Quotes and Sayings about Religion



"Religion is not a conclusion of the reason."
- Lyman Abbott
(Related: Religion, Reason)

"The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart."
- Richard Adams
(Related: Science, Religion, Heart, Belief, Atoms, Lies, Novelty, Popular, Radical, Rejection, Stars)

"Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs. This is the principle behind lotteries, dating, and religion."
- Scott Adams
(Related: Religion, Dating, Nothing, Pursuit)

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

"No religion can long continue to maintain its purity when the church becomes the subservient vassal of the state."
- Felix Adler
(Related: Religion, Church, Purity, State)

"Beside all this I think there was something personal, being Muslim myself who lived in the west I felt that it was my obligation my duty to tell the truth about Islam. It is a religion that has a 700 million following, yet it's so little known about it which surprised me."
- Moustapha Akkad
(Related: Religion, Truth, Islam, Muslim, Being, Duty, Obligation)

"Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams - they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do - they all contain truths."
- Muhammad Ali
(Related: Names, Rivers, Water)

"I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace."
- Muhammad Ali
(Related: Peace, Religion, Islam)

"The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion."
- Fred Allen
(Related: Religion, Time, People, Church, First)

"If we allow the consideration of heathen morality and heathen religion to absolve us from the duty of preaching the gospel we are really deposing Christ from His throne in our own souls."
- Roland Allen
(Related: Religion, Morality, Christ, Consideration, Duty, Preaching)

"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."
- Kirstie Alley
(Related: Religion, Science, Life, Belief, Spiritual)

"Through history, people look for something spiritual. The greatest scientists in the world were men of religion and faith, too."
- Kirstie Alley
(Related: Men, Religion, Faith, History, People, Scientists, Spiritual, World)

"The sovereignty of scriptures of all religions must come to an end if we want to have a united integrated modern India."
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Related: End, United, Want)

"Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them."
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Related: Equality, Life, Religion, Constitution, Liberty, Today)

"I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity."
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Related: Equality, Religion, Liberty)

"A people and their religion must be judged by social standards based on social ethics. No other standard would have any meaning if religion is held to be necessary good for the well-being of the people."
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Related: Religion, People, Ethics, Meaning)

"Religion must mainly be a matter of principles only. It cannot be a matter of rules. The moment it degenerates into rules, it ceases to be a religion, as it kills responsibility which is an essence of the true religious act."
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Related: Religion, Act, Principles, Religious, Responsibility, Rules)

"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."
- William Ames
(Related: God, Religion, Act, First, Yield)

"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."
- William Ames
(Related: Religion, Faith, Love, God, Hope, Act, Hearing, Prayer, Spiritual, Word)

"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."
- Kingsley Amis
(Related: Religion, Benefits)

"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."
- Jennifer Aniston
(Related: God, Religion, Supernatural)

"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."
- Kofi Annan
(Related: Religion, Life, Awareness, Dignity, Mission, Nations, Race, United, Will)

"The difference between a saint and a hypocrite is that one lies for his religion, the other by it."
- Minna Antrim
(Related: Religion, Difference, Lies)

"Of all possible sexual perversions, religion is the only one to have ever been scientifically systematized."
- Louis Aragon
(Related: Religion)

"With reference to other religions, the Church sees a great difference between them and herself. The other religions are expressions of the human soul seeking God, with some beautiful spiritual insights, but also not without errors. Christianity is rather God seeking humanity."
- Francis Arinze
(Related: God, Soul, Christianity, Church, Difference, Errors, Humanity, Spiritual)

"Religion is one dimension of culture, a transcendent element of it."
- Francis Arinze
(Related: Religion, Culture)

"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. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side."
- Aristotle
(Related: God, Religion, Gods, Appearance, Devotion, Treatment)

"Islam is a religion of success. Unlike Christianity, which has as its main image, in the west at least, a man dying in a devastating, disgraceful, helpless death."
- Karen Armstrong
(Related: Death, Religion, Success, Christianity, Islam, Dying, Man)

"There are some forms of religion that are bad, just as there's bad cooking or bad art or bad sex, you have bad religion too."
- Karen Armstrong
(Related: Art, Religion, Sex, Cooking)

"After I left the convent, for 15 years I was worn out with religion, I wanted nothing whatever to do with it. I felt disgusted with it. If I saw someone reading a religious book on a train, I'd think, how awful."
- Karen Armstrong
(Related: Religion, Nothing, Reading, Religious, Years)

"Every fundamentalist movement I've studied in Judaism, Christianity and Islam is convinced at some gut, visceral level that secular liberal society wants to wipe out religion."
- Karen Armstrong
(Related: Religion, Society, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Liberal)

"Now I think one of the reasons why religion developed in the way that it did over the centuries was precisely to curb this murderous bent that we have as human beings."
- Karen Armstrong
(Related: Religion, Now)

"The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion."
- Matthew Arnold
(Related: Religion, Morality, Emotion, Meaning)

"Certain I am, that Christian Religion does no where allow Rebellion."
- Mary Astell
(Related: Religion, Christian, Rebellion)

"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."
- Margaret Atwood
(Related: Religion, Catholicism, Saints)

"That which we call the Hindu religion is really the Eternal religion because it embraces all others."
- Sri Aurobindo
(Related: Religion, Hindu)

"India is the meeting place of the religions and among these Hinduism alone is by itself a vast and complex thing, not so much a religion as a great diversified and yet subtly unified mass of spiritual thought, realization and aspiration."
- Sri Aurobindo
(Related: Religion, Thought, Hinduism, Meeting, Spiritual)

"Indian religion has always felt that since the minds, the temperaments and the intellectual affinities of men are unlimited in their variety, a perfect liberty of thought and of worship must be allowed to the individual in his approach to the Infinite."
- Sri Aurobindo
(Related: Men, Religion, Thought, Infinite, Liberty, Variety, Worship)

"The world is divided into men who have wit and no religion and men who have religion and no wit."
- Avicenna
(Related: Men, Religion, Wit, World)

"Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Religion, Care, Justice)

"A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Religion, Men, Atheism, Man, Mind, Philosophy)

"I am not systematic at all when it comes to religion. I just love life. And I'm not judgmental. And I'm a vegetarian."
- Erykah Badu
(Related: Love, Life, Religion)

"Personally, I don't choose any particular religion or symbol or group of words or teachings to define me. That's between me and the most high. You know, my higher self. The Creator."
- Erykah Badu
(Related: Religion, Self, Symbol, Words)

"Science may eventually explain the world of How. The ultimate world of Why may remain for contemplation, philosophy, religion."
- Liberty Hyde Bailey
(Related: Religion, Science, Contemplation, May, Philosophy, World)

"There is a great interest in comparative religion and a desire to understand faiths other than our own and even to experiment with exotic cults."
- Emily Greene Balch
(Related: Religion, Desire, Interest)

"All along we find that social life - religion, politics, art - reflects the stages reached in the development of the knowledge of self; it shows the social uses made of this knowledge."
- James M. Baldwin
(Related: Art, Life, Politics, Religion, Knowledge, Development, Self)

"I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line."
- Lucille Ball
(Related: Love, Religion, First)

"Religion which requires persecution to sustain, it is of the devil's propagation."
- Hosea Ballou
(Related: Religion, Devil, Persecution)

"Not longer loved or fostered by religion, beauty is lifted from its face as a mask, and its absence exposes features on that face which threaten to become incomprehensible to man."
- Hans Urs von Balthasar
(Related: Beauty, Religion, Absence, Man)

"Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Art, History, Religion, Romance, Humanity, Passion)

"When Religion and Royalty are swept away, the people will attack the great, and after the great, they will fall upon the rich."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Religion, People, Royalty, Will)

"All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Art, History, Religion, Humanity, Passion)

"And what is religion, you might ask. It's a technology of living."
- Toni Cade Bambara
(Related: Technology, Religion, Living)

"Religion fails if it cannot speak to men as they are."
- William Barclay
(Related: Men, Religion)

"But I remember the moment when my father died. I wasn't a very committed Catholic beforehand, but when that happened it suddenly all felt so obvious: I now believe religion is our attempt to find an explanation, for us to feel more protected."
- Javier Bardem
(Related: Religion, Father, Now)

"The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background, is that we all believe we are above-average drivers."
- Dave Barry
(Related: Religion, Age, Gender)

"The problem with writing about religion is that you run the risk of offending sincerely religious people, and then they come after you with machetes."
- Dave Barry
(Related: Religion, People, Religious, Risk, Writing)

"Hobbies of any kind are boring except to people who have the same hobby. This is also true of religion, although you will not find me saying so in print."
- Dave Barry
(Related: Religion, People, Hobbies, Saying, Will)

"Religion is the possibility of the removal of every ground of confidence except confidence in God alone."
- Karl Barth
(Related: Religion, God, Possibility, Confidence)

"Jesus does not give recipes that show the way to God as other teachers of religion do. He is himself the way."
- Karl Barth
(Related: Religion, God, Teachers)

"What use is revelation or religion if it doesnt change anything?"
- Abu Bakar Bashir
(Related: Change, Religion)

"Science, like art, religion, commerce, warfare, and even sleep, is based on presuppositions."
- Gregory Bateson
(Related: Art, Religion, Science, Commerce, Sleep)

"Even if it were proven that God didn't exist, Religion would still be Saintly and Divine."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Religion, God)

"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."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Religion, Language, Liberty, Man)

"As long as I don't write about the government, religion, politics, and other institutions, I am free to print anything."
- Pierre Beaumarchais
(Related: Government, Politics, Religion)

"We aim in the domain of politics at republicanism; in the domain of economics at socialism; in the domain of what is today called religion, at atheism."
- August Bebel
(Related: Politics, Religion, Atheism, Economics, Socialism, Today)

"All theory of modernity in sociology suggests that the more modernity there is, the less religion. In my theory we can realize that this is wrong: atheism is only one belief system among many."
- Ulrich Beck
(Related: Religion, Belief, Atheism, Modernity, Theory)

"The basic assumption of the secular society is that modernity overcomes religion."
- Ulrich Beck
(Related: Religion, Society, Modernity)

"No great advance has been made in science, politics, or religion without controversy."
- Lyman Beecher
(Related: Religion, Politics, Science, Controversy)

"The point here is that physics followed the data where it seemed to lead, even though some thought the model gave aid and comfort to religion."
- Michael Behe
(Related: Religion, Thought, Comfort, Physics)

"Art and Religion are, then, two roads by which men escape from circumstance to ecstasy. Between aesthetic and religious rapture there is a family alliance. Art and Religion are means to similar states of mind."
- Clive Bell
(Related: Art, Family, Men, Religion, Alliance, Circumstance, Ecstasy, Mind, Religious, states)

"When theology erodes and organization crumbles, when the institutional framework of religion begins to break up, the search for a direct experience which people can feel to be religious facilitates the rise of cults."
- Daniel Bell
(Related: Experience, Religion, People, Religious, Theology)

"Open your newspaper - any day of the week - and you will find a report from somewhere in the world of someone being imprisoned, tortured or executed because his opinions or religion are unacceptable to his government."
- Peter Benenson
(Related: Government, Religion, Being, Day, Open, Opinions, Will, World)

"No power of government ought to be employed in the endeavor to establish any system or article of belief on the subject of religion."
- Jeremy Bentham
(Related: Government, Power, Religion, Belief)

"I think what I and most other sociologists of religion wrote in the 1960s about secularization was a mistake. Our underlying argument was that secularization and modernity go hand in hand. With more modernization comes more secularization."
- Peter L. Berger
(Related: Religion, Mistake, Argument, Modernity)

"Religion is to mysticism what popularization is to science."
- Henri Bergson
(Related: Religion, Science)

"I was little there were times I wanted my parents to be normal. I wanted them to have a religion. I wanted them to have a job, like the parents of every other kid I went to school with."
- Gael Garcia Bernal
(Related: Religion, Job, Parents, School)

"Religious suffering is at once the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the sentiment of the heartless world, as it is the soul of soulless condition. It is the opium of the people."
- John Desmond Bernal
(Related: Religion, Soul, People, Expression, Opium, Protest, Religious, Sentiment, Suffering, World)

"I do engineering, not religion."
- Daniel J. Bernstein
(Related: Religion, Engineering)

"It's also reflective of a young person's religion or faith in that it's highly charged with sacramental imagery and with country imagery, because I was in the seminary for so many years in the country."
- Daniel Berrigan
(Related: Faith, Religion, Country, Years)

"If your religion is better than mine and your opinion, you have a real problem."
- Michael Berryman
(Related: Religion, Opinion)

"And religion causes most of the problems, war, and economics of course, and study your history or you're going to repeat it; and if you're burning a Harry Potter book you need some serious counseling, you don't get it, you're missing the whole point."
- Michael Berryman
(Related: History, Religion, War, Causes, Economics, Problems, Study)

"Modern societies march towards morality in proportion as they leave religion behind."
- Paul Bert
(Related: Religion, Morality, March)

"No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism."
- Annie Besant
(Related: Religion, Atheism, News, Philosophy, World)

"Irreligion - the principal one of the great faiths of the world."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: World)

"Mayonnaise: One of the sauces which serve the French in place of a state religion."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Religion, State)

"Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Nature, Religion, Daughter, Fear, Hope, Ignorance)

"Our nation and those of the developed world must offer our own resistance to despot leaders who seek to commit murder on the basis of religion or race."
- Tim Bishop
(Related: Religion, Leaders, Murder, Nation, Race, World)

"Religion is a means of exploitation employed by the strong against the weak; religion is a cloak of ambition, injustice and vice."
- Georges Bizet
(Related: Religion, Ambition, Exploitation, Injustice, Vice)

"A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and degrade religion."
- Hugo Black
(Related: Government, Religion)

"Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion."
- William Blake
(Related: Religion, Law)

"What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? are they two and not one? Can they exist separate? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride!"
- William Blake
(Related: Politics, Religion, Wife, Church, Brotherhood, Cruelty, Reason, Theatre)

"It is very important that football can see beyond religion but FIFA does not just ignore its impact."
- Sepp Blatter
(Related: Religion, Football)

"It is, then, by those shadows of the hoary Past and their fantastic silhouettes on the external screen of every religion and philosophy, that we can, by checking them as we go along, and comparing them, trace out finally the body that produced them."
- H. P. Blavatsky
(Related: Religion, Body, Past, Philosophy, Shadows)

"Superstition is only the fear of belief, while religion is the confidence."
- Countess of Blessington
(Related: Religion, Fear, Belief, Confidence, Superstition)

"My mother was a modern woman with a limited interest in religion. When the sun set and the fast of the Day of Atonement ended, she shot from the synagogue like a rocket to dance the Charleston."
- Lionel Blue
(Related: Religion, Mother, Dance, Day, Interest, Sun, Woman)

"The Christian use of religion as a personal love affair both shocked me, and attracted me."
- Lionel Blue
(Related: Love, Religion, Christian)

"Early on I saw the repression and idolatry of Stalinism, and when it cracked, I was open to religion again."
- Lionel Blue
(Related: Religion, Open, Repression)

"For some years I deserted religion in favour of Marxism. The republic of goodness seemed more attainable than the Kingdom of God."
- Lionel Blue
(Related: Religion, God, Deserted, Goodness, Marxism, Years)

"America's state religion, is patriotism, a phenomenon which has convinced many of the citizenry that "treason" is morally worse than murder or rape."
- William Blum
(Related: Patriotism, Religion, America, Murder, State)

"True religion... is giving and finding one's happiness by bringing happiness into the lives of others."
- William J. H. Boetcker
(Related: Happiness, Religion, Giving)

"Like religion, politics, and family planning, cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public. It's too controversial."
- Erma Bombeck
(Related: Family, Politics, Religion, Planning, Public)

"Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Related: Religion, Poor)

"Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Related: Religion, People, Quiet)

"All religions have been made by men."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Related: Men)

"If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Related: Life, Religion, God, Sun)

"Religion enabled society to organise itself to debate goodness, just as Greek drama had once done."
- Edward Bond
(Related: Religion, Society, Debate, Drama, Goodness)

"Unfortunately, religion, like patriotism, is easy to misuse for political purposes."
- Kjell Magne Bondevik
(Related: Patriotism, Religion)

"Both of my parents would say they were atheists, so where I inherited my connection to God I don't know. But it's natural. No Bible, no Torah, just the love religion."
- Lisa Bonet
(Related: Love, Religion, God, Bible, Connection, Parents)

"So obviously, any religion embodies some form of rules and expectations for behavior, and even sometimes consequences, and they don't want to hear any of that."
- Pat Boone
(Related: Religion, Behavior, Consequences, Expectations, Rules, Want)

"Religion is all-too-often a refuge for scoundrels."
- Neal Boortz
(Related: Religion)

"To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely."
- Jorge Luis Borges
(Related: Religion)

"To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god."
- Jorge Luis Borges
(Related: Love, Religion, God)

"The major obstacle to a religious renewal is the intellectual classes, who are highly influential and tend to view religion as primitive superstition. They believe that science has left atheism as the only respectable intellectual stance."
- Robert Bork
(Related: Religion, Science, Atheism, Religious, Superstition)

"I've been in elementary education for years and my belief is that Christmas pageants in schools are little more than conditioning kids for the Christian religion."
- Jack Bowman
(Related: Education, Religion, Belief, Christian, Christmas, Kids, Schools, Years)

"If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is high church."
- Tom Brokaw
(Related: Religion, Church, Fishing)

"Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society."
- Anita Brookner
(Related: Religion, Society, God, Being, Support)

"I consider myself a student of many religions. The more I learn, the more questions I have. For me, the spiritual quest will be a life-long work in progress."
- Dan Brown
(Related: Work, Life, Progress, Quest, Questions, Spiritual, Will)

"I believe there is a moral sense and a global ethic that commands attention from people of every religion and every faith, and people of no faith. But I think what's new is that we now have the capacity to communicate instantaneously across frontiers right across the world."
- Gordon Brown
(Related: Religion, Faith, People, Attention, Now, Right, Sense, World)

"It's a bit odd that nobody seems to be using the correct technical term to describe organized Islamic terrorists. They are not a faction of a religion or a social movement. They are a cult. A suicide cult."
- Craig Bruce
(Related: Religion, Suicide)

"If we have to give up either religion or education, we should give up education."
- William Jennings Bryan
(Related: Education, Religion)

"Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion. It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers."
- Zbigniew Brzezinski
(Related: Religion, Islam, Emotion, Followers, Leading, World)

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

"Religion can be both good and bad - it is spirituality that counts."
- Pat Buckley
(Related: Religion, Spirituality)

"I hold that religion and faith are two different things."
- Pat Buckley
(Related: Faith, Religion)

"All churches and all religions contain aspects of the truth, but only God is truth."
- Pat Buckley
(Related: God, Truth, Churches)

"Religion points to that area of human experience where in one way or another man comes upon mystery as a summons to pilgrimage."
- Frederick Buechner
(Related: Experience, Religion, Man, Mystery, Pilgrimage)

"Religion united its influence with those of loyalty and love, and the order of knighthood, endowed with all the sanctity and religious awe that attended the priesthood, became an object of ambition to the greatest sovereigns."
- Thomas Bulfinch
(Related: Religion, Love, Ambition, Influence, Loyalty, Order, Religious, United)

"Religion, like water, may be free, but when they pipe it to you, you've got to help pay for piping. And the Piper!"
- Abigail Van Buren
(Related: Religion, Help, May, Water)

"Superstition is the religion of feeble minds."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: Religion, Superstition)

"Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: Art, Religion, Creation, Man, Theory)

"Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: Religion, Indifference, Nothing)

"Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all - that has been my religion."
- John Burroughs
(Related: Religion, Curiosity, Joy, Universe)

"The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself."
- Richard Burton
(Related: Man, Study)

"I think you can judge from somebody's actions a kind of a stability and sense of purpose perhaps created by strong religious roots. I mean, there's a certain patience, a certain discipline, I think, that religion helps you achieve."
- George W. Bush
(Related: Religion, Discipline, Purpose, Actions, Patience, Religious, Sense, Stability)

"Religion kept some of my relatives alive, because it was all they had. If they hadn't had some hope of heaven, some companionship in Jesus, they probably would have committed suicide, their lives were so hellish."
- Octavia Butler
(Related: Religion, Hope, Companionship, Heaven, Relatives, Suicide)

"The seven deadly sins: Want of money, bad health, bad temper, chastity, family ties, knowing that you know things, and believing in the Christian religion."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Family, Religion, Health, Money, Christian, Chastity, Temper, Want)

"People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practiced."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Religion, People, Christian, Hearing)

"The new soft totalitarianism that is advancing on the left wants to have a state religion It is an atheist, nihilistic religion - but it is a religion that is obligatory for all."
- Rocco Buttiglione
(Related: Religion, State)

"Shelley is truth itself and honour itself notwithstanding his out-of-the-way notions about religion."
- George Byron
(Related: Religion, Truth)

"There's naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion."
- Lord Byron
(Related: Religion, Doubt, Spirit)

"I think we have to believe in things we don't see. That's really important for all of us, whether it's your religion or Santa Claus, or whatever. That's pretty much what it's about."
- James Caan
(Related: Religion, Pretty, Santa claus)

"Patriotism is the religion of hell."
- James Branch Cabell
(Related: Patriotism, Religion, Hell)

"That cry of the soul to be lifted out of the bondage of the narrow circle of life, which carries up to God the protest and yearning of suffering man, never finds a more sublime expression than where humanity is oppressed and religion is corrupt."
- Hall Caine
(Related: Religion, Life, God, Soul, Expression, Humanity, Protest, Suffering, Yearning)

"Growing up in Wales was a pretty Draconian experience with religion."
- John Cale
(Related: Experience, Religion, Growing up, Pretty)

"Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble."
- Joseph Campbell
(Related: Religion, Facts, Metaphors, Trouble)

"Most religions do not make men better, only warier."
- Elias Canetti
(Related: Men)

"We've got to find ways of confronting the issues that divide - and at the heart of cultural issues, you often find religions."
- George Carey
(Related: Heart)

"I wish your increase in holiness, number, love, religion, and righteousness; and wait you, and cease to contend with these men that are gone from us, for there is nothing that shall convince them but judgment."
- Donald Cargill
(Related: Men, Love, Religion, Holiness, Judgment, Nothing, Righteousness)

"Religion is just mind control."
- George Carlin
(Related: Religion, Control, Mind)

"The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: Religion, Civilization, Printing)

"The artist himself may not think he is religious, but if he is sincere his sincerity in itself is religion."
- Emily Carr
(Related: Religion, Artist, May, Religious, Sincerity)

"I don't think it is given to any of us to be impertinent to great religions with impunity."
- John Le Carre
"Religion brings to man an inner strength, spiritual light, and ineffable peace."
- Alexis Carrel
(Related: Peace, Religion, Strength, Light, Man, Spiritual)

"Religion is organized to satisfy and guide the soul - politics does the same thing for the body."
- Joyce Cary
(Related: Politics, Religion, Soul, Body)

"Religion is never the problem; it's the people who use it to gain power."
- Julian Casablancas
(Related: Power, Religion, People, Gain)

"I'm not a big fan of religion for that reason. But I am a true believer in God, and I have great faith, and I think that a spiritual connection with something is a really important part of our experience. That doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the church."
- Shaun Cassidy
(Related: Religion, Experience, Faith, God, Church, Connection, Reason, Spiritual)

"I'm a believer. I don't go to church. I don't belong to any particular religion, but I do believe in God. I couldn't write what I write about and be creative without a certain form of belief."
- Nick Cave
(Related: God, Religion, Belief, Church)

"I ask you to pray for me, for once age has overtaken us, we find consolation only in religion."
- Paul Cezanne
(Related: Age, Religion)

"I consider myself a religious person. God is something very personal with me and I don't flaunt religion in conversation with others."
- Richard Chamberlain
(Related: Religion, God, Conversation, Religious)

"The truth is our country, our people, our liberties, and our way of life are under attack by radical Islamic terrorists who kill and destroy in the name of religion."
- Saxby Chambliss
(Related: Life, Religion, Truth, People, Country, Name, Radical)

"More and more people care about religious tolerance as fewer and fewer care about religion."
- Alexander Chase
(Related: Religion, People, Care, Religious, Tolerance)

"By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon the same equal footing, and are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty."
- Samuel Chase
(Related: Religion, Government, Christian, Liberty, Protection, Religious)

"Religion is of general and public concern, and on its support depend, in great measure, the peace and good order of government, the safety and happiness of the people."
- Samuel Chase
(Related: Happiness, Peace, Religion, Government, People, Concern, Measure, Order, Public, Safety, Support)

"Neither the wording of the amendment itself nor common practice challenged the widely held belief that government guaranteed freedom of religion, not freedom from religion."
- Linda Chavez
(Related: Government, Religion, Belief, Freedom, Practice)

"In matters of religion and matrimony I never give any advice; because I will not have anybody's torments in this world or the next laid to my charge."
- Lord Chesterfield
(Related: Religion, Advice, Matrimony, Will, World)

"Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalised."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Happiness, Religion, Mystery)

"Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Love, Religion, Theory)

"It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Religion)

"Some people are that - more than a parent, more than a role model, more than anything less than a religion."
- Margaret Cho
(Related: Religion, People)

"In my book I specifically discussed the structural nature of injustice and offered Nine Touchstones of Goddess ethics as an alternative to the Ten Commandments of Biblical religion."
- Carol P. Christ
(Related: Nature, Religion, Ethics, Injustice)

"The women's movement will present a growing threat to patriarchal religion less by attacking it than by simply leaving it behind."
- Carol P. Christ
(Related: Religion, Women, Present, Will)

"In Goddess religion death is not feared, but is understood to be a part of life, followed by birth and renewal."
- Carol P. Christ
(Related: Death, Religion, Life)

"I first became interested in women and religion when I was one of the few women doing graduate work in Religious Studies at Yale University in the late 1960's."
- Carol P. Christ
(Related: Religion, Women, Work, First, Religious, University)

"Because religion has such a compelling hold on the deep psyches of so many people, feminists cannot afford to leave it in the hands of the fathers."
- Carol P. Christ
(Related: Religion, People, Deep, Fathers)

"Catholicism is not a soothing religion. It's a painful religion. We're all gluttons for punishment."
- Madonna Ciccone
(Related: Religion, Catholicism, Punishment)

"Zen, per se, is not just an art, it's not just a religion, it's a realisation."
- Gene Clark
(Related: Art, Religion, Zen)

"In the relationship between man and religion, the state is firmly committed to a position of neutrality."
- Tom C. Clark
(Related: Religion, Man, Neutrality, State)

"The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion."
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Related: History, Religion, Morality, Mankind, May, Tragedy)

"You could say people are living longer because of the decline in religion. Not many people believe in the hereafter, so they keep going."
- Cyril Clarke
(Related: Religion, People, Living)

"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."
- John Henrik Clarke
(Related: Religion, People, Control, Spirituality)

"I've found a more personal, pagan kind of religion to satisfy the spiritual side of things."
- Julian Clary
(Related: Religion, Spiritual)

"The Twist was a guided missile launched from the ghetto into the heart of suburbia. The Twist succeeded, as politics, religion and law could never do, in writing in the heart and soul what the Supreme Court could only write on the books."
- Eldridge Cleaver
(Related: Religion, Politics, Soul, Heart, Books, Court, Law, Writing)

"My style has been pretty much like a newspaper. It's got politics in it, it's got media, sports, family relations, you know, all the sections you would expect, and wonderful religion things."
- Kate Clinton
(Related: Family, Politics, Religion, Sports, Media, Pretty, Style)

"If religion cannot restrain evil, it cannot claim effective power for good."
- Morris Raphael Cohen
(Related: Power, Religion, Evil)

"Cruel persecutions and intolerance are not accidents, but grow out of the very essence of religion, namely, its absolute claims."
- Morris Raphael Cohen
(Related: Religion, Accidents, Intolerance)

"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."
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Related: Politics, Religion, Charity)

"There are three modes of bearing the ills of life, by indifference, by philosophy, and by religion."
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Related: Religion, Life, Indifference, Philosophy)

"Bigotry murders religion to frighten fools with her ghost."
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Related: Religion, Bigotry, Fools)

"Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity; and let us put aside all selfishness in consideration of language, nationality, or religion."
- John Comenius
(Related: Religion, Consideration, End, Humanity, Language, Nationality, Selfishness, Welfare)

"Kinsey was trying to study sex scientifically, get rid of the overlay of culture and religion."
- Bill Condon
(Related: Religion, Sex, Culture, Study, Trying)

"People nearly always believe, and are willing to back it up with weapons and cruelty, that their religion and way of life is better than the other person's."
- Caroline B. Cooney
(Related: Life, Religion, People, Cruelty, Weapons)

"The enemy is not just terrorism. It is the threat posed specifically by Islamist terrorism, by Bin Ladin and others who draw on a long tradition of extreme intolerance within a minority strain of Islam that does not distinguish politics from religion, and distorts both."
- John Cornyn
(Related: Politics, Religion, Islam, Enemy, Extreme, Intolerance, Minority, Terrorism, Tradition)

"After all, is football a game or a religion?"
- Howard Cosell
(Related: Religion, Football)

"The importance that our society attaches to sport is incredible. After all, is football a game or a religion? The people of this country have allowed sports to get completely out of hand."
- Howard Cosell
(Related: Society, Sports, People, Religion, Country, Football, Importance)

"With faith and courage, generations of Armenians have overcome great suffering and proudly preserved their culture, traditions, and religion and have told the story of the genocide to an often indifferent world."
- Jerry Costello
(Related: Faith, Religion, Courage, Culture, Generations, Genocide, Suffering, Traditions, World)

"For me sport was a religion... with religious sentiment."
- Pierre de Coubertin
(Related: Religion, Religious, Sentiment)

"Forget sex or politics or religion, loneliness is the subject that clears out a room."
- Doug Coupland
(Related: Politics, Religion, Sex, Forget, Loneliness)

"Lukewarmness I account a sin, as great in love as in religion."
- Abraham Cowley
(Related: Love, Religion, Sin)

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

"Anybody who comes to the cinema is bringing they're whole sexual history, their literary history, their movie literacy, their culture, their language, their religion, whatever they've got. I can't possibly manipulate all of that, nor do I want to."
- David Cronenberg
(Related: History, Religion, Cinema, Culture, Language, Literary, Want)

"Religion promotes the divine discontent within oneself, so that one tries to make oneself a better person and draw oneself closer to God."
- Cyril Cusack
(Related: Religion, God, Discontent)

"Wars have always started over religion."
- Glenn Danzig
(Related: Religion)

"Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does laughing gas."
- Clarence Darrow
(Related: Religion, People)

"I think that what went wrong with religion is the same thing that went wrong with politics. Is that it became too money based and too controlling. It's just a weakness that we human beings have for control - we want one thing and then we want more and then we want more."
- Dave Davies
(Related: Money, Religion, Politics, Control, Want, Weakness, Wrong)

"I think there's been a big problem between religion, or organized religion, and spirituality."
- Dave Davies
(Related: Religion, Spirituality)

"I don't believe in organized religion - I dealt with them hand in hand, and a whole bunch of Catholic priests tried to molest me. Telling me I was gay and I should go home with them and stuff."
- Jonathan Davis
(Related: Home, Religion, Gay)

"It was part of your religion to hate the British."
- Rebecca H. Davis
(Related: Religion, Hate)

"Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time."
- Richard Dawkins
(Related: Power, Religion, Time, Truth, Belief)

"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."
- Richard Dawkins
(Related: Religion, Answers, Wrong)

"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."
- Richard Dawkins
(Related: Religion, God, Physics, Theory, Universe)

"I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world."
- Richard Dawkins
(Related: Religion, Understanding, World)

"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."
- Richard Dawkins
(Related: Religion, Thought, People, Beliefs, Harm, Nonsense)

"Moreover, behind this vague tendency to treat religion as a side issue in modern life, there exists a strong body of opinion that is actively hostile to Christianity and that regards the destruction of positive religion as absolutely necessary to the advance of modern culture."
- Christopher Dawson
(Related: Religion, Life, Positive, Christianity, Body, Culture, Destruction, Opinion)

"It is clear that this essential Christian doctrine gives a new value to human nature, to human history and to human life which is not to be found in the other great oriental religions."
- Christopher Dawson
(Related: History, Life, Nature, Christian, Doctrine, Human nature, Value)

"As I have pointed out, it is the Christian tradition that is the most fundamental element in Western culture. It lies at the base not only of Western religion, but also of Western morals and Western social idealism."
- Christopher Dawson
(Related: Religion, Christian, Culture, Idealism, Lies, Morals, Tradition)

"Our bodies are at once the receiving and transmitting stations for life itself. It is the highest wisdom to recognize this fact and train our bodies to render them sensitive and responsive to nature. art and religion."
- Ruth St. Denis
(Related: Art, Life, Religion, Wisdom, Nature, Fact)

"India is a curious place that still preserves the past, religions, and its history. No matter how modern India becomes, it is still very much an old country."
- Anita Desai
(Related: History, Country, Old, Past)

"I do not belong to any religion. Everything is between God and myself."
- Indra Devi
(Related: God, Religion)

"Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the trouble can use the pretext of religion to mask their true designs."
- Denis Diderot
(Related: Religion, Society, Trouble)

"It is ironic that the one thing that all religions recognize as separating us from our creator, our very self-consciousness, is also the one thing that divides us from our fellow creatures. It was a bitter birthday present from evolution."
- Annie Dillard
(Related: Birthday, Evolution, Present, Self)

"As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker."
- Annie Dillard
(Related: Beauty, Religion, Love, Pleasure)

"The knife of historical relativism... which has cut to pieces all metaphysics and religion must also bring about healing."
- Wilhelm Dilthey
(Related: Religion, Healing, Metaphysics)

"Where knowledge ends, religion begins."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Religion, Knowledge)

"In Lincoln's day a President's religion was a very private affair. There were no public prayer meetings, no attempts to woo the Religious Right. Few of Lincoln's countrymen knew anything at all of his religious beliefs."
- David Herbert Donald
(Related: Religion, Beliefs, Day, Meetings, Prayer, President, Public, Religious, Right)

"I have increasingly, over the years, felt that religion today does our civilization more harm than good."
- Mary Douglas
(Related: Religion, Civilization, Harm, Today, Years)

"It's unlikely that the organized religions will get more sectarian... or is it? I am not at all sure."
- Mary Douglas
(Related: Will)

"It is very reasonable to worry about the harm done by organized religion, and to prefer looser and more private arrangements."
- Mary Douglas
(Related: Religion, Harm, Worry)

"It is only partly true that religion does more harm than good in society. The community makes God into the image it wants, vengeful, or milky sweet, or scrupulously just, and so on."
- Mary Douglas
(Related: Religion, Society, God, Community, Harm)

"Just in our lifetime our society has become looser and more private, it becomes extremely difficult to hold to any permanent commitment whatever, least of all to organized religion."
- Mary Douglas
(Related: Religion, Society, Commitment)

"Some scholars have been arguing that a civilizational clash between organized religions is the next step in human history."
- Mary Douglas
(Related: History)

"Religion can make it worse. Are you supposing that if people were encouraged to believe in a transcendent reality, and to be encouraged by grand rituals and music and preaching, to love their neighbors, then they would put jealousy and frustration aside?"
- Mary Douglas
(Related: Love, Music, Religion, People, Frustration, Jealousy, Neighbors, Preaching, Reality, Rituals)

"Religion and political expediency go beautifully hand in hand."
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
(Related: Religion, Expediency)

"I'm always going back to one thing - my family... It's my family, my religion, my fighters. Put them in any order you want."
- Lou Duva
(Related: Family, Religion, Order, Want)

"The cultural contrast I saw between religions... Catholics have a lot of mediators, going through saints and Mary or whatever. Protestants in general say things to God directly."
- Robert Duvall
(Related: God, Contrast, Saints)

"More than this, even in those white men who professed religion we found much inconsistency of conduct. They spoke much of spiritual things, while seeking only the material."
- Charles Eastman
(Related: Men, Religion, Inconsistency, Spiritual)

"In every religion there is an element of the supernatural, varying with the influence of pure reason over its devotees."
- Charles Eastman
(Related: Religion, Influence, Reason, Supernatural)

"The religion of the Indian is the last thing about him that the man of another race will ever understand."
- Charles Eastman
(Related: Religion, Man, Race, Will)

"The American Indian was an individualist in religion as in war. He had neither a national army nor an organized church."
- Charles Eastman
(Related: Religion, War, Church, American, Army)

"We must not enable anyone to impose his personal view regarding religion on others by force, oppression, or pressure."
- Shirin Ebadi
(Related: Religion, Force, Oppression, Pressure)

"Human rights is a universal standard. It is a component of every religion and every civilization."
- Shirin Ebadi
(Related: Religion, Civilization, Rights, Human rights)

"It's funny that there was so much disturbance about having a Catholic in the White House with Kennedy, and when we finally get a religion in the White House that's causing a lot of conflicts, and concerns, and disturbances for a lot of people, it's in the Bush Administration."
- Roger Ebert
(Related: Funny, Religion, People)

"I'm a firm believer and I think my religion is inside."
- Billy Eckstine
(Related: Religion)

"I would no more quarrel with a man because of his religion than I would because of his art."
- Mary Baker Eddy
(Related: Art, Religion, Man, Quarrel)

"Some people talk of morality, and some of religion, but give me a little snug property."
- Maria Edgeworth
(Related: Religion, Morality, People, Property, Talk)

"Religion is all bunk."
- Thomas A. Edison
(Related: Religion)

"There are two sorts of hypocrites: ones that are deceived with their outward morality and external religion; and the others are those that are deceived with false discoveries and elevation; which often cry down works, and men's own righteousness, and."
- Jonathan Edwards
(Related: Men, Religion, Morality, Righteousness)

"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Religion, Admiration, Mind, Spirit)

"It was the experience of mystery - even if mixed with fear - that engendered religion."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Experience, Religion, Fear, Mystery)

"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."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Religion, Character, Strength, Emotions)

"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Religion, Science, Blind)

"All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree."
- Albert Einstein
"I am a deeply religious nonbeliever - this is a somewhat new kind of religion."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Religion, Religious)

"True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Religion, Soul, Goodness, Living, Righteousness)

"I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics."
- T. S. Eliot
(Related: Politics, Religion, Literature)

"We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion."
- T. S. Eliot
(Related: Religion, Literature)

"There is one thing higher than Royalty: and that is religion, which causes us to leave the world, and seek God."
- Elizabeth I
(Related: God, Religion, Causes, World)

"No white group has founded a major religion on this planet. The major religious were started in the Orient and the Middle East, not in Greece and Rome. I always knew you racists didn't have a prayer."
- Jane Elliot
(Related: Religion, Greece, Prayer, Religious, Rome)

"I'm a practicing Christian - and I'm going to keep practicing till I get it right - but I don't feel everyone has to practice the same religion that I do. You have a right to worship who you choose and how you choose to."
- Jane Elliot
(Related: Religion, Christian, Practice, Right, Worship)

"For that again, is what all manner of religion essentially is: childish dependency."
- Albert Ellis
(Related: Religion)

"There is a very intimate connection between hypnotic phenomena and religion."
- Havelock Ellis
(Related: Religion, Connection)

"This is a war against terrorists. Not a war against a religion, but a war against terrorists."
- Gordon England
(Related: War, Religion)

"Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed."
- Epictetus
(Related: Religion, Treasure, Will)

"All religions must be tolerated... for every man must get to heaven in his own way."
- Epictetus
(Related: Heaven, Man)

"As a politician who cherishes religious conviction in his personal sphere, but regards politics as a domain belonging outside religion, I believe that this view is seriously flawed."
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(Related: Politics, Religion, Conviction, Religious)

"I should like to repeat what I stated recently in the Jeddah Economic Forum in Saudi Arabia: It won't be the religion, but rather the world-view of some of its followers that shall be made current."
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(Related: Religion, Followers, World)

"In the New Testament, religion is grace and ethics is gratitude."
- Thomas Erskine
(Related: Religion, Gratitude, Ethics, Grace, New testament)

"I am an atheist, and if an atheist and a pope think the same things, there must be something true. There must be some human truth that is beyond religion."
- Oriana Fallaci
(Related: Religion, Truth)

"I am known for a life spent in the struggle for freedom, and freedom includes the freedom of religion."
- Oriana Fallaci
(Related: Life, Religion, Freedom, Struggle)

"The idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country."
- Jerry Falwell
(Related: Politics, Religion, Idea, Country, Devil, Running)

"Religion is more like response to a friend than it is like obedience to an expert."
- Austin Farrer
(Related: Religion, Friend, Obedience)

"What are my sources of strength? My husband and my three kids, my health-care team, and my religion."
- Geraldine Ferraro
(Related: Religion, HusbHealth, Strength, Kids)

"It therefore become essential for the future of Judaism itself that its advancement should be correlated with a similar effort to advance the cause of religion generally."
- Louis Finkelstein
(Related: Religion, Cause, Effort, Future, Judaism)

"From the long range point of view, I do not know of anything we can do more important than to make some contribution to the preservation of religion as a vital force in America."
- Louis Finkelstein
(Related: Religion, America, Force)

"For as Jews, the problem happens to be more urgent and vital than for others; because the destruction of religion on America will involve the destruction also of the religious training of freedom; and with that our civil liberties."
- Louis Finkelstein
(Related: Religion, America, Civil liberties, Destruction, Freedom, Religious, Training, Will)

"Religion has caused more harm than any other idea since the beginning of time. There's nothing good I can say about it. People use it as a crutch."
- Larry Flynt
(Related: Religion, Time, People, Idea, Beginning, Harm, Nothing)

"I found myself facing a Christian Science Reading Room. My God! It had been eight years. There had never been any renunciation of religion on my part, but like so many people, it was a gradual fading away."
- Henry Fonda
(Related: Religion, Science, People, Christian, Reading, Renunciation, Years)

"I did not want to reject religion as nonsense because life seemed to have no ultimate purpose without it, and most of the good people I knew were Christians."
- Luke Ford
(Related: Life, Religion, People, Purpose, Nonsense, Want)

"I decided to take God and organized religion seriously, and to reject the secular life which in my teens had looked attractive because it allowed me to act in any way that I wanted."
- Luke Ford
(Related: Life, Religion, God, Act)

"Religion is not a burden, not a weight, it is wings."
- Harry Emerson Fosdick
(Related: Religion, Burden, Weight)

"I am a Westerner. We're not going to change the West by going East. The East has a lot to teach us, but essentially it's like a mirror, saying, hey, can't you see what's here in your own religion, what are you, stupid?"
- Matthew Fox
(Related: Change, Religion, Saying)

"Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin."
- Anatole France
(Related: Love, Religion, Service, Sin)

"Historically, more people have died of religion than cancer."
- Dick Francis
(Related: Religion, People, Cancer)

"I hope we will not so characterize religious people as being so narrow and so biased towards people not of their own religion that they cannot even work with them in this common cause to which you say they are committed."
- Barney Frank
(Related: Religion, Work, People, Hope, Being, Cause, Religious, Will)

"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."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Religion, Work, Partnership, World)

"By religion, then, I understand a propitiation or conciliation of powers superior to man which are believed to direct and control the course of nature and of human life."
- James G. Frazer
(Related: Life, Nature, Religion, Control, Man)

"All religions must be tolerated... for every man must get to heaven in his own way."
- Frederick II
(Related: Heaven, Man)

"Religion is the idol of the mob; it adores everything it does not understand."
- Frederick II
(Related: Religion, Mob)

"Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires."
- Sigmund Freud
(Related: Religion, Strength, Fact, Illusion)

"The secret of a person's nature lies in their religion and what they really believes about the world and their place in it."
- James Anthony Froude
(Related: Nature, Religion, Lies, World)

"Culture's essential service to a religion is to destroy intellectual idolatry, the recurrent tendency in religion to replace the object of its worship with its present understanding and forms of approach to that object."
- Northrop Frye
(Related: Religion, Culture, Present, Service, Understanding, Worship)

"All religions have periods in their history which are looked back to with retrospective fear and trembling as eras of persecution, and each religion has its own book of martyrs."
- Richard Le Gallienne
(Related: History, Religion, Fear, Martyrs, Persecution)

"The spiritual element, the really important part of religion, has no concern with Time and Space, temporary mundane laws, or conduct."
- Richard Le Gallienne
(Related: Time, Religion, Concern, Laws, Space, Spiritual)

"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."
- John Galsworthy
(Related: Religion, Life, Belief, Ants, Bees, Future, Service)

"It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Business, Religion, Enemy, Friends)

"Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Politics, Religion, Nothing)

"My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Religion, God, Truth)

"Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Age, Religion, Formula, Reason)

"All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Truth, May, Nothing, World)

"I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Truth, World)

"A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Religion, Help)

"Fear of death makes us devoid both of valour and religion. For want of valour is want of religious faith."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Death, Faith, Religion, Fear, Religious, Want)

"Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Religion, Generosity, Possession, Race, Self)

"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."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Religion, Life, Man)

"Religion is a matter of the heart. No physical inconvenience can warrant abandonment of one's own religion."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Religion, Heart)

"One's own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one's Maker and no one else's."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Religion)

"The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different."
- Mohandas Gandhi
"Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning."
- Bill Gates
(Related: Religion, Time)

"I'm a religious man. I am Jewish but I believe in all religions. I believe in God and see him as an old man with a big white beard and pray to him every day for a few minutes."
- Uri Geller
(Related: God, Day, Man, Old, Religious)

"What we all have in common is an appreciation of kindness and compassion; all the religions have this. We all lean towards love."
- Richard Gere
(Related: Love, Appreciation, Compassion, Kindness)

"Billions of people don't practice a religion at all."
- Richard Gere
(Related: Religion, People, Practice)

"Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Life, Religion, Temple)

"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."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Love, Religion, Church, Mosque, Temple, Sons, Spirit)

"They're after one world religion and one world government. That's why they've attacked the Catholic Church so strongly, to ultimately take control over it by their doctrine."
- Hutton Gibson
(Related: Religion, Government, Control, Church, Doctrine, World)

"Well, I think any time you delve into this sort of religion, politics, as you well know, you're going to, you know, touch a few nerves. I wasn't - now - and this is the honest truth."
- Mel Gibson
(Related: Time, Politics, Religion, Truth, Nerves, Now)

"When I was almost 13 I was ripe for religion. I was actually just plain ripe."
- Kathie Lee Gifford
(Related: Religion)

"For many people religion can be so easy they stumble right over it."
- Kathie Lee Gifford
(Related: Religion, People, Right)

"Without philosophy man cannot know what he makes; without religion he cannot know why."
- Eric Gill
(Related: Religion, Man, Philosophy)

"The pride of life hath corrupted the judgment of others, and perverted them in the way of religion."
- George Gillespie
(Related: Life, Religion, Judgment, Pride)

"The best religion is the most tolerant."
- Delphine de Girardin
(Related: Religion)

"The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Religion, Christian, End, Will)

"He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them, needs religion."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Art, Religion, Science, Needs)

"When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion. Then I go out and paint the stars."
- Vincent Van Gogh
(Related: Religion, Stars, Word)

"Philosophy is an attempt by man to find cause and effect. Religion has the same goal."
- Al Goldstein
(Related: Religion, Goal, Cause, Effect, Man, Philosophy)

"While there I began to study the Asian religions as theories of mind."
- Daniel Goleman
(Related: Mind, Study, Theories)

"If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion."
- Edmond de Goncourt
(Related: Religion, God, Atheism, Insult)

"The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion."
- Billy Graham
(Related: Religion, Constitution, Freedom)

"Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate."
- Ulysses S. Grant
(Related: Family, Religion, Church, School, State)

"Practically speaking, your religion is the story you tell about your life."
- Andrew Greeley
(Related: Life, Religion)

"I think the real problem for American religion are those minority of fundamentalists who try to identify political policies with religion."
- Andrew Greeley
(Related: Religion, American, Minority)

"Well, religion has been passed down through the years by stories people tell around the campfire. Stories about God, stories about love. Stories about good spirits and evil spirits."
- Andrew Greeley
(Related: Religion, Love, God, People, Evil, Spirits, Years)

"The foundation of our religion is a basis of fact - the fact of the birth, ministry, miracles, death, resurrection by the Evangelists as having actually occurred, within their own personal knowledge."
- Simon Greenleaf
(Related: Religion, Death, Knowledge, Fact, Miracles)

"There should be a readiness, on our part, to investigate with candor to follow the truth wherever it may lead us, and to submit, without reserve or objection, to all the teachings of this religion, if it be found to be of divine origin."
- Simon Greenleaf
(Related: Religion, Truth, Candor, May)

"Our religion, then, rests on the credit due to these witnesses."
- Simon Greenleaf
(Related: Religion, Credit)

"In requiring this candor and simplicity of mind in those who would investigate the truth of our religion, Christianity demands nothing more than is readily conceded to every branch of human science."
- Simon Greenleaf
(Related: Science, Religion, Truth, Christianity, Candor, Mind, Nothing, Simplicity)

"In examining the evidence of the Christian religion, it is essential to the discovery of truth that we bring to the investigation a mind freed, as far as possible, from existing prejudice, and open to conviction."
- Simon Greenleaf
(Related: Religion, Truth, Christian, Conviction, Discovery, Investigation, Mind, Open, Prejudice)

"My family was very, very receptive to all; all races, religions."
- Pam Grier
(Related: Family)

"Oh, there's going to be debate because you're dealing with the Bible and religion is supposed to be separate from state and that to me is already a conflict before it even hits the gay issue."
- Pam Grier
(Related: Religion, Bible, Conflict, Debate, Gay, State)

"A pretty good test of a man's religion is how it affects his pocketbook."
- Francis J. Grimke
(Related: Religion, Man, Pretty)

"Religion is doing; a man does not merely think his religion or feel it, he "lives" his religion as much as he is able, otherwise it is not religion but fantasy or philosophy."
- G. I. Gurdjieff
(Related: Religion, Fantasy, Man, Philosophy)

"Religion is doing; a man does not merely think his religion or feel it, he lives his religion as much as he is able, otherwise it is not religion but fantasy or philosophy."
- George Gurdjieff
(Related: Religion, Fantasy, Man, Philosophy)

"I studied English literature; I took 2 independent religion classes, but I wasn't a religion major really."
- Maggie Gyllenhaal
(Related: Religion, English, Literature)

"Disappointment over nationalistic authoritarian regimes may have contributed to the fact that today religion offers a new and subjectively more convincing language for old political orientations."
- Jurgen Habermas
(Related: Religion, Disappointment, Fact, Language, May, Old, Today)

"Religion deals in certainties and philosophy deals more in un-answered questions."
- Steve Hackett
(Related: Religion, Deals, Philosophy, Questions)

"The introduction of religious passion into politics is the end of honest politics, and the introduction of politics into religion is the prostitution of true religion."
- Lord Hailsham
(Related: Politics, Religion, End, Passion, Prostitution, Religious)

"The wise man regulates his conduct by the theories both of religion and science. But he regards these theories not as statements of ultimate fact but as art-forms."
- John B. S. Haldane
(Related: Religion, Science, Art, Fact, Man, Theories)

"There can be no truce between science and religion."
- John B. S. Haldane
(Related: Religion, Science)

"Most men's anger about religion is as if two men should quarrel for a lady they neither of them care for."
- Edward F. Halifax
(Related: Anger, Men, Religion, Care, Lady, Quarrel)

"I've dabbled in several different religions."
- Jerry Hall
"My theory is if you have a religion, it's a good one. Because some people don't have any at all."
- Tom T. Hall
(Related: Religion, People, Theory)

"Religion is a strange, wonderful thing. More crimes have been committed in the name of righteousness than any other notion."
- Tom T. Hall
(Related: Religion, Name, Righteousness)

"The first guy who came up with the concept of religion was sitting out under a tree. I'm sure of that."
- Tom T. Hall
(Related: Religion, First)

"I have my own religion. I'm sort of one-quarter Baptist, one-quarter Catholic, one-quarter Jewish."
- Tom T. Hall
(Related: Religion)

"In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution."
- Alexander Hamilton
(Related: Politics, Religion, Fire, Persecution)

"The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him."
- Thomas Hardy
(Related: Religion, Heaven, Man)

"The tendency to turn human judgments into divine commands makes religion one of the most dangerous forces in the world."
- Georgia Harkness
(Related: Religion, World)

"As a religion, bilingualism is the god that failed. It has led to no fairness, produced no unity, and cost Canadian taxpayers untold millions."
- Stephen Harper
(Related: God, Religion, Unity)

"After all, enforced national bilingualism in this country isn't mere policy. It has attained the status of a religion. It's a dogma which o-ne is supposed to accept without question."
- Stephen Harper
(Related: Religion, Policy, Country, Question)

"I don't know of any cases where as a result of religious precepts a population have found themselves enjoying less food than they would have if they didn't follow this particular religion."
- Marvin Harris
(Related: Food, Religion, Population, Religious, Result)

"Yes, a general principle that comes out of research behind Good to Eat is that there are no world religions that have acted to decrease the potential for the nutritional well-being of their followers."
- Marvin Harris
(Related: Followers, Potential, Research, World)

"If there ever was a militant religion, it was that of early New England."
- Paul Harris
(Related: Religion, England)

"In course of time, religion came with its rites invoking the aid of good spirits which were even more powerful than the bad spirits, and thus for the time being tempered the agony of fears."
- Paul Harris
(Related: Religion, Time, Being, Spirits)

"One's religion is one's own possession and he has a right to it."
- Paul Harris
(Related: Religion, Possession, Right)

"They become the keepers of the mystery. They place themselves between the communicants of the religion, and the immediate experience. And then they dictate the terms on which you can have contact with this wonderful mystery. We don't dictate those terms."
- Larry Harvey
(Related: Experience, Religion, Mystery)

"We take people to the threshold of religion. Our aim is to induce immediate experience that is beyond the odd, beyond the strange, and beyond the weird. It verges on the wholly other."
- Larry Harvey
(Related: Experience, Religion, People)

"Baseball just a came as simple as a ball and bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. A sport, a business and sometimes almost even a religion."
- Ernie Harwell
(Related: Business, Religion, American, Baseball, Spirit)

"Given the fact that most religions share basic values, it is most unfortunate that religious people can be played off against each other so easily. One possible reason for this may be that people do not know enough about other people's beliefs."
- Alcee Hastings
(Related: People, Values, Beliefs, Fact, May, Reason, Religious)

"Not just Christians and Jews, but also Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and the followers of many other religions believe in values like peace, respect, tolerance and dignity. These are values that bring people together and enable us to build responsible and solid communities."
- Alcee Hastings
(Related: Peace, People, Values, Dignity, Followers, Respect, Tolerance)

"While few religious leaders and scholars would doubt the commonalities that exist among the various religious groups, the followers of these religions unfortunately struggle in their effort to peacefully coexist."
- Alcee Hastings
(Related: Doubt, Effort, Followers, Leaders, Religious, Struggle)

"As long as there are religions, there are going to be people who are hiding their rottenness behind the veil of religion."
- Juliana Hatfield
(Related: Religion, People)

"Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers."
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
(Related: Art, Religion, Economics, Spring, Strangers)

"Religion and education are no match for evil without the grace of God."
- B. R. Hayden
(Related: Education, Religion, God, Evil, Grace)

"This is my religion. I take long breaks now when I don't perform and I am not myself when I am not performing."
- Roy Haynes
(Related: Religion, Now)

"There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: Religion, Virtue, Crime, Heroism, Vice)

"Is woman a religion? Well, perhaps you will have the chance of judging for yourselves if you go to America. There you will find men treating women with just the same respect formerly accorded only to religious dignitaries or to great nobles."
- Lafcadio Hearn
(Related: Men, Women, Religion, America, Chance, Religious, Respect, Will, Woman)

"Sympathy with nature is part of a good person's religion."
- Francis Herbert Hedge
(Related: Nature, Religion, Sympathy)

"The major civilizing force in the world is not religion, it is sex."
- Hugh Hefner
(Related: Religion, Sex, Force, World)

"Every man, either to his terror or consolation, has some sense of religion."
- Heinrich Heine
(Related: Religion, Man, Sense, Terror)

"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."
- Heinrich Heine
(Related: Time, Miracles, Reason, Spirit)

"It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so."
- Robert A. Heinlein
(Related: Power, Religion, Law, Will)

"When fairy tales are written in the west, they're known as folklore. In the east, fairy tales are called religions."
- Paul Henderson
"Music is my religion."
- Jimi Hendrix
(Related: Music, Religion)

"I have a certain pool of subject matter that I like to write about, things that interest me: politics, religion, ecology, and relationships between men and women. And that's usually what I focus on."
- Don Henley
(Related: Men, Politics, Religion, Women, Ecology, Focus, Interest, Relationships)

"Love and business and family and religion and art and patriotism are nothing but shadows of words when a man's starving!"
- O. Henry
(Related: Art, Business, Family, Love, Patriotism, Religion, Man, Nothing, Shadows, Words)

"This is all the inheritance I give to my dear family. The religion of Christ will give them one which will make them rich indeed."
- Patrick Henry
(Related: Religion, Family, Christ, Inheritance, Will)

"I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian religion."
- Patrick Henry
(Related: Religion, Family, Christian, Now, Property)

"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."
- Frank Herbert
(Related: Religion, Duty, Law, United)

"Religion often partakes of the myth of progress that shields us from the terrors of an uncertain future."
- Frank Herbert
(Related: Religion, Progress, Future, Myth)

"I'd heard about Texas football and how much of a religion it is, but to go to Odessa and experience it first-hand is something different than just hearing about it."
- Jay Hernandez
(Related: Experience, Religion, First, Football, Hearing)

"The songs keep on writing themselves, and I really love them. It's as close as I get to a religion."
- Kristin Hersh
(Related: Love, Religion, Songs, Writing)

"All religions have based morality on obedience, that is to say, on voluntary slavery. That is why they have always been more pernicious than any political organization. For the latter makes use of violence, the former - of the corruption of the will."
- Alexander Herzen
(Related: Morality, Corruption, Obedience, Slavery, Violence, Will)

"History is the key to everything: politics, religion, even fashion."
- Eva Herzigova
(Related: History, Politics, Religion, Fashion, Key)

"The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life's wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion."
- Herman Hesse
(Related: Religion, Wisdom, Life, Philosophy)

"It brings people together. It brings the races together. It brings religions together."
- Billy Higgins
(Related: People)

"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."
- David Hilbert
(Related: Science, Time, Religion, May, Result, Will)

"Real religion is no religion at all."
- Lauryn Hill
(Related: Religion)

"These men were religious when the spirit of religion was buried in forms and ceremonies, and when the priesthood had armed itself with the civil powers to put down all opposition, and suppress all freedom, intellectual, civil, and religious."
- Ethan A. Hitchcock
(Related: Men, Religion, Freedom, Opposition, Religious, Spirit)

"Fear of things invisible in the natural seed of that which everyone in himself calleth religion."
- Thomas Hobbes
(Related: Religion, Fear)

"To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Faith, Religion, Intolerance, Profession)

"Man is the religious animal. He is the only one that's got true religion, several of them."
- Hal Holbrook
(Related: Religion, Man, Religious)

"In principle the great religions of the world do not differ as much as they appear to."
- Ernest Holmes
(Related: World)

"But even in the Christian religion, much of its real meaning is hidden by words that are misleading and symbols that but few understand."
- Ernest Holmes
(Related: Religion, Christian, Meaning, Misleading, Words)

"The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men - from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
(Related: Men, Religion, Women, Key, Mothers, World)

"I do benefits for all religions - I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality."
- Bob Hope
(Related: Benefits, Hate)

"Religion, you know, enters very deep; in reality it is the deepest impression I have in speaking to people, that they are or that they are not of my religion."
- Gerard Manley Hopkins
(Related: Religion, People, Impression, Deep, Reality)

"Religion without morality is a superstition and a curse, and morality without religion is impossible."
- Mark Hopkins
(Related: Religion, Morality, Superstition)

"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."
- Laurence Housman
(Related: Religion, Obsession, Possession, Result, Trying, Youth)

"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."
- Laurence Housman
(Related: Death, Love, Religion, Soul, Drama, Harmony)

"A man will do more for his stubbornness than for his religion or his country."
- Edgar Watson Howe
(Related: Religion, Country, Man, Will)

"Beneath all differences of doctrine or discipline there exists a fundamental agreement as to the simple, absolute essentials in religion."
- Julia Ward Howe
(Related: Religion, Discipline, Agreement, Doctrine)

"Primitive societies without religion have never been found."
- William Dean Howells
(Related: Religion)

"To overturn orthodoxy is no easier in science than in philosophy, religion, economics, or any of the other disciplines through which we try to comprehend the world and the society in which we live."
- Ruth Hubbard
(Related: Science, Society, Religion, Economics, Philosophy, World)

"Religions do a useful thing: they narrow God to the limits of man. Philosophy replies by doing a necessary thing: it elevates man to the plane of God."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: God, Limits, Man, Philosophy)

"Toleration is the best religion."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Religion)

"I'm religiously opposed to religion."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Religion)

"In Europe art has to a large degree taken the place of religion. In America it seems rather to be science."
- Johan Huizinga
(Related: Art, Science, Religion, America, Europe)

"The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one."
- David Hume
(Related: Religion, Christian, Day, First, Miracles)

"Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous."
- David Hume
(Related: Religion, Errors, Philosophy)

"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."
- King Hussein I
(Related: Life, Religion, Lie, Heart, Islam, Difference, Principles, Tolerance, World)

"Our religion does not discriminate according to color, sex or anything else. What counts is piety and faith."
- King Hussein I
(Related: Faith, Religion, Sex, Piety)

"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."
- King Hussein I
(Related: Peace, God, Children, Followers, Wishes)

"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."
- King Hussein I
(Related: Hope, Muslim, End, Followers, Help, World)

"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."
- King Hussein I
(Related: Life, Peace, Work, Fear, Children, Dawn, Living, Want)

"I am a person whose father had no religion but who went to the nuns for a couple of years. And I think I'm the same: On one hand, I pray; on the other hand, I don't believe. I am constantly between the two."
- Anjelica Huston
(Related: Religion, Father, Years)

"We need a new religion."
- Lauren Hutton
(Related: Religion)

"The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Religion, Mind, Solitude, Will)

"Teach a child what is wise, that is morality. Teach him what is wise and beautiful, that is religion!"
- Thomas Huxley
(Related: Morality)

"The world is my country, science is my religion."
- Christiaan Huygens
(Related: Religion, Science, Country, World)

"All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final."
- Hypatia
(Related: Self)

"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."
- William Ralph Inge
(Related: Religion, Creation, Devil, Doubt, Rest)

"To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy."
- William Ralph Inge
(Related: Religion, Philosophy, Popular, Superstition)

"Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery."
- Robert Green Ingersoll
(Related: Religion, Mankind, Reform, Slavery)

"Let us put theology out of religion. Theology has always sent the worst to heaven, the best to hell."
- Robert Green Ingersoll
(Related: Religion, Heaven, Hell, Theology)

"The freedom to convert is fundamental to freedom of religion."
- Bob Inglis
(Related: Religion, Freedom)

"There is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison; there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think that we live in alienation."
- Eugene Ionesco
(Related: Life, Religion, Alienation, Ideology, Philosophy, Prison)

"Indeed, in view of its function, religion stands in greater need of a rational foundation of its ultimate principles than even the dogmas of science."
- Muhammad Iqbal
(Related: Religion, Science, Principles)

"If faith is lost, there is no security and there is no life for him who does not adhere to religion."
- Muhammad Iqbal
(Related: Faith, Life, Religion, Security)

"Yet higher religion, which is only a search for a larger life, is essentially experience and recognized the necessity of experience as its foundation long before science learnt to do so."
- Muhammed Iqbal
(Related: Experience, Science, Life, Religion, Necessity)

"The courts are using the First Amendment to attack religion, when they should be using it to protect religion."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Religion, First)

"There are a lot of Grinches out there that would like nothing better than to take any references to religion out of the holiday season."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Religion, Holiday, Nothing)

"While even pornography is protected as free speech, the courts have consciously undermined religious speech and freedom of religion for years."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Religion, Free speech, Freedom, Pornography, Religious, Years)

"Americans should be free to recognize our religious heritage; doing that is not the same as creating a government-sponsored religion."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Religion, Government, Americans, Religious)

"Bosnia is a complicated country: three religions, three nations and those "others". Nationalism is strong in all three nations; in two of them there are a lot of racism, chauvinism, separatism; and now we are supposed to make a state out of that."
- Alija Izetbegovic
(Related: Nationalism, Nations, Now, Racism, State)

"I think Muslims have become the new Negroes in America. They are being mistreated at airports, by the Immigration - everywhere. Islam is a religion of peace. They are wrong."
- Jermaine Jackson
(Related: Religion, Peace, Islam, America, Being, Wrong)

"The day that this country ceases to be free for irreligion, it will cease to be free for religion."
- Robert Jackson
(Related: Religion, Country, Day, Will)

"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."
- Robert Jackson
(Related: Politics, Religion, Act, Force, Nationalism, Opinion, Word)

"Religion is man's attempt to bind himself back to a relationship with God."
- Victoria Jackson
(Related: Religion, God, Man)

"There is a great difference between Christianity and religion at the south. If a man goes to the communion table, and pays money into the treasury of the church, no matter if it be the price of blood, he is called religious."
- Harriet Ann Jacobs
(Related: Money, Religion, Christianity, Church, Blood, Difference, Man, Religious)

"In morals what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil."
- Anna Jameson
(Related: Religion, Fear, Beginning, Evil, Fanaticism, Morals, Motive, Wickedness)

"A dislike of death is no proof of the want of religion. The instincts of nature shrink from it, for no creature can like its own dissolution. But though death is not desired, the result of it may be, for dying to the Christian is the way to life eternal."
- William Jay
(Related: Death, Life, Nature, Religion, Christian, Dying, May, Proof, Result, Want)

"I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Politics, Religion, Friend, Cause, Difference, Opinion, Philosophy)

"It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Religion, Words)

"Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor - over each other."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Religion, Difference, Office, Opinion)

"Religion has to stay in the heart, not in politics. It is private."
- Tahar Ben Jelloun
(Related: Religion, Politics, Heart)

"The mistake we make is to attribute to religions the errors and fanaticism of human beings."
- Tahar Ben Jelloun
(Related: Mistake, Errors, Fanaticism)

"I fear it's because religion is man's attempt to reach God, and when he feels he has succeeded, he cannot abide anyone else's claim to have done the same."
- Jerry B. Jenkins
(Related: Religion, God, Fear, Man)

"I am utterly struck how, 300 years after his execution, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire."
- Peter Jennings
(Related: Religion, Christianity, Execution, Years)

"I am sensitive to the value of faith and religion and spirituality in people's lives because I'm a journalist."
- Peter Jennings
(Related: Faith, Religion, People, Spirituality, Value)

"I think you can be cynical about religion on occasion, and certainly skeptical about the degree to which some people use religion to manipulate other people."
- Peter Jennings
(Related: Religion, People)

"Don't be confused that my interest in religion, faith, and spirituality is driven by any sense of faith or spirituality of my own."
- Peter Jennings
(Related: Faith, Religion, Interest, Sense, Spirituality)

"Religion's in the heart, not in the knees."
- Douglas William Jerrold
(Related: Religion, Heart)

"The restriction of religion to private life therefore does not necessarily threaten the vital interests of the majority religion, if there is one, and it protects minority religions from tyranny of the majority."
- Phillip E. Johnson
(Related: Life, Religion, Majority, Minority, Tyranny)

"Let the professors of Christianity recommend their religion by deeds of benevolence - by Christian meekness - by lives of temperance and holiness."
- Richard Mentor Johnson
(Related: Religion, Christian, Christianity, Benevolence, Deeds, Holiness, Temperance)

"When a dog barks at the moon, then it is religion; but when he barks at strangers, it is patriotism!"
- David Starr Jordan
(Related: Religion, Moon, Strangers)

"Superstition is the only religion of which base souls are capable of."
- Joseph Joubert
(Related: Religion, Superstition)

"There is a holy, mistaken zeal in politics, as well as in religion. By persuading others, we convince ourselves."
- Junius
(Related: Politics, Religion, Zeal)

"Religions get lost as people do."
- Franz Kafka
(Related: People)

"No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion."
- Abdul Kalam
(Related: Religion, Killing, Promotion)

"Religion is the recognition of all our duties as divine commands."
- Immanuel Kant
(Related: Religion)

"There are several reasons why Russians view the oppressive state positively. First, in the Russian Orthodox religion, there is an understanding of authority as something sent by God."
- Ryszard Kapuscinski
(Related: God, Religion, Authority, First, State, Understanding)

"For as long as I care to remember, religion, like the striptease, has always been a display of the power of suggestion. Like the Virgin Birth, it has all too often supported an immaculate deception."
- Bernard Katz
(Related: Power, Religion, Care, Deception)

"Organized religion: the world's largest pyramid scheme."
- Bernard Katz
(Related: World)

"When Hegel later became a man of influence' he insisted that the Jews should be granted equal rights because civic rights belong to man because he is a man and not on account of his ethnic origins or his religion."
- Walter Kaufmann
(Related: Religion, Rights, Influence, Man)

"The deepest difference between religions is not that between polytheism and monotheism."
- Walter Kaufmann
(Related: Difference)

"Love is my religion - I could die for it."
- John Keats
(Related: Love, Religion)

"I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religion - I have shuddered at it. I shudder no more - I could be martyred for my religion - Love is my religion - I could die for that."
- John Keats
(Related: Love, Men, Religion, Martyrs)

"The Islam of the 18th, 19th and first half of the 20th century was a poor thing. Nobody bothered about it. Islam was that funny sort of pure system of beliefs that depressed people in the Middle East held as their religion."
- John Keegan
(Related: Funny, Religion, People, Islam, Beliefs, First, Poor)

"O blessed Saviour, give me grace like Thee, to make Religion my first, and chiefest care, and devoutly to observe, all solemn times, and all holy Rites, which relate to Thy worship."
- Thomas Ken
(Related: Religion, Care, First, Grace, Worship)

"So I remember both medicine, because I frequently sick, particularly with asthma for which there was no proper treatment then, and in religion I had a strong sense of there being a patriarchy."
- Thomas Keneally
(Related: Religion, Being, Medicine, Sense, Treatment)

"Nations are equal in respect to each other, and entitled to claim equal consideration for their rights, whatever may be their relative dimensions or strength or however greatly they may differ in government, religion or manners."
- James Kent
(Related: Religion, Government, Strength, Consideration, Rights, Manners, May, Nations, Respect)

"Despite the amazing diversity we're blessed with in this country, schools are still in large part segregated because of economic disparity. Sports are one of the few areas where kids are really given the opportunity to interact with those of different races and religions."
- Steve Kerr
(Related: Sports, Opportunity, Country, Diversity, Kids, Schools)

"The Grateful Dead are our religion. This is a religion that doesn't pay homage to the God that all the other religions pay homage to."
- Ken Kesey
(Related: Religion, God)

"My religion centers in different areas than what's considered conventional religion."
- Jack Kevorkian
(Related: Religion)

"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."
- John Maynard Keynes
(Related: Life, Religion, Heart, Behavior, Creation, Day, Problems, Will)

"I have a sneaking suspicion that all religions lead to the same place, a very unified place."
- Jewel Kilcher
(Related: Suspicion)

"I never found much comfort in overly organized religion of any sort."
- Jewel Kilcher
(Related: Religion, Comfort)

"I think the church and the religion right now have a lot more to be worried about than SLAYER."
- Kerry King
(Related: Religion, Church, Now, Right)

"The Muslims have, as everyone else says, the right to practice their religion and they have the right to construct a mosque at ground zero if they wish. What I am saying, though, is that they should listen to public opinion, they should listen to the deep wounds and anguish that this is causing to so many good people."
- Peter King
(Related: Religion, People, Mosque, Deep, Opinion, Practice, Public, Public opinion, Right, Saying, Wounds)

"Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Related: Power, Religion, Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Control, Man)

"The hierarchy of class in London was rigid. It was like a religion. It still is to a certain extent."
- Ben Kingsley
(Related: Religion, Class, London)

"The Way is not a religion: Christianity is the end of religion. 'Religion' means here the division between sacred and secular concerns, other-worldliness, man's reaching toward God in a way which projects his own thoughts."
- David Kirk
(Related: God, Religion, Thoughts, Christianity, End, Man, Projects)

"Just as the Russians and the Soviets didn't manage to wipe out languages in Lithuania, neither have they managed to wipe out religion to the extent that we had feared."
- Jeane Kirkpatrick
(Related: Religion)

"There is an absolutely fundamental hostility on the part of totalitarian regimes toward religion."
- Jeane Kirkpatrick
(Related: Religion)

"Nevertheless, there is another threat on the horizon. I see this threat in environmentalism which is becoming a new dominant ideology, if not a religion. Its main weapon is raising the alarm and predicting the human life endangering climate change based on man-made global warming."
- Vaclav Klaus
(Related: Change, Life, Religion, Climate, Climate change, Global warming, Ideology, Man)

"Baseball is more than a game to me, it's a religion."
- Bill Klem
(Related: Religion, Baseball)

"I'd make a terrible practitioner of any religion in any formal setting."
- David Knopfler
(Related: Religion)

"Religious tolerance is something we should all practice; however, there have been more persecution and atrocities committed in the name of religion and religious freedom than anything else."
- Walter Koenig
(Related: Religion, Freedom, Name, Persecution, Practice, Religious, Tolerance)

"To this day I do not know whether the power which has inspired my works is something related to religion, or is indeed religion itself."
- Kathe Kollwitz
(Related: Power, Religion, Day)

"I think it's perfectly just to refuse service to anyone based on behavior, but not based on race or religion."
- Dean Koontz
(Related: Religion, Behavior, Race, Service)

"I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect."
- Jiddu Krishnamurti
(Related: Religion, Truth, Land)

"Religion is the frozen thought of man out of which they build temples."
- Jiddu Krishnamurti
(Related: Religion, Thought, Man)

"People need religion. It's a vehicle for a moral tradition. A crucial role. Nothing can take its place."
- Irving Kristol
(Related: Religion, People, Nothing, Tradition)

"One was a book I read by Mahatma Gandhi. In it was a passage where he said that religion, the pursuing of the inner journey, should not be separated from the pursuing of the outer and social journey, because we are not isolated beings."
- Satish Kumar
(Related: Religion, Journey)

"However, if the religions in essence merely repeat statements from the United Nations Human Rights Declaration, such a Declaration becomes superfluous; an ethic is more than rights."
- Hans Kung
(Related: Rights, Human rights, Nations, United)

"We are conscious that religions cannot solve the economic, political and social problems of this earth."
- Hans Kung
(Related: Earth, Problems)

"Time and again we see leaders and members of religions incite aggression, fanaticism, hate, and xenophobia - even inspire and legitimate violent and bloody conflicts."
- Hans Kung
(Related: Time, Aggression, Fanaticism, Hate, Leaders, Xenophobia)

"As a matter of fact, you have deficiencies in all religions, but you have truth in all religions."
- Hans Kung
(Related: Truth, Fact)

"At the same time we are aware that our various religions and ethical traditions often offer very different bases for what is helpful and what is unhelpful for men and women, what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is evil."
- Hans Kung
(Related: Men, Time, Women, Evil, Right, Traditions, Wrong)

"Religion often is misused for purely power-political goals, including war."
- Hans Kung
(Related: Religion, War, Power, Goals)

"That means that every human being - without distinction of sex, age, race, skin color, language, religion, political view, or national or social origin - possesses an inalienable and untouchable dignity."
- Hans Kung
(Related: Age, Religion, Sex, Being, Dignity, Language, Race, Skin)

"There is a lot of absurdity sometimes, not just in Mormonism but often in other religions that want to pretend that no bad happens in their church, rather than taking care of what bad does happen."
- Neil LaBute
(Related: Church, Absurdity, Care, Want)

"For if the honour paid to Him is shared by others, He altogether ceases to be worshipped, since His religion requires us to believe that He is the one and only God."
- Lactantius
(Related: Religion, God)

"We fully support the strikes against terrorist targets, not against the country, not against the culture, not against a religion, but against an enemy of them all."
- Ricardo Lagos
(Related: Religion, Country, Culture, Enemy, Support)

"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness."
- Dalai Lama
(Related: Religion, Heart, Temple, Kindness, Philosophy)

"We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection."
- Dalai Lama
(Related: Religion, Affection, Meditation)

"Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion."
- Dalai Lama
(Related: Religion, Compassion, Kindness, Rebirth)

"If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it."
- Dalai Lama
(Related: Faith, Religion)

"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness."
- Dalai Lama
(Related: Religion, Kindness)

"I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father's religion, if they can find out what it is."
- Charles Lamb
(Related: Religion, Father, Children)

"Judaism is an intellectually based religion, and the single most important theme is that of study."
- Norman Lamm
(Related: Religion, Judaism, Study)

"When obedience to the Divine precepts keeps pace with knowledge, in the mind of any man, that man is a Christian; and when the fruits of Christianity are produced, that man is a disciple of our blessed Lord, let his profession of religion be what it may."
- Joseph Lancaster
(Related: Religion, Knowledge, Christian, Christianity, Man, May, Mind, Obedience, Profession)

"Even the weakest disputant is made so conceited by what he calls religion, as to think himself wiser than the wisest who think differently from him."
- Walter Savage Landor
(Related: Religion)

"Every sect is a moral check on its neighbour. Competition is as wholesome in religion as in commerce."
- Walter Savage Landor
(Related: Religion, Commerce, Competition)

"The question of religion was a matter for each individual's conscience, and in a great many cases was the outcome of birth or residence in a certain geographical area."
- James Larkin
(Related: Religion, Conscience, Question)

"Adherents of the new religious right reject the separation of politics and religion, but they bring no spiritual insights to politics."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Politics, Religion, Religious, Right, Separation, Spiritual)

"The proper reply to right wing religiosity is not to insist that politics and religion don't mix. This is the stock response of the left."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Politics, Religion, Right)

"We must, however, note that what are usually called the high religions made their appearance within about twenty-five hundred years - most of them within fifteen hundred years."
- Kenneth Scott Latourette
(Related: Appearance, Years)

"Christianity emerged from the religion of Israel. Or rather, it has as its background a persistent strain in that religion. To that strain Christians have looked back, and rightly, as the preparation in history for their faith."
- Kenneth Scott Latourette
(Related: Faith, History, Religion, Christianity, Israel, Preparation)

"Christianity is usually called a religion. As a religion it has had a wider geographic spread and is more deeply rooted among more peoples than any other religion in the history of mankind."
- Kenneth Scott Latourette
(Related: History, Religion, Christianity, Mankind)

"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."
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Related: Religion, Man)

"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."
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Related: Religion, Belief, Being, Blood, Intellect, Wrong)

"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."
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Related: Life, Religion, Heart, Ideals, Tradition, Will)

"In my childhood, America was like a religion. Then, real-life Americans abruptly entered my life - in jeeps - and upset all my dreams."
- Sergio Leone
(Related: Dreams, Life, Religion, America, Americans, Childhood)

"The arts and a belief in the values of the civil rights movement, in the overwhelming virtue of diversity, these were our religion. My parents worshipped those ideals."
- Jonathan Lethem
(Related: Religion, Belief, Values, Virtue, Civil rights, Diversity, Ideals, Parents)

"Democracy may have arisen in the West as the way of striving for the universal aspiration to dignity and freedom, but it isn't alien to the underlying concepts that infuse religion and moral philosophy everywhere."
- Flora Lewis
(Related: Religion, Democracy, Dignity, Freedom, May, Philosophy)

"Freedom of religion is a principle that is central to our Nation's Declaration of Independence. Congress has taken this positive step to protect our freedom to express allegiance to America's flag and the ideals it represents."
- Ron Lewis
(Related: Religion, Positive, America, Congress, Freedom, Independence, Ideals, Nation)

"After that his Majesty was beheaded, the Parliament for some years effected nothing either for the publick peace or tranquillity of the nation, or settling religion as they had formerly promised."
- William Lilly
(Related: Peace, Religion, Nation, Nothing, Parliament, Years)

"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: Religion)

"I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: Religion, Care, Man)

"My philosophy is to do the best you can for somebody. Help. It's not just what do you for yourself. It's how you treat people decently. The golden rule. There isn't big anything better than the golden rule. It's in every major religion in one language or another."
- Art Linkletter
(Related: Religion, People, Help, Language, Philosophy)

"Supreme serenity still remains the Ideal of great Art. The shapes and transitory forms of life are but stages toward this Ideal, which Christ's religion illuminates with His divine light."
- Franz Liszt
(Related: Life, Religion, Art, Christ, Light, Serenity)

"True Americanism is opposed utterly to any political divisions resting on race and religion."
- Henry Cabot Lodge
(Related: Religion, Race)

"Morality without religion is only a kind of dead reckoning - an endeavor to find our place on a cloudy sea by measuring the distance we have run, but without any observation of the heavenly bodies."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(Related: Religion, Morality, Observation, Sea)

"Coming out involves varying degrees of difficulty that are affected by class, race, religion, and geography."
- Lance Loud
(Related: Religion, Class, Difficulty, Geography, Race)

"Being a rock star is like being a cult leader - you really have to be in your own religion."
- Courtney Love
(Related: Religion, Leader, Being)

"If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences."
- H. P. Lovecraft
(Related: Religion, Truth, Conformity, Consequences, Followers, Quest)

"I'm a scientist, not a theologian. I don't know if there is a God or not. Religion requires certainty."
- James Lovelock
(Related: Religion, God, Certainty)

"Such are the heights of wickedness to which men are driven by religion."
- Lucretius
(Related: Men, Religion, Wickedness)

"So potent was religion in persuading to evil deeds."
- Lucretius
(Related: Religion, Deeds, Evil)

"War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity, it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it."
- Martin Luther
(Related: War, Religion, Humanity, states)

"There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt."
- Niccolo Machiavelli
(Related: Religion, Contempt, Country)

"Religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government."
- James Madison
(Related: Government, Religion, Purity)

"And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together."
- James Madison
(Related: Government, Religion, Doubt, Example, Past, Purity, Succeed, Will)

"Superstitions and belief in magic are perennial in just the same way as religion, and something near to being universal among mankind; and why this is so may be interesting, but in most cases the beliefs themselves are devoid of interesting content, at least to me."
- Bryan Magee
(Related: Religion, Belief, Being, Beliefs, Content, Magic, Mankind, May)

"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."
- Bill Maher
(Related: Religion, People, Nation, Thinking)

"Religion, to me, is a bureaucracy between man and God that I don't need."
- Bill Maher
(Related: God, Religion, Bureaucracy, Man)

"I think flying planes into a building was a faith-based initiative. I think religion is a neurological disorder."
- Bill Maher
(Related: Religion, Faith, Building, Disorder, Flying)

"If you want to move people, you look for a point of sensitivity, and in Egypt nothing moves people as much as religion."
- Naguib Mahfouz
(Related: Religion, People, Nothing, Sensitivity, Want)

"The Koran and the laws of all civilized nations legislate against the vilification of religions."
- Naguib Mahfouz
(Related: Koran, Laws, Nations)

"Today's interpretations of religion are often backward and contradict the needs of civilization."
- Naguib Mahfouz
(Related: Religion, Civilization, Needs, Today)

"God did not intend religion to be an exercise club."
- Naguib Mahfouz
(Related: Religion, God, Exercise)

"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."
- Maimonides
(Related: Religion, Opinion, Understanding)

"He, however, who begins with Metaphysics, will not only become confused in matters of religion, but will fall into complete infidelity."
- Maimonides
(Related: Religion, Infidelity, Metaphysics, Will)

"I believe in a religion that believes in freedom. Any time I have to accept a religion that won't let me fight a battle for my people, I say to hell with that religion."
- Malcolm X
(Related: Religion, Time, People, Battle, Fight, Freedom, Hell)

"The only thing of weight that can be said against modern honor is that it is directly opposite to religion. The one bids you bear injuries with patience, the other tells you if you don't resent them, you are not fit to live."
- Bernard de Mandeville
(Related: Religion, Honor, Patience, Weight)

"The role of the federal government should be neutral toward culture just as it is toward religion."
- Preston Manning
(Related: Government, Religion, Culture)

"Religions die slowly."
- Franz Marc
"If religion had a good purpose, then man would have created something great. But we're man: we mess up everything. We mess up nature. We mess up God. We take what is given to us and make it into what we think it should be."
- Ziggy Marley
(Related: Religion, Nature, God, Purpose, Man)

"Religion has become so many different things. Religion is an economic thing for some people. Religion is a gun."
- Ziggy Marley
(Related: Religion, People)

"I count religion but a childish toy, and hold there is no sin but ignorance."
- Christopher Marlowe
(Related: Religion, Ignorance, Sin)

"Boy, if Garth Ennis had created a religion, I would sure like to be a part of that. It just makes sense, the way he tackles things in it. It's really heavy stuff and it's incredibly well written."
- James Marsden
(Related: Religion, Sense)

"Religion has a good place and it has its good people."
- Garry Marshall
(Related: Religion, People)

"No matter what your religion, you should try to become a government program, for then you will have everlasting life."
- Lynn Martin
(Related: Government, Life, Religion, Will)

"Religion is a temper, not a pursuit."
- Harriet Martineau
(Related: Religion, Pursuit, Temper)

"But is it not the fact that religion emanates from the nature, from the moral state of the individual? Is it not therefore true that unless the nature be completely exercised, the moral state harmonized, the religion cannot be healthy?"
- Harriet Martineau
(Related: Nature, Religion, Fact, State)

"Religion is no more possible without prayer than poetry without language, or music without atmosphere."
- James Martineau
(Related: Music, Poetry, Religion, Language, Prayer)

"Religion is the belief in an ever-living God, that is, in a Divine Mind and Will ruling the Universe and holding moral relations with mankind."
- James Martineau
(Related: Religion, God, Belief, Mankind, Mind, Universe, Will)

"Religion is the opium of the masses."
- Karl Marx
(Related: Religion, Opium)

"Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand."
- Karl Marx
(Related: Religion, Mind)

"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people."
- Karl Marx
(Related: Religion, Soul, People, Heart, Opium, World)

"The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion."
- Karl Marx
(Related: Happiness, Religion, People, First)

"I know one thing: There are a billion Islamic people in the world today, and there will be about 2 billion by the time we're dead. They're not going to give up their religion."
- Chris Matthews
(Related: Religion, Time, People, Today, Will, World)

"Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched."
- Guy de Maupassant
(Related: Patriotism, Religion)

"I also don't have organized religion on Pern. I figured - since there were four holy wars going on at the time of writing - that religion was one problem Pern didn't need."
- Anne McCaffrey
(Related: Religion, Time, Writing)

"It doesn't make any difference what religion you are, or how young you are or how old you are-if they go to these abortion mills and stand there and pray-that would make a lot of difference."
- Norma McCorvey
(Related: Religion, Abortion, Difference, Old)

"Jesus claimed He had the power to raise himself from the dead and His followers would be raised from the dead. That's a unique claim in the literature of religion."
- Josh McDowell
(Related: Power, Religion, Followers, Literature)

"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."
- Margaret Mead
(Related: Age, Religion, Sex, People, Opportunity, Being, Children, Class)

"Things are coming to a pretty pass when religion is allowed to invade private life."
- Lord Melbourne
(Related: Life, Religion, Pretty)

"These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness and worship without awareness."
- Anthony de Mello
(Related: Politics, Religion, Work, Progress, Wealth, Awareness, Compassion, Learning, Silence, Will, Worship)

"We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Religion, Wife, Children, Respect, Sense, Theory)

"Communism, like any other revealed religion, is largely made up of prophecies."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Religion, Communism)

"Revealed religion is one thing, revealed legislation, another."
- Moses Mendelssohn
(Related: Religion, Legislation)

"The state has physical power and uses it when necessary; the power of religion is love and beneficence."
- Moses Mendelssohn
(Related: Love, Power, Religion, State)

"Judaism boasts of no exclusive revelation of eternal truths that are indispensable to salvation, of no revealed religion in the sense in which that term is usually understood."
- Moses Mendelssohn
(Related: Religion, Boasts, Judaism, Salvation, Sense)

"Please accept a promise from me in his name that I will always live in the religion in which he died."
- Giacomo Meyerbeer
(Related: Religion, Name, Promise, Will)

"If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home."
- James A. Michener
(Related: Home, Religion, Food, People, Fear)

"There is a rising generation in this country who do not know God because of a general decay of religion."
- Arthur Middleton
(Related: Religion, God, Country)

"A Christian people who have for two hundred years kept a race in bondage, deprived of the advantages of civilization and religion, owe them a debt of gratitude which it would seem ungenerous to withhold."
- Nelson A. Miles
(Related: Religion, Gratitude, People, Civilization, Christian, Debt, Race, Years)

"The fact is that more people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason. That, THAT my friends, is true perversion."
- Harvey Milk
(Related: Religion, People, Fact, Friends, Name, Reason)

"More people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason. That, my friends, that is true perversion."
- Harvey Milk
(Related: Religion, People, Friends, Name, Reason)

"Major religions are examples of 'noble lies' aimed at uplifting human stature."
- Jack Miller
(Related: Lies)

"We establish no religion in this country, nor will we ever. But we poison our society when we remove its theological underpinnings. We court corruption when we leave society devoid of belief."
- Jeff Miller
(Related: Religion, Society, Belief, Corruption, Country, Court, Poison, Will)

"We need religion as a guide. We need it because we are imperfect. Our government needs the church, because only those humble enough to admit they are sinners can bring to democracy the tolerance it requires in order to survive."
- Jeff Miller
(Related: Government, Religion, Church, Democracy, Needs, Order, Tolerance)

"The task of organized religion is not to prove that God was in the 1st century, but that he is in the 20th."
- S. H. Miller
(Related: Religion, God)

"Religion reveals itself in struggling to reveal the meaning of the world."
- S. H. Miller
(Related: Religion, Meaning, World)

"Religion which is interested only in itself, in its prestige and success, in its institutions and ecclesiastical niceties, is worse than vanity; it is essentially incestuous."
- S. H. Miller
(Related: Religion, Success, Vanity)

"In every society in human history, including the United States, those in power seek to imbue themselves with the attributes of religion and patriotism as a way of getting greater support for their policy and insulating themselves from any criticism."
- George J. Mitchell
(Related: Patriotism, Power, Religion, Society, History, Policy, Criticism, states, Support, United)

"You have this mounting aggressive ignorance with the rabbit's foot of their particular religion. You don't really have any kind of spiritual law, just a kind of a rabid mental illness. The songs are a little slice of life."
- Joni Mitchell
(Related: Life, Religion, Ignorance, Illness, Law, Songs, Spiritual)

"I focused on where she was from of course, her voice and her history, her relationship with God - her religion. This was probably the strongest relationship she has had, really. She never seemed to maintain close relationships with husbands."
- Gretchen Mol
(Related: God, History, Religion, Husbands, Relationships, Voice)

"All around me insisted that my doubts proved only my own ignorance and sinfulness; that they knew by experience they would soon give place to true knowledge, and an advance in religion; and I felt something like indecision."
- Maria Monk
(Related: Experience, Religion, Knowledge, Ignorance, Indecision)

"Nobody can deny but religion is a comfort to the distressed, a cordial to the sick, and sometimes a restraint on the wicked; therefore whoever would argue or laugh it out of the world without giving some equivalent for it ought to be treated as a common enemy."
- Mary Wortley Montagu
(Related: Religion, Comfort, Enemy, Giving, Restraint, World)

"I found enormous opposition to my religion. It's like if you want to strengthen your biceps, you lift heavy weight, as heavy as you can handle, and work your muscles against resistance until it grows strong. I had to do that with my religion."
- Ricardo Montalban
(Related: Religion, Work, Opposition, Want, Weight)

"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?"
- Dwight L. Moody
(Related: Faith, Religion, Children, Christ, Devil, Understanding, Words)

"I went to Catholic high school for half a year and religion wasn't the cool thing to talk about even at a catholic high school. It never came up."
- Mandy Moore
(Related: Religion, School, Talk)

"There's a gullible side to the American people. They can be easily misled. Religion is the best device used to mislead them."
- Michael Moore
(Related: Religion, People, American)

"Indeed, the acknowledgement of God is not synonymous with religion."
- Roy Moore
(Related: Religion, God)

"Buddhism has become a socially recognized religious philosophy for Americans, whereas it used to be considered an exotic religion."
- Thurston Moore
(Related: Religion, Buddhism, Americans, Philosophy, Religious)

"Genius without religion is only a lamp on the outer gate of a palace; it may serve to cast a gleam of light on those that are without, while the inhabitant sits in darkness."
- Hannah More
(Related: Religion, Genius, Darkness, Light, May)

"Those among them that have not received our religion do not fright any from it, and use none ill that goes over to it, so that all the while I was there one man was only punished on this occasion."
- Thomas More
(Related: Religion, Man)

"There are several sorts of religions, not only in different parts of the island, but even in every town; some worshipping the sun, others the moon or one of the planets."
- Thomas More
(Related: Moon, Sun)

"Where you have no religion, you are sure to have no government, for as religion disappears, anarchy takes place and fixes a compleat Hell on earth till religion returns."
- Daniel Morgan
(Related: Religion, Government, Anarchy, Earth, Hell)

"Religion is the solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man toward God."
- Gouverneur Morris
(Related: Education, Religion, God, Man, Morals)

"It's been mentioned or suggested that Paradise will not be well studied, because it's about this unimportant intellectual topic, which is religion."
- Toni Morrison
(Related: Religion, Paradise, Will)

"These days politics, religion, media seem to get all mixed up. Television became the new religion a long time back and the media has taken over."
- Van Morrison
(Related: Religion, Time, Politics, Media, Television)

"Sex is the ersatz or substitute religion of the 20th Century."
- Malcolm Muggeridge
(Related: Religion, Sex)

"Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society."
- Malcolm Muggeridge
(Related: Religion, Society, Sex, Materialism)

"Religion is inwardly focused and driven only to sustain itself."
- Kary Mullis
(Related: Religion)

"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."
- Lewis Mumford
(Related: Religion, Action, Brotherhood, Earth)

"Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion all have a double aspect - freedom of thought and freedom of action."
- Frank Murphy
(Related: Religion, Thought, Action, Freedom, Press, Speech)

"There are even more statues of Robert Burns than of any other figure in world literature. Indeed if we discount figures of religion, then only Christopher Columbus has more statues than he worldwide."
- Len G. Murray
(Related: Religion, Columbus, Literature, World)

"Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism."
- Benito Mussolini
(Related: History, Religion, Fascism, Will)

"Religion is a candle inside a multicolored lantern. Everyone looks through a particular color, but the candle is always there."
- Mohammed Naguib
(Related: Religion)

"Those religions that are oppressive to women are also against democracy, human rights, and freedom of expression."
- Taslima Nasrin
(Related: Women, Democracy, Expression, Freedom, Rights, Human rights)

"I write against the religion because if women want to live like human beings, they will have to live outside the religion and Islamic law."
- Taslima Nasrin
(Related: Religion, Women, Law, Want, Will)

"The fundamentalists are increasing. People, afraid to oppose those fundamentalists, shut their mouths. It is really very difficult to make people move against a sensitive issue like religion, which is the source of fundamentalism."
- Taslima Nasrin
(Related: Religion, People)

"Nature says women are human beings, men have made religions to deny it. Nature says women are human beings, men cry out no!"
- Taslima Nasrin
(Related: Men, Nature, Women)

"Women are oppressed in the east, in the west, in the south, in the north. Women are oppressed inside, outside home, a woman is oppressed in religion, she is oppressed outside religion."
- Taslima Nasrin
(Related: Religion, Women, Home, Woman)

"It is extremely important that mass media, having freed from the relics of the Cold War, served for peace and dialogue between nations and religions, the rich and the poor, countries and continents."
- Nursultan Nazarbayev
(Related: Peace, War, Countries, Media, Nations, Poor)

"But let's just say, I'm Irish. I grew up in the 1950s. Religion had a very tight iron fist."
- Liam Neeson
(Related: Religion, Irish)

"It is with this as with religion: one usually believes what he has been taught."
- Knute Nelson
"Religion as a human phenomenon is as riddled through with potential for both good and evil as any other phenomenon."
- Richard John Neuhaus
(Related: Religion, Evil, Potential)

"Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion."
- Richard John Neuhaus
(Related: Religion, People, Socialism)

"The Constitution says that government isn't supposed to be infusing religion into our society, and so I asked to have that upheld."
- Michael Newdow
(Related: Government, Religion, Society, Constitution)

"This issue is whether or not our government should be infusing religion into (schools)."
- Michael Newdow
(Related: Government, Religion)

"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."
- Michael Newdow
(Related: Government, Religion, Society, Constitution)

"Government needs to stay out of the religion business altogether."
- Michael Newdow
(Related: Business, Government, Religion, Needs)

"From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion: I know no other religion; I cannot enter into the idea of any other sort of religion; religion, as a mere sentiment, is to me a dream and a mockery."
- John Henry Newman
(Related: Age, Religion, Dream, Idea, Sentiment)

"There is no cure for the pride of a virtuous nation but pure religion."
- Reinhold Niebuhr
(Related: Religion, Cure, Nation, Pride)

"In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Religion, Morality, Christianity, Reality)

"There is not enough religion in the world even to destroy religion."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Religion, World)

"When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow."
- Anais Nin
(Related: Religion, Literary)

"I can't understand people calling themselves religious and being hateful. If a preacher is preaching hate, to fear God that's not religion, that's not helping humanity, that's organizing an army to defeat somebody."
- Mojo Nixon
(Related: God, Religion, People, Fear, Army, Being, Defeat, Hate, Humanity, Preaching, Religious)

"In the long term we can hope that religion will change the nature of man and reduce conflict. But history is not encouraging in this respect. The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Change, History, Nature, Religion, Encouraging, Hope, Conflict, Man, Religious, Respect, Will)

"Art is exalted above religion and race. Not a single solitary soul these days believes in the religions of the Assyrians, the Egyptians and the Greeks... Only their art, whenever it was beautiful, stands proud and exalted, rising above all time."
- Emil Nolde
(Related: Art, Religion, Time, Soul, Race)

"It was during my time at secondary school that I abandoned religion."
- Paul Nurse
(Related: Religion, Time, School)

"Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity all the more trenchant for its being lost."
- Joyce Carol Oates
(Related: Religion, Being, Boxing, Masculinity)

"It was not a religion that attacked us that September day. It was al-Qaeda. We will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Religion, Sacrifice, Day, Mistrust, Suspicion, Will)

"It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Religion, People, Sentiment)

"Human nature doesn't include all human beings. There are human beings who are indifferent to politics, religion, virtually anything."
- Conor Cruise O'Brien
(Related: Nature, Politics, Religion, Human nature)

"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."
- Sean O'Casey
(Related: Religion, Reason)

"Even though you can't expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make that attempt. That's morality, that's religion. That's art. That's life."
- Phil Ochs
(Related: Life, Art, Religion, Morality, Absurdity, Defeat, World)

"The Establishment Clause prohibits government from making adherence to a religion relevant in any way to a person's standing in the political community."
- Sandra Day O'Connor
(Related: Government, Religion, Community)

"Religion is induced insanity."
- Madalyn Murray O'Hair
(Related: Religion, Insanity)

"Religion has caused more misery to all of mankind in every stage of human history than any other single idea."
- Madalyn Murray O'Hair
(Related: History, Religion, Idea, Mankind, Misery)

"The greatest religions convert the world through stories."
- Ben Okri
(Related: World)

"Superficial similarities exist between Christianity and some ancient pagan religions. But careful study reveals that there are far more dissimilarities."
- Carl Olson
(Related: Christianity, Study)

"If all things were made through Him, clearly so must the splendid revelations have been which were made to the fathers and prophets, and became to them the symbols of the sacred mysteries of religion."
- Origen
(Related: Religion, Fathers)

"We are obliged, therefore, to say that whoever speaks that which is foreign to religion is using many words, while he who speaks the words of truth, even should he go over the whole field and omit nothing, is always speaking the one word."
- Origen
(Related: Religion, Truth, Nothing, Word, Words)

"The increase of territory and power of empires by force of arms has been the policy of all great powers, and it has always been possible to get the approval of their state religion."
- John Boyd Orr
(Related: Power, Religion, Policy, Approval, Force, State)

"As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents."
- George Orwell
(Related: Religion, Christian, Socialism)

"But aesthetics is not religion, and the origins of religion lie somewhere completely different. They lie anyway, these roses smell too sweet and the deep roar of the breaking waves is too splendid, to do justice to such weighty matters now."
- Rudolf Otto
(Related: Religion, Lie, Aesthetics, Deep, Justice, Now, Roses)

"To see this place would truly be worth a trip to India in itself, and from the spirit of the religion that lived here one can learn more in an hour of viewing than from all the books ever written."
- Rudolf Otto
(Related: Religion, Books, Spirit, Worth)

"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."
- Robert Owen
(Related: Religion, Error, Facts, Mankind)

"Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion, sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics. Defying nature, it surpasses it."
- Camille Paglia
(Related: Art, Nature, Religion, Science, Mathematics, Ritual)

"Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Religion, Mind)

"Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Religion, Man)

"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Religion, Country, World)

"Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed religion, when we see in it such contradictions and absurdities."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Religion, New testament)

"Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Religion, Mankind, Tyranny)

"Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Religion, Law, Persecution)

"The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Religion, Country, Mankind, World)

"The secularists in Turkey haven't underestimated religion, they just made the mistake of believing they could control it with the power of the army alone."
- Orhan Pamuk
(Related: Power, Religion, Mistake, Control, Army, Turkey)

"Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true."
- Blaise Pascal
(Related: Men, Religion, Hate, May)

"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!"
- Blaise Pascal
(Related: Religion, Act, Certainty, Sea, Uncertainty)

"No account of the Renaissance can be complete without some notice of the attempt made by certain Italian scholars of the fifteenth century to reconcile Christianity with the religion of ancient Greece."
- Walter Pater
(Related: Religion, Christianity, Greece)

"Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes."
- Pope John Paul II
(Related: Religion, Science, Error, Superstition)

"Love is the cheapest of religions."
- Cesare Pavese
(Related: Love)

"There is a group of individuals who are radical jihadists. We need to call them by name. They believe it is OK to kill people in the name of their religion. It is not all of Islam. It is not all Muslims. But there is a subgroup who believe it is OK. In fact, it is their plan and design to kill people."
- Tim Pawlenty
(Related: Design, Religion, People, Islam, Fact, Name, Radical)

"Difference of religion breeds more quarrels than difference of politics."
- Wendell Phillips
(Related: Politics, Religion, Difference, Quarrels)

"All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry."
- Edgar Allan Poe
(Related: Poetry, Imagination, Religion, Fear, Friend, Fraud, Greed)

"A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this - that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made - not to understand - but to feel - as crime."
- Edgar Allan Poe
(Related: Men, Religion, Death, Argument, Charity, Christ, Crime)

"Well, right now, I'm very fascinated with 1920s Berlin. I mean, probably the more interesting thing would be to go to the beginning of civilization or precivilization - like polytheistic times. It would be interesting to see what came before modern religion and culture - what circumstances created the environment or the need for it."
- Natalie Portman
(Related: Religion, Civilization, Beginning, Circumstances, Culture, Environment, Now, Right)

"And these two elements are at odds with one another because Freud is utterly adversary to almost all the ways of structuring the human experience found in Western religions. No Western religion can countenance Freud's view of man."
- Chaim Potok
(Related: Experience, Religion, Man)

"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."
- Beatrix Potter
(Related: Power, Religion, Causes, Mind, Rest)

"Religion, you can't a handle on it, you just have to know or not know-people either believe or they don't believe."
- Dennis Potter
(Related: Religion)

"Religion, oh, just another of those numerous failures resulting from an attempt to popularize art."
- Ezra Pound
(Related: Art, Religion)

"The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people."
- Ezra Pound
(Related: People, Act, Quiet)

"There isn't a religion on earth that isn't damaging to the human race because every one of them is patriarchal and every one eliminates more than half of the human race - women. They are all oppressors of women."
- Susan Powter
(Related: Religion, Women, Earth, Race)

"I don't value authority. I don't value the systems. I don't value patriarchal religion. I don't value the things that diminish you when you do tell the truth. So I'm not scared of the end result, and that is the biggest asset I have."
- Susan Powter
(Related: Religion, Truth, Authority, End, Result, Value)

"If your religion doesn't teach you the difference between good and evil, your religion is worse than useless."
- Dennis Prager
(Related: Religion, Difference, Evil)

"I don't care what the religion is called; as far as I'm concerned, one God, the God I adhere to, is in charge of all of them."
- Charley Pride
(Related: Religion, God, Care)

"Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces."
- Marcel Proust
(Related: World)

"I believe that the capital of the Republic of Albania is a suitable venue for discussing the dialogue among religions and civilizations, notably in the countries of South East Europe, because we are well familiar with this country's track record of religious tolerance."
- Georgi Purvanov
(Related: Countries, Country, Europe, Religious, Tolerance)

"Religions tend to disappear with man's good fortune."
- Raymond Queneau
(Related: Fortune, Man)

"Islam, the third in historical sequence of the ethical monotheistic religions of the Near East, was very successful in establishing its monotheism, but had only very moderate success in spreading its version of Jewish and Christian ethics to the Arabs."
- Carroll Quigley
(Related: Success, Successful, Christian, Islam, Ethics)

"It is certain that if you would have the whole secret of a people, you must enter into the intimacy of their religion."
- Edgar Quinet
(Related: Religion, People, Intimacy)

"Last week I did a piece for Style on advice to Laura Bush about how to help her husband. This week it's religion. It just depends on what I find interesting at the moment."
- Sally Quinn
(Related: Religion, HusbAdvice, Help, Style)

"It is only in the fundamentalist religions that women are relegated to second class. Radical Evangelicals, Muslims, and Jews all have the same view of women."
- Sally Quinn
(Related: Women, Class, Radical)

"Most religions live from a narrative that shapes their relationship with the divine other, God or the gods, and with the human other, the stranger."
- Timothy Radcliffe
(Related: God, Gods)

"Let them be reassured, it has never been one of our intentions to ban religion in society, but solely to protect the national education system from any conspicuous display of religious affiliation."
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin
(Related: Education, Religion, Society, Intentions, Religious)

"Prohibiting a visible religious sign, which isn't a manifestation of militancy, would look like a fight against religions."
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin
(Related: Fight, Religious)

"We have no problems with Jews and highly respect Judaism as a holy religion."
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
(Related: Religion, Judaism, Problems, Respect)

"I believe that the Framers of the Constitution made their intent clear when they wrote the First Amendment. I believe they wanted to keep the new government from endorsing one religion over another, not erase the public consciousness or common faith."
- Nick Rahall
(Related: Faith, Government, Religion, Consciousness, Constitution, First, Public)

"The advent of a new religion, making serious and impressive claims to embody a new revelation from on high, is not a frequent occurrence."
- Robert Rainy
(Related: Religion)

"Religion is for people who are scared to go to hell. Spirituality is for people who have already been there."
- Bonnie Raitt
(Related: Religion, People, Hell, Spirituality)

"It is easy to talk on religion, but difficult to practice it."
- Ramakrishna
(Related: Religion, Practice, Talk)

"God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole."
- Ramakrishna
(Related: God, Stairs)

"I started listening to and playing other music in the '90s. It was after hearing other bands, like Bad Religion, cover Ramones songs that I started to like our songs again."
- Dee Dee Ramone
(Related: Music, Religion, Hearing, Listening, Songs)

"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."
- James Randi
(Related: Religion, Difference)

"For no art and no religion is possible until we make allowances, until we manage to keep quiet the enfant terrible of logic that plays havoc with the other faculties."
- John C. Ransom
(Related: Art, Religion, Logic, Quiet)

"A just laicism allows religious freedom. The state does not impose religion but rather gives space to religions with a responsibility toward civil society, and therefore it allows these religions to be factors in building up society."
- Joseph Ratzinger
(Related: Religion, Society, Building, Freedom, Religious, Responsibility, Space, State)

"We are not going to toy with our religion or any other. Nor are we going to barter. We are here to extend our hands to build peace and harmony."
- Feisal Abdul Rauf
(Related: Peace, Religion, Harmony)

"One of the misperceptions that exists in the Muslim world, which needs to be fixed, is the perception that Muslims in America are - are - are living in - in very, very, very bad circumstances. They cannot practice religion freely. It is not the truth at all. The fact is, we are practicing. We fast, we pray, we do our prayers."
- Feisal Abdul Rauf
(Related: Religion, Truth, Perception, Muslim, America, Circumstances, Fact, Living, Needs, Practice, World)

"It is not classified as a pagan religion. The so-called New Age activities and this are not called religions and therefore don't come under the prohibition of mingling church and state that we have in this country."
- Dixie Lee Ray
(Related: Age, Religion, Church, Country, Prohibition, State)

"We may be sure that out of the ruins of our capitalist civilization a new religion will emerge, just as Christianity emerged from the ruins of the Roman civilization."
- Herbert Read
(Related: Religion, Civilization, Christianity, May, Will)

"I call religion a natural authority, but it has usually been conceived as a supernatural authority."
- Herbert Read
(Related: Religion, Authority, Supernatural)

"It is already clear, after twenty years of socialism in Russia, that if you do not provide your society with a new religion, it will gradually revert to the old one."
- Herbert Read
(Related: Society, Religion, Old, Russia, Socialism, Will, Years)

"Morality, as has often been pointed out, is antecedent to religion-it even exists in a rudimentary form among animals."
- Herbert Read
(Related: Religion, Morality, Animals)

"A religion so cheerless, a philosophy so sorrowful, could never have succeeded with the masses of mankind if presented only as a system of metaphysics. Buddhism owed its success to its catholic spirit and its beautiful morality."
- William Winwood Reade
(Related: Religion, Success, Morality, Buddhism, Mankind, Metaphysics, Philosophy, Spirit)

"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: Religion, God, Freedom, Law)

"Well, the first time I ran into the term religion, people were asking whether you had any. You know, some people had religion and some people didn't have religion."
- Bernice Johnson Reagon
(Related: Religion, Time, People, First)

"And I used to think that proof that I had religion was whether I knew how to sing all of the songs."
- Bernice Johnson Reagon
(Related: Religion, Proof, Songs)

"The most important part of my religion is to play guitar."
- Lou Reed
(Related: Religion, Guitar, Play)

"It's not just the effect of technology on the environment, on religion, on the economic structure, on society, on politics, etc. It's that everything now exists in technology to the point where technology is the new and comprehensive host of nature of life."
- Godfrey Reggio
(Related: Life, Nature, Technology, Politics, Religion, Society, Effect, Environment, Now)

"Religion is not a popular error; it is a great instinctive truth, sensed by the people, expressed by the people."
- Ernest Renan
(Related: Religion, Truth, People, Error, Popular)

"I broke with my religion in college."
- Anne Rice
(Related: Religion, College)

"Religion is not merely the opium of the masses, it's the cyanide."
- Tom Robbins
(Related: Religion, Opium)

"Since the governments are in the pockets of businesses, who's going to control this most powerful institution? Business is more powerful than politics, and it's more powerful than religion. So it's going to have to be the vigilante consumer."
- Anita Roddick
(Related: Business, Politics, Religion, Control)

"Selfishness is the only real atheism; aspiration, unselfishness, the only real religion."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Related: Religion, Atheism, Selfishness)

"Whoever seeks to set one religion against another seeks to destroy all religion."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Related: Religion)

"It is an interesting and demonstrable fact, that all children are atheists and were religion not inculcated into their minds, they would remain so."
- Ernestine Rose
(Related: Religion, Children, Fact)

"Racial history is therefore natural history and the mysticism of the soul at one and the same time; but the history of the religion of the blood, conversely, is the great world story of the rise and downfall of peoples, their heroes and thinkers, their inventors and artists."
- Alfred Rosenberg
(Related: History, Religion, Soul, Time, Artists, Blood, Heroes, World)

"I got a cold feeling toward religion in general. I don't think God would want to separate families."
- Ja Rule
(Related: Religion, God, Feeling, Want)

"Who made these laws? That's what I want to know. So that's why I wear two crosses now. I call it double cross. I believe in God-not religion."
- Ja Rule
(Related: Religion, God, Laws, Now, Want)

"I went through a lot of phases and studied many religions. I am not into religion, I am spiritual."
- Ja Rule
(Related: Religion, Spiritual)

"Every religion there's something foul going on."
- Ja Rule
(Related: Religion)

"In the middle ages people were tourists because of their religion, whereas now they are tourists because tourism is their religion."
- Robert Runcie
(Related: Religion, People, Now, Tourists)

"If I were asked for a one-sentence sound bite on religion, I would say I was against it."
- Salman Rushdie
(Related: Religion, Sound)

"To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one."
- John Ruskin
(Related: Religion, Poetry, Prophecy)

"The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world... to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one."
- John Ruskin
(Related: Religion, Poetry, Soul, Prophecy, World)

"You might sooner get lightning out of incense smoke than true action or passion out of your modern English religion."
- John Ruskin
(Related: Religion, Action, English, Passion)

"Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Religion, Science, Intelligence, Reason, Will)

"Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution, and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Love, Destruction, Persecution)

"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."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: History, Men, Power, Sense, Vice)

"It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Religion, Age, First, Mankind, Will)

"I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its Churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Religion, Progress, Christian, Churches, Enemy, World)

"Far from being hostile to religion is capable of rendering religion important services."
- Henry Norris Russell
(Related: Religion, Being)

"Conflict between science and religion a dangerous foe."
- Henry Norris Russell
(Related: Religion, Science, Conflict)

"The United States is not a nation based upon race, creed, or religion - we are a nation based upon our loyalty and allegiance to our country and her principles."
- Jim Ryun
(Related: Religion, Country, Loyalty, Nation, Principles, Race, states, United)

"Religions are the cradles of despotism."
- Marquis de Sade
"Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense."
- Carl Sagan
(Related: Science, Religion, Thoughts, Deep, Nonsense)

"I have always felt that a man's religion was his personal and private affair."
- Leverett Saltonstall
(Related: Religion, Man)

"We peruse one ideal, that of bringing people together in peace, irrespective of race, religion and political convictions, for the benefit of mankind."
- Juan Antonio Samaranch
(Related: Religion, Peace, People, Mankind, Race)

"I try to support groups that are about educating people about different races, different religions, different cultures and different situations so that we can break down the barriers of prejudice and bigotry."
- Loretta Sanchez
(Related: People, Bigotry, Prejudice, Support)

"I won't take my religion from any man who never works except with his mouth."
- Carl Sandburg
(Related: Religion, Man)

"Each religion, by the help of more or less myth, which it takes more or less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny."
- George Santayana
(Related: Peace, Religion, Soul, Destiny, Help, Myth)

"Wealth, religion, military victory have more rhetorical than efficacious worth."
- George Santayana
(Related: Religion, Victory, Wealth, Military, Worth)

"Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace."
- George Santayana
(Related: Religion, Courage, Dignity, Grace, Humility, Man)

"The living Church of the redeemed is his book. He founded a religion of the living spirit, not of a written code, like the Mosaic law. Yet his words and deeds are recorded by as honest and reliable witnesses as ever put pen to paper."
- Philip Schaff
(Related: Religion, Church, Deeds, Law, Living, Pen, Spirit, Words)

"Contradictory to my religion, I think, is journalism."
- Sydney Schanberg
(Related: Religion, Journalism)

"Plato's philosophy is a dignified preface to future religion."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Religion, Future, Philosophy)

"Set religion free, and a new humanity will begin."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Religion, Humanity, Will)

"Religion must completely encircle the spirit of ethical man like his element, and this luminous chaos of divine thoughts and feelings is called enthusiasm."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Religion, Feelings, Enthusiasm, Thoughts, Chaos, Man, Spirit)

"Religion is not only a part of education, an element of humanity, but the center of everything else, always the first and the ultimate, the absolutely original."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Religion, Education, First, Humanity)

"Religion is absolutely unfathomable. Always and everywhere one can dig more deeply into infinities."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Religion)

"Religion can emerge in all forms of feeling: here wild anger, there the sweetest pain; here consuming hatred, there the childlike smile of serene humility."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Religion, Anger, Hatred, Humility, Pain, Smile)

"The difference between religion and morality lies simply in the classical division of things into the divine and the human, if one only interprets this correctly."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Religion, Morality, Difference, Lies)

"He who has religion will speak poetry. But philosophy is the tool with which to seek and discover religion."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Religion, Poetry, Philosophy, Will)

"In the world of language, or in other words in the world of art and liberal education, religion necessarily appears as mythology or as Bible."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Art, Religion, Education, Bible, Language, Liberal, Mythology, Words, World)

"The essence of religion consists in the feeling of an absolute dependence."
- Friedrich Schleiermacher
(Related: Religion, Dependence, Feeling)

"I don't think I can get into my deep inner thoughts about hitting. It's like talking about religion."
- Mike Schmidt
(Related: Religion, Thoughts, Deep, Talking)

"Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Art, Religion, People, Training)

"No matter the nationality, no matter the religion, no matter the ethnic background, America brings out the best in people."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
(Related: Religion, People, America, Nationality)

"Eradicating a religion of kindness is, I think, a terrible thing for the Chinese to attempt."
- Martin Scorsese
(Related: Religion, Kindness)

"I have always respected everyone's religion. As I say, there is only one God and a lot of confused people."
- Hazel Scott
(Related: God, Religion, People)

"There is a vulgar incredulity, which in historical matters, as well as in those of religion, finds it easier to doubt than to examine."
- Walter Scott
(Related: Religion, Doubt, Incredulity)

"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."
- Charles de Secondat
(Related: Religion, Fact, Intolerance, Reason, Religious, Spirit)

"Do you think that God will punish them for not practicing a religion which he did not reveal to them?"
- Charles de Secondat
(Related: Religion, God, Will)

"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."
- Charles de Secondat
(Related: Religion, Time, People)

"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."
- Pete Seeger
(Related: Life, Religion, Americans, Persuasion, Skin)

"The little religion that I have clung to-that what matters most is the continuity of life, and its improvement from one generation to another."
- David O. Selznick
(Related: Religion, Life, Improvement)

"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Religion, People)

"Then if your movie clicks with real audiences, you'll be sucked into some sort of Hollywood orbit. It's a devil of a place where the only religion that really counts is box office."
- Yahoo Serious
(Related: Religion, Audiences, Devil, Hollywood, Office)

"There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham."
- Anna Sewell
(Related: Religion, Love, People, Man, May, Talk)

"Religion and morality are critical to how students think about politics and form opinions on political issues."
- Jeanne Shaheen
(Related: Politics, Religion, Morality, Opinions, Students)

"There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Religion)

"Organized religion provides a model of the way all organizations, from the state down to the village garden club, end a price in terms of a member's freedom of thought and action."
- Robert Shea
(Related: Religion, Thought, Action, End, Freedom, Garden, State)

"To reject even one major tenet of the religion or to violate one major rule of behavior is enough to get one kicked out - or worse."
- Robert Shea
(Related: Religion, Behavior)

"Christianity is the only major religion to have as its central event the humiliation of its God."
- Bruce Shelley
(Related: Religion, God, Christianity)

"Twin-sister of Religion, Selfishness."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Related: Religion, Selfishness)

"Scientific prayer makes God a celestial lab rat, leading to bad science and worse religion."
- Michael Shermer
(Related: Religion, Science, God, Leading, Prayer)

"Another important historical factor is the fact that this already very simple religion was further simplified and purified by the early philosophers of ancient China. Our first great philosopher was a founder of naturalism; and our second great philosopher was an agnostic."
- Hu Shih
(Related: Religion, Fact, First)

"But the French writers always had more originality and independence than others, and that regulator, which elsewhere was religion, long since ceased to exist for them."
- Henryk Sienkiewicz
(Related: Religion, Independence, Originality, Writers)

"Most of the dogmatic religions have exhibited a perverse talent for taking the wrong side on the most important concepts in the material universe, from the structure of the solar system to the origin of man."
- George G. Simpson
(Related: Talent, Man, Universe, Wrong)

"Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters."
- Isaac Bashevis Singer
(Related: Religion, Doubt, Religious)

"Moral values, and a culture and a religion, maintaining these values are far better than laws and regulations."
- Swami Sivananda
(Related: Religion, Values, Culture, Laws)

"Go beyond science, into the region of metaphysics. Real religion is beyond argument. It can only be lived both inwardly and outwardly."
- Swami Sivananda
(Related: Religion, Science, Argument, Metaphysics)

"The modern period adds social ethics to religions agenda, for we now realize that social structures are not like laws of nature. They are human creations, so we are responsible for them."
- Huston Smith
(Related: Nature, Ethics, Laws, Now)

"First of all, my persuasion is what really breeds violence is political differences. But because religion serves as the soul of community, it gets drawn into the fracas and turns up the heat."
- Huston Smith
(Related: Religion, Soul, Community, First, Persuasion, Violence)

"The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, not freedom from religion."
- Lamar S. Smith
(Related: Religion, Constitution, Freedom)

"What a pity it is that we have no amusements in England but vice and religion!"
- Sydney Smith
(Related: England, Pity, Vice)

"In better times the religion of the tribe or state has nothing in common with the private and foreign superstitions or magical rites that savage terror may dictate to the individual."
- William Robertson Smith
(Related: Religion, May, Nothing, State, Terror)

"We are so accustomed to think of religion as a thing between individual men and God that we can hardly enter into the idea of a religion in which a whole nation in its national organisation appears as the religious unit."
- William Robertson Smith
(Related: Men, Religion, God, Idea, Nation, Religious)

"Thus a man was born into a fixed relation to certain gods as surely as he was born into a relation to his fellow-men; and his religion... was simply one side of the general scheme of conduct prescribed for him by his position as a member of society."
- William Robertson Smith
(Related: Society, Religion, Gods, Man)

"The dissolution of the nation destroys the national religion, and dethrones the national deity."
- William Robertson Smith
(Related: Religion, Nation)

"Religion did not exist for the saving of souls but for the preservation and welfare of society, and in all that was necessary to this end every man had to take his part, or break with the domestic and political community to which he belonged."
- William Robertson Smith
(Related: Religion, Society, Community, End, Man, Welfare)

"In all the antique religions, mythology takes the place of dogma; that is, the sacred lore of priests and people... and these stories afford the only explanation that is offered of the precepts of religion and the prescribed rules of ritual."
- William Robertson Smith
(Related: Religion, People, Mythology, Ritual, Rules)

"Even the highest forms of sacrificial worship present much that is repulsive to modern ideas, and in particular it requires an effort to reconcile our imagination to the bloody ritual which is prominent in almost every religion which has a strong sense of sin."
- William Robertson Smith
(Related: Imagination, Religion, Ideas, Effort, Present, Ritual, Sense, Sin, Worship)

"But, strictly speaking, this mythology was no essential part of ancient religion, for it had no sacred sanction and no binding force on the worshippers."
- William Robertson Smith
(Related: Religion, Force, Mythology)

"I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book."
- Joseph Smith, Jr.
(Related: God, Religion, Earth, Man, Mormon)

"Take away the Book of Mormon and the revelations, and where is our religion? We have none."
- Joseph Smith, Jr.
(Related: Religion, Mormon)

"Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion."
- Ralph W. Sockman
(Related: Religion, Art, Science, Christmas, Wonder, Youth)

"The Bar Room has a corner table placed strategically at a point diagonally across from the entrance. the table of tables in the setting of settings in the building of buildings. In the religion of lunch, this is the holy of holies."
- Raymond Sokolov
(Related: Religion, Building)

"Although both sides of my family were religious, I was never forced to practice the Jewish faith. I did not really rebel against it, but then, as today, I disliked organized religion. I have a strange inhibition about praying with others."
- Georg Solti
(Related: Family, Faith, Religion, Practice, Religious, Today)

"Religion always remains higher than everyday life. In order to make the elevation towards religion easier for people, religion must be able to alter its forms in relation to the consciousness of modern man."
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
(Related: Religion, Life, People, Consciousness, Man, Order)

"Of course God is endlessly multi-dimensional so every religion that exists on earth represents some face, some side of God."
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
(Related: Religion, God, Earth)

"We have convinced over one billlion members of the Islamic faith that we are prejudiced against their religion, that we would deny them freedom of religion, that we want suppress their culture and invade their governments."
- Theodore C. Sorensen
(Related: Faith, Religion, Culture, Freedom, Want)

"My religion lies in my composition."
- John Philip Sousa
(Related: Religion, Lies)

"God expects from men something more than at such times, and that it were much to be wished for the credit of their religion as well as the satisfaction of their conscience that their Easter devotions would in some measure come up to their Easter dress."
- Robert South
(Related: Men, Religion, God, Conscience, Credit, Dress, Easter, Measure, Satisfaction)

"Art and religion first; then philosophy; lastly science. That is the order of the great subjects of life, that's their order of importance."
- Muriel Spark
(Related: Art, Religion, Life, Science, First, Importance, Order, Philosophy)

"Religion stands, the Church blocking the sun."
- Stephen Spender
(Related: Religion, Church, Sun)

"I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion."
- Baruch Spinoza
(Related: Religion, Philosophy)

"All religion seems to need to prove that it's the only truth. And that's where it turns demonic. Because that's when you get religious wars and persecutions and burning heretics at the stake."
- John Shelby Spong
(Related: Religion, Truth, Religious)

"If any of you should ask me for an epitome of the Christian religion, I should say that it is in one word - prayer. Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell."
- Charles Spurgeon
(Related: Religion, Christian, Hell, Prayer, Will, Word)

"Surely the immutable laws of the universe can teach more impressive and exalted lessons than the holy books of all the religions on earth."
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
(Related: Books, Earth, Laws, Universe)

"The memory of my own suffering has prevented me from ever shadowing one young soul with the superstition of the Christian religion."
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
(Related: Religion, Soul, Christian, Memory, Suffering, Superstition)

"I'm not really into religion."
- Harry Dean Stanton
(Related: Religion)

"The irony of the Supreme Court hearing on these cases last week and of the outright hostility that the Court has displayed against religion in recent years is that above the head of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is a concrete display of the Ten Commandments."
- Cliff Stearns
(Related: Religion, Court, Hearing, Irony, Justice, Years)

"Mr. Speaker, the fact of the matter is that the Ten Commandments are a historical document that contains moral, ethical, and legal truisms that any person of any religion or even an atheist can recognize and appreciate."
- Cliff Stearns
(Related: Legal, Religion, Fact)

"Perhaps these Ten Commandments cases will be the turning point in the legal war against religion."
- Cliff Stearns
(Related: Legal, Religion, War, Will)

"Well, one of the problems of working on a story with a character that sacred in the religions of the world or in a picture about that person, is that you have to forget about that and play it as real as you can because you can't look at yourself and judge yourself."
- Rod Steiger
(Related: Character, Forget, Play, Problems, World)

"Counting is the religion of this generation it is its hope and its salvation."
- Gertrude Stein
(Related: Religion, Hope, Salvation)

"What is marriage, is marriage protection or religion, is marriage renunciation or abundance, is marriage a stepping-stone or an end. What is marriage."
- Gertrude Stein
(Related: Marriage, Religion, Abundance, End, Protection, Renunciation)

"School gives you the freedom to explore different philosophies, religions, aspects of yourself, and subjects."
- Leigh Steinberg
(Related: Freedom, School)

"All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few."
- Stendhal
(Related: Fear, Cleverness)

"I'm sickened by all religions. Religion has divided people. I don't think there's any difference between the pope wearing a large hat and parading around with a smoking purse and an African painting his face white and praying to a rock."
- Howard Stern
(Related: Religion, People, African, Difference, Painting, Smoking)

"Religion which lays so many restraints upon us, is a troublesome companion to those who will lay no restraints upon themselves."
- Laurence Sterne
(Related: Religion, Will)

"There was no division I could see between the essential teaching of all Prophets and wise men of religion."
- Cat Stevens
(Related: Men, Religion, Teaching)

"They have hijacked my religion."
- Cat Stevens
(Related: Religion)

"I found a religion that blended scientific reason with spiritual reality in a unifying faith far removed from the headlines of violence, destruction and terrorism."
- Cat Stevens
(Related: Faith, Religion, Destruction, Reality, Reason, Spiritual, Terrorism, Violence)

"The latest horror to hit the U.S. looks to have been caused by people of Middle Eastern origin, bearing Muslim names. Again, shame. This fuels more hatred for a religion and a people who have nothing to do with these events."
- Cat Stevens
(Related: Religion, People, Muslim, Events, Hatred, Horror, Names, Nothing, Shame)

"The government must pursue a course of complete neutrality toward religion."
- John Paul Stevens
(Related: Government, Religion, Neutrality)

"Intolerance respecting other people's religion is toleration itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people's art."
- Wallace Stevens
(Related: Art, Religion, People, Intolerance)

"There's no religion but sex and music."
- Sting
(Related: Music, Religion, Sex)

"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."
- Lytton Strachey
(Related: Peace, Religion, Stability)

"I also like to look at the dynamic that takes place between religion and science because, in a way, both are asking the same questions: Who are we? Where do we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? The methodologies are diametrically opposed, but their motivation is the same; the wellspring is the same in both cases."
- J. Michael Straczynski
(Related: Religion, Science, Motivation)

"If God and man are in themselves one, and if religion is the human side of this unity then must this unity be made evident to man in religion, and become in him consciousness and reality."
- David Friedrich Strauss
(Related: Religion, God, Consciousness, Man, Reality, Unity)

"The Jews are a race and not a religion. My goal was not to persecute the Jews but to enlighten Gentiles to put them on guard."
- Julius Streicher
(Related: Religion, Goal, Race)

"How can you tell when a political ideology has become the equivalent of a religion?"
- Andrew Sullivan
(Related: Religion, Ideology)

"Religion needs a baptism of horse sense."
- Billy Sunday
(Related: Religion, Needs, Sense)

"The trouble with many men is that they have got just enough religion to make them miserable. If there is not joy in religion, you have got a leak in your religion."
- Billy Sunday
(Related: Men, Religion, Joy, Trouble)

"To have dominion by religion, is to have dominion over men's souls, thus over their very spiritual life, and to use the Divine things, which are in their religion, as the means."
- Emanuel Swedenborg
(Related: Life, Men, Religion, Spiritual)

"I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution."
- Jonathan Swift
(Related: Religion, Christianity, Country, Nation, Nothing, Persecution, Popular)

"We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another."
- Jonathan Swift
(Related: Love, Religion, Hate)

"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."
- Thomas Szasz
(Related: Men, Religion, Science, Mistake, Magic, Medicine, Now)

"I liked the humor of it, I've always enjoyed a sense of humor in God and in religion and in spirituality."
- Amber Tamblyn
(Related: Humor, Religion, God, Sense, Spirituality)

"I could never say that one religion is wrong. I could never say that this person's God is wrong, I could never say that someone is wrong because they don't believe in God."
- Amber Tamblyn
(Related: Religion, God, Wrong)

"I believe that what we are fighting here is not just a small group of people who have hijacked a religion, but it is a civilization bent on destroying ours."
- Tom Tancredo
(Related: Religion, People, Civilization, Fighting)

"We first fought... in the name of religion, then Communism, and now in the name of drugs and terrorism. Our excuses for global domination always change."
- Serj Tankian
(Related: Change, Religion, Communism, Drugs, Excuses, First, Name, Now, Terrorism)

"We first fought the heathens in the name of religion, then Communism, and now in the name of drugs and terrorism. Our excuses for global domination always change."
- Serj Tankian
(Related: Change, Religion, Communism, Drugs, Excuses, First, Name, Now, Terrorism)

"Religion is the sole technique for the validating of values."
- Allen Tate
(Related: Religion, Values)

"A religion without mystery must be a religion without God."
- Jeremy Taylor
(Related: Religion, God, Mystery)

"I believe all religions are becoming obsolete, clinging to ancient concepts."
- John Templeton
"Religion obviously played a role in this book and the previous book, too."
- Studs Terkel
(Related: Religion)

"The Law of God in the Christian religion is the schoolmaster that leads us to Christ."
- Randall Terry
(Related: Religion, God, Christian, Law)

"The enemies of the Christian religion and the Law of God confuse law with faith."
- Randall Terry
(Related: Faith, Religion, God, Christian, Enemies, Law)

"For us to think we can enjoy, understand and practice the Christian religion with just Matthew to Revelation is foolishness."
- Randall Terry
(Related: Religion, Christian, Foolishness, Practice)

"Organized religion preaches Order and Love but spawns Chaos and Fury. Why?"
- Kerry Thornley
(Related: Love, Religion, Chaos, Order)

"If organized religion is the opium of the masses, then disorganized religion is the marijuana of the lunatic fringe."
- Kerry Thornley
(Related: Religion, Opium)

"As for the Devil - that is somebody our religion tried to do without for a long time."
- Kerry Thornley
(Related: Religion, Time, Devil)

"Buddhism has had a major effect on who I am and how I think about the world. What I have learned is that I like all religions, but only parts of them."
- Uma Thurman
(Related: Buddhism, Effect, World)

"When asked if I consider myself Buddhist, the answer is, Not really. But it's more my religion than any other because I was brought up with it in an intellectual and spiritual environment. I don't practice or preach it, however."
- Uma Thurman
(Related: Religion, Buddhist, Environment, Practice, Spiritual)

"Religion is the state of being grasped by an ultimate concern, a concern which qualifies all other concerns as preliminary and which itself contains the answer to the question of a meaning of our life."
- Paul Tillich
(Related: Life, Religion, Being, Concern, Meaning, Question, State)

"The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Business, Equality, Men, Control, Taste)

"The Americans combine the notions of religion and liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Religion, Americans, Liberty)

"I honor religion except when it gets into shedding blood."
- Rip Torn
(Related: Religion, Blood, Honor)

"Let us not seek to bring religion to others, but let us endeavor to live it ourselves."
- Paul Tournier
(Related: Religion)

"The equation of religion with belief is rather recent."
- Arnold J. Toynbee
(Related: Religion, Belief)

"There is all the difference in the world between teaching children about religion and handing them over to be taught by the religious."
- Polly Toynbee
(Related: Religion, Children, Difference, Religious, Teaching, World)

"How do you make any sense of history, art or literature without knowing the stories and iconography of your own culture and all the world's main religions?"
- Polly Toynbee
(Related: Art, History, Culture, Literature, Sense, World)

"Religion without humanity is very poor human stuff."
- Sojourner Truth
(Related: Religion, Humanity, Poor)

"Ever since boyhood I've made a religion of keeping in shape by regular, conscientious exercise."
- Gene Tunney
(Related: Religion, Exercise)

"Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition."
- Alan Turing
(Related: Religion, Science)

"Yoga is not a religion to me."
- Christy Turlington
(Related: Religion, Yoga)

"So much of religion is exegesis. I would rather follow in the footprints of Christ than all of the dogma."
- Christy Turlington
(Related: Religion, Christ)

"A lot of people have questioned how yoga and their own spiritual beliefs can come together. Yoga actually pre-dates religion."
- Christy Turlington
(Related: Religion, People, Beliefs, Spiritual, Yoga)

"I believe that religion should be totally separated from the state. That's not the way it is today, not even in Sweden."
- Bjorn Ulvaeus
(Related: Religion, State, Today)

"The UN declaration on human rights must always be first in line before religion or other cultural habits, in case of any conflict between them."
- Bjorn Ulvaeus
(Related: Religion, Conflict, First, Rights, Habits, Human rights)

"I'm so incredibly tired of giving respect to a lot of delusions and crazy ideas just because they are regarded as religions."
- Bjorn Ulvaeus
(Related: Ideas, Giving, Respect)

"Religion enables us to ignore nothingness and get on with the jobs of life."
- John Updike
(Related: Life, Religion, Jobs, Nothingness)

"The inner spaces that a good story lets us enter are the old apartments of religion."
- John Updike
(Related: Religion, Old)

"You think that religion is a thing that is there to help you and to see you through life, and then you wake up one morning and find the entire Irish situation, the civil war that's based on religion."
- Midge Ure
(Related: Religion, War, Life, Help, Irish)

"The habit of religion is oppressive, an easy way out of thought."
- Peter Ustinov
(Related: Religion, Thought, Habit)

"Even at school I studied ethics instead of religion."
- Ville Valo
(Related: Religion, Ethics, School)

"Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business."
- Jesse Ventura
(Related: Business, Religion, People, Strength, Noses, Numbers)

"But it is the province of religion, of philosophy, of pure poetry only, to go beyond life, beyond time, into eternity."
- Alfred de Vigny
(Related: Poetry, Life, Religion, Time, Eternity, Philosophy)

"These days too many of us seem inclined to cover our ears, close our eyes, and blindly follow the most narrow, conservative tenets of religion; or else seek comfort in the ancient traditions of New Age ritual."
- Joan D. Vinge
(Related: Age, Religion, Comfort, Conservative, Eyes, Ritual, Traditions)

"Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth."
- Voltaire
(Related: Religion, Mother, Daughter, Astrology, Astronomy, Daughters, Earth, Superstition)

"When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion."
- Voltaire
(Related: Religion, Money, Question)

"The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason."
- Voltaire
(Related: Power, Religion, Reason)

"Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense."
- Voltaire
(Related: Religion, Common sense, Nothing, Reason)

"Of all religions, the Christian should of course inspire the most tolerance, but until now Christians have been the most intolerant of all men."
- Voltaire
(Related: Men, Christian, Now, Tolerance)

"All too many Muslims fail to grasp Islam, which teaches one to be lenient towards others and to understand their value systems, knowing that these are tolerated by Islam as a religion."
- Abdurrahman Wahid
(Related: Religion, Islam, Value)

"My faith is very private to me. It plays an important part in my life, but I do not try and throw my beliefs at others. I have tremendous respect for all faiths and beliefs, but have a deep concern that religion and faith are currently a long way apart from each other."
- Rick Wakeman
(Related: Faith, Religion, Life, Beliefs, Concern, Deep, Respect)

"To the mass of mankind religion of some kind is a necessity."
- Alfred Russel Wallace
(Related: Religion, Mankind, Necessity)

"Civilisation has ever accompanied emigration and conquest - the conflict of opinion, of religion, or of race."
- Alfred Russel Wallace
(Related: Religion, Conflict, Conquest, Opinion, Race)

"I am thankful I can see much to admire in all religions."
- Alfred Russel Wallace
"I have since wandered among men of many races and many religions."
- Alfred Russel Wallace
(Related: Men)

"A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends."
- Henry A. Wallace
(Related: Money, Power, Deceit, Intolerance, Lust, Nations, Violence)

"I was told to challenge every spiritual teacher, every world leader to utter the one sentence that no religion, no political party, and no nation on the face of the earth will dare utter: 'Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way."
- Neale Donald Walsch
(Related: Religion, Leader, Challenge, Earth, Nation, Party, Spiritual, Will, World)

"The sad part about our past is that religions, ironically enough, are responsible for creating the most destructive idea that has ever been visited upon the human race: the idea that there is such a thing as 'better.'"
- Neale Donald Walsch
(Related: Idea, Past)

"One either has to believe in a God who's terribly prejudiced, or disbelieve the teachings of such exclusionary theologies. Religions have taught us that 'we are better than they.'"
- Neale Donald Walsch
(Related: God)

"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."
- Barbara Walters
(Related: Religion, Success, Time, People, Interest, Spiritual, World)

"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."
- Barbara Walters
(Related: Buddhism, End, Heaven)

"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."
- Barbara Walters
(Related: Religion, Christian, Christianity, First, Judaism)

"I wanted to show how a man of sensitive and noble character, born for religion, comes to throw off the orthodoxies of his day and moment, and to go out into the wilderness where all is experiment, and spiritual life begins again."
- Mary A. Ward
(Related: Life, Religion, Character, Day, Man, Spiritual, Wilderness)

"I have a strong belief in God... I find religion to be a very personal thing... I am also very spiritual."
- Sela Ward
(Related: Religion, God, Belief, Spiritual)

"Religion is no more the parent of morality than an incubator is the mother of a chicken."
- Lemuel K. Washburn
(Related: Religion, Mother, Morality)

"At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence."
- Booker T. Washington
(Related: Education, Politics, Religion, Independence, Race)

"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."
- George Washington
(Related: Experience, Religion, Morality, Caution, Reason, Religious)

"Religion is not a department of life; it is something that enters into the whole of it."
- Alan Watts
(Related: Religion, Life)

"In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all."
- Alan Watts
(Related: Faith, Nature, Religion, God, Ideas, Universe, Words)

"Science attempts to analyze how things and people and animals behave; it has no concern whether this behavior is good or bad, is purposeful or not. But religion is precisely the quest for such answers: whether an act is right or wrong, good or bad, and why."
- Warren Weaver
(Related: Religion, Science, People, Act, Animals, Behavior, Concern, Quest, Right, Wrong)

"Religion is love; in no case is it logic."
- Beatrice Potter Webb
(Related: Religion, Love, Logic)

"The ecclesiastical establishments of Europe which serve to support tyrannical governments are not the Christian religion but abuses and corruptions of it."
- Noah Webster
(Related: Religion, Christian, Europe, Support)

"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."
- Noah Webster
(Related: Religion, Christian, Bible, Desire, New testament, Principles, Republican, Writer)

"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."
- Noah Webster
(Related: Government, Religion, Christian, Children, First)

"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."
- Noah Webster
(Related: Government, Religion, Truth, People, Christian, Rights, Mind)

"I think one of the great historical contributions of science is to weaken the hold of religion. That's a good thing."
- Steven Weinberg
(Related: Science, Religion)

"In a lot of Indian societies, spirituality has been lost, I think it's still the best way of looking at the world for Indians - better than any organized religion in this country."
- James Welch
(Related: Religion, Country, Spirituality, World)

"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."
- Orson Welles
(Related: Love, Religion, People, Atheism, Hate, Respect)

"The Lord's prayer contains the sum total of religion and morals."
- Arthur Wellesley
(Related: Religion, Morals, Prayer)

"Educate men without religion and you make of them but clever devils."
- Arthur Wellesley
(Related: Men, Religion)

"When I'm not writing, I read loads of fiction, but I've been writing quite constantly lately so I've been reading a lot of nonfiction - philosophy, religion, science, history, social or cultural studies."
- Irvine Welsh
(Related: History, Religion, Science, Fiction, Philosophy, Reading, Writing)

"All... religions show the same disparity between belief and practice, and each is safe till it tries to exclude the rest."
- Thomas Wentworth
(Related: Belief, Practice, Rest)

"Religion is the everlasting dialogue between humanity and God. Art is its soliloquy."
- Franz Werfel
(Related: Art, Religion, God, Humanity)

"Among politicians the esteem of religion is profitable; the principles of it are troublesome."
- Benjamin Whichcote
(Related: Religion, Politicians, Principles)

"Politics in America is the binding secular religion."
- Theodore White
(Related: Politics, Religion, America)

"No, the religion of Jesus is a social religion."
- George Whitefield
(Related: Religion)

"Religion is the last refuge of human savagery."
- Alfred North Whitehead
(Related: Religion)

"Too long has the public mind considered religion to be synonymous with priestcraft."
- Benjamin Whorf
(Related: Religion, Mind, Public)

"Politics should share one purpose with religion: the steady emancipation of the individual through the education of his passions."
- George Will
(Related: Education, Politics, Purpose)

"Many traditional religions foster attitudes that ought to have disappeared as biological understanding accumulated over the last century."
- George C. Williams
(Related: Understanding)

"The engine of ancient society was religion but the engine of contemporary society, as I see it, is advertising."
- Kit Williams
(Related: Religion, Society, Advertising)

"God requireth not a uniformity of religion."
- Roger Williams
(Related: Religion, God)

"When state and religion are one, religion becomes a means for the powerful to remain in power."
- Walter Jon Williams
(Related: Power, Religion, State)

"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."
- Charles E. Wilson
(Related: Men, Countries, Occupations, Years)

"True character arises from a deeper well than religion."
- E. O. Wilson
(Related: Religion, Character)

"Every major religion today is a winner in the Darwinian struggle waged among cultures, and none ever flourished by tolerating its rivals."
- E. O. Wilson
(Related: Religion, Struggle, Today)

"Energy, energy? Energy is, is, it's nothing more than a lot of new age hokum masquerading as religion."
- Tony Wilson
(Related: Age, Religion, Energy, Nothing)

"There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed."
- Woodrow Wilson
(Related: Religion, Work, Service)

"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."
- Niklaus Wirth
(Related: People, Programming)

"To play June, I had an immediate connect with her background and culture. We grew up with the same religion and shared a lot of the same values of family and spirituality. But I was really so inspired by what a modern woman she was."
- Reese Witherspoon
(Related: Family, Religion, Values, Culture, June, Play, Spirituality, Woman)

"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."
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
(Related: Religion, Sex, Attitude, Church, Being, Ceremony, Culture, Night, Present, Religious)

"A cult is a religion with no political power."
- Tom Wolfe
(Related: Power, Religion)

"The attitude is we live and let live. This is actually an amazing change in values in a rather short time and it's an example of freedom from religion."
- Tom Wolfe
(Related: Change, Religion, Time, Attitude, Values, Example, Freedom)

"As you look at the flow of Muslim fundamentalism, or fundamentalism in various areas and various religions, they all play on the people who have very little."
- James Wolfensohn
(Related: People, Muslim, Play)

"This assumption of Negro leadership in the ghetto, then, must not be confined to matters of religion, education, and social uplift; it must deal with such fundamental forces in life as make these things possible."
- Carter G. Woodson
(Related: Leadership, Life, Education, Religion)

"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."
- John Woolman
(Related: Family, Men, Religion, Society, Appetite, Disorder, Duty, Feeling, Neglect, Pleasure)

"Some people think that all the equipment you need to discuss religion is a mouth."
- Herman Wouk
(Related: Religion, People)

"But I don't believe in organised politics, organised religion, organised music, organised anything."
- Link Wray
(Related: Music, Politics, Religion)

"Religion may be defined thus: a belief in, and homage rendered to, existences unseen and causes unknown."
- Frances Wright
(Related: Religion, Belief, Causes, May)

"The hired preachers of all sects, creeds, and religions, never do, and never can, teach any thing but what is in conformity with the opinions of those who pay them."
- Francis Wright
(Related: Conformity, Opinions)

"We have seen that no religion stands on the basis of things known; none bounds its horizon within the field of human observation; and, therefore, as it can never present us with indisputable facts, so must it ever be at once a source of error and contention."
- Francis Wright
(Related: Religion, Contention, Error, Facts, Observation, Present)

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

"I'm not into organized religion. I'm into believing in a higher source of creation, realizing we're all just part of nature."
- Neil Young
(Related: Nature, Religion, Creation)

"Selfishness is the only real atheism; unselfishness the only real religion."
- Israel Zangwill
(Related: Religion, Atheism, Selfishness)

"The search for religion is the starting point of thought."
- Xu Zhimo
(Related: Religion, Thought)

"We'll surely stop the work of all western Christian and eastern religions, and also Islam."
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky
(Related: Work, Christian, Islam)