Quotes and Sayings about Religious



"Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty."
- Samuel Adams
(Related: Earth, Liberty, Mankind, Religious)

"To say that authority, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction."
- Joseph Addison
(Related: Morality, Authority, Fact, Obvious, Religious)

"I'm not really religious but very spiritual. I give money to this company that manufactures hearing aids on a regular basis. More people should really hear me sing. I have a gift from God."
- Christina Aguilera
(Related: Money, God, People, Company, Hearing, Religious, Spiritual)

"I'm religious. I think this is something God had planned for me."
- Clay Aiken
(Related: God, Religious)

"If there ever was a religious war full of terror, it was the crusades. But you can't blame Christianity because a few adventurers did this. That's my message."
- Moustapha Akkad
(Related: War, Christianity, Blame, Religious, Terror)

"Private religious speech can't be discriminated against. It has to be treated equally with secular speech."
- Samuel Alito
(Related: Religious, Speech)

"The argument on the other side of special rights is completely bogus. It's bogus because you could make exactly the same claim about racial or ethnic or religious minorities."
- Tom Allen
(Related: Argument, Rights, Religious)

"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 test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms."
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Related: Man, Religious)

"In the West there has always been the attempt to try make the religious building, whether it's a Medieval or Renaissance church, an eternal object for the celebration of God. The material chosen, such as stone, brick, or concrete, is meant to eternally preserve what is inside."
- Tadao Ando
(Related: God, Church, Building, Religious)

"I've never been married and I've no more desire to be married now than I ever have. I hate bureaucracy and I am not religious."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Bureaucracy, Desire, Hate, Now, Religious)

"I guess my religious faith sustained me more than anything else. Family is also very important. If I didn't have children, it would have been too difficult. Even if you are strong, you still need people who would support you all the way."
- Corazon Aquino
(Related: Faith, Family, People, Children, Religious, Support)

"The defiance of established authority, religious and secular, social and political, as a world-wide phenomenon may well one day be accounted the outstanding event of the last decade."
- Hannah Arendt
(Related: Authority, Day, Defiance, May, Religious, World)

"Remarkable is the greater openness of the Catholic Church towards people of other religious traditions and persuasions. The development has not been without problems, since some people have resisted it and others have pushed openness beyond the desirable point."
- Francis Arinze
(Related: People, Development, Church, Problems, Religious, Remarkable, Traditions)

"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)

"Canadians tend to be a bit more religious than most Europeans - though not more than the Poles or Ukrainians. Most important, their attitude to immigration and ethnic minorities is more positive than that of most Europeans."
- Timothy Garton Ash
(Related: Attitude, Positive, Religious)

"The astrologers and historians write that the ascendant as of Oxford is Capricornus, whose lord is Saturn, a religious planet, and patron of religious men."
- John Aubrey
(Related: Men, Historians, Religious)

"The amount of things I have been through and the remarkable ways in which the body has reacted is just phenomenal. No wonder I became religious, because you don't know why something's happening to you and you don't know how you bounced back."
- Amitabh Bachchan
(Related: Body, Religious, Remarkable, Wonder)

"So I went to English school, secondary English school, so forget going to Mecca for my religious education."
- Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
(Related: Education, English, Forget, Religious, School)

"In listing these tendencies making for a new world, we must not forget developments in the religious or spiritual thinking and feeling of mankind, where also we feel a strong unifying trend."
- Emily Greene Balch
(Related: Feeling, Forget, Mankind, Religious, Spiritual, Thinking, World)

"I find it greatly disturbing that the Bush administration has used political and religious ideologies to influence national policy on science and medicine."
- Tammy Baldwin
(Related: Science, Policy, Influence, Medicine, Religious)

"Our society is the product of several great religious and philosophical traditions. The ideas of the Greeks and Romans, Christianity, Judaism, humanism and the Enlightenment have made us who we are."
- Jan Peter Balkenende
(Related: Society, Ideas, Christianity, Humanism, Judaism, Religious, Traditions)

"While I have never been a regular churchgoer, I'm anything but immune to the power and the majesty of the religious experience."
- Joseph Barbera
(Related: Experience, Power, Religious)

"So the question is, First, Whether the civil magistrate hath power to force men in things religious to do contrary to their conscience, and if they will not to punish them in their goods, liberties, or lives? this we hold in the negative."
- Robert Barclay
(Related: Men, Power, Negative, Conscience, First, Force, Question, Religious, Will)

"People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them."
- Dave Barry
(Related: People, Religious, Want)

"Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice."
- Dave Barry
(Related: Time, Choice, Holiday, Religious)

"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)

"I was for two years a pupil at the Model School in Fort street which was then conducted upon the Irish national system, and if any special religious instruction was given in connection with that system, I do not recollect it."
- Edmund Barton
(Related: Connection, Irish, Religious, School, Years)

"Members of weakly religious families get, of course, no religious training from any source outside the family."
- Gregory Bateson
(Related: Family, Religious, Training)

"The sight of nature fascinates, the family tie has a sweet enchantment and patriotism gives the religious spirit a fiery devotion to the powers that it reveres."
- Bruno Bauer
(Related: Family, Nature, Patriotism, Devotion, Religious, Sight, Spirit)

"Of a very religious linebacker: He knocks the hell out of people, but in a Christian way."
- Sammy Baugh
(Related: People, Christian, Hell, Religious)

"In an age robbed of religious symbols, going to the shops replaces going to the church. We have a free choice, but at a price. We can win experience, but never achieve innocence. Marx knew that the epic activities of the modern world involve not lance and sword but dry goods."
- Stephen Bayley
(Related: Age, Experience, Church, Choice, Innocence, Religious, Shops, World)

"If you're religious, it gives you a perspective."
- Martha Beck
(Related: Perspective, Religious)

"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)

"Every major question in history is a religious question. It has more effect in molding life than nationalism or a common language."
- Hilaire Belloc
(Related: History, Life, Effect, Language, Nationalism, Question, Religious)

"The problem with liberal Protestantism in America is not that it has not been orthodox enough, but that it has lost a lot of religious substance."
- Peter L. Berger
(Related: America, Liberal, Protestantism, Religious)

"There is a continuum of values between the churches and the general community. What distinguishes the handling of these values in the churches is mainly the heavier dosage of religious vocabulary involved."
- Peter L. Berger
(Related: Values, Churches, Community, Religious, Vocabulary)

"Some people seem to gravitate from one fundamentalism to another, from some kind of secular fundamentalism into a religious fundamentalism or the other way around, which is not very helpful."
- Peter L. Berger
(Related: People, Religious)

"I hope I never get so old I get religious."
- Ingmar Bergman
(Related: Hope, Old, Religious)

"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)

"Learn to reverence night and to put away the vulgar fear of it, for, with the banishment of night from the experience of man, there vanishes as well a religious emotion, a poetic mood, which gives depth to the adventure of humanity."
- Henry Beston
(Related: Experience, Fear, Adventure, Emotion, Humanity, Night, Religious)

"Those who wish to cause religious conflict are small in number but often manage to dominate the headline."
- Tony Blair
(Related: Cause, Conflict, Religious)

"Poverty is everyone's problem. It cuts across any line you can name: age, race, social, geographic or religious. Whether you are black or white; rich, middle-class or poor, we are ALL touched by poverty."
- Kathleen Blanco
(Related: Age, Poor, Poverty, Race, Religious)

"At religious instruction classes, I encountered The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan, and the sincerity of the traveller in that book was overwhelming."
- Lionel Blue
(Related: Progress, Religious, Sincerity)

"I am pleased now that I have lived in a gay as well as a religious ghetto, though it hasn't been very comfortable. Taken together, their limitations cancel each other out and I have seen the world more kindly and more honestly."
- Lionel Blue
(Related: Gay, Limitations, Now, Religious, World)

"Most terrorists are people deeply concerned by what they see as social, political, or religious injustice and hypocrisy, and the immediate grounds for their terrorism is often retaliation for an action of the United States."
- William Blum
(Related: People, Action, Hypocrisy, Injustice, Religious, states, Terrorism, United)

"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)

"We are certainly influenced by role models, and if we are surrounded by images of beautiful rich people, we will start to think that to be beautiful and rich is very important - just as in the Middle Ages, people were surrounded by images of religious piety."
- Alain de Botton
(Related: People, Piety, Religious, Will)

"Yet through history gays have always dominated religious life and churches."
- Malcolm Boyd
(Related: History, Life, Churches, Religious)

"The only way to be true to our American tradition is to maintain absolute governmental neutrality regarding religious beliefs and practices."
- Bill Bradley
(Related: American, Beliefs, Neutrality, Religious, Tradition)

"Religious conflict can be the bloodiest and cruelest conflicts that turn people into fanatics."
- William J. Brennan
(Related: People, Conflict, Fanatics, Religious)

"The funny thing is all these school shootings that we have, always happen in very religious communities. Maybe it's because the centre of their lives is a big fat nothing and it's just a fantasy and there's nothing there. I think maybe that might have something to do with it."
- Matthew Bright
(Related: Funny, Fantasy, Nothing, Religious, School)

"There is no stopping the world's tendency to throw off imposed restraints, the religious authority that is based on the ignorance of the many, the political authority that is based on the knowledge of the few."
- Van Wyck Brooks
(Related: Knowledge, Authority, Ignorance, Religious, World)

"The whole schizophrenia angle interested me. When I first started working on it, I thought I would play up that angle more than I ended up doing. The religious aspect of the story was also a draw."
- Chester Brown
(Related: Thought, First, Play, Religious)

"It is time for the government of China to stop holding innocent religious figures in captivity merely for peacefully protesting China's occupation of Tibet."
- Sam Brownback
(Related: Government, Time, Occupation, Religious)

"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)

"Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: May, Persecution, Piety, Religious)

"How strange are the tricks of memory, which, often hazy as a dream about the most important events of a man's life, religiously preserve the merest trifles."
- Richard Burton
(Related: Life, Dream, Events, Man, Memory, Trifles)

"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)

"The three most important things a man has are, briefly, his private parts, his money, and his religious opinions."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Money, Man, Opinions, Religious)

"The orthodox Jewish faith practically excludes woman from religious life."
- Abraham Cahan
(Related: Faith, Life, Religious, Woman)

"The real problem that I think those of us who are evangelicals and Democrats have to face up to is that the political right controls the religious media."
- Tony Campolo
(Related: Democrats, Media, Religious, Right)

"That's what they do in Europe. You go down to the city hall and you become legally connected. You have a civil union there. Then, if you're religious, you go down to the church, and the church blesses the union. That gets the problem solved."
- Tony Campolo
(Related: Church, Europe, Religious)

"I don't know of many evangelicals who want to deny gay couples their legal rights. However, most of us don't want to call it marriage, because we think that word has religious connotations, and we're not ready to see it used in ways that offend us."
- Tony Campolo
(Related: Legal, Marriage, Rights, Gay, Religious, Want, Word)

"And we've got to ask ourselves some very serious questions as to whether or not certain religious leaders, in terms of raising money - I hate to bring this up - are pushing hot buttons."
- Tony Campolo
(Related: Money, Hate, Leaders, Questions, Religious)

"We all have our pet things that we like to get religious about."
- Max Cannon
(Related: Pet, Religious)

"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)

"You can not divorce religious belief and public service. I've never detected any conflict between God's will and my political duty. If you violate one, you violate the other."
- Jimmy Carter
(Related: God, Belief, Conflict, Divorce, Duty, Public, Religious, Service, Will)

"You can't divorce religious belief and public service I've never detected any conflict between God's will and my political duty. If you violate one, you violate the other."
- Jimmy Carter
(Related: God, Belief, Conflict, Divorce, Duty, Public, Religious, Service, Will)

"We should not run away from religious teachings. We should run to them."
- James Carville
(Related: Religious)

"My own personal, moral, spiritual, religious, etc. beliefs don't oppose same-gender marriage."
- Ed Case
(Related: Marriage, Beliefs, Religious, Spiritual)

"Our moral, religious, and political traditions are united in their respect for the dignity of human life."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Life, Dignity, Religious, Respect, Traditions, United)

"Political organizations have slowly substituted themselves for the Churches as the places for believing practices. Politics has once again become religious."
- Michel De Certeau
(Related: Politics, Churches, Religious)

"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)

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

"It is usually when men are at their most religious that they behave with the least sense and the greatest cruelty."
- Ilka Chase
(Related: Men, Cruelty, Religious, Sense)

"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)

"In fact, the U.S. military has bent over backwards to respect the religious beliefs of some very dangerous fanatics who want to kill us."
- Linda Chavez
(Related: Beliefs, Fact, Fanatics, Military, Religious, Respect, Want)

"It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down. Why do we laugh? Because it is a gravely religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Funny, Man, Religious)

"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)

"The word spiritual, not the word religious, is the key."
- Clarence Clemons
(Related: Key, Religious, Spiritual, Word)

"Let's not leave an educational vacuum to be filled by religious extremists who go to families who have no other option and offer meals, housing and some form of education. If we are going to combat extremism then we must educate those very same children."
- Hillary Clinton
(Related: Education, Children, Extremism, Religious)

"I want to host a religious show. I'm sure nobody will be wanting the 11 o'clock spot on Sunday morning. I think we should really get some of our own preachers and preach that gay is good. And we'd have a great choir."
- Kate Clinton
(Related: Gay, Religious, Want, Will)

"In Holland, they have come to precisely the same conclusion. There they have adopted a system of secular education, because they have found it impracticable to unite the religious bodies in any system of combined religious instruction."
- Richard Cobden
(Related: Education, Religious)

"I confess that for fifteen years my efforts in education, and my hopes of success in establishing a system of national education, have always been associated with the idea of coupling the education of this country with the religious communities which exist."
- Richard Cobden
(Related: Education, Success, Idea, Country, Religious, Years)

"A childish soul not inoculated with compulsory prayer is a soul open to any religious infection."
- Alexander Cockburn
(Related: Soul, Open, Prayer, Religious)

"Our mother was a very religious and observant Jew, our father less so. She was kind of driving the religious education, so for us it was more a burden and an obligation when we were kids at that age."
- Joel Coen
(Related: Age, Education, Mother, Father, Burden, Driving, Kids, Obligation, Religious)

"I took the role because it's rare to read a script that makes me laugh and cry, and it spoke to my own religious feelings, as well as giving me a chance to draw on my experience as a parent. Accepting it was a no-brainer."
- Stephen Collins
(Related: Experience, Feelings, Chance, Giving, Religious)

"To make the moral achievement implicit in science a source of strength to civilization, the scientist will have to have the cooperation also of the philosopher and the religious teacher."
- Arthur Holly Compton
(Related: Science, Civilization, Achievement, Strength, Cooperation, Religious, Will)

"Testimony is an integral part of the Black religious tradition. It is the occasion where the believer stands before the community of faith in order to give account of the hope that is in him or her."
- James Hal Cone
(Related: Faith, Hope, Community, Order, Religious, Tradition)

"America owes most of its social prejudices to the exaggerated religious opinions of the different sects which were so instrumental in establishing the colonies."
- James F. Cooper
(Related: America, Opinions, Religious)

"As for the Pope, I am too old to be frightened by his shadow, and am quite sure his shadow or Substance will do less harm to the liberties of my country than will a party, who seek to acquire political power by exciting religious bigotry in the minds of their duped followers."
- Ezra Cornell
(Related: Power, Bigotry, Country, Followers, Harm, Old, Party, Religious, Shadow, Will)

"The priests are debarred from female society, nor is any woman permitted to enter the religious houses."
- Hernando Cortes
(Related: Society, Houses, Religious, Woman)

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

"When you try to figure out what the religious right is, it ultimately comes down either to one man, Pat Robertson, or anyone who believes in a higher being and wants their taxes cut."
- Ann Coulter
(Related: Being, Man, Religious, Right, Taxes)

"The supreme satisfaction is to be able to despise one's neighbor and this fact goes far to account for religious intolerance. It is evidently consoling to reflect that the people next door are headed for hell."
- Aleister Crowley
(Related: People, Fact, Hell, Intolerance, Religious, Satisfaction)

"I'm not religious. In Spain all 22 players make the sign of the cross before they enter the pitch. If it works all matches must therefore end in a draw."
- Johan Cruijff
(Related: End, Religious, Spain)

"I am basically a religious man."
- Cyril Cusack
(Related: Man, Religious)

"Work is a substitute religious experience for many workaholics."
- Mary Daly
(Related: Experience, Work, Religious)

"A man is as old as his arteries and his interests. If he permits his economic, religious, or social arteries to harden, or loses interest in whatever concerns mankind... he will need only six feet of earth."
- Josephus Daniels
(Related: Earth, Feet, Interest, Man, Mankind, Old, Religious, Will)

"What I believe in touches many aspects of religious and spiritual thought. Mainly I'm influenced and inspired by the eastern yogi's aspect of mysticism, Which is, I think, the future."
- Dave Davies
(Related: Thought, Future, Religious, Spiritual)

"The modern dilemma is essentially a spiritual one, and every one of its main aspects, moral, political and scientific, brings us back to the need of a religious solution."
- Christopher Dawson
(Related: Religious, Solution, Spiritual)

"Provincial governments in Canada have terminated the positions of marriage commissioners who have, for personal religious convictions, not performed same sex marriages. It has happened in Saskatchewan."
- Stockwell Day
(Related: Marriage, Sex, Canada, Religious)

"From a religious point of view, if God had thought homosexuality is a sin, he would not have created gay people."
- Howard Dean
(Related: God, Thought, People, Gay, Homosexuality, Religious, Sin)

"I don't describe myself as a Christian or religious, but I like to think that how I live my life is honest."
- Iris DeMent
(Related: Life, Christian, Religious)

"We in the United States should be all the more thankful for the freedom and religious tolerance we enjoy. And we should always remember the lessons learned from the Holocaust, in hopes we stay vigilant against such inhumanity now and in the future."
- Charlie Dent
(Related: Freedom, Future, Now, Religious, states, Tolerance, United)

"I'm not a religious person, so I'm not a hardcore fate fan but I guess it's got me thinking about that. I was very careful, though, not to link Jaye's stories always to that."
- Caroline Dhavernas
(Related: Fate, Religious, Thinking)

"Ancient metaphysics underwent many changes at the hands of medieval thinkers who brought it in line with the dominant religious and theological movements of their day."
- Wilhelm Dilthey
(Related: Day, Metaphysics, Religious)

"Well, after I had the heart attack, it was a very simple choice. What the doctor told me I did and I did it religiously. I ate nothing but lean turkey breast or chicken breast or a piece of fish that was very lean. I mean I stayed away from everything."
- Mike Ditka
(Related: Heart, Choice, Fish, Nothing, Turkey)

"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)

"Inside a religious body you get sects and hierarchies, inside an information network you get bazaars and cathedrals, it is the same, call them what you like. They survive by pointing the finger of blame at each other."
- Mary Douglas
(Related: Blame, Body, Information, Network, Religious)

"If people want to compete for leadership of a religious group, they can compete in piety. A chilling thought. Or funny."
- Mary Douglas
(Related: Funny, Leadership, Thought, People, Piety, Religious, Want)

"We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being."
- William O. Douglas
(Related: People, Being, Religious)

"We're nondenominational. I come from Northern Ireland, and we've had religious wars for years. I didn't want to create an illusion that my God is better than your God. So our show is a spiritual show, not a religious show."
- Roma Downey
(Related: God, Illusion, Ireland, Religious, Spiritual, Want, Years)

"Though I'm not religious in the classical sense I did partake in Passover."
- Fran Drescher
(Related: Religious, Sense)

"I have a great advantage over many of my colleagues inasmuch as my students bring with them to class their own personal knowledge of national, regional, religious, ethnic, occupational, and family folklore traditions."
- Alan Dundes
(Related: Family, Knowledge, Class, Religious, Students, Traditions)

"Very often some of the religious miracle plays you see on television can be very corny, I find. And so simplistic."
- Robert Duvall
(Related: Religious, Television)

"There was no religious ceremony connected with marriage among us, while on the other hand the relation between man and woman was regarded as in itself mysterious and holy."
- Charles Eastman
(Related: Marriage, Ceremony, Man, Religious, Woman)

"Indian names were either characteristic nicknames given in a playful spirit, deed names, birth names, or such as have a religious and symbolic meaning."
- Charles Eastman
(Related: Deed, Meaning, Names, Religious, Spirit)

"The Indian was a religious man from his mother's womb."
- Charles Eastman
(Related: Mother, Man, Religious)

"Every act of his life is, in a very real sense, a religious act."
- Charles Eastman
(Related: Life, Act, Religious, Sense)

"I don't look at this as a religious based thing. To me this is energy based."
- John Edward
(Related: Energy, Religious)

"I am a deeply religious nonbeliever - this is a somewhat new kind of religion."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Religion, Religious)

"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)

"According to this view, democracy is a product of western culture, and it cannot be applied to the Middle East which has a different cultural, religious, sociological and historical background."
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(Related: Culture, Democracy, Religious)

"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 have my own religious bond with the God in my own head."
- Joe Eszterhas
(Related: God, Religious)

"I don't think religious groups should be allowed to apply for federal funds to start new ministries they have not been doing before the funding was available."
- Jerry Falwell
(Related: Religious)

"There is a set of religious, or rather moral, writings which teach that virtue is the certain road to happiness, and vice to misery in this world. A very wholesome and comfortable doctrine, and to which we have but one objection, namely, that it is not true."
- Francois Fenelon
(Related: Happiness, Virtue, Doctrine, Misery, Religious, Road, Vice, World)

"The growing tide of anti-Semitism shocks the conscious of everyone who values freedom, and the ugly, hateful acts particularly stain the character of democracies where liberty and religious freedom are supposed to be respected."
- Mike Ferguson
(Related: Character, Values, Freedom, Liberty, Religious, Ugly)

"Dostoevski does not tell you what to think about his legend, but he requires that you think about it. The novelist was a deeply religious man and he always thought many readers missed that point about him."
- Suzanne Fields
(Related: Thought, Man, Religious)

"It is a grave matter to enter a war, without adequate military preparation; it may prove fatal to come into peace, without moral and religious preparation."
- Louis Finkelstein
(Related: Peace, War, Grave, May, Military, Preparation, Religious)

"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)

"But I do think that we approach music, in of itself, with a religious attitude."
- Jon Fishman
(Related: Music, Attitude, Religious)

"Also, I am very religious. It gave me peace of mind all my career."
- Emerson Fittipaldi
(Related: Peace, Career, Mind, Religious)

"Secular humanists suspect there is something more gloriously human about resisting the religious impulse; about accepting the cold truth, even if that truth is only that the universe is as indifferent to us as we are to it."
- Tom Flynn
(Related: Truth, Religious, Universe)

"Judaism is much more communal, and partly as a consequence of my religious switch, I am increasingly more suspicous of my previous view that what people do in the privacy of their own home is their business alone."
- Luke Ford
(Related: Business, Home, People, Judaism, Privacy, Religious)

"At the time I perceived most religious men, particularly the pastors with all their talk about love, faith and relationship, as effeminate."
- Luke Ford
(Related: Faith, Time, Love, Men, Religious, Talk)

"I have decided to follow in my sinful ways, and have largely abandoned the increasingly religious life I was leading over the previous months, including several hours of Talmudic study a day."
- Luke Ford
(Related: Life, Day, Leading, Months, Religious, Study)

"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)

"The point is that there is tremendous hypocrisy among the Christian right. And I think that Christian voters should start looking at global warming and extreme poverty as a religious issue that speaks to the culture of life."
- Al Franken
(Related: Life, Christian, Culture, Extreme, Global warming, Hypocrisy, Poverty, Religious, Right)

"Being a purely instrumental album, it makes a musical statement, not a religious one, and I hope that people can feel the emotion of the great melodies, even without the words."
- Kenny G
(Related: People, Hope, Being, Emotion, Religious, Words)

"To imply that religious believers have no right to engage moral questions in the public square or at the ballot is simply to establish a Reichian secularism as our state faith."
- Maggie Gallagher
(Related: Faith, Public, Questions, Religious, Right, State)

"I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Morality, Conflict, Doctrine, Reason, Religious)

"A vow is a purely religious act which cannot be taken in a fit of passion. It can be taken only with a mind purified and composed and with God as witness."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: God, Act, Mind, Passion, Religious, Vow)

"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)

"I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Society, Act, Mind, Religious)

"Research on child abuse suggests that religious beliefs can foster, encourage, and justify the abuse of children. When contempt for sex underlies teachings, this creates a breeding ground for abuse."
- Mary Garden
(Related: Sex, Abuse, Beliefs, Breeding, Children, Contempt, Religious, Research)

"The Egyptian tomb was the outcome of the Mesopotamian influence and followed from the religious crisis the country had undergone."
- Stephen Gardiner
(Related: Country, Crisis, Influence, Religious)

"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)

"I have the same sense of the power and virtue of knowledge that some people get from a religious background."
- Walter Gilbert
(Related: Power, People, Knowledge, Virtue, Religious, Sense)

"I think every religious person should have a deep sense of respect for other people's religious documents and religious symbols just as we were deeply opposed to the Taliban destroying the two historic buddhas which they blew up. So I think we ought to all oppose burning the Koran."
- Newt Gingrich
(Related: People, Koran, Deep, Religious, Respect, Sense)

"The notion of religious liberty is that you cannot be forced to participate in a religious ceremony that's not of your choosing simply because you're out-voted."
- Ira Glasser
(Related: Ceremony, Liberty, Religious)

"I'm not a religious person. I'm Catholic, so I consider myself more of a spiritual person. I believe in God."
- Tracey Gold
(Related: God, Religious, Spiritual)

"The concept of neutrality can lead to a brooding and pervasive devotion to the secular and a passive, or even active, hostility to the religious. Such results are not only not compelled by the Constitution, but, it seems to me, are prohibited by it."
- Arthur J. Goldberg
(Related: Constitution, Devotion, Neutrality, Religious, Results)

"The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice."
- Emma Goldman
(Related: Sacrifice, Purpose, Freedom, Religious, State)

"In times when religious or political faith or hope predominates, the writer functions totally in unison with society, and expresses society's feelings, beliefs, and hopes in perfect harmony."
- Juan Goytisolo
(Related: Faith, Society, Feelings, Hope, Beliefs, Harmony, Religious, Writer)

"Pastoral theology and care helps people look deeper at the intersection between their inherited religious traditions and their current life situations."
- Larry Graham
(Related: Life, People, Care, Religious, Theology, Traditions)

"That man is a religious being, is universally conceded, for it has been seen to be universally true."
- Simon Greenleaf
(Related: Being, Man, Religious)

"Today's Islamic fundamentalism is also a cover for political motifs. We should not overlook the political motifs we encounter in forms of religious fanaticism."
- Jurgen Habermas
(Related: Fanaticism, Religious, Today)

"That's because international Islamic religious fanatics have the same goal as the Axis fascists - the destruction of our way of life."
- David Hackworth
(Related: Life, Goal, Destruction, Fanatics, Religious)

"I am atheist in a very religious mould. I'm always asking myself the big questions. Where did we come from? Is there a meaning to all of this? When I find myself in church, I edit the hymns as I sing them."
- Mark Haddon
(Related: Church, Meaning, Questions, Religious)

"I guess it was but I think peoples morality has changed. It's gotten more liberal and more diverse and even in a sense much more fundamental, you take the fundamental religious right in this country, its got to go back about 50 years."
- Larry Hagman
(Related: Morality, Country, Liberal, Religious, Right, Sense, Years)

"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)

"To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, religious fervor and the happiness of her marriage: what could possibly be more prestigious?"
- Christopher Hampton
(Related: Happiness, Famous, Morals, Religious, Woman)

"I've been a religious, spiritual person for a long time."
- Herbie Hancock
(Related: Time, Religious, Spiritual)

"However, I think the major opposition to ecology has deeper roots than mere economics; ecology threatens widely held values so fundamental that they must be called religious."
- Garrett Hardin
(Related: Values, Ecology, Economics, Opposition, Religious)

"You can mostly forget ethnic or religious differences. The competition for a bigger share of the oil proceeds is behind much of the fighting."
- Ed Harris
(Related: Competition, Fighting, Forget, Oil, Religious)

"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)

"There is nothing in the genius of America more precious today than the spirit of religious and political tolerance in its application to our own people."
- Paul Harris
(Related: Genius, People, America, Nothing, Religious, Spirit, Today, Tolerance)

"While the struggle for religious liberty had proceeded without large-scale bloodshed in New England and elsewhere in the United States, the struggle for political liberty had not fared so well."
- Paul Harris
(Related: England, Liberty, Religious, states, Struggle, United)

"Descendants of New England pioneers are proud of their ancestry and glad to proclaim the fact that so far as the United States are concerned, New England is in deed the cradle of religious liberty."
- Paul Harris
(Related: Ancestry, Deed, EnglFact, Liberty, Religious, states, United)

"I love the ACLU and I'm concerned now, especially when it comes to our rights, with current politics and the religious community and the Conservative majority or minority - I don't know who they are."
- Debbie Harry
(Related: Love, Politics, Community, Conservative, Rights, Majority, Minority, Now, Religious)

"Mr. Speaker, I am deeply concerned that many regions of this world are suffering from the effects of armed conflicts with religious aspects. I believe that the differences of faith are not the real reason for these conflicts."
- Alcee Hastings
(Related: Faith, Reason, Religious, Suffering, World)

"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)

"Moreover, I want us to urge political and religious leaders, and all peoples of the world, to move forward in a conciliatory spirit, to deal with religious matters in a responsible and balanced way, and to focus on their common grounds."
- Alcee Hastings
(Related: Focus, Leaders, Religious, Spirit, Want, World)

"Usually, it is not my habit to address religious issues on the floor. I strongly believe in a person's right to religious freedom, as well as the separation of church and state."
- Alcee Hastings
(Related: Habit, Church, Freedom, Religious, Right, Separation, State)

"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)

"The most rabidly religious people are the most rabidly evil."
- Juliana Hatfield
(Related: People, Evil, Religious)

"As a Christian, there is no other part of the New Right ideology that concerns me more than its self-serving misuse of religious faith."
- Mark Hatfield
(Related: Faith, Christian, Ideology, Religious, Right, Self)

"There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry toward religious beliefs... begins."
- Isaac Hayes
(Related: Time, Beliefs, Bigotry, Intolerance, Religious, Satire, World)

"I got one letter at the very beginning, like, in the first season, saying - from a woman who was very religious, very Christian, saying how wrong she thought the show was, but she thinks it's the funniest show on television."
- Sean Hayes
(Related: Thought, Christian, Beginning, First, Religious, Saying, Television, Woman, Wrong)

"But every great scripture, whether Hebrew, Indian, Persian, or Chinese, apart from its religious value will be found to have some rare and special beauty of its own; and in this respect the original Bible stands very high as a monument of sublime poetry and of artistic prose."
- Lafcadio Hearn
(Related: Beauty, Poetry, Bible, Monument, Prose, Religious, Respect, Scripture, Value, Will)

"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)

"Many artists and writers have used cannabis for creative stimulation - from the writers of the world's religious masterpieces to our most irreverent satirists."
- Jack Herer
(Related: Artists, Religious, World, Writers)

"A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair."
- Abraham Joshua Heschel
(Related: Love, Time, God, Thought, Strength, Compassion, Defiance, Despair, Harm, Man, Religious)

"Jackson was not a religious man when he came to Lexington."
- Daniel H. Hill
(Related: Man, Religious)

"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)

"We have a need to be religious, we need to worship, we need to build totems and shrines and icons, but nobody's sure in honor of what."
- Robyn Hitchcock
(Related: Honor, Religious, Worship)

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

"We can trust our doctors to be professional, to minister equally to their patients without regard to their political or religious beliefs. But we can no longer trust our professors to do the same."
- David Horowitz
(Related: Trust, Beliefs, Doctors, Religious)

"Something new has taken place in the past five to eight years. Technologists are providing almost religious visions, and their ideas are resonating in some ways with the same idea of the Rapture."
- Eric Horvitz
(Related: Idea, Ideas, Past, Religious, Visions, Years)

"This is appalling. The idea that a person could be punished because of their religious belief and the idea they might be executed is just beyond belief."
- John Howard
(Related: Idea, Belief, Religious)

"That religious earnestness forever tends toward fright and hence towards brittleness and inquisition is clear enough in mythology and history."
- Thomas Howard
(Related: History, Mythology, Religious)

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

"Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Architecture, Thought, Ideas, Race, Religious, Symbol)

"People truly reaching across boundaries - be they religious or race, political or geographic. A state that is sincerely civil and respectful of each individual's pathway toward life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will be our goal."
- Jon Huntsman, Jr.
(Related: Happiness, Life, People, Goal, Liberty, Pursuit, Race, Religious, State, Will)

"The standpoint of the man who relies on religious experience for capturing Reality must always remain individual and incommunicable."
- Muhammed Iqbal
(Related: Experience, Man, Reality, Religious)

"In the first period religious life appears as a form of discipline which the individual or a whole people must accept as an unconditional command without any rational understanding of the ultimate meaning and purpose of that command."
- Muhammed Iqbal
(Related: Life, People, Discipline, Purpose, First, Meaning, Religious, Understanding)

"Another way of judging the value of a prophet's religious experience, therefore, would be to examine the type of manhood that he has created, and the cultural world that has sprung out of the spirit of his message."
- Muhammed Iqbal
(Related: Experience, Religious, Spirit, Value, World)

"The truth is that the religious and the scientific processes, though involving different methods, are identical in their final aim. Both aim at reaching the most real."
- Muhammed Iqbal
(Related: Truth, Religious)

"The ultimate purpose of religious life is to make this evolution move in a direction far more important to the destiny of the ego than the moral health of the social fabric which forms his present environment."
- Muhammed Iqbal
(Related: Health, Life, Purpose, Destiny, Direction, Ego, Environment, Evolution, Present, Religious)

"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)

"Those people who want to express their religious beliefs on public property should enjoy the same rights that we provide to those protesting the war in Iraq."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: War, People, Beliefs, Rights, Iraq, Property, Public, Religious, Want)

"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)

"I find Jesse Jackson to be religiously, progressively old fashioned."
- Jackie Jackson
(Related: Old)

"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)

"There must be something solemn, serious, and tender about any attitude which we denominate religious. If glad, it must not grin or snicker; if sad, it must not scream or curse."
- William James
(Related: Attitude, Religious)

"Our esteem for facts has not neutralized in us all religiousness. It is itself almost religious. Our scientific temper is devout."
- William James
(Related: Facts, Religious, Temper)

"The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Religious, Silence)

"I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Act, Intolerance, Opinions, Religious, Right, Will, Word)

"I was aware of it, but I grew up in a very a-religious family. My mother never went to church, she never had any religious training or background. It was never a part of our social interaction."
- Donald Johanson
(Related: Family, Mother, Church, Religious, Training)

"Any musical person who has never heard a Negro congregation under the spell of religious fervor sing these old songs has missed one of the most thrilling emotions which the human heart may experience."
- James Weldon Johnson
(Related: Experience, Heart, Emotions, May, Old, Religious, Songs)

"So one reason the science educators panic at the first sign of public rebellion is that they fear exposure of the implicit religious content in what they are teaching."
- Phillip E. Johnson
(Related: Science, Fear, Content, First, Public, Reason, Rebellion, Religious, Teaching)

"Our Constitution recognises no other power than that of persuasion, for enforcing religious observances."
- Richard Mentor Johnson
(Related: Power, Constitution, Persuasion, Religious)

"What other nations call religious toleration, we call religious rights. They are not exercised in virtue of governmental indulgence, but as rights, of which government cannot deprive any portion of citizens, however small."
- Richard Mentor Johnson
(Related: Government, Virtue, Rights, Nations, Religious)

"I have treated many hundreds of patients. Among those in the second half of life - that is to say, over 35 - there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life."
- Carl Jung
(Related: Life, Religious)

"The liberty of the Press is the Palladium of all the civil, political and religious rights of an Englishman."
- Junius
(Related: Rights, Liberty, Press, Religious)

"I grew up in a very religious family. I could read the Qu'ran easily at the age of five."
- Akhmad Kadyrov
(Related: Age, Family, Religious)

"A great power has to have the discipline not only to go when necessary but to know when not to go. Getting involved in ethnic, religious civil wars is a recipe for disaster."
- John Kasich
(Related: Power, Discipline, Disaster, Religious)

"Most religious stories and mythologies have some sort of similar root, some sort of global archetypes."
- Maynard James Keenan
(Related: Religious)

"There are a lot of battles to face, and if I didn't have that religious core - that base to turn to - I would be truly lost."
- Moira Kelly
(Related: Religious)

"I hope that no American will waste his franchise and throw away his vote by voting either for me or against me solely on account of my religious affiliation. It is not relevant."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Hope, American, Religious, Vote, Voting, Waste, Will)

"Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired."
- Robert Kennedy
(Related: America, Diversity, Freedom, Man, Religious)

"The problem with Bush is that yes, he's religious in a fundamentalist sort of way, they read the Old Testament as a sort of charter for the chosen people to do what they like."
- Bruce Kent
(Related: People, Old, Religious)

"Am I a criminal? The world knows I'm not a criminal. What are they trying to put me in jail for? You've lost common sense in this society because of religious fanaticism and dogma."
- Jack Kevorkian
(Related: Society, Common sense, Fanaticism, Religious, Trying, World)

"You're basing your laws and your whole outlook on natural life on mythology. It won't work. That's why you have all these problems in the world. Name them: India, Pakistan, Ireland. Name them-all these problems. They're all religious problems."
- Jack Kevorkian
(Related: Life, Work, Ireland, Laws, Mythology, Name, Problems, Religious, World)

"I mean, I really don't want the federal government to be determining whether or not a person who feels certain ways about the environment or about animals or about certain religious issues should be considered an extremist. That to me is a type of thought control, mind control, which is very dangerous."
- Peter King
(Related: Government, Thought, Control, Animals, Environment, Mind, Religious, Want)

"Many of us view the bible and other religious teachings as mythology."
- Richard King
(Related: Bible, Mythology, Religious)

"Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society."
- Jack Kingston
(Related: Marriage, Society, Influence, Religious)

"Let's say black, the whole black religious experience, here, is very impressive to me, because when I first arrived I realized that people carry their faith with so much pride."
- Boris Kodjoe
(Related: Faith, Experience, People, First, Pride, Religious)

"I don't care if you are religious or not and I think the message is that at the end of the day, everybody has to mature and everybody has to heal and mend their own injuries, emotional injuries, on their own pace."
- Boris Kodjoe
(Related: Care, Day, End, Religious)

"Responsibility and respect of others and their religious beliefs are also part of freedom."
- Horst Koehler
(Related: Beliefs, Freedom, Religious, Respect, Responsibility)

"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)

"I'm very wary of large groups of people getting together and trying to believe the same thing. It never seems to end well, whether it's political or religious or whatever."
- Peter Krause
(Related: People, End, Religious, Trying)

"I am not religious. I do not believe that personhood is conferred upon conception. But I also do not believe that a human embryo is the moral equivalent of a hangnail and deserves no more respect than an appendix."
- Charles Krauthammer
(Related: Religious, Respect)

"All ideologies are idiotic, whether religious or political, for it is conceptual thinking, the conceptual word, which has so unfortunately divided man."
- Jiddu Krishnamurti
(Related: Man, Religious, Thinking, Word)

"You don't have to call it God or Jesus. That's religious humbug to a lot of people, but you've gotta believe that nature and spiritual things surround us. That is what put us here! I thank the universe for that every day of my life."
- Jack LaLanne
(Related: Life, Nature, God, People, Day, Religious, Spiritual, Universe)

"All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives."
- Dalai Lama
(Related: Forgiveness, Love, Compassion, Religious, Traditions)

"No religious position is loyally served by refusing to consider annoying theories which may well turn out to be facts."
- Norman Lamm
(Related: Facts, May, Religious, Theories)

"Not all Modern Orthodox Jews, at the present juncture, identify with what the Israeli government does. In Israel many religious Zionists strongly oppose the government because of the disengagement."
- Norman Lamm
(Related: Government, Israel, Present, Religious)

"Most Modern Orthodox are religious Zionists. Despite all differences and nuances among us, we consider the founding of the State a historic change. We accept it as something that came from Providence."
- Norman Lamm
(Related: Change, Founding, Providence, Religious, State)

"Mankind are divided into sects, and individuals think very differently on religious subjects, from the purest motives; and that gracious common Parent, who loves all his children alike, beholds with approbation every one who worships him in sincerity."
- Joseph Lancaster
(Related: Children, Mankind, Motives, Religious, Sincerity)

"It only takes five people in black robes to determine such crucial issues for our country as abortion, pornography, same-sex 'marriage,' and religious liberties."
- Richard Land
(Related: People, Abortion, Country, Pornography, Religious)

"The territorial state is such an ancient form of society - here in Europe it dates back thousands of years - that it is now protected by the sanctity of age and the glory of tradition. A strong religious feeling mingles with the respect and the devotion to the fatherland."
- Christian Lous Lange
(Related: Age, Society, Devotion, Europe, Feeling, Glory, Now, Religious, Respect, State, Tradition, Years)

"Allow the diversity to exist. There is nothing wrong with it. Hell, we put up with the religious right-we can put up with transgendered human beings."
- Jessica Lange
(Related: Diversity, Hell, Nothing, Religious, Right, Wrong)

"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)

"Religiously the Empire was pluralistic and marked by a search for a faith which would be satisfying intellectually and ethically and would give assurance of immortality."
- Kenneth Scott Latourette
(Related: Faith, Immortality)

"I am not here to parade my religious sentiments, but I declare I have too much respect for the faith in which I was born to ever use it as the basis of a political organization."
- Wilfrid Laurier
(Related: Faith, Religious, Respect)

"Perfection does not consist in any singular state or condition of life, or in any particular set of duties, but in holy and religious conduct of ourselves in every state of Life."
- William Law
(Related: Life, Perfection, Religious, State)

"Sometimes string figures were used to illustrate stories, as in the case of an Eskimo example that depicts a man catching a salmon. Sometimes they had magic or religious significance."
- Louis Leakey
(Related: Example, Magic, Man, Religious)

"I certainly saw science as a kind of calling, and one with as much legitimacy as a religious calling."
- Joshua Lederberg
(Related: Science, Religious)

"We've never been a religious band, but the media wants us to be."
- Amy Lee
(Related: Media, Religious)

"The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin."
- Jay Leno
(Related: Men, Court, Religious, Washington)

"I'm not religious, but I believe that what I have is a gift, and I respect it and live up to it."
- Sugar Ray Leonard
(Related: Religious, Respect)

"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: Art, Artist, Religious)

"We had better dispense with the personification of evil, because it leads, all too easily, to the most dangerous kind of war: religious war."
- Konrad Lorenz
(Related: War, Evil, Religious)

"Bunch together a group of people deliberately chosen for strong religious feelings, and you have a practical guarantee of dark morbidities expressed in crime, perversion, and insanity."
- H. P. Lovecraft
(Related: People, Feelings, Crime, Insanity, Religious)

"From you we have learned what we, at least, value, to separate Church and State; and from you we gather inspiration at all times in our devotion to learning, to religious liberty, and to individual and National freedom."
- Seth Low
(Related: Inspiration, Church, Devotion, Freedom, Learning, Liberty, Religious, State, Value)

"Even now it is no longer composed of the traditional political class, but of a composite layer of corporate leaders, high-level administrators, and the heads of the major professional, labor, political, and religious organisations."
- Jean-Francois Lyotard
(Related: Class, Corporate, Labor, Leaders, Now, Religious)

"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise, every expanded prospect."
- James Madison
(Related: Mind, Religious)

"Union of religious sentiments begets a surprising confidence."
- James Madison
(Related: Confidence, Religious)

"The country has become much more conservative, partly because it's been taken over by the religious right."
- Bill Maher
(Related: Conservative, Country, Religious, Right)

"We're not at a point in time to be taking chances with children and young people in the church. The Holy Father himself said... there is no room in the priesthood or religious life for someone who has abused a child. I think he's right."
- Roger Mahony
(Related: Life, Time, Father, People, Church, Children, Religious, Right)

"The members of such a society consider that the transgression of a religious ordinance should be punished by civil penalties, and that the violation of a civil duty exposes the delinquent to divine correction."
- Henry James Sumner Maine
(Related: Society, Correction, Duty, Religious)

"A lot of the powerful religious leaders, from Jesus to Buddha to Tibetan monks, they're really talking about the same things: love and acceptable, and the value of friendship, and respecting yourself so you can respect others."
- Jena Malone
(Related: Love, Friendship, Leaders, Religious, Respect, Talking, Value)

"The only religious way to think of death is as part and parcel of life."
- Thomas Mann
(Related: Death, Life, Religious)

"It is from the traditional family that we absorb those universal ideals and principles which are the teaching of Jesus, the bedrock of our religious faith. We are taught the difference between right and wrong, and about the law, just punishment and discipline."
- Kamisese Mara
(Related: Family, Faith, Discipline, Difference, Ideals, Law, Principles, Punishment, Religious, Right, Teaching, Wrong)

"The facts are plain: Religious leaders who preside over marriage ceremonies must and will be guided by what they believe. If they do not wish to celebrate marriages for same-sex couples, that is their right. The Supreme Court says so. And the Charter says so."
- Paul Martin
(Related: Marriage, Court, Facts, Leaders, Religious, Right, Will)

"Five years from now, 10 years from now, there's going to be a huge Islamic population in the world, they're going to be nationalistic, they're going to be religious, and they're going to be militant."
- Chris Matthews
(Related: Now, Population, Religious, World, Years)

"As far as military necessity will permit, religiously respect the constitutional rights of all."
- George McClellan
(Related: Rights, Military, Necessity, Respect, Will)

"My father was very outwardly religious."
- John McGahern
(Related: Father, Religious)

"The churches... have lost much of their authority over youth because they have refused to re-examine their religious sanctions and their dogmatic preaching in the light of modern physiology, psychology and sociology."
- Agnes E. Meyer
(Related: Authority, Churches, Light, Preaching, Psychology, Religious, Youth)

"I think it's always dangerous to make political arguments in a religiously ideological way. And it's very dangerous to treat as traitors to the American nation those who think differently."
- Adam Michnik
(Related: American, Arguments, Nation)

"I don't believe in God personally but I have great respect for those people who do and different people have different religious views in this country."
- Ed Miliband
(Related: God, People, Country, Religious, Respect)

"The marriage of a man and woman is the most enduring human institution, honored in all cultures and by every religious faith. It's in this institution that children are meant to be nurtured. We know this after thousands of years of human experience."
- Jeff Miller
(Related: Experience, Marriage, Faith, Children, Man, Religious, Woman, Years)

"What happens is that people who are very religious but who are not in touch with reality, cannot be spiritual."
- Keith Miller
(Related: People, Reality, Religious, Spiritual)

"We religious controllers control in the name of Jesus and it is really painful to people."
- Keith Miller
(Related: People, Control, Name, Religious)

"Religious work is one of the best ways to keep from facing your reality if you are Christian, if you are using it to calm the pain, because that it what all addictions are, attempts to cover the pain of this spiritual disease."
- Keith Miller
(Related: Work, Christian, Disease, Pain, Reality, Religious, Spiritual)

"Religious advertising is undergoing a dramatic conversion."
- Lisa Miller
(Related: Advertising, Religious)

"I have an almost religious zeal... not for technology per se, but for the Internet which is for me, the nervous system of mother Earth, which I see as a living creature, linking up."
- Dan Millman
(Related: Technology, Mother, Earth, Internet, Living, Religious, Zeal)

"I was brought up Catholic, and my family is still very religious."
- Donna Mills
(Related: Family, Religious)

"True religious movements prosper and flourish under tribulation."
- Sun Myung Moon
(Related: Religious)

"Every religious pioneer, including Jesus Christ, was persecuted by his contemporaries. But once people understand me, their turn can be dramatic like Saint Paul's."
- Sun Myung Moon
(Related: People, Christ, Religious)

"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)

"I find it difficult to imagine an afterlife, such as Christians, or at any rate many religious people, conceive it, believing that the conversations with relatives and friends interrupted here on earth will be continued in the hereafter."
- Edvard Munch
(Related: People, Afterlife, Earth, Friends, Relatives, Religious, Will)

"I believe that nothing enjoys a higher estate in our society than the right given by the First and Fourteenth Amendments freely to practice and proclaim one's religious convictions."
- Frank Murphy
(Related: Society, First, Nothing, Practice, Religious, Right)

"Religious freedom is too sacred a right to be restricted or prohibited in any degree without convincing proof that a legitimate interest of the state is in grave danger."
- Frank Murphy
(Related: Danger, Freedom, Grave, Interest, Proof, Religious, Right, State)

"The trend of all knowledge at the present is to specialize, but archaeology has in it all the qualities that call for the wide view of the human race, of its growth from the savage to the civilized, which is seen in all stages of social and religious development."
- Margaret Murray
(Related: Knowledge, Development, Growth, Present, Race, Religious)

"Fascism is a religious concept."
- Benito Mussolini
(Related: Fascism, Religious)

"Offspring, the due performance on religious rites, faithful service, highest conjugal happiness and heavenly bliss for the ancestors and oneself, depend on one's wife alone."
- Guru Nanak
(Related: Happiness, Wife, Performance, Religious, Service)

"North Eurasia is one of the best examples of religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence of Islam and Christianity. This is a rare thing in today's world, even in its most liberal parts."
- Nursultan Nazarbayev
(Related: Christianity, Islam, Liberal, Religious, Today, Tolerance, World)

"Every religious group, while perhaps a majority somewhere, is also inevitably a minority somewhere else. Thus, religious organizations should and do show tolerance toward members of other religious denominations."
- Russell M. Nelson
(Related: Majority, Minority, Religious, Tolerance)

"Many religious confessions share common values. They teach that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us."
- Russell M. Nelson
(Related: Values, Religious)

"When the soul drifts uncertainly between life and the dream, between the mind's disorder and the return to cool reflection, it is in religious thought that we should seek consolation."
- Gerard De Nerval
(Related: Life, Soul, Thought, Dream, Disorder, Mind, Reflection, Religious)

"I choose to worship not believing in God and government should not thrust a religious idea down my throat."
- Michael Newdow
(Related: Government, God, Idea, Religious, Worship)

"I first began to read religious books at school, and especially the Bible, when I was eleven years old; and almost immediately commenced a habit of secret prayer."
- Francis W. Newman
(Related: Habit, Bible, Books, First, Old, Prayer, Religious, School, Years)

"Virtue is its own reward, and brings with it the truest and highest pleasure; but if we cultivate it only for pleasure's sake, we are selfish, not religious, and will never gain the pleasure, because we can never have the virtue."
- John Henry Newman
(Related: Virtue, Gain, Pleasure, Religious, Reward, Will)

"And the whole world, the whole world that believes in freedom, whether you're talking about personal freedom, economic freedom, religious freedom, they look to the United States for leadership; and you're part of that leadership."
- Don Nickles
(Related: Leadership, Freedom, Religious, states, Talking, United, World)

"The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism."
- Reinhold Niebuhr
(Related: God, Fanaticism, Religious, Value)

"After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Man, Religious)

"My wife and I are affiliated with a temple here in Los Angeles. We feel very close to the congregation and to the rabbi, who happens to be my wife's cousin and who I admire greatly. I talk to him regularly but I consider myself more spiritual than religious."
- Leonard Nimoy
(Related: Wife, Temple, Religious, Spiritual, Talk)

"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)

"My generation, faced as it grew with a choice between religious belief and existential despair, chose marijuana. Now we are in our Cabernet stage."
- Peggy Noonan
(Related: Belief, Choice, Despair, Now, Religious)

"I'm a very religious person."
- Chuck Norris
(Related: Religious)

"Starbucks says they are going to start putting religious quotes on cups. The very first one will say, 'Jesus! This cup is expensive!'"
- Conan O'Brien
(Related: First, Quotes, Religious, Will)

"It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious liberty from a room of silent, thoughtful schoolchildren."
- Sandra Day O'Connor
(Related: Liberty, Religious, Thoughtful)

"A moment of silence is not inherently religious."
- Sandra Day O'Connor
(Related: Religious, Silence)

"The equality that we are all entitled to, as citizens of this democracy, can't be avoided by some religious dogma of a President who's is supposed to believe in the notion of separation of church and state. And he frankly doesn't."
- Rosie O'Donnell
(Related: Equality, Church, Democracy, President, Religious, Separation, State)

"I'm pretty much a good Catholic girl at heart, and I believe in family. I also have a basic belief that God takes care of me. I believe in prayer, even though I'm not that religious. I just have that foundation from my family. I mean when you think that you're just a human being and one of God's creatures, you can't take anything that seriously."
- Catherine O'Hara
(Related: God, Family, Heart, Belief, Being, Care, Prayer, Pretty, Religious)

"The data, however, do indicate that Christians who see Jews through a 17th-century lens, believing that most are thoroughly religious, are thoroughly wrong."
- Marvin Olasky
(Related: Religious, Wrong)

"With regard to the moral and religious condition of the slaves, I cannot, either from what I observe, or from what is told me, consider it in any way gratifying."
- Frederick Law Olmsted
(Related: Religious)

"The Clinton administration launched an attack on people in Texas because those people were religious nuts with guns. Hell, this country was founded by religious nuts with guns. Who does Bill Clinton think stepped ashore on Plymouth Rock?"
- P. J. O'Rourke
(Related: People, Country, Hell, Religious)

"Israel of the coastal plain, where eight out of ten Israeli Jews live far removed from the occupied territories, from the fiery Jerusalem, from the religious and nationalistic conflicts, is unknown to the outside world, almost unknown to itself."
- Amos Oz
(Related: Israel, Religious, World)

"I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Equality, Justice, Man, Mercy, Religious)

"The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Absence, Religious, World)

"I know that we shall meet problems along the way, but I'd far rather see for myself what's going on in the world outside, than rely on newspapers, television, politicians and religious leaders to tell me what I should be thinking."
- Michael Palin
(Related: Leaders, Newspapers, Politicians, Problems, Religious, Television, Thinking, World)

"Contrary to what the politicians and religious leaders would like us to believe, the world won't be made safer by creating barriers between people."
- Michael Palin
(Related: People, Leaders, Politicians, Religious, World)

"Self-denial is indispensable to a strong character, and the highest kind comes from a religious stock."
- Theodore Parker
(Related: Character, Religious, Self)

"Realizing that they can't get their agenda across: against religious liberty, against a culture of life, they can't get those issues across through the legislature, as people respond and their elected officials represent them, so they attempt to do it through the courts."
- Rod Parsley
(Related: Life, People, Culture, Liberty, Religious)

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction."
- Blaise Pascal
(Related: Men, Conviction, Evil, Religious)

"And the fifteenth century was an impassioned age, so ardent and serious in its pursuit of art that it consecrated everything with which art had to ad as a religious object."
- Walter Pater
(Related: Art, Age, Pursuit, Religious)

"The question confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message."
- Pope John Paul II
(Related: Church, Man, Media, Question, Religious, Today)

"I'd like to design something like a city or a museum. I want to do something hands on rather than just play golf which is the sport of the religious right."
- Brad Pitt
(Related: Design, Golf, Play, Religious, Right, Want)

"It becomes us in humility to make our devout acknowledgments to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for the inestimable civil and religious blessings with which we are favored."
- James K. Polk
(Related: Blessings, Humility, Religious, Universe)

"There is in my work a very strong religious foreground and background. In the later work some of that tends to diminish, but it's certainly present in the early work."
- Chaim Potok
(Related: Work, Present, Religious)

"To the extent that I come from a deeply religious tradition and have been contending with those beginnings all of my life - that constitutes the subject of much of my early fiction."
- Chaim Potok
(Related: Life, Beginnings, Fiction, Religious, Tradition)

"Well, in The Chosen, Danny Saunders, from the heart of his religious reading of the world, encounters an element in the very heart of the secular readings of the world - Freudian psychoanalytic theory."
- Chaim Potok
(Related: Heart, Reading, Religious, Theory, World)

"Unhappy, let alone angry, religious people provide more persuasive arguments for atheism and secularism than do all the arguments of atheists."
- Dennis Prager
(Related: People, Arguments, Atheism, Religious)

"It was seldom that I attended any religious meetings, as my parents had not much faith in and were never so unfortunate as to unite themselves with any of the religious sects."
- Orson Pratt
(Related: Faith, Meetings, Parents, Religious)

"Too many religious organizations are in the business of enforcing beliefs."
- Charley Pride
(Related: Business, Beliefs, Religious)

"I think the moral majority and religious right have been shrinking and having not quite as loud a voice in America, and all of a sudden people are coming to their own realizations going, 'Joe down the street is gay and he's a great guy.'"
- Jason Priestley
(Related: People, America, Gay, Majority, Religious, Right, Voice)

"Yes, I'm religious. God has shown me things, made certain ways clear to me."
- Richard Pryor
(Related: God, Religious)

"I'm not religious in any formal sense, not in any God sense."
- Al Purdy
(Related: God, Religious, Sense)

"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)

"Religious poetry, civic poetry, lyric or dramatic poetry are all categories of man's expression which are valid only if the endorsement of formal content is valid."
- Salvatore Quasimodo
(Related: Poetry, Content, Expression, Man, Religious)

"Religious power, which, as I have already said, frequently identifies itself with political power, has always been a protagonist of this bitter struggle, even when it seemingly was neutral."
- Salvatore Quasimodo
(Related: Power, Religious, Struggle)

"After the turbulence of death, moral principles and even religious proofs are called into question."
- Salvatore Quasimodo
(Related: Death, Principles, Question, Religious)

"Funny you mention my dinner parties when I have just suggested that inviting close friends over to share a meal with candlelight and wine at your table could be a form of religious experience for some people. To me it's a form of sacrament."
- Sally Quinn
(Related: Experience, Funny, People, Friends, Religious, Wine)

"I was brought up by an Episcopalian father and Presbyterian mother in nondenominational Army chapels all over the world and never really had much religious experience."
- Sally Quinn
(Related: Experience, Mother, Father, Army, Religious, World)

"Christians can bring peace to multi-religious Europe because we are able to understand the role of faith in the lives of other believers better than atheists."
- Timothy Radcliffe
(Related: Faith, Peace, Europe)

"We shall say clearly that any symbol conspicuously displaying religious affiliation in school is prohibited."
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin
(Related: Religious, School, Symbol)

"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)

"I am a believer, but I affirm that in public buildings the law of the Republic overrides religious rules."
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin
(Related: Law, Public, Religious, Rules)

"Of course the case of the Christian Church planted among the nations must differ, in various ways, from that of any sect forming in connection with religious awakening in a territory of professing Christianity."
- Robert Rainy
(Related: Christian, Christianity, Church, Connection, Nations, Religious)

"Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious."
- Ramakrishna
(Related: Books, Reading, Religious, sayings, Will)

"From the smallest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and everything we have comes from one attribute of man - the function of his reasoning mind."
- Ayn Rand
(Related: Man, Mind, Necessity, Religious)

"Justice is never given; it is exacted and the struggle must be continuous for freedom is never a final fact, but a continuing evolving process to higher and higher levels of human, social, economic, political and religious relationship."
- A. Philip Randolph
(Related: Fact, Freedom, Justice, Religious, Struggle)

"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)

"Whoever sets any bounds for the reconstructive power of the religious life over the social relations and institutions of men, to that extent denies the faith of the Master."
- Walter Rauschenbusch
(Related: Faith, Life, Power, Men, Religious)

"I was obsessed with religious questions, the basics: Why are we here? Why is the world so beautiful?"
- Anne Rice
(Related: Questions, Religious, World)

"There are men who think themselves too wise to be religious."
- Samuel Richardson
(Related: Men, Religious)

"I think church and state should remain entirely separate at all costs, and that the decision of religious marriage should be of each faith to debate and decide free of political influence."
- Adam Rickitt
(Related: Faith, Marriage, Decision, Church, Debate, Influence, Religious, State)

"To that movement, consecrated by religious principle, sustained by an awful sense of justice, and cheered by the brightest hopes of future good, all our powers, talents, and attainments are devoted."
- George Ripley
(Related: Future, Justice, Religious, Sense)

"Reject racial or religious hate. Embrace moderate Islam."
- Geraldo Rivera
(Related: Islam, Hate, Religious)

"I only drank for three years of my life, but I drank enough in those three years to last me the rest of my life... It's a religious thing."
- Marty Robbins
(Related: Life, Religious, Rest, Years)

"The problem we have in America is the systematic erosion of our religious values in an attempt by certain liberal groups to expunge our Christian heritage from the public square."
- Pat Robertson
(Related: Values, Christian, America, Liberal, Public, Religious)

"Oddly enough, George Pal always began and ended something with The Bible. All his pictures had a religious undertone. God was always there, protecting us."
- Ann Robinson
(Related: God, Bible, Religious)

"Our aversion to lying is commonly a secret ambition to make what we say considerable, and have every word received with a religious respect."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Ambition, Lying, Religious, Respect, Word)

"Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
(Related: Education, Faith, Government, History, People, Europe, Religious, Will)

"Religious persecutors are not believers, they are rascals."
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Related: Religious)

"I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult."
- Rita Rudner
(Related: Dogs, Religious, Wonder)

"Unless one is a religious fundamentalist and believes that man was created in the image and likeness of God, it is foolish to believe that human beings are exempt from biological classification and the laws of evolution that apply to all other life forms."
- J. Philippe Rushton
(Related: Life, God, Evolution, Laws, Man, Religious)

"For us, holding on to religious rules, and following them, and refraining from what's forbidden, and being diligent with our duties, what do we call that? That's what we call freedom."
- Muqtada al Sadr
(Related: Being, Forbidden, Freedom, Religious, Rules)

"He had a theory, Walt did, that the religious life, and all the agony that goes with it, is just something God sics on people who have the gall to accuse Him of having created an ugly world."
- J. D. Salinger
(Related: God, Life, People, Religious, Theory, Ugly, World)

"Both French and Latin are involved with nationalistic and religious implications which could not be entirely shaken off, and so, while they seemed for a long time to have solved the international language problem up to a certain point, they did not really do so in spirit."
- Edward Sapir
(Related: Time, Language, Religious, Spirit)

"The style of the Bible in general is singularly adapted to men of every class and grade of culture, affording the child the simple nourishment for its religious wants, and the profoundest thinker inexhaustible matter of study."
- Philip Schaff
(Related: Men, Bible, Class, Culture, Religious, Study, Style)

"The vast majority of Muslims living here are peaceful citizens. Unfortunately, however, we also see religious and political fanaticism among Muslim groups in Germany."
- Otto Schily
(Related: Muslim, Fanaticism, Germany, Living, Majority, Religious)

"However, intention needn't enter in, and if a reader sees things in a religious way, and the work is dogmatically acceptable, then I don't see why it should not be interpreted in that way, as well as in others."
- James Schuyler
(Related: Work, Intention, Religious)

"By respect for life we become religious in a way that is elementary, profound and alive."
- Albert Schweitzer
(Related: Life, Religious, Respect)

"I think every man who is not a religious moron likes when a woman is comfortable with watching a porn movie."
- Izabella Scorupco
(Related: Man, Religious, Woman)

"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)

"Some of my ancestors were religious dissenters who came to America over three hundred years ago. Others were abolitionists in New England in the eighteen forties and fifties."
- Pete Seeger
(Related: America, England, Religious, Years)

"I love my country very dearly, and I greatly resent the implication that some of the places that I have sung and some of the people that I have known, and some of my opinions, whether they are religious or philosophical, make me less of an American."
- Pete Seeger
(Related: Love, People, American, Country, Opinions, Religious)

"I am saying voluntarily that I have sung for almost every religious group in the country, from Jewish and Catholic, and Presbyterian and Holy Rollers and Revival Churches."
- Pete Seeger
(Related: Churches, Country, Religious, Saying)

"I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical or religious beliefs or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs."
- Pete Seeger
(Related: Beliefs, Questions, Religious)

"I think the court will determine that the Faith-Based Initiative that the White House has instituted in the last five years is constitutional, in the context of allowing for broad-based programs to include religious providers."
- Jay Alan Sekulow
(Related: Faith, Court, Religious, Will, Years)

"I have always felt that my work is religious, not sacrilegious."
- Andres Serrano
(Related: Work, Religious)

"Any religious organization should be allowed to hire based on their religious preference- but not with federal dollars."
- Jose Serrano
(Related: Religious)

"Military organization, like religious organization, can be seen as a paradigm of organization in general."
- Robert Shea
(Related: Military, Religious)

"Indeed, one of the most successful and influential religious organizations in history, the Society of Jesus, was consciously modeled along military lines by its founder, Ignatius Loyola."
- Robert Shea
(Related: Society, History, Successful, Military, Religious)

"Religious faith depends on a host of social, psychological and emotional factors that have little or nothing to do with probabilities, evidence and logic."
- Michael Shermer
(Related: Faith, Logic, Nothing, Religious)

"No student of Chinese history can say that the Chinese are incapable of religious experience, even when judged by the standards of medieval Europe or pious India."
- Hu Shih
(Related: History, Experience, Europe, Religious)

"It is true that the Chinese are not so religious as the Hindus, or even as the Japanese; and they are certainly not so religious as the Christian missionaries desire them to be."
- Hu Shih
(Related: Christian, Desire, Missionaries, Religious)

"But I wish to point out that it is entirely wrong to say that the Chinese are not religious."
- Hu Shih
(Related: Religious, Wrong)

"The Chinese people, too, went through all kinds of vicissitudes in their religious development."
- Hu Shih
(Related: People, Development, Religious)

"We spend millions of dollars per year supplying more than adequate meals and a Koran to every detainee along with a prayer rug that meets their religious standards."
- Bill Shuster
(Related: Koran, Prayer, Religious)

"Liberty is the possibility of doubting, the possibility of making a mistake, the possibility of searching and experimenting, the possibility of saying No to any authority - literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social and even political."
- Ignazio Silone
(Related: Mistake, Possibility, Authority, Liberty, Literary, Religious, Saying)

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

"I think it's a mother's dream come true to see it work out that way. Not just the mother, but certainly parents, to know that their children have a very solid moral foundation and religious foundation."
- Erika Slezak
(Related: Work, Mother, Dream, Children, Parents, Religious)

"When religious leaders get involved in elections, it is usually with a reactionary social agenda."
- Elizabeth Joan Smith
(Related: Elections, Leaders, Religious)

"Yet for my part, deeply as I am moved by the religious architecture of the Middle Ages, I cannot honestly say that I ever felt the slightest emotion in any modern Gothic church."
- Goldwin Smith
(Related: Architecture, Church, Emotion, Religious)

"So always, if we look back, concern for face-to-face morality, and its modern emphasis on justice as well, have historically evolved as religious issues."
- Huston Smith
(Related: Morality, Concern, Justice, Religious)

"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)

"This, it may be said, is no more than a hypothesis... only of that force of precedent which in all times has been so strong to keep alive religious forms of which the original meaning is lost."
- William Robertson Smith
(Related: Force, May, Meaning, Religious)

"But if it not be true, the myth itself requires to be explained, and every principle of philosophy and common sense demand that the explanation be sought, not in arbitrary allegorical categories, but in the actual facts of ritual or religious custom to which the myth attaches."
- William Robertson Smith
(Related: Common sense, Custom, Facts, Myth, Philosophy, Religious, Ritual)

"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)

"For those who live neither with religious consolations about death nor with a sense of death (or of anything else) as natural, death is the obscene mystery, the ultimate affront, the thing that cannot be controlled. It can only be denied."
- Susan Sontag
(Related: Death, Mystery, Religious, Sense)

"Establishing an equilibrium between the Islam of truth and Islam as an identity is one of the most difficult tasks of religious intellectuals."
- Abdolkarim Soroush
(Related: Truth, Islam, Identity, Intellectuals, Religious)

"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)

"A religious life is a struggle and not a hymn."
- Madame de Stael
(Related: Life, Religious, Struggle)

"The best way in the world to deceive believers is to cloak a message in religious language and declare that it conveys some new insight from God."
- Charles Stanley
(Related: God, Language, Religious, World)

"The religious superstitions of women perpetuate their bondage more than all other adverse influences."
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
(Related: Women, Religious)

"On September 11, the murders of World Trade Center employees and visitors took the lives of numerous nationalities, ethnic groups and religious followers."
- Cliff Stearns
(Related: Employees, Followers, Religious, Trade, World)

"During the crusades all were religious mad, and now all are mad for want of it."
- J. G. Stedman
(Related: Now, Religious, Want)

"The notion of a contemporary epiphany to me is very exciting, because it's a sort of biblical thing. It's something that has happened to people in other centuries or in the context of religious experience."
- Pamela Stephenson
(Related: Experience, People, Religious)

"When many astronauts go to space, they see the insignificant size of the earth and vastness of space, and they become very religious, because they have seen the Signs of Allah."
- Cat Stevens
(Related: Earth, Religious, Space)

"I became alienated from this religious upbringing, and started making music. I wanted to be a big star. All those things I saw in the films and on the media took hold of me, and perhaps I thought this was my god: the goal of making money."
- Cat Stevens
(Related: Money, Music, Thought, Goal, Media, Religious)

"I am certainly not a mainstream religious man."
- David Ogden Stiers
(Related: Man, Religious)

"At the time, acid made me consider questions of reality, the difference, as someone said, between words and silence. It also brought back a lot of latent religious feelings in me that I had turned my back on."
- Robert Stone
(Related: Time, Feelings, Difference, Questions, Reality, Religious, Silence, Words)

"Convinced that the attachment of colonies to the metropolis, depends infinitely more upon moral and religious feeling, than political arrangement, or even commercial advantage, I cannot but lament that more is not done to instill it into the minds of the people."
- John Strachan
(Related: People, Feeling, Religious)

"An intellectual is going to have doubts, for example, about a fundamentalist religious doctrine that admits no doubt, about an imposed political system that allows no doubt, about a perfect aesthetic that has no room for doubt."
- Antonio Tabucchi
(Related: Doctrine, Doubt, Example, Religious)

"One of my good friends is Christian, goes to church every Sunday, very religious. I'm fine with that and I will never judge her."
- Amber Tamblyn
(Related: Christian, Church, Friends, Religious, Will)

"My own personal connection with God was not in a religious sense, so I wasn't really thinking in that way when I got the role and when I started doing it."
- Amber Tamblyn
(Related: God, Connection, Religious, Sense, Thinking)

"I think I had an advantage in the sense that I wasn't raised religiously."
- Amber Tamblyn
(Related: Sense)

"A good meditation, even when it is interrupted by occasional nodding, is much more beneficial than many outward religious exercises."
- Johannes Tauler
(Related: Meditation, Religious)

"Those were the days, you know. It's an English thing; as soon as it's gets to 6 pm, you have to go and have a drink. We used to stick to that religiously."
- Andy Taylor
(Related: English)

"If God is sovereign, then it is impossible for civil government to be neutral on issues of law. All law is based in some religious code."
- Randall Terry
(Related: Government, God, Law, Religious)

"Divorce these days is a religious vow, as if the proper offspring of marriage."
- Tertullian
(Related: Marriage, Divorce, Religious, Vow)

"In earlier times, so many people sang much more. You know as a kid you'd go to some kind of religious training and or summer camp or whatever it was and you'd learn to sing a lot of songs."
- Michael Tilson Thomas
(Related: People, Religious, Songs, Summer, Training)

"The Catholic Church - it's so difficult because I don't want say anything offensive but it makes me very angry that religious leaders from this faith have tried to respond negatively to sexual education and to the promotion of condom use."
- Emma Thompson
(Related: Education, Faith, Church, Leaders, Promotion, Religious, Want)

"But certainly in Uganda, Mozambique and South Africa, people don't really talk about sex and certainly religious leaders - some of them - up to now have been very unwilling to accept, for instance, the promotion of condom use."
- Emma Thompson
(Related: Sex, People, Leaders, Now, Promotion, Religious, Talk)

"Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Old)

"Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt."
- Paul Tillich
(Related: Answers, Being, Existence, Hurt, Meaning, Question, Religious)

"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)

"The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian."
- Aiden Wilson Tozer
(Related: God, Christian, Bible, Favorite, Nothing, Perfection, Spiritual, Word)

"One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organizations do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always."
- Aiden Wilson Tozer
(Related: Men, Life, Church, First, Football, Religious, Unity)

"The Republic of Macedonia is being built on democratic ideals and values, not on ethnic groups. Those ideals and values include economic opportunities, language and educational opportunities, religious rights, and political processes."
- Boris Trajkovski
(Related: Values, Being, Rights, Ideals, Language, Religious)

"There are two traditions in Northern Ireland. There are two main religious denominations. But there is only one true moral denomination. And it wants peace."
- David Trimble
(Related: Peace, Ireland, Religious, Traditions)

"That children shall be compelled to receive religious instruction which is in antagonism to the wishes of their parents, is what no man with say sense of justice would suggest."
- Charles Tupper
(Related: Children, Justice, Man, Parents, Religious, Sense, Wishes)

"That text-books be permitted in Catholic schools such as will not offend the religious views of the minority, and which from an educational standpoint shall be satisfactory to the advisory board."
- Charles Tupper
(Related: Minority, Religious, Schools, Will)

"Let it be henceforth proclaimed to the world that man's conscience was created free; that he is no longer accountable to his fellow man for his religious opinions, being responsible therefore only to his God."
- John Tyler
(Related: God, Being, Conscience, Man, Opinions, Religious, World)

"And also a lot of Muslims are no more religious then the average Swede. For them it's natural that human rights come first."
- Bjorn Ulvaeus
(Related: First, Rights, Human rights, Religious)

"I believe that religious faith schools are highly dubious."
- Bjorn Ulvaeus
(Related: Faith, Religious, Schools)

"My childhood beliefs became so much a part of me that even today I find myself automatically living by a personal standard of conduct which can only be explained as resulting from my religious training."
- Robert Vaughn
(Related: Beliefs, Childhood, Living, Religious, Today, Training)

"I suppose you could sum up the religious aspects of my boyhood by saying it was a time of life when I was taught the difference between right and wrong as it specifically applied to Catholicism."
- Robert Vaughn
(Related: Life, Time, Catholicism, Difference, Religious, Right, Saying, Wrong)

"We are familiar with terrorism. But indiscriminate, cross-border, religiously motivated terrorism is new."
- Gijs de Vries
(Related: Terrorism)

"It may be shocking to some people in this country to realize that, without meaning to do so, they hold views in common with Hitler when they preach discrimination against other religious, racial or economic groups."
- Henry A. Wallace
(Related: People, Country, Discrimination, May, Meaning, Religious)

"I don't know what religious people do. I kind of wished I'd been a Christian with the blind faith that God is doing the right thing. As a Buddhist, you feel like you have more control over the situation, and that you can change your karma."
- Marcia Wallace
(Related: Change, Faith, God, People, Control, Christian, Buddhist, Blind, Karma, Religious, Right)

"The left and right are not religious categories. They're often not even value categories."
- Jim Wallis
(Related: Religious, Right, Value)

"No, we are not the master of the state, said King. We are not the servant of the state. We are the conscience of the state. The churches or the religious community should be, I think, the conscience of the state. We're not just service providers."
- Jim Wallis
(Related: Churches, Community, Conscience, Religious, Service, State)

"I believe in the separation of church and state, absolutely. But I don't believe in the separation of public life from our values, our basic values, and for many of us, our religious values."
- Jim Wallis
(Related: Life, Values, Church, Public, Religious, Separation, State)

"I don't think we should discriminate against an organization or congregation because they're religious, if they're doing good work. But government can't subsidize proselytizing or worship or religious activity. It can't."
- Jim Wallis
(Related: Government, Work, Religious, Worship)

"The media seems to think only abortion and gay marriage are religious issues. Poverty is a moral issue, it's a faith issue, it's a religious issue."
- Jim Wallis
(Related: Faith, Marriage, Abortion, Gay, Media, Poverty, Religious)

"The new spirituality will also base itself on a third very large spiritual understanding, which is that life is eternal. Most religious people claim to believe that, but very few people actually live as if that were true."
- Neale Donald Walsch
(Related: Life, People, Religious, Spiritual, Spirituality, Understanding, Will)

"I didn't have a very religious family."
- Barbara Walters
(Related: Family, Religious)

"I also found that for myself, since I've had no religious education, it was so interesting to see the different versions of heaven and what life on earth means."
- Barbara Walters
(Related: Life, Education, Earth, Heaven, Religious)

"Everybody has a job to do. There are people in Iraq on both sides of this war who do what they do for religious reasons, and they feel with God on their side. Some people are good at annihilating people. Maybe that's their gift."
- Denzel Washington
(Related: War, God, People, Iraq, Job, Religious)

"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)

"Today, the theory of evolution is an accepted fact for everyone but a fundamentalist minority, whose objections are based not on reasoning but on doctrinaire adherence to religious principles."
- James D. Watson
(Related: Evolution, Fact, Minority, Principles, Religious, Theory, Today)

"The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity."
- Alan Watts
(Related: God, Idea, Duty, Infinity, Religious)

"There is a species of person called a 'Modern Churchman' who draws the full salary of a beneficed clergyman and need not commit himself to any religious belief."
- Evelyn Waugh
(Related: Belief, Religious)

"But alas, they are all sadly deficient, because they leave us under the domination of political and religious prejudices; and they are as inefficient as the sleepy dose of an ordinary sermon."
- Adam Weishaupt
(Related: Religious)

"A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain."
- Jessamyn West
(Related: Love, Religious)

"Both Christians and religious Jews are finding it increasingly difficult to practice their faiths through college groups on so-called mainline campuses in the United States."
- Paul Weyrich
(Related: College, Practice, Religious, states, United)

"Among the many reasons assignable for the sad decay of true Christianity, perhaps the neglecting to assemble ourselves together, in religious societies, may not be one of the least."
- George Whitefield
(Related: Christianity, May, Religious)

"I have always noticed that deeply and truly religious persons are fond of a joke, and I am suspicious of those who aren't."
- Alfred North Whitehead
(Related: Religious)

"No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them."
- Elie Wiesel
(Related: Faith, Race, Religious, Wrong)

"At some point we must make a decision not to allow the mere threat of charges of cultural or religious insensitivity to stop us from dealing with this evil."
- Armstrong Williams
(Related: Decision, Evil, Religious)

"Democratic societies can no longer give religious fanatics a free hand to abuse and murder non believers. Such action betrays contempt for the basic human rights which animate any democracy with meaning."
- Armstrong Williams
(Related: Action, Abuse, Contempt, Democracy, Fanatics, Rights, Human rights, Meaning, Murder, Religious)

"The Divine Thing that made itself the foundation of the Church does not seem, to judge by his comments on the religious leadership of his day, to have hoped much from officers of a church."
- Charles Williams
(Related: Leadership, Church, Day, Religious)

"Every war results from the struggle for markets and spheres of influence, and every war is sold to the public by professional liars and totally sincere religious maniacs, as a Holy Crusade to save God and Goodness from Satan and Evil."
- Robert Anton Wilson
(Related: War, God, Evil, Goodness, Influence, Public, Religious, Results, Satan, Struggle)

"It isn't until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are - not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within - that you can begin to take control."
- Oprah Winfrey
(Related: Control, Deep, Feeling, Religious, Spirit, Spiritual, Understanding)

"I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience."
- Shelley Winters
(Related: Experience, American, Body, Nudity, Religious)

"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)

"For a truly religious man nothing is tragic."
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
(Related: Man, Nothing, Religious)

"We are now in the Me Decade - seeing the upward roll of the third great religious wave in American history."
- Tom Wolfe
(Related: History, American, Now, Religious)

"Our religious belief usurps the place of our sensations, our imaginations of our judgment. We no longer look to actions, trace their consequences, and then deduce the rule; we first make the rule, and then, right or wrong, force the action to square with it."
- Francis Wright
(Related: Action, Belief, Actions, Consequences, First, Force, Judgment, Religious, Right, Sensations, Wrong)

"A necessary consequent of religious belief is the attaching ideas of merit to that belief, and of demerit to its absence."
- Francis Wright
(Related: Ideas, Belief, Absence, Merit, Religious)

"Once you attempt legislation upon religious grounds, you open the way for every kind of intolerance and religious persecution."
- William Butler Yeats
(Related: Intolerance, Legislation, Open, Persecution, Religious)

"Every science is a profane restatement of the preceding dogmas of the religious period."
- Francis Parker Yockey
(Related: Science, Religious)

"Every non-political human grouping of whatever kind, legal, social, religious, economic or other becomes at last political if it creates an opposition deep enough to range men against one another as enemies."
- Francis Parker Yockey
(Related: Men, Legal, Deep, Enemies, Opposition, Religious)

"I'm not into this judgmental, religious-right kind of thing."
- Neil Young
(Related: Religious)

"We'll limit in all ways the work of religious faiths which are foreign to us."
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky
(Related: Work, Religious)

"We don't need this religious cosmopolitanism. It's no good."
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky
(Related: Religious)