
b. 25 October 1944
  
 I told him frankly that I had given my life to religion and that he did not fit into the scheme. I see now how imbecile I was, how hideously wrong and weak it is to reject any part of one's personality. 
Author: Aleister Crowley
Nationality: British
b. 12 October 1875  - d. 1 December 1947
  
 On this connection there was also the point that I was anxious to prove that spiritual progress did not depend on religious or moral codes, but was like any other science. Magick would yield its secrets to the infidel and the libertine, just as one does not have to be a churchwarden in order to discover a new kind of orchid. There are, of course, certain virtues necessary to the Magician; but they are of the same order as those which make a successful chemist. 
Author: Aleister Crowley
Nationality: British
b. 12 October 1875  - d. 1 December 1947
  
 I studied English literature; I took 2 independent religion classes, but I wasn't a religion major really. 
Author: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Nationality: American
b. 16 November 1977
  
 I have a great love and respect for religion, great love and respect for atheism. What I hate is agnosticism, people who do not choose. 
Author: Orson Welles
Nationality: American
b. 6 May 1915  - d. 10 October 1985
  
 It is a masterpiece of the devil to make us believe that children cannot understand religion. Would Christ have made a child the standard of faith if He had known that it was not capable of understanding His words? 
Author: Dwight Lyman Moody
Nationality: American
b. 5 February 1837  - d. 22 December 1899
  
 Reject racial or religious hate. Embrace moderate Islam. 
Author: Geraldo Rivera
Nationality: American
b. 4 July 1943
  
 Let's not leave an educational vacuum to be filled by religious extremists who go to families who have no other option and offer meals, housing and some form of education. If we are going to combat extremism then we must educate those very same children. 
Author: Hilary Clinton
Nationality: American
b. 26 October 1947
  
 Wonder, connected with a principle of rational curiosity, is the source of all knowledge and discover, and it is a principle even of piety; but wonder which ends in wonder, and is satisfied with wonder, is the quality of an idiot. 
Author: Bishop Samuel Horsley
Nationality: American
b. 15 September 1733  - d. 4 October 1806
  
 Despotism is the only form of government which may with safety to itself, neglect the education of its infant poor. 
Author: Bishop Samuel Horsley
Nationality: American
b. 15 September 1733  - d. 4 October 1806
  
 True Americanism is opposed utterly to any political divisions resting on race and religion. 
Author: Henry Cabot Lodge
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1850  - d. 9 November 1924
  
 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. 
Author: Larry Flynt
Nationality: American
b. 1 November 1942
  
 I'd like to design something like a city or a museum. I want to do something hands on rather than just play golf which is the sport of the religious right. 
Author: Brad Pitt
Nationality: American
b. 18 December 1963
  
 A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion. 
Author: Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice. 
Author: Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 From faith, hope, and love, the virtues of religion referring to God, there arises a double act which bears on the spiritual communion exercised between God and us; the hearing of the word and prayer. 
Author: William Ames
Nationality: English
b. December 1576  - d. 14 November 1633
  
 The first act of religion, therefore, concerns those things which are communicated to us from God. The other concerns those things which we yield to God. 
Author: William Ames
Nationality: English
b. December 1576  - d. 14 November 1633
  
 We are humble enough to say we don't know, what of theologians like McGrath? He knows. He's signed up to the Nicene Creed. The universe was created by a very particular supernatural intelligence who is actually three in one. Not four, not two, but three. Christian doctrine is remarkably specific: not only with cut-and-dried answers to the deep problems of the universe and life, but about the divinity of Jesus, about sin and redemption, heaven and hell, prayer and absolute morality. And yet McGrath has the almighty gall to accuse me of a 'glossy', 'quick fix', naive faith that science has all the answers. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 When Religion and Royalty are swept away, the people will attack the great, and after the great, they will fall upon the rich. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 Religions are the cradles of despotism. 
Author: Marquis de Sade
Nationality: French
b. 2 June 1740  - d. 2 December 1814
  
 Christmas is a time when people of all religions come together to worship Jesus Christ. 
T.V. Series: The Simpsons
Nationality: American   
 Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand. 
Author: Karl Marx
Nationality: German
b. 5 May 1818  - d. 14 March 1883
  
 The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion. 
Author: Karl Marx
Nationality: German
b. 5 May 1818  - d. 14 March 1883
  
 The earth is the Lord's fullness thereof: this is no longer a hollow dictum of religion, but a directive for economic action toward human brotherhood. 
Author: Lewis Mumford
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1895  - d. 26 January 1990
  
 Here's the thing with me and the religious thing. This is the flat-out truth: I find the religiosity and philosophy in the music. I don't find it anywhere else. Songs like "Let Me Rest on a Peaceful Mountain" or "I Saw the Light" - that's my religion. I don't adhere to rabbis, preachers, evangelists, all of that. I've learned more from the songs than I've learned from any of this kind of entity. The songs are my lexicon. I believe the songs. 
Author: Bob Dylan
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1941
  
 I have a sneaking suspicion that all religions lead to the same place, a very unified place. 
Author: Jewel
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 I never found much comfort in overly organized religion of any sort. 
Author: Jewel
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 We need a new religion. 
Author: Lauren Hutton
Nationality: American
b. 17 November 1943
  
 There's no religion but sex and music. 
Author: Sting
Nationality: English
b. 2 October 1951
  
 Religion often partakes of the myth of progress that shields us from the terrors of an uncertain future. 
Author: Frank Patrick Herbert
Nationality: American
b. 8 October 1920  - d. 11 February 1986
  
 When law and duty are one, united by religion, you never become fully conscious, fully aware of yourself. You are always a little less than an individual. 
Author: Frank Patrick Herbert
Nationality: American
b. 8 October 1920  - d. 11 February 1986
  
 If we must not act save on a certainty, we ought not to act on religion, for it is not certain. But how many things we do on an uncertainty, sea voyages, battles! 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 Men despise religion; they hate it and fear it is true. 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 Brethren of the house of Israel, listen to me. Not because I am a scholar have ye appeared here so numerously; for there are those here more learned than I. Nor because I am a wealthy man; for there are many more wealthy than I. The people of the south know Akiba; but whence should the people of Galilee know him? The men are acquainted with him; but how shall the women and children I see here be said to be acquainted with him? Still I know that your reward shall be great, for ye have given yourselves the trouble to come simply in order to do honor to the Torah and to fulfill a religious duty. 
Author: Akiba ben Joseph
Nationality: Palestinian
b. December 50  - d.  December 135
  
 I have treated many hundreds of patients. Among those in the second half of life - that is to say, over 35 - there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life. 
Author: Carl Jung
Nationality: Swiss
b. 26 July 1875  - d. 6 June 1961
  
 If you cross-examine a child of seven or eight on his day's doings - specially when he wants to go to sleep - he will contradict himself very satisfactorily. If each contradiction be set down as a lie and retailed at breakfast, life is not easy. I have known a certain amount of bullying, but this was calculated torture - religious as well as scientific. Yet it made me give attention to the lies I soon found it necessary to tell: and this, I presume, is the foundation of literary effort. 
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Nationality: English
b. 30 December 1865  - d. 18 January 1936
  
 Our aversion to lying is commonly a secret ambition to make what we say considerable, and have every word received with a religious respect. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 Religion consists of the belief that everything that happens to us is extraordinarily important. It can never disappear from the world for this reason. 
Author: Cesare Pavese
Nationality: Italian
b. 9 September 1908  - d. 27 August 1950
  
 We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being. 
Author: William O. Douglas
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1898  - d. 19 January 1980
  
 If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us. 
Author: Robert H. Jackson
Nationality: American
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1954
  
 The effect of the religious freedom Amendment to our Constitution was to take every form of propagation of religion out of the realm of things which could directly or indirectly be made public business, and thereby be supported in whole or in part at taxpayers' expense. That is a difference which the Constitution sets up between religion and almost every other subject matter of legislation, a difference which goes to the very root of religious freedom. This freedom was first in the Bill of Rights because it was first in the forefathers' minds; it was set forth in absolute terms, and its strength is its rigidity. It was intended not only to keep the states' hands out of religion, but to keep religion's hands off the state, and, above all, to keep bitter religious controversy out of public life by denying to every denomination any advantage from getting control of public policy or the public purse. 
Author: Robert H. Jackson
Nationality: American
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1954
  
 The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish. 
Author: Robert H. Jackson
Nationality: American
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1954
  
 The day that this country ceases to be free for irreligion it will cease to be free for religion - except for the sect that can win political power. 
Author: Robert H. Jackson
Nationality: American
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1954
  
 Among the existing religions of the world Islam is the only one which can answer the demand of Western life, but owing to political reasons a prejudice against Islam has existed in the West for a long time. Also, the Christian missionaries, knowing that Islam is the only religion which can succeed their faith, have done everything within their power to prejudice the minds of Western people against it. Therefore there is little chance of Islam being accepted in the West. However, those seekers after religious ideals have more or less regard for the religions of the East and those who seek after truth show a desire to investigate Eastern thought 
Author: Inayat Khan
Nationality: Indian
b. 5 July 1882  - d. 5 February 1927
  
 Protestantism is a religion which is void both of spirit and form, a flower without color or fragrance. It is a rattle given into the hand of a child to keep him quiet, when he was crying for candy. Their belief is not very different from that of the new sect called among Muslims Ahl-i-Hadith, who stick to the letter exclusive of the spiritual personalities; to them the book is more important than a kindled heart. 
Author: Inayat Khan
Nationality: Indian
b. 5 July 1882  - d. 5 February 1927
  
 Love's nationality is separate from all other religions, The lover's religion and nationality is the Beloved God. The lover's cause is separate from all other causes Love is the astrolabe of God's mysteries. 
Author: Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi
Nationality: Persian
b. 30 September 1207  - d. 17 December 1273
  
 If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be if without it. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 The religion that approaches the nearest of all others to true deism, in the moral and benign part thereof, is that professed by the Quakers. Though I revere their philanthropy, I cannot help smiling at[their conceit. If the taste of a Quaker had been consulted at the Creation, what a silent and drab-colored Creation it would have been! Not a flower would have blossomed its gaieties, nor a bird been permitted to sing. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 How different is Christianity to the pure and simple profession of Deism! The true Deist has but one Deity, and his religion consists in contemplating the power, wisdom, and benignity of the Deity in his works, and in endeavoring to imitate him in everything moral, scientifical, and mechanical. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 Thus if I could not accept Christianity either as a perfect, or the greatest religion, neither was I then convinced of Hinduism being such. Hindu defects were pressingly visible to me. If untouchability could be a part of Hinduism, it could but be a rotten part or an excrescence. I could not understand the raison d'etre of a multitude of sects and castes. What was the meaning of saying that the Vedas were the inspired Word of God? If they were inspired, why not also the Bible and the Koran? As Christian friends were endeavouring to convert me, so were Muslim friends. Abdullah Sheth had kept on inducing me to study Islam, and of course he had always something to say regarding its beauty. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 As soon as we lose the moral basis, we cease to be religious. There is no such thing as religion over-riding morality. Man, for instance, cannot be untruthful, cruel or incontinent and claim to have God on his side. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Music is my religion. 
Author: Jimi Hendrix
Nationality: African-American
b. 27 January 1942  - d. 18 September 1970
  
 When will mankind be convinced that true religion is from the heart, between man and his creator, and not the imposition of man or creeds and tests? 
Author: Abigail Adams
Nationality: American
b. 11 December 1744  - d. 28 October 1818
  
 This is appalling. The idea that a person could be punished because of their religious belief and the idea they might be executed is just beyond belief. 
Author: John Howard
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 July 1939
  
 Everybody has a job to do. There are people in Iraq on both sides of this war who do what they do for religious reasons, and they feel with God on their side. Some people are good at annihilating people. Maybe that's their gift. 
Author: Denzel Washington
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1954
  
 To explain the unknown by the known is a logical procedure; to explain the known by the unknown is a form of theological lunacy. 
Author: David Brooks
Nationality: American
b. 11 August 1961
  
 As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker. 
Author: Annie Dillard
Nationality: American
b. 30 April 1945
  
 Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism. 
Author: Benito Mussolini
Nationality: Italian
b. 29 July 1883  - d. 28 April 1945
  
 Hanifs - Muslims are stumbling, Christians all astray Jews wildered, Magians far on error's way. We mortals are composed of two great schools: Enlightened knaves or else religious fools. 
Author: al-Ma?arri
Nationality: Arabian
b. 12 December 973  - d. 10 May 1057
  
 The inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts: those with brains, but no religion, and those with religion, but no brains. 
Author: al-Ma?arri
Nationality: Arabian
b. 12 December 973  - d. 10 May 1057
  
 Even if it were proven that God didn't exist, Religion would still be Saintly and Divine. 
Author: Charles Pierre Baudelaire
Nationality: French
b. 9 April 1821  - d. 21 August 1867
  
 Our religion is itself profoundly sad - a religion of universal anguish, and one which, because of its very catholicity, grants full liberty to the individual and asks no better than to be celebrated in each man's own language - so long as he knows anguish and is a painter. 
Author: Charles Pierre Baudelaire
Nationality: French
b. 9 April 1821  - d. 21 August 1867
  
 Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where's the harm? September 11th changed all that. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 Isn't it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed, eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be part of it? 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 A universe with a God would look quite different from a universe without one. A physics, a biology where there is a God is bound to look different. So the most basic claims of religion are scientific. Religion is a scientific theory. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 But perhaps the rest of us could have separate classes in science appreciation, the wonder of science, scientific ways of thinking, and the history of scientific ideas, rather than laboratory experience. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 Complex, statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple, statistically probable things. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 For the first half of geological time our ancestors were bacteria. Most creatures still are bacteria, and each one of our trillions of cells is a colony of bacteria. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 God exists, if only in the form of a meme with high survival value, or infective power, in the environment provided by human culture. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility.  
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved out of literally nothing, is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 One of the things that is wrong with religion is that it teaches us to be satisfied with answers which are not really answers at all. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies? 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 What has 'theology' ever said that is of the smallest use to anybody? When has 'theology' ever said anything that is demonstrably true and is not obvious? What makes you think that 'theology' is a subject at all? 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 We humans are an extremely important manifestation of the replication bomb, because it is through us - through our brains, our symbolic culture and our technology - that the explosion may proceed to the next stage and reverberate through deep space. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 Today the theory of evolution is about as much open to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 A man has no religion who has not slowly and painfully gathered one together, adding to it, shaping it; and one's religion is never complete and final, it seems, but must always be undergoing modification. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 My great religion is a belief in the blood, the flesh, as being wiser than the intellect. We can go wrong in our minds. But what our blood feels and believes and says, is always true. The intellect is only a bit and a bridle. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 For more than 150 years free men in our countries have had the opportunities to educate themselves, choose their own religions, select their own occupations, accumulate capital and invent better ways of doing things. 
Author: Charles E. Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1890  - d. 26 September 1961
  
 For a truly religious man nothing is tragic. 
Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein
Nationality: Austrian
b. 26 April 1889  - d. 29 April 1951
  
 Not every religion has to have St. Augustine's attitude to sex. Why even in our culture marriages are celebrated in a church, everyone present knows what is going to happen that night, but that doesn't prevent it being a religious ceremony. 
Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein
Nationality: Austrian
b. 26 April 1889  - d. 29 April 1951
  
 Many people tend to look at programming styles and languages like religions: if you belong to one, you cannot belong to others. But this analogy is another fallacy. 
Author: Niklaus Wirth
Nationality: Swiss
b. 15 February 1934
  
 Every war results from the struggle for markets and spheres of influence, and every war is sold to the public by professional liars and totally sincere religious maniacs, as a Holy Crusade to save God and Goodness from Satan and Evil. 
Author: Robert Anton Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1932
  
 To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, religious fervor and the happiness of her marriage: what could possibly be more prestigious?  
Author: Christopher Hampton
Nationality: British
b. 26 January 1946
  
 It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which are only accessible to our reason in their most elementary forms - it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 A person who is religiously enlightened appears to me to be one who has, to the best of his ability, liberated himself from the fetters of his selfish desires and is preoccupied with thoughts, feelings and aspirations to which he clings because of their super-personal value ... regardless of whether any attempt is made to unite this content with a Divine Being, for otherwise it would not be possible to count Buddha and Spinoza as religious personalities. Accordingly, a religious person is devout in the sense that he has no doubt of the significance of those super-personal objects and goals which neither require nor are capable of rational foundation ... In this sense religion is the age-old endeavour of mankind to become clearly and completely conscious of these values and goals, and constantly to strengthen their effects. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 To become a Christian, requires blind faith. To become an Atheist, requires deep thought. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 Church services are merely McDonald's style, portion controlled servings of illusion. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 Let not one bring Learning, another Diligence, another Religion, but every one bring all. 
Author: John Donne
Nationality: English
b. 23 January 1572  - d. 31 March 1631
  
 The greaest miseries... have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 A few hours ago, the House of Representatives of the Congress of the United States of America voted 260 to 167 to completely gut the Constitution of its separation of powers and violate numerous other clauses because they thought it was important enough to keep 'under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance. I don't think people would've done that for our political heritage or anything else. They did it because they want God in their government because it stands for a religious view that they adhere to, and they want to see that religious view espoused by government, which is exactly what the Establishment Clause forbids. 
Author: Michael Newdow
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1953
  
 Government needs to stay out of the religion business altogether.  
Author: Michael Newdow
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1953
  
 I believe in the Constitution. The Constitution says that government isn't supposed to be infusing religion into our society, and so I asked to have that upheld. 
Author: Michael Newdow
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1953
  
 I choose to worship not believing in God and government should not thrust a religious idea down my throat. 
Author: Michael Newdow
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1953
  
 The Constitution says that government isn't supposed to be infusing religion into our society, and so I asked to have that upheld. 
Author: Michael Newdow
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1953
  
 This issue is whether or not our government should be infusing religion into schools. 
Author: Michael Newdow
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1953
  
 The framers were quite wise in recognizing what religion can do and how it can cause hatred and how it can cause death. 
Author: Michael Newdow
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1953
  
 Israel doesn't "give up" anything by abandoning religious expansionism in the West Bank and Gaza. It does itself a favor, because it confronts the internal clerical and chauvinist forces which want to instate a theocracy for Jews, and because it abandons a scheme which is doomed to fail in the worst possible way. The so-called "security" question operates in reverse, because as I may have said already, only a moral and political idiot would place Jews in a settlement in Gaza in the wild belief that this would make them more safe. Of course this hard-headed and self-interested solution of withdrawal would not satisfy the jihadists. But one isn't seeking to placate them. One is seeking to destroy and discredit them. At the present moment, they operate among an occupied and dispossessed and humiliated people, who are forced by Sharon's logic to live in a close yet ghettoised relationship to the Jewish centers of population. Try and design a more lethal and rotten solution than that, and see what you come up with. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Many conservative Jews, from David Horowitz to Rabbi Daniel Lapin, stuck up for Gibson as a man who defended family values against secular nihilism. I was just in the middle of writing a long and tedious essay, about how to tell a real anti-Semite from a person who too-loudly rejects the charge of anti-Semitism, when a near-perfect real-life example came to hand. That bad actor and worse director Mel Gibson, pulled over for the alleged offense of speeding and the further alleged offense of speeding under the influence, decided that he needed to demand of the arresting officer whether he was or was not Jewish and that he furthermore needed to impart the information that all the world's wars are begun by those of Semitic extraction. Call me thin-skinned if you must, but I think that this qualifies. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 One of the many problems with the American left has been its image as something rather too solemn, mirthless, herbivorous, dull, monochrome, righteous, and boring. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 How dare he say, for example, that the Antichrist is already present amongst us, and is an adult male Jew, while all of the time fawning on the worst elements of Israel with his other hand pumping anti-semitic innuendos into American politics, along with his friend Robertson and Graham... And encouraging, encouraging, encouraging the most extreme theocratic fanatics and maniacs on the West Bank and in Gaza not to give an inch of what he thought of was holy land to a people that already lived there, undercutting and ruining every democrat and secularist in the Jewish state in the name of God. He has done an enormous disservice. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Terrorism is the tactic of demanding the impossible, and demanding it at gunpoint. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Ronald Reagan used to alarm other constituencies by speaking freely about the End Times foreshadowed in the Bible. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Some people talk of morality, and some of religion, but give me a little snug property. 
Author: Maria Edgeworth
Nationality: English
b. 1 January 1767  - d. 22 May 1849
  
 The best religion is the most tolerant. 
Author: Delphine de Girardin
Nationality: French
b. 24 January 1804  - d. 29 June 1855
  
 Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces. 
Author: Marcel Proust
Nationality: French
b. 10 July 1871  - d. 18 November 1922
  
 The wish to talk to God is absurd. We cannot talk to one we cannot comprehend - and we cannot comprehend God; we can only believe in Him. The uses of prayer are thus only subjective. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 Religion is too important a matter to its devotees to be a subject of ridicule. If they indulge in absurdities, they are to be pitied rather than ridiculed. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 Apart from moral conduct, all that man thinks himself able to do in order to become acceptable to God is mere superstition and religious folly. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 Beneficence is a duty. He who frequently practices it, and sees his benevolent intentions realized, at length comes really to love him to whom he has done good. When, therefore, it is said, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself," it is not meant, thou shalt love him first and do him good in consequence of that love, but thou shalt do good, to thy neighbor; and this thy beneficence will engender in thee that love to mankind which is the fulness and consummation of the inclination to do, good. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 He who has made great moral progress ceases to pray. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 Nothing is divine but what is agreeable to reason. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 You know, Catholicism, we believed in the teachings of Cathol, and everything it stood for. 
Author: Eddie Izzard
Nationality: British
b. 7 February 1962
  
 As to Jesus of Nazareth, my Opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the System of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupt changes, and I have, with most of the present Dissenters in England, some Doubts as to his divinity; tho' it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it, and I think it needless to busy myself with it now, when I expect soon an Opportunity of knowing the Truth with less Trouble. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Religion is orthodoxy, rules and historical scriptures maintained by people over long periods of time. Generally people are raised to obey the customs and practices of that religion without question. These are customs and expectations from outside the person and do not fit my definition of spiritual. 
Author: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Nationality: American
b. 10 May 1940
  
 I was obsessed with religious questions, the basics: Why are we here? Why is the world so beautiful? 
Author: Anne Rice
Nationality: American
b. 4 October 1941
  
 I broke with my religion in college. 
Author: Anne Rice
Nationality: American
b. 4 October 1941
  
 I can't get very far away from Christianity, I can't get very far away from the angels and the saints. I work them in always, in some way. 
Author: Anne Rice
Nationality: American
b. 4 October 1941
  
 True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess. 
Author: Louis Nizer
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1902  - d. 10 November 1994
  
 I am not a giant physically; I shrink from pain and filth and vermin and foul air, like any other man of refinement; also, I freely admit, when I see a line of a hundred policeman with drawn revolvers flung across a street to keep anyone from coming on to private property to hear my feeble voice. But I have a conscience and a religious faith, and I know that our liberties were not won without suffering, and may be lost again through our cowardice. 
Author: Upton Sinclair
Nationality: American
b. 20 September 1878  - d. 25 November 1968
  
 The first thing brought forth by the study of any religion, ancient or modern, is that it is based upon Fear. 
Author: Upton Sinclair
Nationality: American
b. 20 September 1878  - d. 25 November 1968
  
 Nature is what we know. We do not know the gods of religions. And nature is not kind, or merciful, or loving. If God made me - the fabled God of the three qualities of which I spoke: mercy, kindness, love - He also made the fish I catch and eat. And where do His mercy, kindness, and love for that fish come in? No; nature made us - nature did it all - not the gods of the religions. 
Author: Thomas Alva Edison
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1847  - d. 18 October 1931
  
 To punish public outrages on morals and religion is unquestionably within the competence of rulers. But when a government, not content with requiring decency, requires sanctity, it oversteps the bounds which mark its proper functions. And it may be laid down as a universal rule that a government which attempts more than it ought will perform less. 
Author: Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nationality: English
b. 25 October 1800  - d. 28 December 1859
  
 All of the religions - with the exception of Tibetan Buddhism, which doesn't believe in a heaven - teach that heaven is a better place. At the end of the program, I say that heaven is a place where you are happy. All of the religions have that in common. 
Author: Barbara Walters
Nationality: American
b. 25 September 1929
  
 First of all, the Jewish religion has a great deal in common with the Christian religion because, as Rabbi Gillman points out in the show, Christianity is based on Judaism. Christ was Jewish.  
Author: Barbara Walters
Nationality: American
b. 25 September 1929
  
 I also found that for myself, since I've had no religious education, it was so interesting to see the different versions of heaven and what life on earth means. 
Author: Barbara Walters
Nationality: American
b. 25 September 1929
  
 I didn't have a very religious family. 
Author: Barbara Walters
Nationality: American
b. 25 September 1929
  
 I found it interesting that as people become more technically oriented all over the world, at the same time people are becoming increasingly spiritual. The success of the Da Vinci code - even though it was a great yawn - also showed people's interest in religion. 
Author: Barbara Walters
Nationality: American
b. 25 September 1929
  
 I was inspired by the people who devote their life to their religion, in each case, whether you agree with them or not, trying to do good. 
Author: Barbara Walters
Nationality: American
b. 25 September 1929
  
 Through history, people look for something spiritual. The greatest scientists in the world were men of religion and faith, too.  
Author: Kirsty Alley
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 51
  
 When push comes to shove, it ain't the science that's going to lift you up - it's the belief, the spiritual side of life, that's going to lift you up, no matter what religion you are. 
Author: Kirsty Alley
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 51
  
 The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above- average drivers. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 Do not imagine that what we have said of the insufficiency of our understanding and of its limited extent is an assertion founded only on the Bible: for philosophers likewise assert the same, and perfectly understand it,- without having regard to any religion or opinion. 
Author: Moses Maimonides
Nationality: Spanish
b. 30 March 1135  - d. 13 December 1204
  
 He, however, who begins with Metaphysics, will not only become confused in matters of religion, but will fall into complete infidelity. 
Author: Moses Maimonides
Nationality: Spanish
b. 30 March 1135  - d. 13 December 1204
  
 Organized religion, which is a neurological disorder that justifies crazies and stops people from thinking. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Religion works under the guise of morality but that its tenets generally have nothing to do with morality. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Just because a religion prohibits abortion or decries homosexuality, that does not mean that having an abortion or being homosexual are immoral acts. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 An immoral person is one who harms others through activities such as murder or rape. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Couldn't we just get together and agree on the few basic Commandments that are laws? Like 'I won't slaughter you, and don't take my shit. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 The other commandments, such as honoring no god before the Judeo-Christian God, keeping the Sabbath holy, or honoring thy mother and thy father, are not American laws at all. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 A Scientologist, like all religious people, have a neurological disorder. And the only reason why people think it's sane is because so many other people believe the same thing. It's insanity by consensus." 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 I have hated the church way before anyone else. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 If you have a few hundred followers, and you let some of them molest children, they call you a cult leader. If you have a billion, they call you Pope. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 If you think you have it tough, read history books. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Suicide is man's way of telling God, "You can't fire me - I quit. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Religion, to me, is a bureaucracy between man and God that I don't need. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 The country has become much more conservative, partly because it's been taken over by the religious right. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 The Clinton White House today said they would start to give national security and intelligence briefings to George Bush. I don't know how well this is working out. Today after the first one Bush said, 'I've got one question: What color is the red phone?' 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 The Bible looks like it started out as a game of Mad Libs. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion. I do believe that. I think religion stops people from thinking. I think it justified crazies. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Religion without morality is a superstition and a curse, and morality without religion is impossible. 
Author: Mark Hopkins
Nationality: American
b. 1 September 1813  - d. 29 March 1878
  
 People need religion. It's a vehicle for a moral tradition. A crucial role. Nothing can take its place. 
Author: Irving Kristol
Nationality: American
b. 22 January 1920
  
 Business ethics, in any civilization, is properly defined by moral and religious traditions, and it is a confession of moral bankruptcy to assert that what the law does not explicitly prohibit is therefore morally permissible. 
Author: Irving Kristol
Nationality: American
b. 22 January 1920
  
 Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain 
Author: Frederic Bastiat
Nationality: French
b. 30 June 1801  - d. 24 December 1850
  
 It seems to me that this is theoretically right, for whatever the question under discussion - whether religious, philosophical, political, or economic; whether it concerns prosperity, morality, equality, right, justice, progress, responsibility, cooperation, property, labor, trade, capital, wages, taxes, population, finance, or government - at whatever point on the scientific horizon I begin my researches, I invariably reach this one conclusion: The solution to the problems of human relationships is to be found in liberty. 
Author: Frederic Bastiat
Nationality: French
b. 30 June 1801  - d. 24 December 1850
  
 The Bible tells us how to go to the heavens, not how the heavens go. 
Author: Galileo Galilei
Nationality: Italian
b. 15 February 1564  - d. 8 January 1642
  
 Surely, God could have caused birds to fly with their bones made of solid gold, with their veins full of quicksilver, with their flesh heavier than lead, and with their wings exceedingly small. He did not, and that ought to show something. It is only in order to shield your ignorance that you put the Lord at every turn to the refuge of a miracle. 
Author: Galileo Galilei
Nationality: Italian
b. 15 February 1564  - d. 8 January 1642
  
 The Clinton administration launched an attack on people in Texas because those people were religious nuts with guns. Hell, this country was founded by religious nuts with guns. Who does Bill Clinton think stepped ashore on Plymouth Rock? 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 The agenda Clinton & Clinton would impose on America - abortion on demand, a litmus test for the Supreme Court, homosexual rights, discrimination against religious schools, women in combat units - that's change, all right. But it is not the kind of change America needs. It is not the kind of change America wants. And it is not the kind of change we can abide in a nation we still call God's country. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 Our culture is superior because our religion is Christianity and that is the truth that makes men free. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 I saw in the Revolution of 1848 an act of great justice. I thought that a test of the Republican form was possible in France under better conditions that those of 1792. I sincerely accepted this test. I was with this idea that I entered the Assemblée Nationale, and that I sat on the extreme left, so as immediately to give a sign of my adherence to the type of government that the force of things had just imposed on France. The 15 May weakened me to the foundations of my hopes. It brought to light for me the schemes and the passions that unerringly reach toward a Civil War, a profound, unavoidable, fierce fight, in which the extreme left would play a role for which I did not want, for anything on Earth, to take responsibility. The Monarchist parties raised their heads again; I did not want to serve them, I could not without compromising religion. I preferred to retire. 
Author: Jean Baptiste Lacordaire
Nationality: French
b. 12 May 1802  - d. 21 November 1861
  
 There was only the choice between Communism and Hitler, and I will tell you why Hitler won. People will not give up religion, rights, freedom of personality, the opportunity to develop by individual effort - which includes private property. And the other reason for Hitler's winning is that if a whole people is treated as the Germans were, everyone will say, 'Are we worse people than others? Are we of a minor race?' Just as every single individual needs and must have self-respect, just as every family is proud of decent traditions, so every nation wants to maintain her individual manner, culture, language, and customs. It was in these respects that Communism failed. The Communists said that God was nonsense and stupidity and preached internationalism without maintaining the natural national feelings of a nation. 
Author: Hjalmar Schacht
Nationality: German
b. 22 January 1877  - d. 3 June 1970
  
 If someone comes to me and asks whether homosexuality is okay or not, I will ask 'What is your companion's opinion?' If you both agree, then I think I would say, if two males or two females voluntarily agree to have mutual satisfaction without further implication of harming others, then it is okay, 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 Of all the modern economic theories, the economic system of Marxism is founded on moral principles, while capitalism is concerned only with gain and profitability. Marxism is concerned with the distribution of wealth on an equal basis and the equitable utilization of the means of production. It is also concerned with the fate of the working classes - that is, the majority - as well as with the fate of those who are underprivileged and in need, and Marxism cares about the victims of minority-imposed exploitation. For those reasons the system appeals to me, and it seems fair. I just recently read an article in a paper where His Holiness the Pope also pointed out some positive aspects of Marxism. 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 I think the major flaw of the Marxist regimes is that they have placed too much emphasis on the need to destroy the ruling class, on class struggle, and this causes them to encourage hatred and to neglect compassion. Although their initial aim might have been to serve the cause of the majority, when they try to implement it all their energy is deflected into destructive activities. Once the revolution is over and the ruling class is destroyed, there is not much left to offer the people; at this point the entire country is impoverished and unfortunately it is almost as if the initial aim were to become poor. I think that this is due to the lack of human solidarity and compassion. The principal disadvantage of such a regime is the insistence placed on hatred to the detriment of compassion. 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 In the evolutionary pattern of thought, there is neither need nor room for the supernatural. The earth was not created; it evolved. So did all the animals and plants that inhabit it, including our human selves, mind and soul as well as brain and body. So did religion. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 There is no separate supernatural realm: all phenomena are part of one natural process of evolution. There is no basic cleavage between science and religion; they are both organs of evolving humanity. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 Religion in some form is a universal function of man in society, the organ for dealing with the problems of destiny, the destiny of individual men and women, of societies and nations, and of the human species as a whole. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 Religions always have some intellectual or ideological framework, whether myth or theological doctrine; some morality or code of behaviour, whether barbaric or ethically rationalized; and some mode of ritualized or symbolic expression, in the form of ceremonial or celebration, collective devotion or thanksgiving, or religious art. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 Eventually the old ideas will no longer serve, the old ideological framework can no longer be tinkered up to bear the weight of the facts, and a radical reconstruction becomes necessary, leading eventually to the emergence of a quite new organisation of thought and belief, just as the emergence of new types of bodily organization was necessary to achieve biological advance. Such major organizations of thought may be necessary in science as much as in religion. The classical example, of course, was the re-patterning of cosmological thought which demoted the earth from its central position and led to the replacement of the geocentric pattern of thought by a heliocentric one. I believe that an equally drastic reorganization of our pattern of religious thought is now becoming necessary, from a god-centered to an evolutionary-centered pattern. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 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. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 There is no finality about the process, and no automatic or unified progress; but much improvement has occured in the past, and there could be much further improvement in the future (though there is also the possibility of future failure and regression). Thus the central long-term concern of religion must be to promote further evolutionary improvement and to realise new possibilities; and this means greater fulfilment by more human individuals and fuller achievement by more human societies. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 The possibility of tapping and directing these vast resources of human possibility provide the religion of the future with a powerful long-term motive. An equally powerful short-term motive is to ensure the fullest possible development and flowering of individual personalities. In developing a full, deep and rich personality the individual ceases to be a mere cog or cipher, and makes his own particular contribution to evolutionary fulfilment. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 A religion of fulfilment must provide bustling secular man with contacts with all that is permanent and enduring, with the deeper and higher aspects of existence; indeed, with every possible opportunity of transcending the limitations not only of his day-by-day existence in the equivalents of shared worship, but of his little secular self in acts of meditation and self-examination and in retreats from the secular world of affairs. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 Christianity is a universalist and monotheist religion of salvation. Its long consolidation and explosive spread, achieved through a long period of discussion and zealous ferment, released vast human forces which have largely shaped the western world as we know it. An evolutionary and humanist religion of fulfilment could be more truly universal and could release even vaster human forces, which could in large measure shape the development of the entire world. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 The three great elements of modern civilization, gunpowder, printing, and the Protestant religion. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 We have chosen Mahomet not as the most eminent Prophet; but as the one we are freest to speak of. He is by no means the truest of Prophets; but I do esteem him a true one. Farther, as there is no danger of our becoming, any of us, Mahometans, I mean to say all the good of him I justly can. It is the way to get at his secret: let us try to understand what he meant with the world; what the world meant and means with him, will then be a more answerable question. Our current hypothesis about Mahomet, that he was a scheming Impostor, a Falsehood incarnate, that his religion is a mere mass of quackery and fatuity, begins really to be now untenable to any one. The lies, which well-meaning zeal has heaped round this man, are disgraceful to ourselves only. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 Much has been said of Mahomet's propagating his Religion by the sword. It is no doubt far nobler what we have to boast of the Christian Religion, that it propagated itself peaceably in the way of preaching and conviction. Yet withal, if we take this for an argument of the truth or falsehood of a religion, there is a radical mistake in it. The sword indeed: but where will you get your sword! Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one. In one man's head alone, there it dwells as yet. One man alone of the whole world believes it; there is one man against all men. That he take a sword, and try to propagate with that, will do little for him. You must first get your sword! On the whole, a thing will propagate itself as it can. We do not find, of the Christian Religion either, that it always disdained the sword, when once it had got one. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 His Religion is not an easy one: with rigorous fasts, lavations, strict complex formulas, prayers five times a day, and abstinence from wine, it did not "succeed by being an easy religion." As if indeed any religion, or cause holding of religion, could succeed by that! It is a calumny on men to say that they are roused to heroic action by ease, hope of pleasure, recompense, sugar-plums of any kind, in this world or the next! In the meanest mortal there lies something nobler. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 On the whole, we will repeat that this Religion of Mahomet's is a kind of Christianity; has a genuine element of what is spiritually highest looking through it, not to be hidden by all its imperfections. The Scandinavian God Wish, the god of all rude men, this has been enlarged into a Heaven by Mahomet; but a Heaven symbolical of sacred Duty, and to be earned by faith and well-doing, by valiant action, and a divine patience which is still more valiant. It is Scandinavian Paganism, and a truly celestial element superadded to that. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 Call it not false; look not at the falsehood of it, look at the truth of it. For these twelve centuries, it has been the religion and life-guidance of the fifth part of the whole kindred of Mankind. Above all things, it has been a religion heartily believed. These Arabs believe their religion, and try to live by it! No Christians, since the early ages, or only perhaps the English Puritans in modern times, have ever stood by their Faith as the Moslem do by theirs, believing it wholly, fronting Time with it, and Eternity with it. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 Every pitifulest whipster that walks within a skin has had his head filled with the notion that he is, shall be, or by all human and divine laws ought to be, 'happy.' His wishes, the pitifulest whipster's, are to be fulfilled for him; his days, the pitifulest whipster's, are to flow on in an ever-gentle current of enjoyment, impossible even for the gods. The prophets preach to us, Thou shalt be happy, thou shalt love pleasant things, and find them. The people clamor, Why have we not found pleasant things? God's laws are become a greatest happiness principle. There is no religion; there is no God; man has lost his soul. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 Immigrants used to come to America seeking freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom from government. Now they come looking for free health care, free education, and a free lunch. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 It is possible, in Iran, Greece, North Africa, USA, Mexico, Pakistan, and Australia to see how, in our short history of life destruction, we have brought the hard bones of the earth to the surface by stripping the life skin from it for ephemeral uses. We can, if we persist, create a moon-landscape of the earth. So poor goatherds wander where the lake-forests stood and the forest deities were worshipped. The religions of resignation and fanaticism follow those of hte nature gods, and man-built temples replace trees and tree spirits. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 Never yet was a springtime, Late though lingered the snow, That the sap stirred not at the whisper Of the southwind, sweet and low; Never yet was a springtime When the buds forgot to blow. 
Author: Margaret Sangster
Nationality: American
b. December 1838  - d.  December 1912
  
 America owes most of its social prejudices to the exaggerated religious opinions of the different sects which were so instrumental in establishing the colonies. 
Author: James Fenimore Cooper
Nationality: American
b. 15 September 1789  - d. 14 September 1851
  
 The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress. 
Author: Philip Milton Roth
Nationality: American
b. 19 March 1933
  
 Now motor roads are dustless, The latest steel is rustless, Our tennis courts are sodless, Our new religions, godless. 
Author: Arthur Guiterman
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1871  - d. 11 January 1943
  
 It is the sincerest thing I have written, caught by the drama of a soul struggling in the contrary toils of love and religion - death brought them into harmony. 
Author: Laurence Housman
Nationality: English
b. 18 July 1865  - d. 20 February 1959
  
 I was just then going through a healthy reaction from the orthodoxy of my youth; religion had become for me not so much a possession as an obsession, which I was trying to throw off, and this iconoclastic tale of an imaginary tribe was the result. 
Author: Laurence Housman
Nationality: English
b. 18 July 1865  - d. 20 February 1959
  
 The doctor asserted, 'Sure religion is a fine influence - got to have it to keep the lower classes in order - fact, it's the only thing that appeals to a lot of these fellows and makes 'em respect the rights of property. And I guess this theology is O.K.; lot of wise old coots figured it out, and they knew more about it than we do.' He believed in the Christian religion, and never thought about it; he believed in the church, and seldom went near it; he was shocked by Carol's lack of faith, and wasn't quite sure what was the nature of the faith that she lacked. Carol herself was an uneasy and dodging agnostic. When she ventured to Sunday School and heard the teachers droning that the genealogy of Shamsherai was a valuable ethical problem for children to think about; when she experimented with the Wednesday prayer-meeting and listened to store-keeping elders giving unvarying weekly testimony in primitive erotic symbols and such gory Chaldean phrases as 'washed in the blood of the lamb' and 'a vengeful God...' then Carol was dismayed to find the Christian religion, in America, in the twentieth century, as abnormal as Zoroastrianism - without the splendor. But when she went to church suppers a felt the friendliness, saw the gaiety with which the sisters served cold ham and scalloped potatoes; when Mrs. Champ Perry cried to her, on an afternoon call, 'My dear, if you just knew how happy it makes you to come into abiding grace,' then Carol found the humanness behind the sanguinary and alien theology. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 The content of his theology was that there was a supreme being who had tried to make us perfect, but presumably had failed; that if one was a Good Man he would go to a place called Heaven. Upon this theology he rarely pondered. The kernal of his practical religion was that it was respectable, and beneficial to one's business, to be seen going to services; that the church kept the Worst Elements from being still worse; and that the pastor's sermons, however dull they might seem at the time of taking, yet had a voodooistic power which 'did a fellow good - kept him in touch with higher things. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 Like all ardent agnostics, Martin was a religious man. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 Perhaps I am a crank, Martin. There are many who hate me. There are plots against me - oh, you t'ink I imagine it, but you shall see! I make many mistakes. But one thing I keep always pure: the religion of a scientist. To be a scientist - it is not just a different job, so that a man should choose between being a scientist and being an explorer or a bond-salesman or a physician or a king or a farmer. It is a tangle of ver-y obscure emotions, like mysticism, or wanting to write poetry; it makes its victim all different from the good normal man. The normal man, he does not care much what he does except that he should eat and sleep and make love. But the scientist is intensely religious - he is so religious that he will not accept quarter-truths, because they are an insult to his faith. He wants that everything should be subject to inexorable laws. He is equal opposed to the capitalists who t'ink their silly money-grabbing is a system, and to liberals who t'ink man is not a fighting animal; he takes both the American booster and the European aristocrat, and he ignores all their blithering. Ignores it! All of it! He hates the preachers who talk their fables, but he iss not too kindly to the anthropologists and historians who can only make guesses, yet they have the nerf to call themselves scientists! Oh, yes, he is a man that all nice good-natured people should naturally hate!  
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 He was still not at all certain that he was doing any good, aside from providing the drug of religious hope to timorous folk frightened of hell-fire and afraid to walk alone. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 The more the Dakota have to do with the white, the worse. The whites give him whiskey to get his furs and bimeby he don't want to trap so many furs but he want plenty more whiskey. The white traders take his girl, and all he get in swap is a disease. They take his land, and all he get is a leetle annuity so he don't do any work and starve slow. The Indian gets white man's gun an he is drunk and kill his own brother and they call him sinful. That's what he get from the white man - fine kettle, fine gun, fine blanket, the big pox, the small pox and religion. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 Deeds rather than words express my concept of the part religion should play in everyday life. I have watched constantly that in our movie work the highest moral and spiritual standards are upheld, whether it deals with fable or with stories of living action. 
Author: Walt Disney
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1901  - d. 15 December 1966
  
 I believe firmly in the efficacy of religion, in its powerful influence on a person's whole life. It helps immeasurably to meet the storms and stress of life and keep you attuned to the Divine inspiration. Without inspiration, we would perish. 
Author: Walt Disney
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1901  - d. 15 December 1966
  
 Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion, sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics. Defying nature, it surpasses it. 
Author: Camille Paglia
Nationality: American
b. 2 April 1947
  
 Live each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. So climb slowly, enjoying each passing moment, and then the view from the summit will serve a more rewarding climax for your journey. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 For that again, is what all manner of religion essentially is: childish dependency. 
Author: Albert Ellis
Nationality: American
b. 27 September 1913  - d. 24 July 2007
  
 My research offers impressive evidence that we feel better when we atempt to make our world better - to have a purpose beyond one's self lends to existence a meaning and direction - the most important chacteristic of high well-being. 
Author: Gail Sheehy
Nationality: American
b. 27 November 1937
  
 Israel should declare its intention to transfer large numbers of its Palestinian residents to Arab nations. This sounds radical until one considers that is precisely what Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have done. After the Palestinians assisted Saddam Hussein in Iraq's invasion of Kuwait during the Gulf War, which Arafat cheered while calling on Hussein to shell Israel, Kuwait forcibly evicted and transferred to Jordan about 300,000 Palestinians, labeling them as traitors and a fifth column. Saudi Arabia also recognized Arafat's betrayal of their Kuwaiti hosts by transferring about 350,000 Palestinians to Jordan. 
Author: Cal Thomas
Nationality: American
b. December 1942
  
 The true Vedantic spirit does not start out with a system of preconceived ideas. It possesses absolute liberty and unrivalled courage among religions with regard to the facts to be observed and the diverse hypotheses it has laid down for their coordination. Never having been hampered by a priestly order, each man has been entirely free to search wherever he pleased for the spiritual explanation of the spectacle of the universe. 
Author: Romain Rolland
Nationality: French
b. 29 January 1866  - d. 30 December 1944
  
 Patriotism is the religion of hell. 
Author: James Branch Cabell
Nationality: American
b. 14 April 1879  - d. 5 May 1958
  
 There were few challenges to my books then, although I remember the night a woman phoned, asking if I had written Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. When I replied that I had, she called me a Communist and slammed down the phone. I never did figure out if she equated Communism with menstruation or religion, the two major concerns in 12 year old Margaret's life. 
Author: Judy Sussman Blume
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1938
  
 We were not prepared intellectually. Those of us in the national security field still carried the baggage of the Cold War. We thought in concepts of coalition warfare and the Warsaw Pact. When we thought of terrorism, we thought only of state-sponsored terrorism, which is why the immediate reaction of many in our government agencies after 9/11 was: Which state did it? Saddam, it must have been Saddam. We had failed to grasp, for a variety of reasons, the new phenomenon that had emerged in the world. This was not state-sponsored terrorism. This was religious war. This was the emergence of a transnational enemy driven by religious fervor and fanaticism. Our enemy is not terrorism. Our enemy is violent, Islamic fundamentalism." 
Author: John Lehman
Nationality: American
b. 14 September 1942
  
 I am not a political person. My involvement in the Free Speech Movement is religious and moral. I don't know what made me get up and give that first speech. I only know I had to. 
Author: Mario Savio
Nationality: American
b. 8 December 1942  - d. 6 November 1996
  
 For me the Jewish religion like all others is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything 'chosen' about them. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 For our part, we shall continue to work for the new dawn when all the Children of Abraham and their descendants are living together in the birthplace of their three great monotheistic religions, a life free from fear, a life free from want - a life in peace. 
Author: King Hussein
Nationality: Jordanian
b. 14 November 1935  - d. 7 February 1999
  
 Fundamentalism as it is called is not confined to the Muslim world. It is something that we have seen in different parts of the world. Let us hope that a dialogue between the followers of the three great monotheistic religions could help in putting an end to this. 
Author: King Hussein
Nationality: Jordanian
b. 14 November 1935  - d. 7 February 1999
  
 Let me say this loud and clear. There is a world of difference between terrorist acts and the Islamic Shari'a. Islam is not only a religion, but a way of life. And at its heart lie the sacred principles of tolerance and dialogue. 
Author: King Hussein
Nationality: Jordanian
b. 14 November 1935  - d. 7 February 1999
  
 Nothing is more useless in developing a nation's economy than a gun, and nothing blocks the road to social development more than the financial burden of war. War is the arch enemy of national progress and the modern scourge of civilized men. Our religion does not discriminate according to color, sex or anything else. What counts is piety and faith. 
Author: King Hussein
Nationality: Jordanian
b. 14 November 1935  - d. 7 February 1999
  
 We belong to the camp of peace. We believe in peace. We believe that our one God wishes us to live in peace and wishes peace upon us, for these are His teachings to all the followers of the three great monotheistic religions, the Children of Abraham. 
Author: King Hussein
Nationality: Jordanian
b. 14 November 1935  - d. 7 February 1999
  
 Immigration and multiculturalism are issues that this government is trying to address, but for far too long ordinary Australians have been kept out of any debate by the major parties. I and most Australians want our immigration policy radically reviewed and that of multiculturalism abolished. I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians. Between 1984 and 1995, 40 per cent of all migrants coming into this country were of Asian origin. They have their own culture and religion, form ghettos and do not assimilate. Of course, I will be called racist but, if I can invite whom I want into my home, then I should have the right to have a say in who comes into my country. A truly multicultural country can never be strong or united. The world is full of failed and tragic examples, ranging from Ireland to Bosnia to Africa and, closer to home, Papua New Guinea. America and Great Britain are currently paying the price. Arthur Calwell was a great Australian and Labor leader, and it is a pity that there are not men of his stature sitting on the opposition benches today. Arthur Calwell said: Japan, India, Burma, Ceylon and every new African nation are fiercely anti-white and anti one another. Do we want or need any of these people here? I am one red-blooded Australian who says no and who speaks for 90% of Australians. I have no hesitation in echoing the words of Arthur Calwell. 
Author: Pauline Lee Hanson
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 August 1954
  
 The one distinct feature of our Association has been the right of the individual opinion for every member. We have been beset at every step with the cry that somebody was injuring the cause by the expression of some sentiments that differed with those held by the majority of mankind. The religious persecution of the ages has been done under what was claimed to be the command of God. I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do to their fellows, because it always coincides with their own desires. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 About the life and sayings of Jesus there is a stamp of personal originality combined with profundity of insight in the very first rank of men of sublime genius of whom our species can boast. When this pre-eminent genius is combined with the qualities of probably the greatest moral reformer and martyr to that mission who ever existed on earth, religion cannot be said to have made a bad choice in pitching upon this man as the ideal representative and guide for humanity. 
Author: John Stuart Mill
Nationality: English
b. 20 May 1806  - d. 8 May 1873
  
 Religion is the opiate of the masses. 
Author: Famous Misquotations
Nationality: English   
 God helps those who help themselves. 
Author: Famous Misquotations
Nationality: English   
 Money is the root of all evil. 
Author: Famous Misquotations
Nationality: English   
 I was for two years a pupil at the Model School in Fort street which was then conducted upon the Irish national system, and if any special religious instruction was given in connection with that system, I do not recollect it. 
Author: Edmund Barton
Nationality: Australian
b. 18 January 1849  - d. 7 January 1920
  
 I have something to say to the religionist who feels atheists never say anything positive: You are an intelligent human being. Your life is valuable for its own sake. You are not second-class in the universe, deriving meaning and purpose from some other mind. You are not inherently evil - you are inherently human, possessing the positive rational potential to help make this a world of morality, peace and joy. Trust yourself.  
Author: Dan Barker
Nationality: American
b. 25 June 1949
  
 Just say NO to religion. 
Author: Dan Barker
Nationality: American
b. 25 June 1949
  
 Even if it is true that all cultures share a common morality, why does this prove a supreme intelligence? After all, don't we humanists sometimes claim that there is a common thread of humanistic values running through history across cultural and religious lines? 
Author: Dan Barker
Nationality: American
b. 25 June 1949
  
 And what is religion, you might ask. It's a technology of living. 
Author: Toni Bambara
Nationality: American
b. 25 March 1939  - d. 9 December 1995
  
 Saddam liquidates the communists, Moscow flirts even more with him; he gases the Kurds, it is not held against him; he eliminates the religious cadres, the whole of Islam makes peace with him. Even the 100,000 dead will only have been the final decoy that Saddam will have sacrificed, the blood money paid in forfeit according to a calculated equivalence, in order to conserve his power. What is worse is that these dead still serve as an alibi for those who do not want to have been excited for nothing: at least these dead will prove this war was indeed a war and not a shameful and pointless hoax . 
Author: Jean Baudrillard
Nationality: French
b. 29 July 1929  - d. 6 March 2007
  
 If you're religious, it gives you a perspective. 
Author: Martha Beck
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1962
  
 After a study of some forty years and more of the great religions of the world, I find none so perfect, none so scientific, none so philosophic, and none so spiritual as the great religion known by the name of Hinduism. The more you know it, the more you will love it; the more you try to understand it, the more deeply you will value it. Make no mistake; without Hinduism, India has no future. Hinduism is the soil into which India's roots are struck, and torn of that she will inevitably wither, as a tree torn out from its place. Many are the religions and many are the races flourishing in India, but none of them stretches back into the far dawn of her past, nor are they necessary for her endurance as a nation. Everyone might pass away as they came and India would still remain. But let Hinduism vanish and what is she? A geographical expression of the past, a dim memory of a perished glory, her literature, her art, her monuments, all have Hindudom written across them. And if Hindus do not maintain Hinduism, who shall save it? If India's own children do not cling to her faith, who shall guard it? India alone can save India, and India and Hinduism are one. 
Author: Annie Besant
Nationality: English
b. 1 October 1847  - d. 20 September 1933
  
 No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism. 
Author: Annie Besant
Nationality: English
b. 1 October 1847  - d. 20 September 1933
  
 I sat in my garden in beautiful England one day and just thought very hard about it - about music and art and tried to get down, really get down into the roots of it all. About realizing that thousands of years ago when the first musicians started to "music" they did it purely for their own pleasure, not for any personal gain. It was purely for art's sake. And that's how it all started off. There would be a guy, I don't know whether he was an Indian, Tibetian, or whatever, he would just be plinkin' along on a little piece of wood with a couple of strings on and some cat knockin' out a few beats on a log o' wood. And the other people from the other village huts would come along and sit because they would begin to appreciate the very basic but original art form. It was OK in those days, the principles then worked beautiful and now we're just beginning to get back into that with the free concert thing. It just shows up the music business for what it is, what it has been and what it should be. Because music shouldn't be made purely for commercial end. It should be for art's sake, and that's what we're gonna...we're hoping to preserve a little bit of artistic integrity. Because most of it's going really down the drain. 
Author: Mike Pinder
Nationality: English
b. 27 December 1941
  
 If religion is only human, and its form is man's form, it follows that everything in religion is true. Introduction. 
Author: Emile Chartier
Nationality: French
b. 3 March 1868  - d. 2 June 1951
  
 Marriage is a religion, it promises salvation, but we need grace. 
Author: Jacques Chardonne
Nationality: French
b. 2 January 1884  - d. 29 May 1968
  
 I'm not having hundreds of fucking Vietnamese Balts coming into this country with their religious and political hatreds against us! 
Author: Gough Whitlam
Nationality: Australian
b. 11 July 1916
  
 The practice of declaring people FAIR GAME will cease. FAIR GAME may not appear on any Ethics Order. It causes bad public relations. This P/L does not cancel any policy on the treatment or handling of an SP. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 You are a spirit, then, you Man, and not a Man at all. You are a spirit and you dwell within the guts of mortal beast. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Scientology ... is not a religion. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 The subject of philosophy is very ancient. The word means: "The love, study or pursuit of wisdom, or of knowledge of things and their causes, whether theoretical or practical." All we know of science or of religion comes from philosophy. It lies behind and above all other knowledge we have or use. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 That stupid fucking kid! That stupid fucking kid! Look what he's done to me! 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 My father has always held out Scientology and auditing to be based purely on science and not on religious "belief" or faith. We regularly promised and distributed publications with "scientific guarantees". This was and has always been common practice. My father and I created a "religious front" only for tax purposes and legal protection 'from fraud Claims'. We almost always told nearly everyone that Scientology was really science, not a religion, but that the religious front was created to deal with the government. 
Author: Ronald DeWolf
Nationality: American
b. 7 May 1934
  
 It is not only a matter, I believe, of religious observance and practice. To me, being Jewish means and has always meant being proud to be part of a people that has maintained its distinct identity for more than 2,000 years, with all the pain and torment that has been inflicted upon it. 
Author: Golda Meir
Nationality: Israeli
b. 3 May 1898  - d. 8 December 1978
  
 Of true Religion Works of Mercy seem To be the plainest Proof in Christ's Esteem; Who has Himself declar'd what He will say To all the Nations at the Judgment Day: "Come," or "Depart," is the predicted Lot Of brotherly Compassion shown, or not. 
Author: John Byrom
Nationality: English
b. 29 February 1692  - d. 26 September 1763
  
 Here, all ye learned, full of all Dispute, Of true and false Religion lies the Root. The Mind of Christ, when He became a Man, With all Its Tempers, forms its real Plan, The Sheep from Goats distinguishing full well; = His Love is Heav'n, and Want of It is Hell. 
Author: John Byrom
Nationality: English
b. 29 February 1692  - d. 26 September 1763
  
 Variant sexual preferences, including homosexuality, will be tolerated and respected universally. 
Author: Herbert Otto
Nationality: English   
 Ricardo's "science" was founded on the principle that capital is more or less immobile and labor highly mobile. We are enjoined today to worship the consequences of Ricardo's science, despite the fact that the assumptions on which they are based have been reversed: capital is highly mobile, and labor virtually immobile - libertarian conservatives lead the way in rejecting Adam Smith's principle that "free circulation of labor" is a cornerstone of free trade, in keeping with their contempt for markets, except for the weak. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 Personally I'm very much opposed to Hamas' policies in almost every respect. However, we should recognize that the policies of Hamas are more forthcoming and more conducive to a peaceful settlement than those of the United States or Israel. So, for example, Hamas has called for a long-term indefinite truce on the international border. There is a long-standing international consensus that goes back over thirty years that there should be a two-state political settlement on the international border, the pre-June 1967 border, with minor and mutual modifications. That's the official phrase. Hamas is willing to accept that as a long-term truce. The United States and Israel are unwilling even to consider it. The demand on Hamas by the United States and the European Union and Israe is first that they recognize the State of Israel. Actually, that they recognize its right to exist. Well, Israel and the U.S. certainly don't recognize the right of Palestine to exist, nor recognize any state of Palestine. In fact, they have been acting consistently to undermine any such possibility. The second condition is that Hamas must renounce violence. Israel and the United States certainly do not renounce violence. The third condition is that Hamas accept international agreements. The United States and Israel reject international agreements. So, though the policies of Hamas are, again in my view, unacceptable, they happen to be closer to the international consensus on a political peaceful settlement than those of their antagonists, and it's a reflection of the power of the imperial states - the United States and Europe - that they are able to shift the framework, so that the problem appears to be Hamas' policies, and not the more extreme policies of the United States and Israel. And we must remember that in their case it's not just policies. It's not words - it's actions. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 Remember, the U.S. is a powerful state, it's not like Libya. If Libya wants to carry out terrorist acts, they hire Carlos the Jackal or something. The United States hires terrorist states. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 If Hitler Had Been a Crook: We're very fortunate in the United States, we've never had a charismatic leader who weren't a gangster. Every one of them was a thug, or a robber, or something. Which is fine, then they don't cause a lot of trouble. If you get one who's honest, like Hitler, then you're in trouble - they just want power. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 If we don't believe in free expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 If you had asked my grandmother whether she is oppressed, she probably wouldn't have understood what you are talking about; that's life. If you'd asked my mother, you'd have found that she resented it, but accepted it, as life. If you'd ask my daughters, they'd tell you to get lost. That reflects hard-won victories for freedom. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 Prophet just means intellectual. They were people giving geopolitical analysis, moral lessons, that sort of thing. We call them intellectuals today. There were the people we honor as prophets, there were the people we condemn as false prophets. But if you look at the biblical record, at the time, it was the other way around. The flatterers of the Court of King Ahab were the ones who were honored. The ones we call prophets were driven into the desert and imprisoned. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 You can find things in the traditional religions which are very benign and decent and wonderful and so on, but I mean, the Bible is probably the most genocidal book in the literary canon. The God of the Bible - not only did He order His chosen people to carry out literal genocide - I mean, wipe out every Amalekite to the last man, woman, child, and, you know, donkey and so on, because hundreds of years ago they got in your way when you were trying to cross the desert - not only did He do things like that, but, after all, the God of the Bible was ready to destroy every living creature on earth because some humans irritated Him. That's the story of Noah. I mean, that's beyond genocide - you don't know how to describe this creature. Somebody offended Him, and He was going to destroy every living being on earth? And then He was talked into allowing two of each species to stay alive - that's supposed to be gentle and wonderful. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 I think we can be reasonably confident that if the American population had the slightest idea of what is being done in their name, they would be utterly appalled. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 Let us therefore reject all superstition in order to become more human; but in speaking against fanaticism, let us not imitate the fanatics: they are sick men in delirium who want to chastise their doctors. Let us assuage their ills, and never embitter them, and let us pour drop by drop into their souls the divine balm of toleration, which they would reject with horror if it were offered to them all at once. 
Author: Voltaire
Nationality: French
b. 21 November 1694  - d. 30 May 1778
  
 Man is certainly stark mad: he cannot make a worm, yet he will make gods by the dozen. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 Which is it, is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's? 
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
Nationality: German
b. 15 October 1844  - d. 25 August 1900
  
 It annoys me that the burden of proof is on us. It should be: 'You came up with the idea. Why do you believe it?" I could tell you I've got superpowers. But I can't go up to people saying 'Prove I can't fly.' They'd go: 'What do you mean 'Prove you can't fly?' Prove you can!."" 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 Look, just tell me where that lemon came from and I'll shut up and go away. 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 The grass isn't always greener on the other side!  
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 Dealing with anything, it is hypocrisy I hate most. In religion, in relationships, in marriage - people hide behind things. With religion, evil people hide behind the cloth. In marriage, cowardly people hide behind the vows. In relationships, people hide behind lies. Hypocrisy distorts everything - what you see is not what you get. 
Author: Suzanne Annette De Michiel
Nationality: Australian
b. 30 January 1947
  
 I cannot understand why we idle discussing religion. If we are honest - and as scientists honesty is our precise duty - we cannot help but admit that any religion is a pack of false statements, deprived of any real foundation. The very idea of God is a product of human imagination.... I do not recognize any religious myth, at least because they contradict one another. 
Author: Paul Dirac
Nationality: English
b. 08 August 1902  - d. 20 October 1984
  
 Why do people in churches seem like cheerful, brainless tourists on a packaged tour of the Absolute? 
Author: Annie Dillard
Nationality: American
b. 30 April 1945
  
 On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of the conditions. Does any-one have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies' straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake some day and take offense, or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return. 
Author: Annie Dillard
Nationality: American
b. 30 April 1945
  
 If there was anyone who actually fit the category of conservative, if there was such a category of people, they would have a very easy way to deal with the fact that 60% of the children under 2 in Nicaragua are suffering probable brain damage. Namely, by paying their debts. Simple conservative principle But that's beyond unthinkable. Compassionate conservatives might want to go beyond that, if they existed. But they're much more interested in making political capital over the fact that a woman in a vegetative state shouldn't be allowed to die in dignity. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 Remember, every business firm, like even a mom and pop grocery store, is a market imperfection. A firm is defined in economic theory as a market imperfection introduced to deal with transaction costs. And the sort of theory is that the imperfections, the firms, are kinda like little islands in a free market sea. But the problem with that is that the sea doesn't remotely resemble a free market, and the islands are bigger than the sea; so that raises some questions about the picture. But these market imperfections, like a firm, or a transnational corporation, or a strategic alliance among them, this is a form of administering interchanges. And there's a real question about whether we want to accept that. Why, for example, should the international socioeconomic system, or for that matter our own society, be in the hands of unaccountable private tyrannies? That's a decision, it's not a law of nature. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 If you quietly accept and go along no matter what your feelings are, ultimately you internalize what you're saying, because it's too hard to believe one thing and say another. I can see it very strikingly in my own background. Go to any elite university and you are usually speaking to very disciplined people, people who have been selected for obedience. And that makes sense. If you've resisted the temptation to tell the teacher, "You're an asshole," which maybe he or she is, and if you don't say, "That's idiotic," when you get a stupid assignment, you will gradually pass through the required filters. You will end up at a good college and eventually with a good job. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 Let me just put the whole thing in a kind of mundane level. Like, suppose you walk out in the street, this evening, and you see a crime being committed, you know, somebody is robbing someone else. Well, you have three choices. One choice is to try to stop it, maybe you call 911 or something. Another choice is to do nothing. A third choice is to pick up an assault rifle and kill 'em both, and kill a bystander at the same time. Well, suppose you do that, and somebody says, "Well, you know, why did you do that?" And you say, "Look, I couldn't stand by and do nothing." I mean, is that a response? If you can think of nothing that wouldn't do harm, then do nothing. And the same is true, magnified, in international affairs. Apart from the fact that there were things that could have been done. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 My upbringing was of low nonconformist Christians who felt that you led the Christian life in part by behaving in a Christian manner to everybody you met. 
Author: Ian McKellen
Nationality: English
b. 25 May 1939
  
 My own participating in that campaign was a focus for people [to] take comfort that if Ian McKellen was on board for this, perhaps it would be all right for other people to be as well, gay and straight 
Author: Ian McKellen
Nationality: English
b. 25 May 1939
  
 This is fiction.' I mean, walking on water? It takes... an act of faith. And I have faith in this movie - not that it's true, not that it's factual, but that it's a jolly good story. 
Author: Ian McKellen
Nationality: English
b. 25 May 1939
  
 I think audiences are clever enough and bright enough to separate out fact and fiction, and discuss the thing when they've seen it. 
Author: Ian McKellen
Nationality: English
b. 25 May 1939
  
 What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.  
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 It will yet be the proud boast of women that they never contributed a line to the Bible. 
Author: George W. Foote
Nationality: English
b. 11 January 1850  - d. 17 October 1915
  
 I ought to confess I suppose that I'm a marxist. I think that reality comes first and ideology comes second. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 The difficulty for me is that I believe in permanent revolution. I believe that once you change the power structure and you get an oligarchy that is trying to keep itself in power, you have all the illiberal features of the previous regime. What has to keep on happening is a constant process of criticism, renewal, protest and so forth. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 The title is an indication of the problem. Women have somehow been separated from their libido, from their faculty of desire, from their sexuality. They've become suspicious about it. Like beasts, for example, who are castrated in farming in order to serve their master's ulterior motives = to be fattened or made docile - women have been cut off from their capacity for action. It's a process that sacrifices vigour for delicacy and succulence, and one that's got to be changed. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 The ignorance and isolation of most women mean that they are incapable of making conversation: most of their communication with their spouses is a continuation of the power struggle. The result is that when wives come along to dinner parties they pervert civilised conversation about real issues into personal quarrels. The number of hostesses who wish they did not have to invite wives is legion. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 Bras are a ludicrous invention, but if you make bralessness a rule, you're just subjecting yourself to yet another repression. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 When you are one, as I have been, you get invited backstage. I think groupies are important because they demystify sex; they accept it as physical, and they aren't possessive about their conquests. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 The contradictions women face have never been more bruising than they are now. The career woman does not know if she is to do her job like a man or like herself ... Is motherhood a privilege or a punishment? ... Fake equality is leading women into double jeopardy ... It's time to get angry again. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 I don't write about any living women ... because I think that's invidious; there is no point in limiting her by the achievements of the past because she's in a completely different situation, and I figure she can break the moulds and start again. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 The animal world has finally taken its revenge on Irwin. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 What have I in common with Jews? I have hardly anything in common with myself and should stand very quietly in a corner, content that I can breathe. 
Author: Franz Kafka
Nationality: Austrian
b. 03 July 1883  - d. 03 June 1924
  
 "You have given considerable study to the Bible, haven't you, Mr. Bryan?" "Yes, sir; I have tried to ... But, of course, I have studied it more as I have become older than when I was a boy." "Do you claim then that everything in the Bible should be literally interpreted?" "I believe that everything in the Bible should be accepted as it is given there; some of the Bible is given illustratively. For instance: "Ye are the salt of the earth." I would not insist that man was actually salt, or that he had flesh of salt, but it is used in the sense of salt as saving God's people." 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: Austrian
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 If anyone could prove to me that Christ is outside the truth, and if the truth really did exclude Christ, I should prefer to stay with Christ and not with truth. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 It is not as a child that I believe and confess Jesus Christ. My hosanna is born of a furnace of doubt. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 The trouble with so many born-again people is that you wish they hadn't been born the first time. 
Author: Katharine Elizabeth Whitehorn
Nationality: British
b. December 1928
  
 Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. 
Author: Anne Lamott
Nationality: American
b. 10 April 1954
  
 Where is my faith? Even deep down ... there is nothing but emptiness and darkness ... If there be God - please forgive me. When I try to raise my thoughts to Heaven, there is such convicting emptiness that those very thoughts return like sharp knives and hurt my very soul ... How painful is this unknown pain - I have no Faith. Repulsed, empty, no faith, no love, no zeal, ... What do I labor for? If there be no God, there can be no soul. If there be no soul then, Jesus, You also are not true. 
Author: Mother Teresa
Nationality: Indian
b. 26 August 1910  - d. 5 September 1997
  
 The Christian god - the external personality - has been replaced by the intelligence of the First Cause...the replacement of the old concept of God as all-powerful by a new concept of universal consciousness. The 'tribal god, man-shaped, fiery-faced and tyrannous' is replaced by the 'unconscious will of the Universe' which progressively grows aware of itself and 'ultimately, it is to be hoped, sympathetic' 
Author: Thomas Hardy
Nationality: English
b. 02 June 1840  - d. 11 January 1928
  
 Mr. Hardy regrets that he is unable to offer any hypothesis which would reconcile the existence of such evils as Dr. Grosart describes with the idea of omnipotent goodness. Perhaps Dr. Grosart might be helped to a provisional view of the universe by the recently published Life of Darwin, and the works of Herbert Spencer, and other agnostics. 
Author: Thomas Hardy
Nationality: English
b. 02 June 1840  - d. 11 January 1928
  
 If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion. 
Author: Edmond de Goncourt
Nationality: French
b. 26 May 1822  - d. 16 July 1896
  
 He who fights with Monsters, Might take care lest he thereby Becomes a Monster And if you gaze into an Abyss, The Abyss gazes also into you. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 Religion is the result of asking' Why' and not having the intelligence to work it out. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 Religions all have different names, but they all contain the same truths. ... I think the people of our religion should be tolerant and understand people believe different things. 
Author: Muhammad Ali
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1942
  
 What's really hurting me, the name Islam is involved, and Muslim is involved and causing trouble and starting hate and violence. ... Islam is not a killer religion. ... Islam means peace, I couldn't just sit home and watch people label Muslims as the reason for this problem. 
Author: Muhammad Ali
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1942
  
 We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes. 
Author: Gene Roddenberry
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1921  - d. 24 October 1991
  
 Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day. 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come. 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them. 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher. 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it. 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them. 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.  
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness. The important thing is they should be part of our daily lives. 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 In fighting Hitler, we are truly fighting the Devil, the Anti-Christ...Hitler was a crusader against God. 
Author: A. A. Milne
Nationality: English
b. 18 January 1882  - d. 31 January 1956
  
 The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief - call it what you will - than any book ever written; it has emptied more churches than all the counterattractions of cinema, motor bicycle and golf course. 
Author: A. A. Milne
Nationality: English
b. 18 January 1882  - d. 31 January 1956
  
 Since the masses of the people are inconstant, full of unruly desires, passionate, and reckless of consequences, they must be filled with fears to keep them in order. The ancients did well, therefore, to invent gods, and the belief in punishment after death. 
Author: Polybius
Nationality: Greek
b. December 203  - d.  December 120
  
 I don't like the word "worship" because I don't see why anyone would want to worship someone who had "fucked the whole thing up from the beginning. 
Author: Eddie Izzard
Nationality: British
b. 7 February 1962
  
 Christian teaching on sexuality is only one part of the Ten Commandments, of the virtues and vices, but it is essential for human wellbeing and especially for the proper flourishing of marriages and families, for the continuity of the human race. 
Author: Dr. George Pell
Nationality: Australian
b. 08 June 1941
  
 Any genuine religion has two important moral tasks; firstly, to present norms and ideals, goals for our striving; and secondly, to offer aids for our weakness, forgiveness and healing for every wrong doer and sinner who repents and seeks forgiveness. 
Author: Dr. George Pell
Nationality: Australian
b. 08 June 1941
  
 Islam may provide in the 21st century, the attraction that communism provided in the 20th, both for those that are alienated and embittered on the one hand and for those who seek order or justice on the other. 
Author: Dr. George Pell
Nationality: Australian
b. 08 June 1941
  
 Couples with children who do win a divorce, cause such social havoc that they should have to pay a special divorce tax.  
Author: Dr. George Pell
Nationality: Australian
b. 08 June 1941
  
 Radical environmentalists are more than up to the task of moralising their own agenda and imposing it on people through fear. They don't need church leaders to help them with this, although it is a very effective way of further muting Christian witness. Church leaders in particular should be allergic to nonsense. I am certainly sceptical about extravagant claims of impending man-made climatic catastrophes. Uncertainties on climate change abound. My task as a Christian leader is to engage with reality, to contribute to debate on important issues, to open people's minds, and to point out when the emperor is wearing few or no clothes. 
Author: Dr. George Pell
Nationality: Australian
b. 08 June 1941
  
 Catholic politicians who vote for this legislation must realise that their voting has consequences for their place in the life of the Church. 
Author: Dr. George Pell
Nationality: Australian
b. 08 June 1941
  
 On not a few occasions, inappropriate remarks glossing over the deceased's proclivities (drinking prowess, romantic conquests etc) or about the Church (attacking its moral teachings) have been made at funeral Masses. 
Author: Dr. George Pell
Nationality: Australian
b. 08 June 1941
  
 We take it for granted that people will always give to the poor and be concerned about social justice. But this doesn't just happen by itself. Many great civilisations have shown no regard for these values at all and have even considered them weaknesses. Every society requires a goodly percentage of active believers to ensure that the values of a fair go and respect for others are promoted, and passed on the next generation. World Youth Day will make a powerful contribution to this vital work. 
Author: Dr. George Pell
Nationality: Australian
b. 08 June 1941
  
 It's approved by the national hierarchies. The level of change now will be very small in comparison with the enormous changes that were foisted upon the people just after the Second Vatican Council. Undoubtedly there will be a small element which will try to resist them. I'm quite confident the overwhelming majority of Mass-going people will quickly learn to love them. The quality of the language there will emphasise that we're not talking to the bloke next door. We're worshipping the one true God. Not in old-fashioned, archaic language, but in beautiful, strong and appropriate language. I'm quite confident it will be successful. 
Author: Dr. George Pell
Nationality: Australian
b. 08 June 1941
  
 I don't know. I'm not a professional liturgist. I am keen that we strengthen the vertical dimension of the liturgy, if we can, in the popular understanding, so that it's very obviously not just community-centred, it's God-centred, it's an act of worship. I'm very sympathetic to that. I'm even sympathetic for the Canon of the Mass that the priest has his back to the people.” Asked, “As something obligatory?” he replied, “Yes. Now there's nothing like a consensus in favour of that at the moment. I think I would be in favour of it because it makes it patently clear that the priest is not the centre of the show, that this an act of worship of the one true God, and the people are joining with the priest for that. 
Author: Dr. George Pell
Nationality: Australian
b. 08 June 1941
  
 His record on life issues is very, very bad indeed. I'm still hoping against hope that he won't do the worst, that he won't bring in that Freedom of Choice Act. I wish him well, because so much rides on his decisions. But he's got a very slight curriculum vitae to be a president of the United States. He ran a brilliant campaign. I think he's an outstanding public orator. We've yet to see him really do anything that has significantly changed the situation for the better. But it's very early days yet. And he has inherited an appalling financial situation. 
Author: Dr. George Pell
Nationality: Australian
b. 08 June 1941
  
 AT THE turn of the century, Irish people were shaken by revelations of clerical sexual abuse. It has been very difficult for us to accept that Roman Catholic priests and religious were responsible for harming thousands of children across the country. It has been even more difficult to accept that the church authorities had in many cases known of the abuse, and had acted to protect the institutional church rather than vulnerable children. 
Author: Maeve Lewis
Nationality: Irish   
 Is it not more appropriate that we designate that Sunday as a day of atonement. 
Author: Father Iggy O'Donovan
Nationality: Irish   
 I remember how the crowd was worked up to a near hysteria by the two cheer-leaders on that day, Fr Michael Cleary and Bishop Eamon Casey. It was all an illusion. Even then we were a sick and rusty Church desperately needing reform. That did not happen and now we face the new reality of the Ryan report, the Dublin investigation and heaven alone knows what else. The day of atonement may not do much for the victims but it might be a small step in the right direction. 
Author: Father Iggy O'Donovan
Nationality: Irish   
 I do believe there are more important things than what is in the mind of a man. There is something much bigger that drives us all. I'm willing to take that leap of faith. 
Author: Russell Crowe
Nationality: New Zealander
b. 7 April 1964
  
 For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't, no proof is possible. 
Author: Stuart Chase
Nationality: American
b. December 1888  - d.  December 1985
  
 If there is continuity in the universe, it is fitting that there should be intelligent beings without bodies which are called angels. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 If all things in this universe exist, it is because they participate in the Being of God, if there are some things with life, it is because they are reflections of the life of God; if there are beings endowed with intellect and will - like men and angels - it's because they are a participation of the Sovereign Intellect which is God. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance - it is not. It is suffering from tolerance. Tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos. Our country is not nearly so overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broadminded. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 Tolerance is an attitude of reasoned patience toward evil ... a forbearance that restrains us from showing anger or inflicting punishment. Tolerance applies only to persons ... never to truth. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 There are not a hundred people in America who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions of people who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church - which is, of course, quite a different thing. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 All our anxieties relate to time. ... The major problems of psychiatry revolve around an analysis of the despair, pessimism, melancholy, and complexes that are the inheritances of what has been or with the fears, anxieties, worries, that are the imaginings of what will be. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 Some will not look on suffering because it creates responsibility. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 Too many people get credit for being good, when they are only being passive. They are too often praised for being broadminded when they are so broadminded they can never make up their minds about anything. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 All my sermons are prepared in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. As recreation is most pleasant and profitable in the sun, so homiletic creativity is best nourished before the Eucharist. The most brilliant ideas come from meeting God face to face. The Holy Spirit that presided at the Incarnation is the best atmosphere for illumination. Pope John Paul II keeps a small desk or writing pad near him whenever he is in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament; and I have done this all my life — I am sure for the same reason he does, because a lover always works better when the beloved is with him. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 Another instance in which our Lord associated Peter with himself was in the payment of the temple tax. It is the only time in scripture where God associates a human being with himself under the personal pronoun we .... Now at the time of the payment of the temple tax our blessed Lord told Peter to pay it, and he said to pay it “for me and thee.” Then he adds, "that we may not scandalize." Here he makes himself one with Peter. He is associated with Peter in a way that no one else can ever be associated. We - Christ and Peter. That is why papal encyclicals begin with the word we. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 Right is right if nobody is right, and wrong is wrong if everybody is wrong. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 The danger today is in believing there are no sick people, there is only a sick society. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 One function of the angels is illumination, and the other function is that of being a guardian. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 You have a chance to move in far better society than the Joneses. Why worry about keeping up with the Joneses? Keep up with the Angels and you'll be far wiser and happier. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 There are angels near you to guide you and protect you, if you would but invoke them. It is not later than we think, it is a bigger world than we think. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 Bye now, and God love you! 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 Anyone who goes to a psychoanalyst ought to have his head examined. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 Most people who go to a psychiatrist think they're crazy. When they come out, they think the psychiatrist's crazy. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 A psychoanalyst will think that when you cut onions, the reason you cry is that you were once cutting onions and you got the news that you were disinherited, and you have cried ever since. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 Two psychoanalysts were walking past each other in the streets. One says 'hello!'. The other says 'I wonder what he meant by that.'. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 When the record of any human life is set down, there are three pairs of eyes who see it in a different light. There is the life as I see it. as others see it, and as God sees it. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 Each of us makes his own weather, determines the color of the skies in the emotional universe which he inhabits. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 Almost everybody today believes that he has a halo, if it doesn't come from virtue than it comes from shampoo! 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support. 
Author: Fulton John Sheen
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1895  - d. 9 December 1979
  
 Rome cut the heads of Christians but they continued to reappear. Something similar occurs with Marxists. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink ; nor for your body, what ye shall put on ; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 
Author: Noah Webster
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1758  - d. 28 April 1843
  
 The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard, who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by "God" one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying ... it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 Some people think God is an outsized, light-skinned male with a long white beard, sitting on a throne somewhere up there in the sky, busily tallying the fall of every sparrow. Others - for example Baruch Spinoza and Albert Einstein - considered God to be essentially the sum total of the physical laws which describe the universe. I do not know of any compelling evidence for anthropomorphic patriarchs controlling human destiny from some hidden celestial vantage point, but it would be madness to deny the existence of physical laws. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 An atheist has to know a lot more than I know. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 If there is life on Mars, then I believe we should do nothing to disturb that life. Mars, then, belongs to the Martians, even if they are microbes. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 Fear of judgment seized my soul. Visions of the lost haunted my dreams. Mental anguish prostrated my health. Dethronement of my reason was apprehended by my friends. 
Author: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1815  - d. 26 October 1902
  
 It’s part of what we Buddhists call bad sexual conduct. Sexual organs were created for reproduction between the male element and the female element - and everything that deviates from that is not acceptable from a Buddhist point of view. 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 From a Buddhist point of view, men-to-men and women-to-women is generally considered sexual misconduct. From society's point of view, mutually agreeable homosexual relations can be of mutual benefit, enjoyable and harmless. 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 So odd to think of the Devil as a fumbler! 
Author: John Le Carre
Nationality: English
b. 19 October 1931
  
 Against stupidity, the gods themselves fight in vain. 
Author: John Le Carre
Nationality: English
b. 19 October 1931
  
 I can assure you that no kingdom has ever had as many civil wars as the kingdom of Christ. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Do you think that God will punish them for not practicing a religion which he did not reveal to them? 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 People here argue about religion interminably, but it appears that they are competing at the same time to see who can be the least devout. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Religious wars are not caused by the fact that there is more than one religion, but by the spirit of intolerance...the spread of which can only be regarded as the total eclipse of human reason. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 I have read descriptions of Paradise that would make any sensible person stop wanting to go there. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Society is the union of men and not the men themselves - the citizen may perish, but man remains. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 I would as soon say that religion gives its professors a right to enslave those who dissent from it, in order to render its propagation more easy. This was the notion that encouraged the ravagers of America in their iniquity. Under the influence of this idea they founded their right of enslaving so many nations; for these robbers, who would absolutely be both robbers and Christians, were superlatively devout. Louis XIII was extremely uneasy at a law by which all the negroes of his colonies were to be made slaves; but it being strongly urged to him as the readiest means for their conversion, he acquiesced without further scruple. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 The translation of the Veda will hereafter tell to a great extent on the fate of India and on the growth of millions of souls in that country. It is the root of their religion, and to show them what the root is, I feel sure, is the only way of uprooting all that has sprung from it during the last 3000 years. 
Author: Friedrich Max Müller
Nationality: German
b. 06 December 1823  - d. 28 October 1900
  
 Intelligent design, is just "tarted-up creationism". 
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 The trouble with Buddhism ? - in order to free oneself of all desire, one has to desire to do so. 
Author: Henry Miller
Nationality: American
b. 26 December 1891  - d. 07 June 1980
  
 I went to church and I believed in God - what a relief for a working-class mother. 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 Growing up where I did, Mums didn't hope as high as their kids growing up to be doctors; they just hoped their kids didn't go to jail. So bring them up believeing in God and they'll be good and law-abiding. It's a perfect system. Well, nearly. 75 percent of Americans are Godfearing Christians, 75 percent of prisoners are Godfearing Christians. Ten percent of Americans are Atheists, 0.2 percent of prisoners are atheists. 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 My brother Bob asked, "Why do you believe in God?", just a simple question. But my Mum panicked. "Bob," she said, in a tone that I knew meant "shut up." Why was that a bad thing to ask? If there was God and my faith was strong, it didn't matter what people said. Oh...hang on. There is no God. he knows it, and she knows it deep down. It was as simple as that. I started thinking about it and aksing more questions, and within an hour, I was an atheist. Wow. No God. If Mum had lied to me about god, had she also lied to me about Santa? Yes, of course, but who cares. The gifts kept coming. And so did the gifts of my newfound Atheism. The gifts of Truth, Science, Nature. 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 I started thinking about it and asking more questions, and within an hour I was an Atheist. 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 Ignorance is the foundation of atheism, and freethinking the cure of it. 
Author: Anthony Collins
Nationality: English
b. 21 June 1676  - d. 13 December 1729
  
 I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider God fearing and pious." 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 When fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 May divine providence bless us with enough courage and enough determination to perceive within ourselves this holy German space. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 Even today I am not ashamed to say that, overpowered by stormy enthusiasm, I fell down on my knees and thank Heaven from an overflowing heart for granting me the good fortune of being permitted to live at this time. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 It may be that today gold has become the exclusive ruler of life, but the time will come when man will again bow down before a higher God. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 The National Socialist Movement has wrought this miracle. If Almighty God granted success to this work, then the Party was His instrument. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 I had so often sung 'Deutschland Uber Alles' and shouted 'Heil' at the top of my lungs, that is seemed to me almost a belated act of grace to be allowed to stand as a witness in the divine court of the Eternal Judge and proclaim the sincerity of this conviction. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 Thus, inwardly armed with confidence in God and the unshakeable stupidity of the voting citizenry, the politician can begin the fight for the remaking of the Reich as they call it. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 God does not make cowardly nations free. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 Our prayer is: Lord God, let us never hesitate. Let us never play the coward, let us never forget the duty which we have take upon us. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 It matters not whether these weapons of our are humane; if they gain us our freedom, they are justified before our conscience and before our God. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 I believe today that I am acting in the sense of the Almighty Creator. By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lord's work. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 I swear by almighty God this sacred oath: I will render unconditional obedience to the Fuhrer of the German Reich and people, Adolph Hitler, Supreme Commander of the Wehrmacht and, as a brave soldier, I will be ready at any time to stake my life for this oath. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 The folkish-minded man, in particular, has the sacred duty, each in his own denomination, of making people stop just talking superficially of God's will, and actually fulfill God's will, and not let God's word be desecrated. For God's will gave men their form, their essence and their abilities. Anyone who destroys His work is declaring war on the Lord's creation, the divine will. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 We ought to take revenge on the Jews and kill them. 
Author: Martin Luther
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1483  - d. 18 February 1546
  
 Ungodly wretches. 
Author: Martin Luther
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1483  - d. 18 February 1546
  
 Invisible Pink Unicorns are beings of great spiritual power. We know this because they are capable of being invisible and pink at the same time. Like all religions, the Faith of the Invisible Pink Unicorns is based upon both logic and faith. We have faith that they are pink; we logically know that they are invisible because we can't see them. 
Author: Steven Eley
Nationality: American   
 Look for the ridiculous in everything, and you will find it. 
Author: Jules Renard
Nationality: French
b. 22 February 1864  - d. 22 May 1910
  
 As there are a very great variety of religious sects in the world - and which are probably adapted to different constitutions under different circumstances, seeing there are many good and conscientious characters in each, it is particularly recommended, as a means of uniting the inhabitants of the village into one family, that while each faithfully adheres to the principles which he most approves, at the same time all shall think charitably of their neighbours respecting their religious opinions, and not presumptuously suppose that theirs alone are right. 
Author: Robert Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. 14 May 1771  - d. 17 November 1858
  
 My friends, I tell you that hitherto you have been prevented from even knowing what happiness really is, solely in consequence of the errors - gross errors - that have been combined with the fundamental notions of every religion that has hitherto been taught to men. And, in consequence, they have made man the most inconsistent, and the most miserable being in existence. By the errors of these systems he has been made a weak, imbecile animal; a furious bigot and fanatic or a miserable hypocrite; and should these qualities be carried, not only into the projected villages, but into Paradise itself, a Paradise would no longer be found! 
Author: Robert Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. 14 May 1771  - d. 17 November 1858
  
 I was forced, through seeing the error of their foundation, to abandon all belief in every religion which had been taught to man. But my religious feelings were immediately replaced by the spirit of universal charity - not for a sect, or a party, or for a country or a colour - but for the human race, and with a real and ardent desire to do good. 
Author: Robert Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. 14 May 1771  - d. 17 November 1858
  
 This is the sin against the Holy Ghost: To speak of bloody power as right divine, And call on God to guard each vile chief's house, And for such chiefs, turn men to wolves and swine. 
Author: Nicholas Vachel Lindsay
Nationality: American
b. 10 November 1879  - d. 05 December 1931
  
 Creativity for me is religious. 
Author: Lady Gaga
Nationality: American
b. 28 March 1986
  
 Take away a man’s actual sense of manhood - which is conventionally based on the ability to work, to earn money, to be self-sufficient, to provide for children - and you’ve got to give them something else. And they did. This hideous religion that’s all over the country - these huge church-malls - that’s what substitutes for these lost towns. But that’s not a town. That’s a cult. A town is diverse, in a real way, not in this fake way we have now. A community is a butcher and a doctor, a minister, a town troublemaker. A "community" is not a bunch of people united by some grievance. That’s just self-righteousness - incredibly dangerous and antidemocratic. People have become so rigid; their opinions seem to them like themselves. When that happens - and it has happened, people can’t change their minds. If you are identified by your opinions - if that is the very basis of yourself - how can you change your mind? 
Author: Fran Lebowitz
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1950
  
 Ultimately, this is not about religious freedom. In Australia there are no limits on what you can believe. But there are limits on how you can behave. It is called the law, and no-one is above it. 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 Do you want Australian tax exemptions to be supporting an organisation that coerces its followers into having abortions? Do you want to be supporting an organisation that defrauds, that blackmails, that falsely imprisons? Because on the balance of evidence provided by victims of Scientology you probably are. 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 Atheism believes that truth for truth's sake is the highest ideal and that virtue is its own reward. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 A precept claiming infallibility should certainly possess the universality of the law of gravitation and the perfection of the arithmetical table. If it fails to possess these undeviating qualities, its imperfection is self-evident and its value either greatly diminished or useless. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 If Atheism writes upon the blackboard of the Universe a question mark, it writes it for the purpose of stating that there is a question yet to be answered. Is it not better to place a question mark upon a problem while seeking an answer than to put the label "God" there and consider the matter solved? Does not the word "God" only confuse and make more difficult the solution by assuming a conclusion that is utterly groundless and palpably absurd? 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 Facts and not merely opinions are what we want. Emotionalism is not a substitute for the truth. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 Man's inhumanity to man will continue as long as man loves God more than he loves his fellow man. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 As superstition is the weed of the brain, it grows perfusely, once started. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 Praying as a public function, particularly when led by a clergyman, is a vulgar display of an exclusively personal matter. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 Of the ten crimes which Biblical Hebrew law punished by stoning, nine have ceased to be offenses in modern society. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 Imagine using as an authority in the matter of marriage the opinion of a celibate priest! 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 When the tyranny of the state is combined with the hypocrisy of the church, you have a modern example of the twin vultures that have devoured man, and his rights, throughout the ages. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 On too many occasions, especially in matters concerning purported conversations and messages from gods, mystery has been employed by charlatans to hoodwink the people. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 Changing a rod into a serpent and the serpent back into a rod may be clever magic, but how does such a demonstration prove that Moses spoke to God? If the only thing necessary to prove the truth of an extraordinary claim were to demonstrate an ability to bewilder, there would be no more mysteries to solve. If a person claims that he can bring the dead back to life, and in proof of that power pulls a rabbit out of a hat, that is hardly a demonstration of the truth of his claim; it is merely an example of his ability in the art of deception. If he claims that he can fly without wings and without the use of mechanical help of any kind, and in proof of his ability pulls another rabbit out of another hat, that is not proof of his ability to fly, but of his ability to lie, and he will without much hesitation be condemned as a faker. The demonstration of one thing has absolutely no bearing in proving the truth of the other, when there is no relationship between them. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 Religion is all profit. They have no merchandise to buy, no commissions to pay, and no refunds to make for unsatisfactory service and results. Their commodity is fear. They blackmail their parishioners with threats of hell and damnation. These poor deluded people give them their hard earned money to save them from a hell that does not exist, and from eternal torment that was invented by the perverted minds of priests to rob the living and in addition, they are exempt from taxation! Insult to injury! Let me tell you that religion is the cruelest fraud ever perpetrated upon the human race. It is the last of the great scheme of thievery that man must legally prohibit so as to protect himself from the charlatans who prey upon the ignorance and fears of the people. The penalty for this type of extortion should be as severe as it is of other forms of dishonesty. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 With this recognition of the finality of death, no one should willingly withhold acts that would bring benefits, joy or happiness to others. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 Scientology, how about that? You hold on to the tin cans and then this guy asks you a bunch of questions, and if you pay enough money you get to join the master race. How's that for a religion? 
Author: Frank Zappa
Nationality: American
b. 21 December 1940  - d. 4 December 1993
  
 That state is a state of Slavery in which a man does what he likes to do in his spare time and in his working time that which is required of him. This state can only exist when what a man likes to do is to please himself. That state is a state of Freedom in which a man does what he likes to do in his working time and in his spare time that which is required of him. This state can only exist when what a man likes to do is to please God. 
Author: Eric Gill
Nationality: British
b. 22 February 1882  - d. 17 November 1940
  
 Books have dominated my life. At the age of three I entered a dialogue with TS Eliot on his misuse of myth, so it was a shock to arrive at Balliol and hear from my esteemed friend, James Fenton, that I was only the second cleverest person in the world. My time in the abattoir of scholarship that passed for Oxford in the 1960s was entirely frivolous. Isaiah Berlin was not as sharp as I had been led to believe and there was greater stimulation to be had discussing Marxist theory with the Cowley car workers – though I never got used to their proletarian way of calling me Chris rather than Christopher, so it was always a relief to dialectically return to college to guzzle a bottle or two of Château Margaux. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Organized religion is "the main source of hatred in the world, violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism, tribalism, and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 If you give Falwell an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 But speaking here in my capacity as a polished, sophisticated European as well, it seems to me the laugh here is on the polished, sophisticated Europeans. They think Americans are fat, vulgar, greedy, stupid, ambitious and ignorant and so on. And they‘ve taken as their own, as their representative American someone who actually embodies all of those qualities. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Let it be henceforth proclaimed to the world that man’s conscience was created free; that he is no longer accountable to his fellow man for his religious opinions, being responsible therefore only to his God. 
Author: John Tyler
Nationality: English American
b. 29 March 1790  - d. 18 January 1862
  
 I am tolerant of all creeds. Yet if any sect suffered itself to be used for political objects I would meet it by political opposition. In my view church and state should be separate, not only in form, but fact. Religion and politics should not be mingled. 
Author: Millard Fillmore
Nationality: American
b. 07 January 1800  - d. 08 March 1874
  
 Encourage free schools, and resolve that not one dollar of money shall be appropriated to the support of any sectarian school. Resolve that neither the state nor nation, or both combined, shall support institutions of learning other than those sufficient to afford every child growing up in the land the opportunity of a good common school education, unmixed with sectarian, pagan, or atheistical tenets. Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private schools, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separated. 
Author: Ulysses S. Grant
Nationality: American
b. 27 April 1822  - d. 23 July 1885
  
 The divorce between Church and State ought to be absolute. It ought to be so absolute that no Church property anywhere, in any state or in the nation, should be exempt from equal taxation; for if you exempt the property of any church organization, to that extent you impose a tax upon the whole community. 
Author: James Garfield
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1831  - d. 19 September 1881
  
 Because we are unqualifiedly and without reservation against any system of denominational schools, maintained by the adherents of any creed with the help of state aid, therefore, we as strenuously insist that the public schools shall be free from sectarian influences, and, above all, free from any attitude of hostility to the adherents of any particular creed. 
Author: Teddy Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1858  - d. 6 January 1919
  
 In the experiences of a year of the Presidency, there has come to me no other such unwelcome impression as the manifest religious intolerance which exists among many of our citizens. I hold it to be a menace to the very liberties we boast and cherish. 
Author: Warren Gamaliel Harding
Nationality: American
b. December 1865  - d.  December 1923
  
 The fundamental precept of liberty is toleration. We cannot permit any inquisition either from within or from without the law or apply any religious test to the holding of office. The mind of America must be forever free. 
Author: Calvin Coolidge
Nationality: American
b. 4 July 1872  - d. 5 January 1933
  
 I come of Quaker stock. My ancestors were persecuted for their beliefs. Here they sought and found religious freedom. By blood and conviction I stand for religious tolerance both in act and in spirit. 
Author: Herbert Clark Hoover
Nationality: American
b. 10 August 1874  - d. 20 October 1964
  
 The lessons of religious toleration - a toleration which recognizes complete liberty of human thought, liberty of conscience–is one which, by precept and example, must be inculcated in the hearts and minds of all Americans if the institutions of our democracy are to be maintained and perpetuated. We must recognize the fundamental rights of man. There can be no true national life in our democracy unless we give unqualified recognition to freedom of religious worship and freedom of education 
Author: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1882  - d. 12 April 1945
  
 Religious and racial persecution is moronic at all times, perhaps the most idiotic of human stupidities. 
Author: Harry S. Truman
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1884  - d. 26 December 1972
  
 I believe in an America where the separation of Church and State is absolute - where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be a Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote - where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference - and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him or the people who might elect him. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 All are free to believe or not believe, all are free to practice a faith or not, but those who believe must be free to speak of and act on their belief, to apply moral teaching to public questions… Tolerant society is open to and encouraging of all religions, and this does not weaken us; it strengthens us… Without God, there is no virtue, because there's no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we're mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society and without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. 
Author: Nancy Reagan
Nationality: American
b. December 1923
  
 My pollertics, like my religion, being of an exceedin' accommodatin' character. 
Author: Artemus Ward
Nationality: American
b. 26 April 1834  - d. 06 March 1867
  
 I praise wedlock, I praise marriage, but it is because they give me virgins. I gather the rose from the thorns, the gold from the earth, the pearl from the shell. "Doth the plowman plow all day to sow?" Shall he not also enjoy the fruit of his labor? Wedlock is the more honored, the more what is born of it is loved. Why, mother, do you grudge your daughter her virginity? She has been reared on your milk, she has come from your womb, she has grown up in your bosom. Your watchful affection has kept her a virgin. Are you angry with her because she chooses to be a king's wife and not a soldier's? She has conferred on you a high privilege; you are now the mother-in-law of God. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 A friend is long sought, hardly found, and with difficulty kept. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 Love is not to be purchased, and affection has no price. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 It is easier to mend neglect than to quicken love. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 No athlete is crowned but in the sweat of his brow. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 If there is but little water in the stream, it is the fault, not of the channel, but of the source. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 It is idle to play the lyre for an ass. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 Everything must have in it a sharp seasoning of truth. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 While truth is always bitter, pleasantness waits upon evildoing. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 The line, often adopted by strong men in controversy, of justifying the means by the end. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 Do not let your deeds belie your words, lest when you speak in church someone may say to himself, "Why do you not practice what you preach?" 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 No one cares to speak to an unwilling listener. An arrow never lodges in a stone: often it recoils upon the sender of it. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 That clergyman soon becomes an object of contempt who being often asked out to dinner never refuses to go. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 It is worse still to be ignorant of your ignorance. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 Even brute beasts and wandering birds do not fall into the same traps or nets twice.  
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 Sometimes the character of the mistress is inferred from the dress of her maids.  
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.  
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 The scars of others should teach us caution. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 When the stomach is full, it is easy to talk of fasting. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 Small minds can never handle great themes. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 Every day we are changing, every day we are dying, and yet we fancy ourselves eternal. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 Early impressions are hard to eradicate from the mind. When once woll has been dyed purple, who can restore it to its previous whiteness? 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 The tired ox treads with a firmer step. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 Athletes as a rule are stronger than their backers; yet the weaker presses the stronger to put forth all his efforts. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 For they wished to fill the winepress of eloquence not with the tendrils of mere words but with the rich grape juice of good sense. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 It is no fault of Christianity that a hypocrite falls into sin. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 The charges we bring against others often come home to ourselves; we inveigh against faults which are as much ours as theirs; and so our eloquence ends by telling against ourselves. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 Neither Britain, a land fertile in tyrants, nor the people of Ireland, knew Moses and the prophets. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 The privileges of a few do not make common law. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 Let your daughter have first of all the book of Psalms for holiness of heart, and be instructed in the Proverbs of Solomon for her godly life. 
Author: Saint Jerome
Nationality: Greek
b. December 347  - d.  December 420
  
 WikiLeaks will not comply with legally abusive requests from Scientology any more than WikiLeaks has complied with similar demands from Swiss banks, Russian offshore stem-cell centers, former African kleptocrats, or the Pentagon. 
Author: Julian Paul Assange
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1971
  
 I'm not concerned about all hell breaking loose, but that a PART of hell will break loose... it'll be much harder to detect. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Religion is just mind control.  
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 This is a lttle prayer dedicated to the separation of church and state. I guess if they are going to force those kids to pray in schools they might as well have a nice prayer like this: Our Father who art in heaven, and to the republic for which it stands, thy kingdom come, one nation indivisible as in heaven, give us this day as we forgive those who so proudly we hail. Crown thy good into temptation but deliver us from the twilight's last gleaming. Amen and Awomen. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Religion convinced the world that there's an invisible man in the sky who watches everything you do. And there's 10 things he doesn't want you to do or else you'll go to a burning place with a lake of fire until the end of eternity. But he loves you! 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 The only good thing ever to come out of religion was the music. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 I've begun worshipping the sun for a number of reasons. First of all, unlike some other gods I could mention, I can see the sun. It's there for me every day. And the things it brings me are quite apparent all the time: heat, light, food, a lovely day. There's no mystery, no one asks for money, I don't have to dress up, and there's no boring pageantry. And interestingly enough, I have found that the prayers I offer to the sun and the prayers I formerly offered to God are all answered at about the same 50-percent rate. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Jesus was a cross dresser. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 When it comes to BULLSHIT...BIG-TIME, MAJOR LEAGUE BULLSHIT... you have to stand IN AWE, IN AWE of the all time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims, religion. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 I want you to know, when it comes to believing in god - I really tried. I really really tried. I tried to believe that there is a god who created each one of us in his own image and likeness, loves us very much and keeps a close eye on things. I really tried to believe that, but I gotta tell you, the longer you live, the more you look around, the more you realize...something is FUCKED-UP. Something is WRONG here. War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption and the Ice Capades. Something is definitely wrong. This is NOT good work. If this is the best god can do, I am NOT impressed. Results like these do not belong on the resume of a supreme being. This is the kind of shit you'd expect from an office temp with a bad attitude. And just between you and me, in any decently run universe, this guy would have been out on his all-powerful-ass a long time ago. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Trillions and trillions of prayers every day asking and begging and pleading for favors. 'Do this' 'Gimme that' 'I want a new car' 'I want a better job'. And most of this praying takes place on Sunday. And I say fine, pray for anything you want. Pray for anything. But...what about the divine plan? Remember that? The divine plan. Long time ago god made a divine plan. Gave it a lot of thought. Decided it was a good plan. Put it into practice. And for billion and billions of years the divine plan has been doing just fine. Now you come along and pray for something. Well, suppose the thing you want isn't in god's divine plan. What do you want him to do? Change his plan? Just for you? Doesn't it seem a little arrogant? It's a divine plan. What's the use of being god if every run-down schmuck with a two dollar prayer book can come along and fuck up your plan? And here's something else, another problem you might have; suppose your prayers aren't answered. What do you say? 'Well it's god's will. God's will be done.' Fine, but if it's gods will and he's going to do whatever he wants to anyway; why the fuck bother praying in the first place? Seems like a big waste of time to me. Couldn't you just skip the praying part and get right to his will? 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 I noticed that of all the prayers I used to offer to god, and all the prayers that I now offer to Joe Pesci, are being answer at about the same 50% rate. Half the time I get what I want. Half the time I don't. Same as god 50/50. Same as the four leaf clover, the horse shoe, the rabbit's foot, and the wishing well. Same as the mojo man. Same as the voodoo lady who tells your fortune by squeezing the goat's testicles. It's all the same; 50/50. So just pick your superstitions, sit back, make a wish and enjoy yourself. And for those of you that look to the Bible for it's literary qualities and moral lessons; I got a couple other stories I might like to recommend for you. You might enjoy The Three Little Pigs. That's a good one. It has a nice happy ending. Then there's Little Red Riding Hood. Although it does have that one x-rated part where the Big-Bad-Wolf actually eats the grandmother. Which I didn't care for, by the way. And finally, I've always drawn a great deal of moral comfort from Humpty Dumpty. The part I liked best: ...and all the king's horses, and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again. That's because there is no Humpty Dumpty, and there is no god. None. Not one. Never was. No god.  
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 What about Goblins, huh? Doesn't anybody belive in Goblins? You never hear about this. Except on Halloween and then it's all negative shit. And what about Zombies? You never hear from Zombies! That's the trouble with Zombies, they're unreliable! I say if you're going to go for the Angel bullshit you might as well go for the Zombie package as well. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Religion is sort of like a lift in your shoes. If it makes you feel better, fine. Just don't ask me to wear your shoes. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 I observed, "Love is the fulfilling of the law, the end of the commandment." It is not only "the first and great" command, but all the commandments in one. "Whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, if there be any virtue, if there be any praise," they are all comprised in this one word, love. 
Author: John Wesley
Nationality: American
b. 28 June 1703  - d. 02 March 1791
  
 Are you a man? Then you should have an human heart. But have you indeed? What is your heart made of? Is there no such principle as Compassion there? Do you never feel another's pain? Have you no Sympathy? No sense of human woe? No pity for the miserable? When you saw the flowing eyes, the heaving breasts, or the bleeding sides and tortured limbs of your fellow-creatures, was you a stone, or a brute? Did you look upon them with the eyes of a tiger? When you squeezed the agonizing creatures down in the ship, or when you threw their poor mangled remains into the sea, had you no relenting? Did not one tear drop from your eye, one sigh escape from your breast? Do you feel no relenting now? If you do not, you must go on, till the measure of your iniquities is full. Then will the Great GOD deal with You, as you have dealt with them, and require all their blood at your hands. 
Author: John Wesley
Nationality: American
b. 28 June 1703  - d. 02 March 1791
  
 And so say all the world, the men who know not God, of all that are of Paul’s religion: of every one who is so a follower of him as he was of Christ. It is true, there is a sort of religion, nay, and it is called Christianity too, which may be practised without any such Imputation, which is generally allowed to be consistent with common sense, —that is, a religion of form, a round of outward duties, performed in a decent, regular manner. You may add orthodoxy thereto, a system of right opinions, yea, and some quantity of heathen morality; and yet not many will pronounce, that “much religion hath made you mad.” But if you aim at the religion of the heart, if you talk of “righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost,” then it will not be long before your sentence is passed, “Thou art beside thyself.” 
Author: John Wesley
Nationality: American
b. 28 June 1703  - d. 02 March 1791
  
 If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.[ 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 Religion. Yes, that's behind all my books. What I am interested in is the relationship between the blundering human being and God. I belong to no church, but I have a religious faith; it's an attempt to express that, among other things, that I try to do. Whether he confesses to being religious or not, everyone has a religious faith of a kind. I myself am a blundering human being with a belief in God who made us and we got out of hand, a kind of Frankenstein monster. Everyone can make mistakes, including God. I believe God does intervene; I think there is a Divine Power, a Creator, who has an influence on human beings if they are willing to be open to him. 
Author: Patrick White
Nationality: Australian
b. 28 May 1912  - d. 30 September 1990
  
 In my books I have lifted bits from various religions in trying to come to a better understanding; I've made use of religious themes and symbols. Now, as the world becomes more pagan, one has to lead people in the same direction in a different way. 
Author: Patrick White
Nationality: Australian
b. 28 May 1912  - d. 30 September 1990
  
 A man cannot become an atheist merely by wishing it. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 All religions have been made by men. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 I have found no confession of faith to which I could ally myself without reservation. Now in my old age, however, I have learned of a sect, the Hypsistarians, who, hemmed in between heathens, Jews and Christians, declared that they would treasure, admire, and honour the best, the most perfect that might come to their knowledge, and in as much as it must have a close connection to the Godhead, pay it reverence. A joyous light thus beamed at me suddenly out of a dark age, for I had the feeling that all my life I had been aspiring to qualify as a Hypsistarian. That, however, is no small task, for how does one, in the limitations of one's individuality, come to know what is most excellent? 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 I attend church when I'm in Tennessee. I'm [living] in McLean right now. I don't attend regularly when I'm up there. 
Author: Fred Dalton Thompson
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1942
  
 Me getting up and talking about what a wonderful person I am and that sort of thing, I'm not comfortable with that, and I don't think it does me any good. 
Author: Fred Dalton Thompson
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1942
  
 I was officially raised in the Church of England, but I was actually more of a freak in my family. We didn't talk about religion in our home. My father didn't believe in anything, neither did my sister. My mother would incidentally visit the church, but mostly during Christmas. And I was immensely curious. From when I was 13, 14 I went to church alone. I found it very interesting what was being said there, and I believed in it. When I went to university, I became more critical. I got more annoyed with the smugness of religious people and I went to church less and less. Now I'm at the point where I started: yes, I believe. And yes, I go to the church. A protestant church here in Edinburgh. My husband is also raised protestant, but he comes from a very strict Scottish group. One where they couldn't sing and talk. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 Like Graham Greene, my faith is sometimes about if my faith will return. It's important to me. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 I feel very drawn to religion, but at the same time I feel a lot of uncertainty. I live in a state of spiritual flux. I believe in the permanence of the soul. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 Until we reached Book Seven, views of what happens after death and so on ... would give away a lot of what was coming. So ... yes, my belief and my struggling with religious belief and so on I think is quite apparent in this book. 
Author: J. K. Rowling
Nationality: English
b. December 1966
  
 A religious creed differs from a scientific theory in claiming to embody eternal and absolutely certain truth, whereas science is always tentative, expecting that modification in its present theories will sooner or later be found necessary, and aware that its method is one which is logically incapable of arriving at a complete and final demonstration. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 While it is true that science cannot decide questions of value, that is because they cannot be intellectually decided at all, and lie outside the realm of truth and falsehood. Whatever knowledge is attainable, must be attained by scientific methods; and what science cannot discover, mankind cannot know. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 In Australia there are not limits on what you can believe but there are limits on how you can behave. It's called the law, and no one is above it.  
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 I never found much comfort in overly organized religion of any sort. 
Author: Jewel Kilcher
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 Arise - go! Sell all you possess. Give it directly, personally to the poor. Take up My cross (their cross) and follow Me, going to the poor, being poor, being one with them, one with Me. Little - be always little! Be simple, poor, childlike. Preach the Gospel with your life - without compromise! Listen to the Spirit. He will lead you. Do little things exceedingly well for love of Me. Love... love... love, never counting the cost. Go into the marketplace and stay with Me. Pray, fast. Pray always, fast. Be hidden. Be a light to your neighbour's feet. Go without fear into the depth of men's hearts. I shall be with you. Pray always. I will be your rest. 
Author: Catherine Doherty
Nationality: Russian
b. 15 August 1896  - d. 14 December 1885
  
 With God, every moment is the moment of beginning again. 
Author: Catherine Doherty
Nationality: Russian
b. 15 August 1896  - d. 14 December 1885
  
 Lord, give me the heart of a child, and the awesome courage to live it out as an adult.  
Author: Catherine Doherty
Nationality: Russian
b. 15 August 1896  - d. 14 December 1885
  
 Lord, give bread to the hungry, and hunger for you to those who have bread.  
Author: Catherine Doherty
Nationality: Russian
b. 15 August 1896  - d. 14 December 1885
  
 What you do matters - but not much. What you are matters tremendously. 
Author: Catherine Doherty
Nationality: Russian
b. 15 August 1896  - d. 14 December 1885
  
 Faith sees God's face in every human face. 
Author: Catherine Doherty
Nationality: Russian
b. 15 August 1896  - d. 14 December 1885
  
 Real zeal is standing still and letting God be a bonfire in you. 
Author: Catherine Doherty
Nationality: Russian
b. 15 August 1896  - d. 14 December 1885
  
 Pain is the kiss of Christ. 
Author: Catherine Doherty
Nationality: Russian
b. 15 August 1896  - d. 14 December 1885
  
 Preach the Gospel with your life — without compromise! 
Author: Catherine Doherty
Nationality: Russian
b. 15 August 1896  - d. 14 December 1885
  
 Love... love... love, never counting the cost. 
Author: Catherine Doherty
Nationality: Russian
b. 15 August 1896  - d. 14 December 1885
  
 God reveals himself to those who wait for that revelation, and who don't try to tear at the hem of a mystery, forcing disclosure. 
Author: Catherine Doherty
Nationality: Russian
b. 15 August 1896  - d. 14 December 1885
  
 What binds us together is love, and only love. For love is a Person. Love is God. 
Author: Catherine Doherty
Nationality: Russian
b. 15 August 1896  - d. 14 December 1885
  
 We do not go to mission lands to 'bring Jesus Christ' as much as to uncover him where he already is. 
Author: Catherine Doherty
Nationality: Russian
b. 15 August 1896  - d. 14 December 1885
  
 We do not have to wait for the hereafter - it is now that we are one with Christ. 
Author: Catherine Doherty
Nationality: Russian
b. 15 August 1896  - d. 14 December 1885
  
 Since God was completely unknown and eternally silent, He could be endowed with whatever traits one elected to hang upon Him. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 We must believe in free will - we have no choice. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 Life is God's novel. Let him write it. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 I am thankful, of course, for the prize and thankful to God for each story, each idea, each word, each day. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 I don't invent characters because the Almightly has already invented millions… Just like experts at fingerprints do not create fingerprints but learn how to read them. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 If Moses had been paid newspaper rates for the Ten Commandments, he might have written the Two Thousand Commandments. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 What does Christianity mean today? National Socialism is a religion. All we lack is a religious genius capable of uprooting outmoded religious practices and putting new ones in their place. We lack traditions and ritual. One day soon National Socialism will be the religion of all Germans. My Party is my church, and I believe I serve the Lord best if I do his will, and liberate my oppressed people from the fetters of slavery. That is my gospel. 
Author: Paul Joseph Goebbels
Nationality: German
b. 29 October 1897  - d. 01 May 1945
  
 Berndt handed in a plan for the occultist propaganda to be carried on by us. We are getting somewhere. The Americans and English fall easily to this kind of propaganda. We are therefore pressing into service all star witnesses of occult prophecy. Nostradamus must once again submit to being quoted. 
Author: Paul Joseph Goebbels
Nationality: German
b. 29 October 1897  - d. 01 May 1945
  
 When I sit near the ocean in the morning and write my verses and breathe the salty wind which is coming from the water, I rejoice in God and I am blissful, like I was as a child. 
Author: Paul Joseph Goebbels
Nationality: German
b. 29 October 1897  - d. 01 May 1945
  
 A nation without a religion - that is like a man without breath.  
Author: Paul Joseph Goebbels
Nationality: German
b. 29 October 1897  - d. 01 May 1945
  
 Christianity is not a religion for the masses, let alone for all. Cultivated by few and translated into deeds, it is one of the most splendid blossoms that a decent man's soul can develop.  
Author: Paul Joseph Goebbels
Nationality: German
b. 29 October 1897  - d. 01 May 1945
  
 If Christ came back he would drive his treacherous servants out of the temple with a whip. 
Author: Paul Joseph Goebbels
Nationality: German
b. 29 October 1897  - d. 01 May 1945
  
 My God is a God of strength. HE does not like the smell of frankincense and the dishonoring crawl of the crowd. I stand before HIM proudly, with the head held high, like HE created me, and I profess gladly and freely before HIM. The true German seeks God for all of his life.  
Author: Paul Joseph Goebbels
Nationality: German
b. 29 October 1897  - d. 01 May 1945
  
 At night I sit in my chamber and read the bible. Far in the distance roars the sea. Then I lie down and think for a long time about the calm and pale man from Nazareth. 
Author: Paul Joseph Goebbels
Nationality: German
b. 29 October 1897  - d. 01 May 1945
  
 We had to bear much already. And still more will we have to bear. Let us thank God for being young. 
Author: Paul Joseph Goebbels
Nationality: German
b. 29 October 1897  - d. 01 May 1945
  
 O this world is beautiful because of you! To love somebody means that we're closer to God.  
Author: Paul Joseph Goebbels
Nationality: German
b. 29 October 1897  - d. 01 May 1945
  
 After supper we are sitting close to the church in a quiet spot. As if from a distance we hear prayers and singing. The monks are holding their vesper services. Then it falls silent, wonderfully silent! The sun has already set. ... We are quiet, too. ... A door is closed somewhere. A man's, then a woman's voice. Children are praying! My dear Jesus! Then it falls silent again. Wonderfully silent! The night spreads its wide, black wings over the land.  
Author: Paul Joseph Goebbels
Nationality: German
b. 29 October 1897  - d. 01 May 1945
  
 Christ is the genius of love and as such the most diametric antipole to Jewry, which is the incarnation of hate. Christ was the first anti-Jewish opponent of stature. The Jew is the lie that became flesh. He nailed Christ to the cross, and thus for the first time in history nailed the eternal truth to the cross.  
Author: Paul Joseph Goebbels
Nationality: German
b. 29 October 1897  - d. 01 May 1945
  
 He who cannot hate the devil cannot love God.  
Author: Paul Joseph Goebbels
Nationality: German
b. 29 October 1897  - d. 01 May 1945
  
 I believe in God. When everything collapses, we grip the last hold, we look from the secure haven how the godless society of the old, holy Europe falls apart. May the game begin.  
Author: Paul Joseph Goebbels
Nationality: German
b. 29 October 1897  - d. 01 May 1945
  
 Give your goods to the poor: Christ. Property is theft - as long as it's not mine: Marx.  
Author: Paul Joseph Goebbels
Nationality: German
b. 29 October 1897  - d. 01 May 1945
  
 The war we are fighting until victory or the bitter end is in its deepest sense a war between Christ and Marx. Christ: the principle of love. Marx: the principle of hate.  
Author: Paul Joseph Goebbels
Nationality: German
b. 29 October 1897  - d. 01 May 1945
  
 The life of man is made up of action and endurance; and life is fruitful in the ratio in which it is laid out in noble action or in patient perseverance.  
Author: H. P. Liddon
Nationality: English
b. 20 August 1829  - d. 09 September 1890
  
 The history of the Church of Christ from the days of the Apostles has been a history of spiritual movements. 
Author: H. P. Liddon
Nationality: English
b. 20 August 1829  - d. 09 September 1890
  
 Thus the word reveals the Divine Essence; His incarnation makes that Life, that Love, that Light, which is eternally resident in God obvious to souls that steadily contemplate Himself. These terms Life, Love, Light - so abstract, so simple, so suggestive - meet in God; but they meet also in Jesus Christ. They do not only make Him the centre of a philosophy; they belong to the mystic language of faith more truly than to the abstract terminalogy of speculative thought. They draw hearts to Jesus; they invest Him with a higher than any intellectual beauty.  
Author: H. P. Liddon
Nationality: English
b. 20 August 1829  - d. 09 September 1890
  
 The Divine Christ has died on the cross a. victim for the sins of the world; what is He doing now? Did His redemptive love exhaust itself in the days of His flesh? The past has been forgiven; but has any provision been made for the future? Have we been reconciled to God by the death of His Son, but is there no salvation through His risen life? 
Author: H. P. Liddon
Nationality: English
b. 20 August 1829  - d. 09 September 1890
  
 Look to the end; and resolve to make the service of Christ the first object in what remains of life, without indifference to the opinion of your fellow men, but also without fear of it. 
Author: H. P. Liddon
Nationality: English
b. 20 August 1829  - d. 09 September 1890
  
 If Christianity has really come from heaven, it must renew the whole life of man; it must govern the life of nations no less than that of individuals; it must control a Christian when acting in his public and political capacity as completely as when he is engaged in the duties which belong to him as a member of a family circle.  
Author: H. P. Liddon
Nationality: English
b. 20 August 1829  - d. 09 September 1890
  
 The real difficulty with thousands in the present day is not that Christianity has been found wanting, but that it has never been seriously tried. 
Author: H. P. Liddon
Nationality: English
b. 20 August 1829  - d. 09 September 1890
  
 A deliberate rejection of duty prescribed by already recognized truth cannot but destroy, or at least impair most seriously the clearness of our mental vision. 
Author: H. P. Liddon
Nationality: English
b. 20 August 1829  - d. 09 September 1890
  
 Depend upon it, my younger brethren, the bright, self-sacrificing enthusiasms of early manhood are among the most precious things in the whole course of human life. 
Author: H. P. Liddon
Nationality: English
b. 20 August 1829  - d. 09 September 1890
  
 It is only Jesus Christ who has thrown light on life and immortality through the gospel; and because He has done so, and has enabled us by His atoning death and intercession to make the most of this discovery, His gospel is, for all who will, a power of God unto salvation.  
Author: H. P. Liddon
Nationality: English
b. 20 August 1829  - d. 09 September 1890
  
 As all true virtue, wherever found, is a ray of the life of the All-Holy; so all solid knowledge, all really accurate thought, descends from the Eternal Reason, and ought, when we apprehend it, to guide us upwards to Him. 
Author: H. P. Liddon
Nationality: English
b. 20 August 1829  - d. 09 September 1890
  
 A few years hence and he will be beneath the sod; but those cliffs will stand, as now, facing the ocean, incessantly lashed by its waves, yet unshaken, immovable; and other eyes will gaze on them for their brief day of life, and then they, too, will close. 
Author: H. P. Liddon
Nationality: English
b. 20 August 1829  - d. 09 September 1890
  
 Worship is the earthly act by which we most distinctly recognize our personal immortality; men who think that they will be extinct a few years hence do not pray. In worship we spread out our insignificant life, which yet is the work of the Creator's hands, and the purchase of the Redeemer's blood, before the Eternal and All-Merciful, that we may learn the manners of a higher sphere, and fit ourselves for companionship with saints and angels, and for the everlasting sight of the face of God. 
Author: H. P. Liddon
Nationality: English
b. 20 August 1829  - d. 09 September 1890
  
 Prayer is the act by which man, detaching himself from the embarrassments of sense and nature, ascends to the true level of his destiny. 
Author: H. P. Liddon
Nationality: English
b. 20 August 1829  - d. 09 September 1890
  
 Resignation,— not to a whirlwind of inexorable forces, not to powers that cannot see or hear or feel, but to One who lives forever, and who loves us well, and who has given us all that we have, ay, life itself, that we may at His bidding freely give it back to Him. 
Author: H. P. Liddon
Nationality: English
b. 20 August 1829  - d. 09 September 1890
  
 Augustine of Hippo used to say that, but for God's grace, he should have been capable of committing any crime; and it is when we feel this sincerely, that we are most likely to be really improving, and best able to give assistance to others without moral loss to ourselves.  
Author: H. P. Liddon
Nationality: English
b. 20 August 1829  - d. 09 September 1890
  
 I grew up, as reported, in a large family of Catholics without even a decent ration of tentativeness among the lot of us about our religious faith. 
Author: William Frank Buckley Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 24 November 1925  - d. 27 February 2008
  
 The cost of the drug war is many times more painful, in all its manifestations, than would be the licensing of drugs combined with intensive education of non-users and intensive education designed to warn those who experiment with drugs. 
Author: William Frank Buckley Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 24 November 1925  - d. 27 February 2008
  
 I believe that a reasonable case can be made for saying, not that we believe in God because He exists but rather that He exists because we believe in Him... Considered as an element of the world, God has the same degree and kind of objective reality as do other products of mind.I regret my disbelief in God and religious answers generally, for I believe it would give satisfaction and comfort to many in need of it if it were possible to discover and propound good scientific and philosophic reasons to believe in God... To abdicate from the rule of reason and substitute for it an authentication of belief by the intentness and degree of conviction with which we hold it can be perilous and destructive. I am a rationalist - something of a period piece nowadays, I admit. 
Author: Peter Medawar
Nationality: English
b. 28 February 1915  - d. 02 October 1987
  
 Our sisters are silently screaming for help. 
Author: Sonia Johnson
Nationality: American
b. 26 February 1963
  
 Because Mormon women are trained to desire above all else to please men (and I include in this category God, whom all too many of us view as an extension of our chauvinist leaders), we spend enormous amounts of energy trying to make the very real, but - for most of us - limited satisfactions of mother and-wife-hood substitute satisfactorily for all other life experiences. What spills over into those vacant lots of our hearts where our intellectual and talented selves should be vigorously alive and thriving are, instead, frustration, anger, and the despair which comes from suppressing anger and feeling guilty for having felt it in the first place. 
Author: Sonia Johnson
Nationality: American
b. 26 February 1963
  
 But women are not fools. The very violence with which the Brethren attacked an Amendment which would give women human status in the Constitution abruptly opened the eyes of thousands of us to the true source of our danger and our anger. This open patriarchal panic against our human rights raised consciousness miraculously all over the Church as nothing else could have done. And revealing their raw panic at the idea that women might step forward as goddesses-in-the-making with power in a real--not a 'sub' or 'through men' - sense, was the leaders' critical and mortal error, producing as it did a deafening dissonance between their rhetoric of love and their oppressive, unloving, destructive behavior. 
Author: Sonia Johnson
Nationality: American
b. 26 February 1963
  
 I liked the name of the amendment. I couldn't help feeling uneasy that the church was opposing something with a name as beautiful as the Equal Rights Amendment. 
Author: Sonia Johnson
Nationality: American
b. 26 February 1963
  
 It's only when we have nothing else to hold onto that we're willing to try something very audacious and scary. 
Author: Sonia Johnson
Nationality: American
b. 26 February 1963
  
 We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history. 
Author: Sonia Johnson
Nationality: American
b. 26 February 1963
  
 What we have most to fear is failure of the heart. 
Author: Sonia Johnson
Nationality: American
b. 26 February 1963
  
 What we resist persists. 
Author: Sonia Johnson
Nationality: American
b. 26 February 1963
  
 If I thought the Lord was speaking to me I'd check myself into Bellevue, and I think you should too. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 It's very sad how in the information age you cannot get information into people's heads. As long as you write something on the internet and do not add LOL - it is true. "I'm not sure he's a Christian" - I'm not sure he's a mammal, Jay. He could be a werewolf. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 I want to thank some very special people without whom I would not be here today. George Bush, Sarah Palin and the Pope. When I came to Hollywood in 1983, I had one dream - to sleep with Jodie Foster. That didn't work out, but this is nice, too. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 How does a country get away with keeping half its population in beekeeper suits? I'll tell you how. They say the magic word: religion. It's their religion. You say religion, you can get away with anything. The Catholics got away with fucking kids, for crying out loud! 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 What I have against religion is that they start you when you are so defenseless. I mean, I was three when they started pumping this bullshit into my head. I believed in Santa Claus and the Fairy Godmother, of course I believed in a virgin birth, and a guy lived in a whale, and a woman came from a rib. But then something happened that made me doubt all of it: I graduated sixth grade! 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Religion, it stops people from thinking because they think all the answers are in that one book; it impedes progress; it justifies crazy people. Flying planes into a building was a faith-based initiative. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 We do it all the time, we legislate taste. We do it with the tax code. Churches and children get a tax break, because it's assumed that we all agree that we want to encourage churches and children. I don't. I don't. That's my opinion. I don't want to encourage either churches or children, and it's a very bad idea to put them together. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 I was just at the newly opened Creationist Museum in Kentucky. And they have this exhibit of a giant dinosaur...with a saddle on its back. Because the world is only 5000 years old, so man and the dinosaurs had to coexist, and, of course, we rode them. A theory I thought laughable at the age of eight when I saw it on THE FLINTSTONES! 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 One of the complaints leveled against me is, "Oh, Bill, you're such a meanie. Why do you have to go after religion? It gives people comfort; it doesn't hurt anything." Okay, well, other than most wars, the Crusades, the Inquisition, 9/11, arranged marriages to minors, blowing up girls' schools, the suppression of women and homosexuals, fatwas, ethnic cleansing, honor rape, human sacrifice, burning witches, suicide bombings, condoning slavery, and the systematic fucking of children, there's a few little things I have a problem with. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 The sad fact about the mosque is the people who are building that mosque are part of the Sufi fringe moderate part of their religion. That's the good part. That's the liberal part. Those are the Hippies of the Islamic world. We should encourage them. The people who want to build that mosque, those are the people we should be courting. Bush used that guy. Bush - that administration sent him overseas. Yes, that's the way to fight terrorism. That's the way to win the war, is to get those people on our side, not to alienate them. … I mean, the biggest population of Muslims in the world is Indonesia. They're not crazy. The second biggest is India. There's 150 million Muslims in India. They're not crazy. …But Saudi Arabia, they're crazy. The Taliban in Afghanistan, they're crazy. Parts of Pakistan are crazy. Hamas is crazy. There's enough of them to worry about. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 I think flying planes into a building was a faith-based initiative. I think religion is a neurological disorder. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Iraq now says that it will, after all, destroy its missiles. President Bush said, 'Please, I used to pull the same trick. There'd be an intervention, I'd make a big show of pouring out the liquor and then there was a case under the floorboards. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Let's face it; God has a big ego problem. Why do we always have to worship him? 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 You can’t be a rational person six days of the week and put on a suit and make rational decisions and go to work and, on one day of the week, go to a building and think you’re drinking the blood of a 2,000-year-old space god. That doesn’t make you a person of faith…That makes you a schizophrenic. O’Brien followed up by asking Maher whether or not anyone who is religious is schizophrenic: Well, yes, sort of, because they have walled off a part of their mind.” 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 “But I think it is much more likely that there could be space ships from outer space, than what a lot of things people believe. People still believe, you know, excuse me I know I may inject religion into every show but UFOs are a lot more likely than a space god that flew down bodily and you know who was the Son of God and you know had sex with a Palestinian woman 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 They accuse me of being a Catholic bigot. First of all, I don’t have it out especially for Catholics. I think all religions are coo-coo. Ok? It’s not just the Catholics. I’m not a bigot. Just because I wish for the demise of an organization that I think is entirely destructive to the human race, that doesn’t make me a bigot. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 I guess I can kind of relate to this. I grew up in a Roman Catholic Church…and I found at some point I kind of wanted to - I moved to a more nondenominational church. I think it was some of the structural things in the Catholic Church that just for me felt manufactured…and I questioned all the time, like going to confession. Since second grade I would be in detention because I didn’t want to go. 
Author: Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Nationality: American   
 Do not allow the Church or State to govern your thought or dictate your judgment. 
Author: Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1826  - d.  December 1898
  
 The careful student of history will discover that Christianity has been of very little value in advancing civilization, but has done a great deal toward retarding it. 
Author: Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1826  - d.  December 1898
  
 In those days Caesar Augustus ordered a head count of the whole Roman world. (This was the first big tally, when Quirinius ran the Syrian branch of the Empire.) And everyone had to go back to the bit of country they were born in to fill in the forms. So Joe hiked up from Nazareth (in Galilee Shire) to Bethlehem (in Judea Shire), because this spot in the mulga was where King David came from, and Joe’s family tree had King David up in the top branches. He went there to fill in the forms and sign the register with his fiancee, Mary, who was pretty near nine months by this time. While they were there, she gave birth to a baby boy. She wrapped him in a bunny rug, and tucked him up in a feed trough in a back shed, because the pub was full to bursting. There were some drovers, camped out in a paddock nearby, keeping an eye on their mob of sheep that night. Their eyes shot out on stalks when an angel of the Lord zapped into view, and the glory of the Lord filled the air like a thousand volts of electricity. The angel said: “Stop looking like a bunch of stunned mullets. Let me give you the drum, the good oil, it’s top news for the whole crew—everyone, everywhere. Today in that little town on the hill a rescuer has been born: he is the Promised One, the King, the Lord. And here’s how you’ll find him: the little nipper is wrapped up in a bunny rug, and lying in a food trough.” And before you could say, “Well, I’ll be blowed!” the whole sky was filled with more angels than you could count, all singing away at the top of their lungs (if angels have got lungs, that is): “God is great! God is bonzer - and to everyone on this planet who’s on God’s side: peace and goodwill, and, by the way, Happy Christmas.” (Which rather confused the drovers because they’d never heard of Christmas before.) Suddenly the whole choir had nipped off in the blink of an eye. The drovers said to each other, “We’d better make tracks to Bethlehem and have a squiz at what’s happened—check out this message from God.” So the lot of them shot through like a Toorak tram to Bethlehem - and they found Mary, and Joe and the baby who was, sure enough, wrapped in a bunny rug and lying in a food trough. When they’d seen this they told every Tom, Dick and Harry about what had happened, and everyone who heard the story was blown away by it. But Mary just made a mental note of these things, and tucked them away in a corner of her heart. The drovers went back to the paddock, and their mob of sheep, as excited as a racehorse on Melbourne Cup Day, and saying what a bottler God was, because everything was spot on - just as they’d been told. 
Author: Kel Richards
Nationality: Australian
b. 08 February 1946
  
 Whatever issue may come before me as President - on birth control, divorce, censorship, gambling or any other subject - I will make my decision in accordance with these views, in accordance with what my conscience tells me to be the national interest, and without regard to outside religious pressures or dictates. And no power or threat of punishment could cause me to decide otherwise. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 The Devil is not the Prince of Matter; the Devil is the arrogance of the spirit, faith without smile, truth that is never seized by doubt. The Devil is grim because he knows where he is going, and, in moving, he always returns whence he came." 
Author: Umberto Eco
Nationality: Italian
b. 05 January 1932
  
 To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin. 
Author: Cardinal Roberto Bellarmine
Nationality: Italian
b. 04 October 1542  - d. 17 September 1621
  
 When you and I hurt deeply, what we really need is not an explanation from God but a revelation of God. We need to see how great God is; we need to recover our lost perspective on life. Things get out of proportion when we are suffering, and it takes a vision of something bigger than ourselves to get life's dimensions adjusted again. 
Author: Warren W. Wiersbe
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1929
  
 Do you need help today? Lift up your hands to the Lord in supplication and in expectation, and soon you will lift up your hands in jubilation and celebration. Unfortunately, many people fail to keep their hands clean. Their evil hands sometimes do dirty work that hurts you. When that happens, you can trust God to take care of evil hands. Keep your hands clean. Look to God, lift your hands to Him and let His hand work for you. 
Author: Warren W. Wiersbe
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1929
  
 Evolution is a bankrupt speculative philosophy, not a scientific fact. Only a spiritually bankrupt society could ever believe it. Only atheists could accept this Satanic theory 
Author: Jimmy Swaggart
Nationality: American
b. 15 March 1935
  
 I get amazed, I can't look at it but about 10 seconds, at these politicians dancing around this, dancing around this, I'm trying to find a correct name for it, this utter absolute, asinine, idiotic stupidity of men marrying men. I've never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. I'm gonna be blunt and plain, if one ever looks at me like that I'm gonna kill him and tell God he died.  
Author: Jimmy Swaggart
Nationality: American
b. 15 March 1935
  
 I have sinned against you, my Lord. 
Author: Jimmy Swaggart
Nationality: American
b. 15 March 1935
  
 I'm knocking our pitiful, pathetic lawmakers. And I thank God that President Bush has stated, we need a Constitutional amendment that states that marriage is between a man and a woman. 
Author: Jimmy Swaggart
Nationality: American
b. 15 March 1935
  
 I'm not knocking the poor homosexual, I'm not. They need salvation just like anybody else. 
Author: Jimmy Swaggart
Nationality: American
b. 15 March 1935
  
 If I do not return to the pulpit this weekend, millions of people will go to hell. 
Author: Jimmy Swaggart
Nationality: American
b. 15 March 1935
  
 It's a humorous statement that doesn't mean anything. You can't lie to God - it's ridiculous. 
Author: Jimmy Swaggart
Nationality: American
b. 15 March 1935
  
 Philosophies change by the day while God never changes, simply because, being perfect, He does not have to change! 
Author: Jimmy Swaggart
Nationality: American
b. 15 March 1935
  
 The minister of the Gospel is really the yardstick by which the nation measures its morals. 
Author: Jimmy Swaggart
Nationality: American
b. 15 March 1935
  
 The more I studied the Bible, however, I had to admit that the prosperity message did not line up with the tenor of Scripture. My heart was crushed to think that I led so many people astray. I was appalled that I could have been so wrong, and I was deeply grateful that God had not struck me dead as a false prophet! 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 You can`t fake it when you`re alone with God, you know. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 Why should I apologize because God throws in crystal chandeliers, mahogany floors, and the best construction in the world? 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 When you put your total faith in God, no matter what happens, to a person who`s a true believer, if you die, you know you`re going to heaven to be with God. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 When I first went to prison, I was even questioning where, God, where are you? 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 To try to raise a son from inside the prison walls is a very difficult thing. But I want to say to the world my son at 16 was the one who tried the most to get me out of prison. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 They`ve all been through bad things. So bad things happen to people. They happen to all the great men of God. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 They put chains on me; they chained my waist, my legs. Put me in the back of a squad car, and I literally blacked out. I didn`t even - there`s whole pieces missing. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 The box got bigger, the outside, the buildings. And all that we were doing. I had to raise about $1 million every two days just to stay alive. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 So you can`t lose serving God, and that all things work together for good. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 Oh, I was never a businessman. I was a visionary, a dreamer. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 My original sentence. It`s like a death sentence. In fact, at one point, I would have rather had a death sentence than 45 years sentenced in prison. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 My dream became bigger and bigger. And the box got bigger than the message, than the Gospel. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 Most of you are so young you don`t know who I am, and that`s good. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 It`s not listed in the Bible, but my spiritual gift, my specific calling from God, is to be a television talk-show host, 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 It was dripping and, you know, and there was a whole line of cameras and microphones. I felt like - you remember the honor guards, only it was a dishonor guard. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 In the book of Colossians, it talks about that because of what Christ did, we are pure. We are without judgment on ourselves. And only through him can we do something like this. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 I write about it in the book and, you know, explain that. But that was the technicality that actually got my sentence reduced - that Alan Dershowitz used to have my sentence - it came down eventually to eight years.  
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 I think - there`s always going to be a percentage of people who maybe aren't as good as others. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 I feel like God has forgiven me of so much, that I will forgive everyone who has hurt us. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 I don`t think you ever know, until it was over, until the very last. But near the last months, it was getting more and more strenuous. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 I don`t know, examination I guess. And then they put the jump suit back on me again. I went through the compound - I remember somebody shouting, Jim don`t let them break you. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 I called the doctor, during writing the book, the psychiatrist who treated me at that time, Dr. Jackson. And I said, Dr. Jackson, whole pieces are missing. I don`t understand what happened to me. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 God`s forgiveness is the only thing. And, well, I take full responsibility for the adultery. It was my fault and, you know, no matter what went on, the man has to take responsibility; and I do. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 As I see with Lori`s testimony, you say what good could come out of all these abortions and all what she's been through? But she has been a part of a new Bible for women, a mentoring Bible. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 And he`s writing a book right now that`s going to be a little bit stronger than my book. But he really went through hell to get me out of prison. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 And God knows I needed to be forgiven. So I had to forgive everybody. And then God - as I read in the word, you`re supposed to pray for your enemies. Try that one on.  
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 Isn't it a remarkable coincidence almost everyone has the same religion as their parents? And it always just happens to be the right religion. Religions run in families. If we'd been brought up in ancient Greece we would all be worshipping Zeus and Apollo. If we had been born Vikings we would be worshiping Wotan and Thor. How does this come about? Through childhood indoctrination. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 I used to ask a question. I’ve now asked it in public, on the radio, in print, in TV debates with quite a lot of leading religious figures and thinkers. It’s simply this: You ought to be able to tell me of a moral action performed or an ethical statement made by a believer that I couldn’t make because I’m a nonbeliever. You ought to be able. Given what you think, it must be very easy for you to say, here’s something you couldn’t say or do that would be morally right or morally true. No takers; I haven’t found a single example. I’ve tried everyone now - and by the way, there’s a prize. And I’ve even entered myself for it, as I’ll tell you in a second. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Here is my attempt to win my own prize. When Lech Walesa was starting his work in the Polish shipyards and the Polish militia, the outer ring of the Polish army were closing in on Gdansk, he was interviewed with his then-fairly small group, and he was asked, aren’t you frightened, aren’t you afraid? You’ve taken on a whole all-powerful state and army — aren’t you scared? And he said, I’m not frightened of anything but God or anyone but God. This came back to me, I thought, well, this meets my two criteria. It’s certainly a noble thing to have said, a distinguished thing to have said, and I certainly couldn’t have said it. So it does meet both my criteria. But it was also the slogan of Gen. Edwin Walker of the John Birch Society in a different situation — the man whom Lee Harvey Oswald took target practice on, right-wing, paranoid Crusade for Christ nutbag in the ’50s. Doesn’t sound so good when it’s said by him and it’s a summons to think of nuclear war as not too bad, for example. It’s not quite the same. So there, I’ve partly answered the question. I hope I partly asked one. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 The enemies of intolerance cannot be tolerant. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 If it is an offense to justice to hold people who may have been victims of mistaken identity or of vendettas by other factions, then it is also an offense to justice to release psychopathic killers who believe that they have divine permission to throw acid in the faces of girls who want to attend school. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Agnostics are just atheists without balls. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 All Dogs Go To Heaven? Sorry, kids. It's only the dogs who've accepted Christ. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 Here's an easy way to figure out if you're in a cult:If you're wondering whether you're in a cult, the answer is yes. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 Researchers from Britain's Keele University have found that swearing after an injury may help alleviate pain. Evidently, the pain that you feel is inversely proportional to the number of middle names you give Jesus. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 I guess 14% plus Jesus equals victory. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 I have lived as a philosopher and I die as a Christian. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 02 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God's truth was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was his fight against the Jewish poison. Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed his blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice. And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly, it is the distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people. And when I look on my people I see them work and work and toil and labor, and at the end of the week they have only for their wages wretchedness and misery. When I go out in the morning and see these men standing in their queues and look into their pinched faces, then I believe I would be no Christian, but a very devil, if I felt no pity for them, if I did not, as did our Lord two thousand years ago, turn against those by whom today this poor people are plundered and exploited. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 It has often been said that anything may be proved from the Bible; but before anything can be admitted as proved by the Bible, the Bible itself must be proved to be true; for if the Bible be not true, or the truth of it be doubtful, it ceases to have authority, and cannot be admitted as proof of anything. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice. And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 Islam neither requires one to be practising, nor to dress in one way or another. So imposing the veil on a woman is contrary to the principles of Islam. Unfortunately, after all the suspicion weighing on Islam, many people have begun to consider the veil as a political problem, but this is not the case. Wearing the veil is a free personal choice. 
Author: Queen Rania al Yassin
Nationality: German
b. 13 August 1970
  
 Many people are frustrated in the Arab world. Many give in to the anger because they are accused of violence. But instead we should get up, explain who we are and what we believe in. Over the last three years, most victims of terrorism have been Muslim. So there’s not a war between Muslims and non-Muslims, but between extremists and moderates of all the religions. What is important is not to live in fear. The most dangerous thing to do is to give up and lose hope. The main enemy is not terrorism or extremism, but ignorance. 
Author: Queen Rania al Yassin
Nationality: German
b. 13 August 1970
  
 All of us are experts at practicing virtue at a distance.  
Author: Theodore M. Hesburgh
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1917
  
 Anyone who refuses to speak out off campus does not deserve to be listened to on campus. 
Author: Theodore M. Hesburgh
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1917
  
 It is easier to exemplify values than teach them. 
Author: Theodore M. Hesburgh
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1917
  
 The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. 
Author: Theodore M. Hesburgh
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1917
  
 The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet. 
Author: Theodore M. Hesburgh
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1917
  
 Voting is a civic sacrament. 
Author: Theodore M. Hesburgh
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1917
  
 God by a sudden conversion subdued and brought my mind to a teachable frame, which was more hardened in such matters than might have been expected from one at my early period of life. Having thus received some taste and knowledge of true godliness, I was immediately inflamed with so intense a desire to make progress therein, that although I did not altogether leave off other studies, yet I pursued them with less ardour. 
Author: John Calvin
Nationality: French
b. 10 July 1509  - d. 27 May 1564
  
 We usually speak of the Jewish-Christian civilization - perhaps, the time has come, especially with regard to the Middle East conflict, to talk about the Jewish-Muslim civilization as an axis opposed to Christianity. 
Author: Slavoj Žižek
Nationality: Slovenian
b. 21 March 1949
  
 In the electoral campaign, President Bush named as the most important person in his life Jesus. Now he has a unique chance to prove that he meant it seriously: for him, as for all Americans today, "Love thy neighbor!" means "Love the Muslims!" OR IT MEANS NOTHING AT ALL.  
Author: Slavoj Žižek
Nationality: Slovenian
b. 21 March 1949
  
 Think about the strangeness of today's situation. Thirty, forty years ago, we were still debating about what the future will be: communist, fascist, capitalist, whatever. Today, nobody even debates these issues. We all silently accept global capitalism is here to stay. On the other hand, we are obsessed with cosmic catastrophes: the whole life on earth disintegrating, because of some virus, because of an asteroid hitting the earth, and so on. So the paradox is, that it's much easier to imagine the end of all life on earth than a much more modest radical change in capitalism. 
Author: Slavoj Žižek
Nationality: Slovenian
b. 21 March 1949
  
 To add anything were superfluous, were it not that the world is almost now come to that blindness, that whatsoever pleases not the princes and the multitude, the same is rejected as doctrine newly forged, and is condemned for heresy. 
Author: John Knox
Nationality: Scottish
b. December 1510  - d.  December 1572
  
 God, by the order of his creation, has deprived woman of authority and dominion" and from history that "man has seen, proved, and pronounced just causes why it should be", he argued the following with regard to the specific role of women bearing authority: For who can denie but it repugneth to nature, that the blind shal be appointed to leade and conduct such as do see? That the weake, the sicke, and impotent persones shall norishe and kepe the hole and strong, and finallie, that the foolishe, madde and phrenetike shal gouerne the discrete, and giue counsel to such as be sober of mind? And such be al women, compared vnto man in bearing of authoritie. For their sight in ciuile regiment, is but blindnes: their strength, weaknes: their counsel, foolishenes: and judgement, phrenesie, if it be rightlie considered. 
Author: John Knox
Nationality: Scottish
b. December 1510  - d.  December 1572
  
 None have I corrupted. None have I defrauded. Merchandise have I not made - to God's glory I write - of the glorious Evangel of Jesus Christ; but, according to the measure of the grace granted unto me, I have divided the Sermon of Truth in just parts, beating down the rebellion of the proud against God, and raising up the consciences troubled with the knowledge of their sins, by declaring Jesus Christ, the strength of His Death, and the mighty operation of His Resurrection, in the hearts of the Faithful. Of this, I say, I have a testimony this day in my conscience, before God, however the world rage. 
Author: John Knox
Nationality: Scottish
b. December 1510  - d.  December 1572
  
 As touching nature I am a worm of this earth, and yet a subject of this commonwealth; but as touching the office wherein it has pleased God to place me [head of the Reformed church in Scotland], I am a watchman...For that reason I am bound in conscience to blow the trumpet publicly. 
Author: John Knox
Nationality: Scottish
b. December 1510  - d.  December 1572
  
 Madam, in God's presence I speak: I never delighted in the weeping of any of God's creatures; yea I can scarcely well abide the tears of my own boys whom my own hand corrects, much less can I rejoice in your Majesty's weeping. 
Author: John Knox
Nationality: Scottish
b. December 1510  - d.  December 1572
  
 Mother Teresa was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 George W. Bush is lucky to be governor of Texas. He is unusually incurious, abnormally unintelligent, amazingly inarticulate, fantastically uncultured, extraordinarily uneducated, and apparently quite proud of all these things. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Every day, the New York Times carries a motto in a box on its front page. 'All the News That's Fit to Print,' it says. It's been saying it for decades, day in and day out. I imagine most readers of the canonical sheet have long ceased to notice this bannered and flaunted symbol of its mental furniture. I myself check every day to make sure that the bright, smug, pompous, idiotic claim is still there. Then I check to make sure that it still irritates me. If I can still exclaim, under my breath, why do they insult me and what do they take me for and what the hell is it supposed to mean unless it's as obviously complacent and conceited and censorious as it seems to be, then at least I know I still have a pulse. You may wish to choose a more rigorous mental workout but I credit this daily infusion of annoyance with extending my lifespan.” 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Cluster bombs are perhaps not good in themselves, but when they are dropped on identifiable concentrations of Taliban troops, they do have a heartening effect. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Islam makes very large claims for itself. In its art, there is a prejudice against representing the human form at all. The prohibition on picturing the prophet – who was only another male mammal – is apparently absolute. So is the prohibition on pork or alcohol or, in some Muslim societies, music or dancing. Very well then, let a good Muslim abstain rigorously from all these. But if he claims the right to make me abstain as well, he offers the clearest possible warning and proof of an aggressive intent. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Religious exhortation and telling people, telling children, that if they don’t do the right thing, they’ll go to terrifying punishments or unbelievable rewards, that’s making a living out of lying to children. That’s what the priesthood do. And if all they did was lie to the children, it would be bad enough. But they rape them and torture them and then hope we’ll call it ‘abuse’. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Religion is man-made. Even the men who made it cannot agree on what their prophets or redeemers or gurus actually said or did. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Judaism has some advantages over Christianity in that, for example, it does not proselytise - except among Jews - and it does not make the cretinous mistake of saying that the Messiah has already made his appearance. However, along with Islam and Christianity, it does insist that some turgid and contradictory and sometimes evil and mad texts, obviously written by fairly unexceptional humans, are in fact the word of god. I think that the indispensable condition of any intellectual liberty is the realisation that there is no such thing. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Faith is the surrender of the mind; it's the surrender of reason, it's the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other mammals. It's our need to believe, and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me. Of all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 To illustrate the vain conceit that the universe must be somehow pre-ordained for us, because we are so well-suited to live in it, he [Adams] mimed a wonderfully funny imitation of a puddle of water, fitting itself snugly into a depression in the ground, the depression uncannily being exactly the same shape as the puddle. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 It's futile using logic to argue with a person's belief when they didn't arrive at their belief by using logic. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 Without Art, we should have no notion of the sacred; Without Science, we should always worship false gods. 
Author: W. H. Auden
Nationality: American
b. 21 February 1907  - d. 29 September 1973
  
 I think every religious person should have a deep sense of respect for other people's religious documents and religious symbols just as we were deeply opposed to the Taliban destroying the two historic buddhas which they blew up. So I think we ought to all oppose burning the Koran. 
Author: Newt Gingrich
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1943
  
 The views by the media-academic-legal elite are completely at odds with the overwhelming majority of Americans. Once five justices decided we could not pray in schools or at graduation or could not display the Ten Commandments, we lost those rights. If five justices decide we cannot say that our nation is “under God,” then we will also lose that right. They are not only arbitrarily rewriting the law of the land but are usurping the legitimate rights of the legislative branch to make the laws. 
Author: Newt Gingrich
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1943
  
 A media-academic-legal elite is energetically determined to impose a radically secularist vision against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of Americans. This outlook rejects the wisdom of the founding generation as outdated and treats the notion that our liberties come from God as a curious artifact from the 1770s but of little practical importance for more enlightened times. This elite is especially hard at work in the courts and in the classrooms where it is attempting to overturn two centuries of American self-understanding of religious freedom and political liberty. In the courts, we see a systematic effort by this elite to purge all religious expression from American public life. The ongoing attempt to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance is only the most well-known of these mounting efforts. 
Author: Newt Gingrich
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1943
  
 It's not about terror or anything else, it's about politics, and so it becomes more about politics than it does about faith. Orthodox rabbis - that is about faith. There's not a single Orthodox rabbi on this list. This is all Reformed rabbis that were - that made this list. 
Author: Glenn Beck
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1964
  
 I have been nervous about this interview with you because what I feel like saying is, 'Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies. And I know you're not. I'm not accusing you of being an enemy, but that's the way I feel, and I think a lot of Americans will feel that way. 
Author: Glenn Beck
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1964
  
 Because if you are a white human that loves America and happens to be a Christian, forget about it, Jack. 
Author: Glenn Beck
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1964
  
 And I've come to the place where I believe that there's no way to solve these problems, these issues - there's nothing that we can do that will solve the problems that we have and keep the peace, unless we solve it through God, unless we solve it in being our highest self. And that's a pretty tall order. 
Author: Glenn Beck
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1964
  
 I beg you, look for the words 'social justice' or 'economic justice' on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. 
Author: Glenn Beck
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1964
  
 If you have a priest that is pushing social justice, go find another parish. Go alert your bishop. 
Author: Glenn Beck
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1964
  
 I suggest that we might want to depose this incumbent God and start dealing with The Real World. He's proven - time and again - to be cruel, capricious, and vindictive. He drowns, crushes, burns, and starves millions of us every day. He created cancer, viruses, and germs to invade and destroy our bodies as He sees fit, and uses them very effectively. In His wisdom, He directed those in charge to impede stem cell research so that such a powerful approach would not be available to us and He wouldn't have to strain the Divine Intellect to disarm that defense. We amuse Him as we flail about vainly trying to appease Him. I vote that we dump Him. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 It's time for the opening lecture in Test Design 101: Consider: a woman claims to be a musician. You seat her at a piano and demand that she prove her claim. She cannot play the piano, and you conclude that her claim has been invalidated. Hardly. You see, the lady is a cellist. You cannot challenge a claimant to do something they've never claimed they can do. That's why, at the JREF, we design a protocol only after the applicant has clearly stated: a. What they can do b. Under what conditions c. With what expected degree of success. The applicant must find the protocol appropriate, fair, agreeable, and adequate to prove their claim. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 Uri Geller may have psychic powers by means of which he can bend spoons; if so, he appears to be doing it the hard way. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 Sir, there is a distinct difference between having an open mind and having a hole in your head from which your brain leaks out. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 The conjuror or con man is a very good provider of information. He supplies lots of data, by inference or direct statement, but it's false data. Scientists aren't used to that scenario. An electron or a galaxy is not capricious, nor deceptive; but a human can be either or both. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 To make sure that my blasphemy is thoroughly expressed, I hereby state my opinion that the notion of a god is a basic superstition, that there is no evidence for the existence of any god(s), that devils, demons, angels and saints are myths, that there is no life after death, heaven nor hell, that the Pope is a dangerous, bigoted, medieval dinosaur, and that the Holy Ghost is a comic-book character worthy of laughter and derision. I accuse the Christian god of murder by allowing the Holocaust to take place - not to mention the "ethnic cleansing" presently being performed by Christians in our world - and I condemn and vilify this mythical deity for encouraging racial prejudice and commanding the degradation of women. This comprehensive statement was arrived at by examining the statutes of those seven states that have remained in the Dark Ages, so that I might satisfy their definitions of blasphemy. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 There exists in society a very special class of persons that I have always referred to as the Believers. These are folks who have chosen to accept a certain religion, philosophy, theory, idea or notion and cling to that belief regardless of any evidence that might, for anyone else, bring it into doubt. They are the ones who encourage and support the fanatics and the frauds of any given age. No amount of evidence, no matter how strong, will bring them any enlightenment. They are the sheep who beg to be fleeced and butchered, and who will battle fiercely to preserve their right to be victimized… the U.S. Patent Office handles an endless succession of inventors who still produce perpetual-motion machines that don't work, but no number of idle flywheels will convince these zealots of their folly; dozens of these patent applications flow in every year. In ashrams all over the world, hopping devotees of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi will never abandon their goal of blissful levitation of their bodies by mind power, despite bruises and sprains aplenty suffered as they bounce about on gym mats like demented (though smiling) frogs, trying to get airborne. Absolutely nothing will discourage them.  
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 I regard Randi as a national treasure, and perhaps one of the remaining antidotes that may prevent the rotting of the American mind. 
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1917
  
 We may disagree with Randi on certain points, but we ignore him at our peril. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 Paranormal phenomena have a habit of going away whenever they are tested under rigorous conditions. This is why the $1,000,000 reward of James Randi, offered to anyone who can demonstrate a paranormal effect under proper scientific controls, is safe. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 A quick example of that is a woman who said she'd been healed of throat cancer where the faith healer admitted he touched her on the forehead. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 Feeling better is not actually being better. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 However, I believe that it would be difficult to have legitimate scientists agree to participate. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 I do not expect that homeopathy will ever be established as a legitimate form of treatment, but I do expect that it will continue to be popular. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 I don't expect that the million will ever be won, simply because there is no confirming evidence for any paranormal claims to date. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 I questioned her further, and eventually got to talk to her doctor. And her doctor sort of shook his head and he said, 'I have examined her for throat cancer at least 15 times in the past few years. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 I was not surprised by the results of the Horizon experiments, but I remain willing to observe and consider any and all other tests that are done under similarly precise conditions. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 I would put my million dollars up as well. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 The New Age? It's just the old age stuck in a microwave oven for fifteen seconds. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 The only difference is that religion is much better organised and has been around much longer, but it's the same story with different characters and different costumes. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 The problem with experiments has always been that human beings make the decisions on whether or not the animals have benefitted from the treatment. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 There's something about the Houdini act that is not always made clear - about the escape act in general. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 They would have been very let down if they had to leave the theater and he had missed. He would feel badly. Everyone would feel badly. But he never let them down. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 Of the hundreds of those we've tested over the past few years probably 85 percent were dowsers 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 I don't doubt the sincerity of dowsers, but even after we've demonstrated that they can't produce results that are any better than chance they'll still go away believing in their abilities. It is like the mother whose son is caught shoplifting on tape. She wonders why someone would want to frame her child by producing a fake video. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 This costs R275 per person, and besides the nonsense, you get tea, coffee and notes'. You're asked to bring a packed lunch. Alka-Seltzer apparently not supplied. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 Far from being a curse, it might be lucky to disturb a pharaoh's tomb. These people beat the life span expectation for those days by about a year. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 I am neither a saint nor a theologian. To me, good works are more important than theology. 
Author: Freeman John Dyson
Nationality: English
b. December 1923
  
 Long may you think, ”This is it”? And questions of WHY WHO OR WHAT Don’t trouble your little heads. Just keep chewing, breeding (for the tax base) and shiting, Thence go quietly out the back door, with minimum fuss. YOU ARE RIGHT The spirit is useless to you, And unless music, art and the enjoyment of the Airs of the Muses serve a prosaic end, Let it be just that, meanness to a pointless bent. Ignore the human millennia struggle, the wasteful need to say Why me. Too stupid are billions not to acknowledge Your plea “this is it my little chick a deas” Be happy in your selves, Don’t ask of others WHY do you Believe. They cannot answer For you that question, if You have no capacity for that Type of reflection.  
Author: Michael G. Olson
Nationality: Australian
b. 7 December 1956
  
 Do I think,'This is It?" And questions of Why Who or What. I am not so arrogant as to think any of this - Why me! Why not me? Pointless and innane questions, I would not bother my head with! I will go quietly out the back door, with no fuss, I will not hang on by a thread while shitting in my bed, And certainly not have anybody feel sorry for me, And have other people cleaning up - I am not so arrogant As to expect this. Life is certainly not pointless, I have had so much joy, Not so lucky billions of others - because of religion. Oh, yes, billions are stupid, and believe in ghosts Who 'need' to think there is 'something' more But that is okay, I don't care what people believe or not believe. It's when women are stoned, clitoris cut off, children raped at age nine, legally. Men hiding their evolution animal behind the cloth - For the sake of power or the fact that they are Simply inadequate human beings. Books written by men who simply Want to control people through fear. It's all changed from "Why did we have a good harvest", to "Why did we not have a good harvest'. Oh, yes a god must be not pleased - so , lets sacrifice a virgin, that will fix it. Women are STILL being hanged for being a witch in 2011. Nine million children die every year - where is god, or 'punishment' of any kind for the MEN over millenia who have perpetrated the atrocities? Some think, that if they are very, very, very good, They may hang about in the spiritual life, And maybe come back as, say, Ra. BUT if they are bad, they may come back as a cockroach. Oh, yes, they say, they will pay for it in the next life - Just not good enough. Bad luck we don't have any memory of a past life, eh. Name one supposed civilized 'group' that professes to be kind, civilized, empathetic, spiritual in ANY way - and that group, any group, will 'use' women, but NEVER recognize as an equal. Nah, I have music, I have a sunrise, I have art, I have beautiful views, I have joy without the supernatural or bogeymen, I have a man who treats me with respect and love and who never lies to me. A human can't ask for more than that. I am happy. 
Author: Suzanne Annette De Michiel
Nationality: Australian
b. 30 January 1947
  
 As thy days, so shall thy strength be which, in modern language, may be translated as thy thoughts so shall thy life be. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 If you could only love enough, you could be the most powerful person in the world. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.  
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble, how hopeless the outlook how muddled the tangle, how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 Life is a state of consciousness. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 Supply yourself with a mental equivalent, and the thing must come to you. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 You must not allow yourself to dwell for a single moment on any kind of negative thought. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 You must not under any pretense allow your mind to dwell on any thought that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, kind. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 You are continually treating your conditions with the thoughts that you hold concerning them. What you really think about anything is your treatment of that thing. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 Make God your business partner in every department of your life - you’ll be amazed at the quick and striking results that you will obtain. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 Your destiny depends entirely on your own mental conduct. It is the thoughts that you allow yourself to dwell upon all day long that makes your mentality what it is and circumstances are made by your mentality. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 Never forget that the circumstances of your life for tomorrow are molded by your mental conduct today. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 Spiritual treatment is a change of mind. When the mind changes the outer expression must change to correspond. we are transfered by the renewing of our minds. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 He who minds his neighbor’s business neglects his own. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 What a man gives attention to always becomes his business and sometimes his destruction. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 You have nothing to deal with but your own thoughts. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 It is not possible that you can turn to God in prayer without receiving help. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 It is not possible that you could ever find yourself anywhere where God was not fully present, fully active, able and willing to set you free. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 Serve God and fear no one. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 Affirm your divine selfhood, look the world in the face and fear nothing. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 Claim your divine, glorious selfhood. Think it, talk it, live it and it will demonstrate itself in your life. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 Remember that God is always at the end of the road ahead, but at the end of the road behind you will only find yourself. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 To find the Christ in yourself is to find it in all others too. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 Condemn the sin but not the sinner. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 So it is with divine abundance - the only limit is the limit of our capacity to receive. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 God not only transcends His Universe but is everywhere immanent in it - that He in it - it must in reality reflect His perfection. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 Pray definitely for yourself every day or you will get no where. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 Attention is the key to life. Whatever you really give your attention to, you become. Whatever you really concentrate upon will come into your life. We grow into the thing that fills our thoughts as inevitably as the stream merges into the ocean at last. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 Never resent jealousy, it is the heights of flattery - no one is ever jealous of a fool. 
Author: Emmet Fox
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 July 1886  - d. 13 August 1951
  
 That “religion is inherently irrational” is surely true. Why one set of beliefs that are offered without argument or evidence rather than another? On the claim that “religion will die out in the next few hundred years unless it incorporates science for its explanation for cosmological events of the universe,” possibly that is correct, if you mean organized religion, the Church in Rome, for example, but then they’ve moved in that direction long ago. As for religion being “a part of every observable society,” if what is meant is that every society we know has sought to find some explanation for matters of deep human concern that we do not begin to understand, death, the origins of the universe, etc., that’s doubtless true. If one wants to call the constructs developed “religion,” OK. I don’t see what that implies, apart from the fact - I presume it is a fact - that people seek answers to hard questions, and where understanding reaches limits, very quickly, in most areas, they speculate, construct myths, etc. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The truth is even if we had multiple contemporaneous eye witness accounts of the miracles of Jesus, this still would not provide sufficient basis to believe that these events actually occurred, or why not? Well, the problem is that first hand reports of miracles are quite common, even in the 21st century. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 How many more architects and mechanical engineers must hit the wall at 400 miles an hour before we admit to ourselves that jihadist violence is not merely a matter of education, poverty, or politics? The truth, astonishingly enough, is that in the year 2006 a person can have sufficient intellectual and material resources to build a nuclear bomb and still believe that he will get 72 virgins in Paradise. Western secularists, liberals, and moderates have been very slow to understand this. The cause of their confusion is simple: They don't know what it is like to really believe in God. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 I've got news for you - I've read the books. God is not a moderate. There's no place in the books where God says, 'You know, when you get to the New World and you develop your three branches of government and you have a civil society, you can just jettison all the barbarism I recommended in the first books. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 Human well-being is not a random phenomenon. It depends on many factors - ranging from genetics and neurobiology to sociology and economics 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 The link between belief and behavior raises the stakes considerably. Some propositions are so dangerous that it may even be ethical to kill people for believing them. This may seem an extraordinary claim, but it merely enunciates an ordinary fact about the world in which we live. Certain beliefs place their adherents beyond the reach of every peaceful means of persuasion, while inspiring them to commit acts of extraordinary violence against others. There is, in fact, no talking to some people. If they cannot be captured, and they often cannot, otherwise tolerant people may be justified in killing them in self-defense. This is what the United States attempted in Afghanistan, and it is what we and other Western powers are bound to attempt, at an even greater cost to ourselves and to innocents abroad, elsewhere in the Muslim world. We will continue to spill blood in what is, at bottom, a war of ideas. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next fifty years. According to the most common interpretation of biblical prophecy, Jesus will return only after things have gone horribly awry here on earth. It is, therefore, not an exaggeration to say that if the city of New York were suddenly replaced by a ball of fire, some significant percentage of the American population would see a silver lining in the subsequent mushroom cloud, as it would suggest to them that the best thing that is ever going to happen was about to happen - the return of Christ. It should be blindingly obvious that beliefs of this sort will do little to help us create a durable future for ourselves - socially, economically, environmentally, or geopolitically. Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this, purely on the basis of religious dogma, should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency.The book you are about to read is my response to this emergency. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 There’s nothing more natural than rape. Human beings rape, chimpanzees rape, orangutans rape, rape clearly is part of an evolutionary strategy to get your genes into the next generation if you’re a male. You can’t move from that Darwinian fact about us to defend rape as a good practice. I mean no-one would be tempted to do that; we have transcended that part of our evolutionary history in repudiating it. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 As a man believes, so he will act. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 Although many things can be said in criticism of religious faith, there is no discounting its power. Millions among us, even now, are quite willing to die for our unjustified beliefs, and millions more, it seems, are willing to kill for them. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 There are sections of the Bible that I think are absolutely brilliant and poetically unrivaled, and there are sections of the Bible which are the sheerest barbarism, yet profess to prescribe a divinely mandated morality - where do I start? Books like Leviticus and Deuteronomy and Exodus and First and Second Kings and Second Samuel - half of the kings and prophets of Israel would be taken to The Hague and prosecuted for crimes against humanity if these events took place in our own time. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 If you think that Christianity is the most direct and undefiled expression of love and compassion the world has ever seen, you do not know much about the world's other religions. Take the religion of Jainism as one example. The Jains preach a doctrine of utter non-violence. While the Jains believe many improbable things about the universe, they do not believe the sorts of things that lit the fires of the Inquisition. You probably think the Inquisition was a perversion of the "true" spirit of Christianity. Perhaps it was. The problem, however, is that the teachings of the Bible are so muddled and self-contradictory that it was possible for Christians to happily burn heretics alive for five long centuries. It was even possible for the most venerated patriarchs of the Church, like St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, to conclude that heretics should be tortured - Augustine, or killed outright - Aquinas. Martin Luther and John Calvin advocated the wholesale murder of heretics, apostates, Jews, and witches. You are, of course, free to interpret the Bible differently - though isn't it amazing that you have succeeded in discerning the true teachings of Christianity, while the most influential thinkers in the history of your faith failed? 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 Faith enables many of us to endure life's difficulties with an equanimity that would be scarcely conceivable in a world lit only by reason. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 That religion may have served some necessary function for us in the past does not preclude the possibility that it is now the greatest impediment to our building a global civilization. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 I am terrified of what seems to me to be a bottleneck that civilization is passing through. On the one hand we have 21st-century disruptive technology proliferating, and on the other we have first-century superstition. A civilization is going to either pass through this bottleneck more or less intact or it won't. And perhaps that fear sounds grandiose, but civilizations end. On any number of occasions, some generation has witnessed the ruination of everything they and their ancestors had built. What especially terrifies me about religious thinking is the expectation on the part of many that civilization is bound to end based on prophecy and its ending is going to be glorious. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 A man's faith is just a subset of his beliefs about the world: beliefs about matters of ultimate concern that we, as a culture, have told him he need not justify in the present. It is time we recognized just how maladaptive this Balkanization of our discourse has become. All pretensions to theological knowledge should now be seen from the perspective of a man who was just beginning his day on the one hundredth floor of the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001, only to find his meandering thoughts - of family and friends, of errands run and unrun, of coffee in need of sweetener - inexplicably usurped by a choice of terrible starkness and simplicity: between being burned alive by jet fuel or leaping one thousand feet to the concrete below. In fact, we should take the perspective of thousands of such men, women, and children who were robbed of life, far sooner than they imagined possible, in absolute terror and confusion. The men who committed the atrocities of September 11 were certainly not "cowards," as they were repeatedly described in the Western media, nor were they lunatics in any ordinary sense. They were men of faith - perfect faith, as it turns out - and this, it must finally be acknowledged, is a terrible thing to be. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 If you are right to believe that religious faith offers the only real basis for morality, then atheists should be less moral than believers. In fact, they should be utterly immoral. Are they? Do members of atheist organizations in the United States commit more than their fair share of violent crimes? Do the members of the National Academy of Sciences, 93 percent of whom do not accept the idea of God, lie and cheat and steal with abandon? We can be reasonably confident that these groups are at least as well behaved as the general population. And yet, athiests are the most reviled minority in the United States. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 More than 50% of Americans have a “negative” or “highly negative” view of people who don’t believe in God. 70% think it important for presidential candidates to be “strongly religious. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 A person who believes that Elvis is still alive is very unlikely to get promoted to a position of great power and responsibility in our society. Neither will a person who believes that the holocaust was a hoax. But people who believe equally irrational things about God and the bible are now running our country. This is genuinely terrifying. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 According to the most common interpretation of biblical prophecy, Jesus will return only after things have gone horribly awry. Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 Only 28% of Americans believe in evolution, and two-thirds of these believe evolution was “guided by God”. 53% are actually creationists. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 Despite a full century of scientific insights attesting to the antiquity of the earth, more than half of our neighbors believe that the entire cosmos was created six thousand years ago. This is, incidentally, about a thousand years after the Sumerians invented glue. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 87% of Americans say they “never doubt the existence of God. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 Had the residents of New Orleans been content to rely on the beneficence of the Lord, they wouldn’t have known that a killer hurricane was bearing down upon them until they felt the first gusts of wind on their faces, but a poll conducted by The Washington Post found that 80% of Katrina survivors claim that the event has only strengthened their faith in God. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 28% of Americans believe that every word of the Bible is literally true. 49% believe that it is the “inspired word” of God. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 We read the Golden Rule and judge it to be a brilliant distillation of many of our ethical impulses. And then we come across another of God’s teachings on morality: if a man discovers on his wedding night that his bride is not a virgin, he must stone her to death on her father’s doorstep - Deuteronomy 22:13-21. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 80% of Americans expect to be called before God on Judgment Day to answer for their sins. 90% believe in heaven. 77% rate their chances of going to heaven as “excellent” or “good. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 In the year 2006, a person can have sufficient intellectual and material resources to build a nuclear bomb and still believe that he will get seventy-two virgins in Paradise. Western secularists, liberals, and moderates have been very slow to understand this. The cause of their confusion is simple: they don’t know what is like to really believe in God. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 65% of Americans believe in the literal existence of Satan. 73% believe in Hell. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 It is terrible that we all die and lose everything we love; it is doubly terrible that so many human beings suffer needlessly while alive. That so much of this suffering can be directly attributed to religion - to religious hatreds, religious wars, religious delusions and religious diversions of scarce resources - is what makes atheism a moral and intellectual necessity. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 83% of Americans believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. 11% disbelieve. 6% don’t know. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 A woman exiting a building in Clearwater Florida noticed an unusual, colorful shape covering nine of its exterior glass windows. This vague outline (see picture on cover) was soon interpreted as the Virgin Mary making one of her many appearances to mankind. Word spread very quickly and in no time many of the faithful and curious journeyed to the site to see the image. Depending on your source, 500,000 to one million people from coast to coast eventually visited the building stopping traffic for miles around. All forms of media, local and national, also reported the phenomenon for days after this initial appearance. It's not too difficult to see what appears to be the outline of a hooded robe draped over a head and upper body. As you can see, the image is very vague and many other interpretations could be visualized. This is a classic case of pareidolia. 
Author: Robert Novella
Nationality: American   
 Nature is as truly a revelation of God as the Bible; and we only interpret the Word of God by the Word of God when we interpret the Bible by science. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 All Church power arises from the indwelling of the Spirit; therefore those in whom the Spirit dwells are the seat of Church power. But the Spirit dwells in the whole Church, and therefore the whole Church is the seat of Church power. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 All Church power is, therefore, properly ministerial and administrative. Everything is to be done in the name of Christ, and in accordance with his directions. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 All the reasons which require the subjection of a believer to the brethren of a particular church, require his subjection to all his brethren in the Lord. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 As the Church is the aggregate of believers, there is an intimate analogy between the experience of the individual believer, and of the Church as a whole. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 But to be the Vicar of Christ, to claim to exercise his prerogatives on earth, does involve a claim to his attributes, and therefore our opposition to Popery is opposition to a man claiming to be God. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 Christ has not only ordained that there shall be such officers in his Church - he has not only specified their duties and prerogatives - but he gives the requisite qualifications, and calls those thus qualified, and by that call gives them their official authority. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 If all Church power vests in the clergy, then the people are practically bound to passive obedience in all matters of faith and practice; for all right of private judgment is then denied. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 If the Church is a living body united to the same head, governed by the same laws, and pervaded by the same Spirit, it is impossible that one part should be independent of all the rest 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 It is a thoroughly anti-christian doctrine that the Spirit of God, and therefore the life and governing power of the Church, resides in the ministry, to the exclusion of the people. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 Original sin is the only rational solution of the undeniable fact of the deep, universal and early manifested sinfulness of men in all ages, of every class, and in every part of the world. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 Our first remark on this subject is that the ministry is an office, and not merely a work. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 Our second remark is, that the office is of divine appointment, not merely in the sense in which the civil powers are ordained of God, but in the sense that ministers derive their authority from Christ, and not from the people. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 Romanists tell us that the Pope is the vicar of Christ; that he is his successor as the universal head and ruler of the Church on earth. If this is so, he must be a Christ. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 So too, in forming a constitution, or in enacting rules of procedure, or making canons, the people do not merely passively assent, but actively cooperate. They have, in all these matters, the same authority as the clergy. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 That the apostolic office is temporary, is a plain historical fact. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 The Church is everywhere represented as one. It is one body, one family, one fold, one kingdom. It is one because pervaded by one Spirit. We are all baptized into one Spirit so as to become, says the apostle, on body. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 The Church, during the apostolic age, did not consist of isolated, independent congregations, but was one body, of which the separate churches were constituent members, each subject to all the rest, or to an authority which extended over all 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 The Church, however, is a self-governing society, distinct from the State, having its officers and laws, and, therefore, an administrative government of its own. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 The Galatians are severely censured for giving heed to false doctrines, and are called to pronounce even an apostle anathema, if he preached another gospel. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 The Independent or Congregational theory includes two principles; first, that the governing and executive power in the Church is in the brotherhood; and secondly, that the Church organization is complete in each worshipping assembly, which is independent of every other.  
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 The office of presbyters is a permanent one. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 The Popish theory, which assumes that Christ, the Apostles and believers, constituted the Church while our Saviour was on earth, and this organization was designed to be perpetual. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 The Reformers, therefore, as instruments in the hands of God, in delivering the Church from bondage to prelates, did not make it a tumultuous multitude, in which every man was a law to himself, free to believe, and free to do what he pleased. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 The right of the people to a substantive part in the government of the Church is recognized and sanctioned by the apostles in almost every conceivable way. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 The ultimate ground of faith and knowledge is confidence in God. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 There can, therefore, be no doubt that Presbyterians do carry out the principle that Church power vests in the Church itself, and that the people have a right to a substantive part in its discipline and government. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 When the great promise of the Spirit was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, it was fulfilled not in reference to the apostles only. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 Membership in the visible Church is not only a great honour, it is a great advantage. To the Church are committed the oracles of God. It is the depository of that truth which is able to make men wise unto salvation. It is the divinely appointed instrumentality for preserving and communicating that truth. Every one admits that it is a blessing to be born in a Christian, instead of in a heathen land. It is no less obviously true that it is a blessing to be within the pale of the Church and not cast out into the world. It is good to have the vows of God upon us. It is good to be under the watch and care of the people of God. It is good to have a special claim upon their prayers and upon their efforts to bring us into, or keep us in the paths of salvation. And above all, it is good to be of the number of those to whom God has made a special promise of grace and salvation. For the promise is unto us and to our children. It is a great evil to be “aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise.” They, therefore, sin against God and their own souls who neglect the command to be baptized in the name of the Lord and those parents sin grievously against the souls of their children who neglect to consecrate them to God in the ordinance of baptism. Do let the little ones have their names written in the Lamb’s book of life, even if they afterwards choose to erase them. Being thus enrolled may be the means of their salvation. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 The best evidence of the Bible's being the word of God is to be found between its covers. It proves itself. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 There is more of power to sanctify, elevate, strengthen, and cheer in the word Jesus - Jehovah-Saviour, than in all the utterances of man since the world began. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 The Spirit never makes men the instruments of converting others until they feel that they cannot do it themselves; that their skill in argument, in persuasion, in management, avails nothing. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 Its very essence is trust upon Him and His sin-expiating and life-purchasing merits. Its very essence consists in its self-emptying, self-denying, Christ-grasping energy. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 The doctrines of grace humble man without degrading him and exalt him without inflating him. 
Author: Charles Hodge
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1797  - d. 19 June 1878
  
 Lunatic: Jesus was not God, but he mistakenly believed that he was. Liar: Jesus was not God, and he knew it, but he said so anyway. Lord: Jesus is God. 
Author: C. S. Lewis
Nationality: English
b. 29 November 1898  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 It would appear, then, that one cannot be coherently religious and scientific at the same time. That alleged synthesis requires that with one part of your brain you accept only those things that are tested and supported by agreed-upon evidence, logic, and reason, while with the other part of your brain you accept things that are unsupportable or even falsified. In other words, the price of philosophical harmony is cognitive dissonance. Accepting both science and conventional faith leaves you with a double standard: rational on the origin of blood clotting, irrational on the Resurrection; rational on dinosaurs, irrational on virgin births. Without good cause, Giberson and Miller pick and choose what they believe. At least the young-earth creationists are consistent, for they embrace supernatural causation across the board. With his usual flair, the physicist Richard Feynman characterized this difference: “Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” With religion, there is just no way to know if you are fooling yourself. 
Author: Jerry A. Coyne
Nationality: English   
 This disharmony is a dirty little secret in scientific circles. It is in our personal and professional interest to proclaim that science and religion are perfectly harmonious. After all, we want our grants funded by the government, and our schoolchildren exposed to real science instead of creationism. Liberal religious people have been important allies in our struggle against creationism, and it is not pleasant to alienate them by declaring how we feel. This is why, as a tactical matter, groups such as the National Academy of Sciences claim that religion and science do not conflict. But their main evidence–the existence of religious scientists–is wearing thin as scientists grow ever more vociferous about their lack of faith. Now Darwin Year is upon us, and we can expect more books like those by Kenneth Miller and Karl Giberson. Attempts to reconcile God and evolution keep rolling off the intellectual assembly line. It never stops, because the reconciliation never works. 
Author: Jerry A. Coyne
Nationality: English