We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Religion Quotes from Joseph Campbell, Gertrude Stein, Ana Navarro, Charley Pride, Amish Tripathi. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought. It’s as simple as that.
What is marriage, is marriage protection or religion, is marriage renunciation or abundance, is marriage a stepping-stone or an end. What is marriage.
I know Marco Rubio very well. He’s a friend of mine. He’s a man of deep faith. He is a man who follows Catholic dogma and – you know, for whom religion is very important.
I don’t care what the religion is called; as far as I’m concerned, one God, the God I adhere to, is in charge of all of them.
While in some countries there’s a feeling that literature must stay away from religion, this is not so in India – in the Indian way, literature is just another means to find a more spiritual life, to find our way to God.
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.
Religion is the search for ultimate meaning.
As long as I don’t write about the government, religion, politics, and other institutions, I am free to print anything.
We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
I have the highest respect for the concept of ‘Advait’ – the oneness of all humans – that is central to Indian culture, thought, and religion.
That cry of the soul to be lifted out of the bondage of the narrow circle of life, which carries up to God the protest and yearning of suffering man, never finds a more sublime expression than where humanity is oppressed and religion is corrupt.
Commodities such as gold and silver have a world market that transcends national borders, politics, religions, and race. A person may not like someone else’s religion, but he’ll accept his gold.
Religion is extremely important in this democracy – so important that it occupies a prime position in the Bill of Rights.
Every man lives in two realms: the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live.
Conversion is not my intention. Changing religion is not easy. You may develop some kind of confusion or difficulties.
Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
Krishna children were taught that in the spiritual world there were no parents, only souls and hence this justified their being kept out of view from others, cloistered in separate buildings and sheltered from the evil material world.
Man seeks to learn, and man kills himself because of the loss of cohesion in his religious society; he does not kill himself because of his learning. It is certainly not the learning he acquires that disorganizes religion; but the desire for knowledge wakens because religion becomes disorganized.
Worship is a way of seeing the world in the light of God.
The moral systems of religion, I think, are super important.
The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go.
God save us from religion.
A cult is a religion with no political power.
Muslims must believe that all power, success and victory comes from God alone.
Whenever you’re specific with ethnicity or religion, people find reason to take offence.
I’m sickened by all religions. Religion has divided people. I don’t think there’s any difference between the pope wearing a large hat and parading around with a smoking purse and an African painting his face white and praying to a rock.
I’m fascinated by religion, but I’m not particularly religious.
There is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison; there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think that we live in alienation.
If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion.
I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.
Religion is the solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man toward God.
The biological evolutionary perception of life and of human qualities is radically different from that of traditional religion, whether it’s Southern Baptist or Islam or any religion that believes in a supernatural supervalance over humanity.
Religion is supposed to be a positive thing when you look at the true religions around the world, not the fundamentalists. You always have to go with what your spirit tells you, not what people advise you. I’m a man that will always follow my own path.
Whereas religious prayers sing of peace and harmony, religion has divided human beings through an atrocious history of enmity and bloodshed. Yet, behind the veil of superficiality and hypocrisy, I always believed in the inherent beauty of God that lies at the essence of all true spiritual paths.
Selfishness is the only real atheism; aspiration, unselfishness, the only real religion.
Religion, like water, may be free, but when they pipe it to you, you’ve got to help pay for piping. And the Piper!
I’m not sure about anything as far as religion and spirituality go.
I cannot adequately express the horror I feel for a man who can be so base as to veil his hypocrisy under the cloak of religion, and state the base falsehood he has done.
God is a thought who makes crooked all that is straight.
I don’t practise any religion but I am deeply interested in the answers that mankind has come up with to explain the human situation.
Religion, in any form, is always interesting to me because of how powerful it is. Not even the religion itself, but to the people that follow it… The effect that it has had on people’s minds.
Religion is all-too-often a refuge for scoundrels.
People don’t get angry at you for shock value. People get angry at you when you affect something that is at their core, whether it be guns or religion or whatever. Their belief system.
I do not believe that any particular religion has any monopoly on salvation.
I have faith, but I’m not the biggest fan of organised religion. There’s a lot of hypocrites in church. A lot of hypocrites.
I won’t take my religion from any man who never works except with his mouth.
I have this deep and abiding faith in God. But this does not mean that you have to have a religion or follow somebody.
Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people’s business.
The difference must be distinguished between worship and respect. Islam orders you to obey and respect, as long as you are not worshiping anything other than God… Islam is a religion of peace. You don’t attack. You explain.
U2 have a lot of religion, also people like Johnny Cash and Elvis. Those people weren’t shy about it – it’s nice there are people who’ve come before that were open about it.
You won’t see Christians violently attacking people for criticising their religion like you do with Islam, things like the Charlie Hebdo attack.
If there is a God, it’s going to be a whole lot bigger and a whole lot more incomprehensible than anything that any theologian of any religion has ever proposed.
I feel like ‘Leftovers’ is dealing with subject matter that’s kind of taboo when you’re talking about religion and faith. They found a way to make it mysterious and intriguing without making people upset.
Movies are my religion and God is my patron. I’m lucky enough to be in the position where I don’t make movies to pay for my pool. When I make a movie, I want it to be everything to me; like I would die for it.
I’m against any religion, and Communism and Nazism – they’re both equally religions. They’re just replacement gods.
Yet higher religion, which is only a search for a larger life, is essentially experience and recognized the necessity of experience as its foundation long before science learnt to do so.
I’m married to the street; I ain’t gonna switch over. I ain’t gonna go religion on nobody. I believe in God – God is for the thugs too – but the streets are in the most trouble. So I’mma keep it focused on the streets and the struggle. That’s what I’m mainly about.
At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence.
If we must not act save on a certainty, we ought not to act on religion, for it is not certain. But how many things we do on an uncertainty, sea voyages, battles!
Where I think people are being offensive to religion in this country – whichever religion that might be, but particularly the one I and many other Christians subscribe to – well, we will just call it out, and we will demand the same respect that people should provide to all religions.
I’m going to tell you what my religion is. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Period. Terminato. Finito.
Worship means reverence and humility it means revering your real self and humbling delusions.
The Charter of the United Nations expresses the noblest aspirations of man: abjuration of force in the settlement of disputes between states; the assurance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion; the safeguarding of international peace and security.
The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.
Religion is very important to me. I respect the rules of Islam, and I pray five times a day, always.
Since many of you do not belong to the Catholic Church and others are non-believers, from the bottom of my heart I give this silent blessing to each and every one of you, respecting the conscience of each one of you but knowing that each one of you is a child of God.
Organized religion, wielding power over the community, is antithetical to the process of what modern democracy should define as liberty. The sooner we are without it, the better.
Religion is all bunk.
I am thankful I can see much to admire in all religions.
To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.
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.
But aesthetics is not religion, and the origins of religion lie somewhere completely different. They lie anyway, these roses smell too sweet and the deep roar of the breaking waves is too splendid, to do justice to such weighty matters now.
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.
It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.
The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life’s wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion.
The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.
I think religion has caused so much catastrophe in the world.
Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.
If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is high church.
So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.
Religion is a matter of the heart. No physical inconvenience can warrant abandonment of one’s own religion.
I guess people feel that if you’re working with good directors and are known in the Hindi film industry, then you won’t work in South films. However, I believe that films have no boundaries of language, religion, or cast. If it’s a good script and a good director, I can do a film in Spanish as well.
Politicians read the polls that show 85 or 90 percent of the voters profess a belief in God, so they identify themselves with religion, often only to the degree necessary to reach the constituency they are targeting.
Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does laughing gas.
It is a masterpiece of the devil to make us believe that children cannot understand religion. Would Christ have made a child the standard of faith if He had known that it was not capable of understanding His words?
The Twist was a guided missile launched from the ghetto into the heart of suburbia. The Twist succeeded, as politics, religion and law could never do, in writing in the heart and soul what the Supreme Court could only write on the books.
There’s naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.
To the first class belong the Gospels and Acts; to the second, the Epistles; to the third, the Revelation.
Don’t try to tear down other people’s religion about their ears, Build up your own perfect structure of truth, and invite your listeners to enter in and enjoy its glories.
Beauty has no boundaries, no rules, no colors. Beauty is like a religion. You can include everything inside it.
Do not neglect secret prayer, for it is the soul of religion.
We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
Only a god can save us.
We want to lead normal lives, lives where our religion and our traditions translate into tolerance, so that we coexist with the world and become part of the development of the world.
Tourism is a very big economic benefit to the Sherpa people, and also, they have very strong ties to their own social attitudes and their own religion, so fortunately, they’re not too influenced by many of our Western attitudes.
Nobody can deny but religion is a comfort to the distressed, a cordial to the sick, and sometimes a restraint on the wicked; therefore whoever would argue or laugh it out of the world without giving some equivalent for it ought to be treated as a common enemy.
Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.
See, I have set before you this day life and good, death and evil… I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life.
Today’s interpretations of religion are often backward and contradict the needs of civilization.
To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
Religion is the possibility of the removal of every ground of confidence except confidence in God alone.
If Christians will obey the instructions given to them by Christ and his inspired apostles, they will adorn the religion of the Bible, and save themselves much perplexity and severe trials, which they attribute to their afflictions in consequence of believing unpopular truth.
If I were going to convert to any religion I would probably choose Catholicism because it at least has female saints and the Virgin Mary.
When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.
Anti-religious sneers are a hallmark of perpetual adolescents.
More and more people care about religious tolerance as fewer and fewer care about religion.
When I have a terrible need of – shall I say the word – religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.
I have always said that often the religion you were born with becomes more important to you as you see the universality of truth.
Many churches of all persuasions are hiring research agencies to poll neighborhoods, asking what kind of church they prefer. Then the local churches design themselves to fit the desires of the people. True faith in God that demands selflessness is being replaced by trendy religion that serves the selfish.
In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all.
Morality without religion is only a kind of dead reckoning – an endeavor to find our place on a cloudy sea by measuring the distance we have run, but without any observation of the heavenly bodies.
Religion is all good, but we are almost back to medieval times now, where we are obsessed with going into religious wars and electing our politicians based on their religious statements.
I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience, no matter what religion or color of their skin, or situation in life.
There’s no religion but sex and music.
My main hope is eventually, in modern education field, introduce education about warm-heartedness, not based on religion, but based on common experience and a common sort of sense, and then scientific finding.
Science, like art, religion, commerce, warfare, and even sleep, is based on presuppositions.
In a sense, terrorism blossomed in the advent of television. Television promotes terrorism in religion and in politics.
Same-sex marriage is not the final nail in the coffin for traditional marriage. It is just another road sign toward the substitution of government for God. Every moral discussion now pits the wisest moral arbiters among us – the Supreme Court, President Obama – against traditional religion.
Religion’s in the heart, not in the knees.
My life was changed in one breath from God.
I’m literally fighting for the equality of every man, woman and child regardless of race, religion, color, creed, and sexual orientation and here to spread a message of peace, love, and positivity.
I wasn’t brought up with any religion at all. At school and in my early 20s, I read every religious text I could get my hands on – Buddhist scriptures, Hindu texts, the Qur’an, and the Bible. I wanted to feel like something made sense to me, that there was something sacred I could feel aligned with.
Religion is the last refuge of human savagery.
How can we educators claim credit for understanding, let alone teaching, the ‘global mind’ without a single course on the impact of religion on every day life?
It was the experience of mystery – even if mixed with fear – that engendered religion.
Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
Religion is love; in no case is it logic.
Even though you can’t expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make the attempt. That’s morality, that’s religion, that’s art, that’s life.
Religion and gods and beliefs – for me, it all comes down to your brother. And your brother might be the brother in your family, or it might be the guy next to you in the foxhole – it’s about human connections.
The truth is nobody was a Muslim until Public Enemy came out. Then, everybody was Muslim this and Muslim that. It’s a bandwagon thing. Islam is a way of life… it’s a religion. It’s not just something you put on a record.
Religion is simply one of a multitude of factors – economic political, cultural, social, tribal, racial – which shape and drive human action and reaction and often is the least important of those factors.
Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.
There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and degrade religion.
I’m fascinated by the business of belief, obviously, because it’s so ever present with humanity anyway. And, you know, when you have science, which constantly talks of proofs, you have religion, which constantly talks of beliefs and faith and so on.
I care not much for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
To have dominion by religion, is to have dominion over men’s souls, thus over their very spiritual life, and to use the Divine things, which are in their religion, as the means.
The reason Buddhism can be so naturalised is because, stripped of its supernatural elements, its core teachings can be giving a sound, secular philosophical interpretation. In other words, it becomes a religion acceptable to the contemporary, naturalistic mind only when it ceases to be a religion.
Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.
Religion stands, the Church blocking the sun.
Religion is the state of being grasped by an ultimate concern, a concern which qualifies all other concerns as preliminary and which itself contains the answer to the question of a meaning of our life.
Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.
I don’t have family in this business. I had two parents that loved me, that worked 24-7, and this is what instilled hard work in me. So you hear the stories about my upbringing, my religion.
When I think about America, I think about freedom. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion. It’s a peaceful country.
I didn’t want to be like everybody else. Art was my religion.
Religion, as it is understood in the West, does not lead toward progress, and science does not lead toward humanism.
I just hate one-dimensional portrayals of religion; it’s too cheap and easy to do, and ignores the nuances that go into having a belief system.
I don’t believe in God but I’m very interested in her.
That means that every human being – without distinction of sex, age, race, skin color, language, religion, political view, or national or social origin – possesses an inalienable and untouchable dignity.
You think that religion is a thing that is there to help you and to see you through life, and then you wake up one morning and find the entire Irish situation, the civil war that’s based on religion.
I have a strong belief in God… I find religion to be a very personal thing… I am also very spiritual.
The truth is that killing innocent people is always wrong – and no argument or excuse, no matter how deeply believed, can ever make it right. No religion on earth condones the killing of innocent people; no faith tradition tolerates the random killing of our brothers and sisters on this earth.
I don’t do politics, I don’t do religion, I don’t do ethnic jokes.
Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure.
I’m not a religious person, and I’m not too interested in being a part of a religion, but I do like having some sort of communal gathering, and having some sense of peoples.
As women, we may not be a minority, but there is a bond that we all share. It is not a bond of geography. Or religion. Or culture. It is a bond of shared experience – experiences that only women go through and struggles that only women face.
Religion is a big problem in Israel and the Arab world, but again, the problem isn’t religion but political leaders who want to use the religion.
Almost everything has been stolen from us by the patriarchy. Our creativity has been stolen, our creative energies, our religion. I want it back.
My concern with religion is that it allows us by the millions to believe what only lunatics or idiots could believe on their own. That’s not to say that all religious people are lunatics or idiots. It’s anything but that.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
The essence of America – that which really unites us – is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion – it is an idea – and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.
For me sport was a religion… with religious sentiment.
Communism has decided against God, against Christ, against the Bible, and against all religion.
I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect.
The separation of church and state was meant to protect church from state; a state that declares religion off limits in public life is a state that declares itself supreme over all religious values.
I think of religion as man’s attempt to reach God, and you can’t do that.
We have been educated into believing someone else’s concept of the deity, and someone else’s standard of beauty. You have the right to practice any religion and politics in a way that best suits your freedom, your dignity, and your understanding. And once you do that, you don’t apologize.
No religion makes more use of color than Hinduism, with its blue-skinned gods and peony-lipped goddesses, and even the spring festival of Holi is focused on color: Boys squirt arcs of dyed water on passersby or dump powder, all violently hued, on their marks.
Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians – you are not like him.
Of how much real happiness we cheat our souls by preferring a trifle to God! We have a general intention of living religion; but we intend to begin tomorrow or next year. The present moment we prefer giving to the world.
Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious.
It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow.
Man is the religious animal. He is the only one that’s got true religion, several of them.
Recounting of a life story, a mind thinking aloud leads one inevitably to the consideration of problems which are no longer psychological but spiritual.
The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.
Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known.
Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law.
If any of you should ask me for an epitome of the Christian religion, I should say that it is in one word – prayer. Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell.
I’m in favour of religion as a tamer of arrogance. For a Greek Orthodox, the idea of God as creator outside the human is not God in God’s terms. My God isn’t the God of George Bush.
The quarrels and divisions about religion were evils unknown to the heathen. The reason was because the religion of the heathen consisted rather in rites and ceremonies than in any constant belief.
Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them.
Religion is a means of exploitation employed by the strong against the weak; religion is a cloak of ambition, injustice and vice.
A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.
The God who existed before any religion counts on you to make the oneness of the human family known and celebrated.
It’s wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears.
The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
In my opinion, love is not about gender, it’s not about religion. Love has no borders and no boundaries.
Whoever seeks to set one religion against another seeks to destroy all religion.
The visionary imagination is the source of art and religion.
I’m not a big fan of religion for that reason. But I am a true believer in God, and I have great faith, and I think that a spiritual connection with something is a really important part of our experience. That doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the church.
No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.
This is all the inheritance I give to my dear family. The religion of Christ will give them one which will make them rich indeed.
Civility is the recognition that all people have dignity that’s inherent to their person, no matter their religion, race, gender, sexuality, or ability.
I’m not a real religious guy. I’m a spiritual guy and my religion is love.
Violence and religion have often gone together, but it’s not a perfect correlation, and it doesn’t have to be a permanent connection, because religions themselves change.
Teach a child what is wise, that is morality. Teach him what is wise and beautiful, that is religion!
Religion and morality are critical to how students think about politics and form opinions on political issues.
I questioned the blind faith demanded by my religion, which was Islam.
My first dissatisfaction has always been with religion.
Our civilization, such as it is, was shaped by religion, and the men who aspire to public office anyplace in the free world must make obeisance to God or risk immediate opprobrium.
My whole life has been movies and religion. That’s it. Nothing else.
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.
I have no belief in The Bible or religion, but I think Armageddon was a lucky guess. I honestly think it’s going to happen.
I’m a Sufi Muslim, I would say. I believe in using the medium to create a good vibration because art is so important to society. Some projects I don’t do because I feel that it’s going to create a bad vibe. I don’t do propaganda films that are anti another religion, anti-Muslim or anti-Hindu.
Religion as a whole specializes in sin management. It’s all about organizing humanity in such a way that we cause as little damage as possible.
What we have done, the result of that comes to us whenever it comes, either today, tomorrow, hundred years later, hundred lives later, whatever, whatever. And so, it’s our own karma. That is why that philosophy in every religion: Killing is sin. Killing is sin in every religion.
If I don’t talk about my religion, if I say I’m not discussing it or different humanitarian things I’m working on, they’re like, ‘He’s avoiding it.’ If I do talk about it, it becomes, ‘Oh, he’s proselytizing.’
When a dog barks at the moon, then it is religion; but when he barks at strangers, it is patriotism!
There are things about organized religion which I resent. Christ is revered as the Prince of Peace, but more blood has been shed in His name than any other figure in history. You show me one step forward in the name of religion, and I’ll show you a hundred retrogressions.
Music is one of the most powerful things the world has to offer. No matter what race or religion or nationality or sexual orientation or gender that you are, it has the power to unite us.
A political party cannot have a religion. Only individuals can. Otherwise, you’d be exploiting religion, and religion is so supreme that it cannot be exploited or taken advantage of.
To criticize a person for their race is manifestly irrational and ridiculous, but to criticize their religion, that is a right. That is a freedom.
You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed – that has nothing to do with the business of the State.
To gather with God’s people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer.
Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.
From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion: I know no other religion; I cannot enter into the idea of any other sort of religion; religion, as a mere sentiment, is to me a dream and a mockery.
There are several reasons why Russians view the oppressive state positively. First, in the Russian Orthodox religion, there is an understanding of authority as something sent by God.
One may fall in love anytime and with anyone. One does not decide that based on caste, religion or gender.
No great advance has been made in science, politics, or religion without controversy.
I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously.
I mean, I went to a Catholic boys’ school for a year, but that was to play hockey. Religion class was quite contentious for me.
No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion.
Well, religion has been passed down through the years by stories people tell around the campfire. Stories about God, stories about love. Stories about good spirits and evil spirits.
I had a somewhat religious upbringing. Not strict, but it was there, and I’m kind of thankful for that. If you grow up just watching MTV, that’s its own form of religion, and it’s not even based on happiness or communal responsibility. I mean, try to construct a worldview out of that.
All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
Religion is absolutely unfathomable. Always and everywhere one can dig more deeply into infinities.
Those in the west who dismiss the repressiveness of laws against women in countries like Iran, no matter how benign their intentions, present a condescending view not just of the religion but also of women living in Muslim majority countries, as if the desire for choice and happiness is the monopoly of women in the west.
Toleration is the best religion.
The freedoms of religion, thought and speech are all fundamental rights Canadians not only enjoy, we have fought for them at home and abroad. We know that a vibrant democracy means that on some issues, Canadians will understandably have different views.
Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt.
It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.
I’ve got no problem with anybody’s religion. But if you go claiming the Earth is only 10,000 years old, that’s just wrong.
Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.
Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the trouble can use the pretext of religion to mask their true designs.
I used to think religion was just more of the same thing. Dump responsibility on the big guy. Now I see an importance in that. It’s a relief to accept that not everything is under your control.
Religion deals in certainties and philosophy deals more in un-answered questions.
Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.
I hold that religion and faith are two different things.
When obedience to the Divine precepts keeps pace with knowledge, in the mind of any man, that man is a Christian; and when the fruits of Christianity are produced, that man is a disciple of our blessed Lord, let his profession of religion be what it may.
I have my own religion. I’m sort of one-quarter Baptist, one-quarter Catholic, one-quarter Jewish.
Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don’t have all the answers to think that they do.
Corruption is rife in the Muslim world, and when it is coupled with the marginalization of religion, it manifests itself as frustration and becomes a fertile recruiting ground for extremism.
Love is my religion – I could die for it.
There’s no reason to bring religion into it. I think we ought to have as great a regard for religion as we can, so as to keep it out of as many things as possible.
But let’s just say, I’m Irish. I grew up in the 1950s. Religion had a very tight iron fist.
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.
We must not enable anyone to impose his personal view regarding religion on others by force, oppression, or pressure.
You’ll never get me to speak religion. You’ll never get me to speak politics.
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
Religion and modernity are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
There are even more statues of Robert Burns than of any other figure in world literature. Indeed if we discount figures of religion, then only Christopher Columbus has more statues than he worldwide.
Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.
I’ve taken a stand against religion for as long I’ve been able to write and think.
I’ve had trouble now and again in Nigeria because I have spoken up about the mistreatment of factions in the country because of difference in religion. These are things we should put behind us.
When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad, and that’s my religion.
My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.
No migrant of any religion has a constitutional right to come to the United States.
Religion is not man’s relationship to God, it is man’s relationship to man.
As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker.
My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
Indian religion has always felt that since the minds, the temperaments and the intellectual affinities of men are unlimited in their variety, a perfect liberty of thought and of worship must be allowed to the individual in his approach to the Infinite.
Theater is my temple and my religion and my act of faith. Strangers sit in a room together and believe together.
We must not confuse religion with God, or technology with science. Religion stands in relationship to God as technology does in relation to science. Both the conduct of religion and the pursuit of technology are capable of leading mankind into evil; but both can prompt great good.
War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity, it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it.
You might sooner get lightning out of incense smoke than true action or passion out of your modern English religion.
I have never been religious. I talk to God every day, but He’s never said a word to me about religion! I think the most powerful prayer is surrender.
There is one thing higher than Royalty: and that is religion, which causes us to leave the world, and seek God.
My religion encompasses all religions. I believe in God, I believe in the universe. I believe you are god, I believe I am god; I believe the earth is god and the universe is god. We’re all god.
We need religion as a guide. We need it because we are imperfect. Our government needs the church, because only those humble enough to admit they are sinners can bring to democracy the tolerance it requires in order to survive.
The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
Beside all this I think there was something personal, being Muslim myself who lived in the west I felt that it was my obligation my duty to tell the truth about Islam. It is a religion that has a 700 million following, yet it’s so little known about it which surprised me.
Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is.
A Religion of Evolution: that, when all is said and done, is what Man needs ever more explicitly if he is to survive and ‘superlive,’ as soon as he becomes conscious of his power to ultra-hominize himself and of his duty to do so.
One person’s religion is another person’s cult.
What brings you closer to God is being in service to others. I think any religion or spiritual way of life will indicate that service to others will lead to a connection with a higher power.
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.
In Iran, there is no freedom of the press, no freedom of speech, no independent judiciary, no free elections. There is no freedom of religion – not even for Shiites, who are forced by Iran’s theocracy to adhere to one narrow set of official rules.
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
I like to go to church. Religion is an important part in my life. It has helped me in bad moments.
What use is revelation or religion if it doesnt change anything?
Religion is interesting because it brings out the best and the worst in humanity. It can be a source of good deeds, whether it’s people from different spiritual backgrounds coming together to help other people in need after a crisis. But it’s also a cause for war and bloodshed.
One of the things that is wrong with religion is that it teaches us to be satisfied with answers which are not really answers at all.
We are punished by our sins, not for them.
I think it’s been hard for people to understand how Islam can be a good religion, and yet the Islamists are evil. Those of us who have had experience with Islam understand this, just as we understand the difference between snake handlers and people going to church on Sunday morning.
The doctor didn’t want me to play golf anymore and was worried about me fly-fishing. Golf is something I enjoy, but fly-fishing is a different thing: That’s religion. Hunting is religion for me. I didn’t want to give those up.
To the man who reads ‘Scouting for Boys’ superficially, there is a disappointing lack of religion in the book. But to him who tries it in practice, the basic religion underlying it soon becomes apparent.
I think people’s perception of a rich girl is literal, but metaphorically I embrace it as being rich in love, spirit, joy and religion. So it’s not about money.
Religion is the best antidote to the individualism of the consumer age. The idea that society can do without it flies in the face of history and, now, evolutionary biology.
People still kill in the name of religion. We haven’t evolved to the point where we’re one tribe called humans.
In spite of the huge diversity in Malaysia in terms of religion, culture, race, ethnicity and so forth, we’ve really gone very far in developing this country.
The importance that our society attaches to sport is incredible. After all, is football a game or a religion? The people of this country have allowed sports to get completely out of hand.
For that again, is what all manner of religion essentially is: childish dependency.
Spirituality in Washington can be more of a – I don’t want to say it – but, a networking opportunity. Religion is often used opportunistically in the political conversation.
Religion has nothing to do with God. It’s a fundamental attitude of human beings, who ask about the origins of life and what happens after death. For many, the answer is a personal god. In my opinion, it’s religion that produces God, not the other way round.
Religion is something we don’t talk about, and it is used by uneducated people as a weapon to divide us as opposed to connect with each other.
If I or my soldiers have plundered or done injury to the houses or to the ministers of religion, I repent me of my sin – but it is not of Edward of England that I shall ask pardon.
Religion leaves no room for human complexity.
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.
The First Amendment freedom of religion is as important today as when the Bill of Rights was first written.
Every theistic religion, including Catholicism, Mainline Protestantism, Judaism, Mormonism, and Islam, has traditionally held homosexual congress in moral opprobrium.
All religions must be tolerated… for every man must get to heaven in his own way.
I think regardless of what your religion is or what you believe, you try to treat people in a positive way, and that’s all you can do in life.
Judaism is not a dogmatic religion but one which loves debate, in which scholarship has played a big part. Scholars never agree about anything.
My definition, the definition that I’ve always believed in, is that esprit de corps means love for one’s own military legion – in my case, the United States Marine Corps. It means more than self-preservation, religion, or patriotism. I’ve also learned that this loyalty to one’s corps travels both ways: up and down.
It is easy to talk on religion, but difficult to practice it.
My religion teaches me that whenever there is distress which one cannot remove, one must fast and pray.
I have a great love and respect for religion, great love and respect for atheism. What I hate is agnosticism, people who do not choose.
TV serves us most usefully when presenting junk-entertainment; it serves us most ill when it co-opts serious modes of discourse – news, politics, science, education, commerce, religion.
There’s no way that scientists can ever rule out religion, or even have anything significant to say about the abstract idea of a divine creator.
The Church controlled so much in Ireland for so long. I’m not going to get into whether or not religion per se is a bad thing, but my point is the political aspect in Ireland was way out of kilter, and it wasn’t right.
Social media has lots of benefits, but compared to Christianity, it tends to group people by interests. Religion puts you with people who have nothing in common except that you’re human.
Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent.
For the record, I believe in God, but I do not believe in religion, period.
There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.
The Bible is worth all the other books which have ever been printed.
When Christians start thinking about Jesus, things start breaking down, they lose their faith. It’s perfectly possible to go to church every Sunday and not ask any questions, just because you like it as a way of life. They fear that if they ask questions they’ll lose their Christ, the very linchpin of their religion.
Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
It was not a religion that attacked us that September day. It was al-Qaeda. We will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust.
Every society and religion has rules, for both have moral laws. And the essence of morality consists, as in art, of drawing the line somewhere.
It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
I’m a Christian, but I don’t believe in religion or anything like that.
But the whole point of the Sixties was that you had to take people as they were. If you came in with us you left your class, and colour, and religion behind, that was what the Sixties was all about.
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
I wasn’t really too hyped on religion. I don’t really believe in a religion like that. I just believe that there is a God. There’s just somebody up there that listens to me, and they can show me better if I talk to them and build a relationship with them.
Take away the Book of Mormon and the revelations, and where is our religion? We have none.
Religion and science are the two conjugated faces or phases of one and the same complete act of knowledge – the only one which can embrace the past and future of evolution and so contemplate, measure and fulfil them.
A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this – that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made – not to understand – but to feel – as crime.
From a young kid, I was quite interested in religion.
Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.
Like, my feelings on religion are starting to morph. I’m still very much an atheist, except that I don’t necessarily see religion as being a bad thing. So, that’s a weird thing that I’m struggling with that seems to be offending both atheists and people that are religious.
For God so loved the World that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.
I have studied religion, and I have concluded that there is some power. We don’t understand it.
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
Finding that no religion is based on facts and cannot be true, I began to reflect what must be the condition of mankind trained from infancy to believe in error.
If a man reaches the heart of his own religion, he has reached the heart of the others, too. There is only one God, and there are many paths to him.
I do not think I could myself be brought to support a man for office whom I knew to be an open enemy of, and scoffer at, religion.
I remember at one point being in fellowship, and everyone used to wear the fish symbol; it said you were a Christian. So I asked my father, ‘Dad, why don’t you wear that at work?’ And he said, ‘Your religion should be in your actions.’ He set a great, great example.
Religion without humanity is very poor human stuff.
If your religion doesn’t teach you the difference between good and evil, your religion is worse than useless.
If I wouldn’t offend my religion or God, why would I want to offend an audience because in effect those people are being watched over by the same person.
Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.
It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
It’s easy to mock a man who has founded a religion based on John Coltrane, who considers ‘A Love Supreme,’ whatever its merits as a jazz album, to be holy scripture.
Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.
Religion kept some of my relatives alive, because it was all they had. If they hadn’t had some hope of heaven, some companionship in Jesus, they probably would have committed suicide, their lives were so hellish.
It’s OK to burn a Bible, that’s OK. OK to burn a flag, OK, that’s all right. But just, you know, for heaven’s sake, don’t say anything that might offend someone of the Islamic religion.
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.
My father hates organized religion, probably because he hates the God who killed his little girl back in 1968. I find religions variously bemusing.
I think I’m a humanist. I believe all humans should have equal rights to live, express, flourish, love and dissent, irrespective of their gender, caste, class, socio-economic strata, disabilities, political stance, religion or faith.
I just don’t like the separatism that comes from religion, and, without fail, the need to put your beliefs on someone else. When you start telling someone else how to live, you should check yourself, man.
It is a fine thing to establish one’s own religion in one’s heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing.
Wherever there is a settled society, religion is necessary; the laws cover manifest crimes, and religion covers secret crimes.
In human history, we are going from knowledge to omniscience, from potence to omnipotence, from ethics and religion to righteousness. So, in my view, God comes at the end of this long process. This may not happen in our lifetimes or even in the lifetime of our species.
To me, religion is an agreement between a group of people about what God is. Spirituality is a one-on-one relationship.
I think my politics are just inclined to be empathetic and humanistic. I grew up with so many different kinds of people with different politics, different religion, no religion, no politics, education, no education, and I was infatuated with all of them.
Go beyond science, into the region of metaphysics. Real religion is beyond argument. It can only be lived both inwardly and outwardly.
We must search out totally new ways to anchor ourselves, for all the old roots religion, nation, community, family, or profession are now shaking under the hurricane impact of the accelerative thrust.
I am fascinated with religion or things that people believe in and question that. I think it’s interesting.
We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.
Secularism is categorically not saying that the religious may not speak out publicly or have a say in public life. It is about saying that religion alone should not confer a privileged say in public life, or greater influence on it. It really is as simple as that.
It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion.
I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics.
I don’t think Romney is wacky at all, but religion makes intelligent people say and do wacky things, believe and affirm crazy things. Left on his own, Romney would never have said something like the Garden Of Eden was in Missouri, and will be again.
Human rights is a universal standard. It is a component of every religion and every civilization.
Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
It’s not so much religion per se, it’s false certainty that worries me, and religion just has more than its fair share of false certainty or dogmatism. I’m really concerned when I see people pretending to know things they clearly cannot know.
Religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government.
Religion is the idol of the mob; it adores everything it does not understand.
One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.
I don’t call myself a Buddhist. I’m a free spirit. I believe I’m here on earth to admire and enjoy it; that’s my religion.
Spiritual government means a pure government that doesn’t discriminate on the lines of caste, creed, or religion.
Religion is so much more than the god you pray to. The religion that you associate with, it’s culture, it is family, it is background. That is something that I have always grown up with.
The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion.
I have a problem with religion that makes it so, like, ‘We are the ones. We are the chosen ones.’
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.
Is not the brand of ‘double-dealer’ stamped on the forehead of every democratic slaveholder? Are not fraud and hypocrisy the religion of the man who calls himself a democrat, and hold his fellow-man in bondage?
Basic religion is the reason we have morals.
I’m a Muslim, but I think Jesus would have a drink with me. He would be cool. He would talk to me.
Actually, I live in T-shirts and True Religion jeans.
Lukewarmness I account a sin, as great in love as in religion.
The difference between a cult and a religion, of course, lies in extremity.
Teach us to give and not to count the cost.
Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.
Religion and slavery are incompatible.
The NHS is the closest thing the English have to a religion.
Jesus does not give recipes that show the way to God as other teachers of religion do. He is himself the way.
I believe in the Constitution. The Constitution says that government isn’t supposed to be infusing religion into our society, and so I asked to have that upheld.
When push comes to shove, it ain’t the science that’s going to lift you up – it’s the belief, the spiritual side of life, that’s going to lift you up, no matter what religion you are.
The equation of religion with belief is rather recent.
Trading and religion have always been aligned together in the history of the world, and especially on the African continent.
It may be that religion is dead, and if it is, we had better know it and set ourselves to try to discover other sources of moral strength before it is too late.
Morality is of the highest importance – but for us, not for God.
Religion and philosophy are to be preserved distinct. We are not to introduce divine revelations into philosophy, nor philosophical opinions into religion.
I went to Catholic high school for half a year and religion wasn’t the cool thing to talk about even at a catholic high school. It never came up.
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.
Where you have no religion, you are sure to have no government, for as religion disappears, anarchy takes place and fixes a compleat Hell on earth till religion returns.
We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can – namely, surrender our will and fulfill God’s will in us.
Meditation is certainly not a religion, cult, or spiritual path: it’s actually a very basic practice to reduce stress.
Like religion, politics, and family planning, cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public. It’s too controversial.
It was part of your religion to hate the British.
Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
The first amendment makes it clear that we are free to practice religion without government interference. The Constitution also establishes the separation of church and state so that the laws we live by our never guided by religious zeal.
I am a proud Hindu, but that doesn’t I mean I disrespect others’ religion.
Balenciaga was my religion. Since I’m a believer, for me, there’s Balenciaga, and the good Lord.
Religion works. I know there’s comfort there, a crash pad. It’s something to explain the world and tell you there is something bigger than you, and it is going to be alright in the end. It works because it’s comforting.
Major forces that have contributed to the evolution of philanthropy in India in the pre-modern era have mainly been driven by religion, family, and society. The Hindu teaching of ‘daan’ or ‘giving’ is present in different ways in almost every celebration or ritual.
I was brought up a Muslim and I respect the religion I was born into, but I don’t practise it. However, I do believe in thanking God for my happy life.
There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things.
Religion is not changed as easily as a shirt.
Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true.
I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than live as if there isn’t and to die to find out that there is.
It doesn’t make any difference what religion you are, or how young you are or how old you are-if they go to these abortion mills and stand there and pray-that would make a lot of difference.
I think India is very passionate about films. It’s almost a second religion back home. Due to that, I think film stars are – are really held in great esteem. Not that we’re complaining, but I think with that comes a lot of responsibility.
I love religion.
The state exists to serve and protect every citizen, regardless of colour, creed, race or religion – and the welfare state should exist to and protect the populace in the same non-discriminatory and universal manner.
Pictures may serve as helps to religion but are only an appendix to idolatry, for the people must be taught to believe in false gods and in the power of saints before they will learn to worship their images.
If you belonged to a political party or a social club that was tied to as much bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, violence, and sheer ignorance as religion is, you’d resign in protest.
I believe that a government has only one religion – India first. A government has only one holy book – our Constitution. A government has only one kind of devotion – towards nation.
Religion is such a path with people.
Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society.
Religion works on some people but not on everyone, because it says, ‘Stop thinking and accept what I tell you.’ That’s not valid for people who want to think and reflect.
I’m not a practice religion freak. I didn’t grow up in a religious family, but I have a faith.
Let me say this loud and clear. There is a world of difference between terrorist acts and the Islamic Shari’a. Islam is not only a religion, but a way of life. And at its heart lie the sacred principles of tolerance and dialogue.
It’s been mentioned or suggested that Paradise will not be well studied, because it’s about this unimportant intellectual topic, which is religion.
We don’t dip our toe into religion or politics, because you can’t win.
I think people often come to the synagogue, mosque, the church looking for God, and what we give them is religion.
I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity.
No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.
We are pre-disposed for fantasy, there is a natural impulse for human beings to want to get off their heads or out of their heads in something in a substance or a drink or an idea or a religion which will comfort them and make life exciting.
Moreover, behind this vague tendency to treat religion as a side issue in modern life, there exists a strong body of opinion that is actively hostile to Christianity and that regards the destruction of positive religion as absolutely necessary to the advance of modern culture.
Moral values, and a culture and a religion, maintaining these values are far better than laws and regulations.
Comparing science and religion isn’t like comparing apples and oranges – it’s more like apples and sewing machines.
I think flying planes into a building was a faith-based initiative. I think religion is a neurological disorder.
Religion does not consist in making a noise, yet when the soul is filled with the Spirit of the Lord, sweet, heart-felt praise to God glorifies him.
There must be freedom for all to live, to think, to worship, no book, no avenue must be closed.
Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace.
I don’t normally talk about my religion publicly because I don’t want people to associate me and my flaws with this beautiful thing. And I believe it is beautiful if you learn it the right way.
God did not intend religion to be an exercise club.
I always say that people should not rush to change religions. There is real value in finding the spiritual resources you need in your home religion.
A religion without mystery must be a religion without God.
I am an atheist, and I believe that religion should not be in the classrooms; it has to be in the churches. In the classrooms, you have to form citizenship, not people with religious beliefs, that corresponds to the private sphere.
Religion is a mixed blessing.
We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
Women have been the most persecuted people throughout all of recorded history, more than any race or religion.
Religion has caused more harm than any other idea since the beginning of time. There’s nothing good I can say about it. People use it as a crutch.
There is not enough religion in the world even to destroy religion.
Love and business and family and religion and art and patriotism are nothing but shadows of words when a man’s starving!
Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all – that has been my religion.
Hobbies of any kind are boring except to people who have the same hobby. This is also true of religion, although you will not find me saying so in print.
Religion is the opium of the masses.
Themes of redemption, temptation, and faith don’t necessarily apply directly to religion. A lot of people find faith in their lives outside of God and still deal with notions of temptation and redemption that aren’t religious.
More people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason. That, my friends, that is true perversion.
A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organize it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others.
Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.
Wonder is the basis of worship.
I see the merit in religion, and I see the need for faith and hope and sometimes people who are more snide look at people who are religious, particularly people in rock bands, and they’ll say, ‘Oh that’s dumb, you believe in whatever,’ but I think everybody believes in something.
I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religion – I have shuddered at it. I shudder no more – I could be martyred for my religion – Love is my religion – I could die for that.
Just as ‘Islam’ literally means ‘peace,’ none of the 99 names of Allah mean violence. Similarly, every religion in the world stands for peace, compassion, and brotherhood.
I have always marveled that so many religions exact such revenge against dissenters. It only weakens the appeal of their faith and contradicts any claims they might have made that ‘all religions are basically the same.’ If all religions were indeed the same, why not let someone be ‘converted’ to another religion?
I have a reputation worldwide of being tolerant of all people and their views. I’m too well-educated to criticize a certain religion or group of people for what they believe in. It’s called freedom.
If organized religion is the opium of the masses, then disorganized religion is the marijuana of the lunatic fringe.
Democracy, pure democracy, has at least its foundation in a generous theory of human rights. It is founded on the natural equality of mankind. It is the cornerstone of the Christian religion. It is the first element of all lawful government upon earth.
No human heart is denied empathy. No religion can demolish that by indoctrination. No culture, no nation and nationalism – nothing can touch it because it is empathy.
I grew up in a secular suburban Jewish household where we only observed the religion on very specific times like a funeral or a Bar Mitzvah.
To fill a world with religion, or religions of the Abrahamic kind, is like littering the streets with loaded guns. Do not be surprised if they are used.
The roles of art, morality, religion, political faith, science itself are not to repair organic exhaustion nor to provide sound functioning of the organs. All this supraphysical life is built and expanded not because of the demands of the cosmic environment but because of the demands of the social environment.
I increasingly see organized religion as actually my enemy. They treat me as their enemy. Not all Christians, of course. Not all Jews, not all Muslims.
Whatever your religion, you have to find internal happiness, which I found.
I have always respected everyone’s religion. As I say, there is only one God and a lot of confused people.
Every religion in the world has denounced every other religion as a fraud. That proves to me that they all tell the truth – about others.
Our religion is the traditions of our ancestors – the dreams of our old men, given them in solemn hours of the night by the Great Spirit; and the visions of our sachems, and is written in the hearts of our people.
I ask you to pray for me, for once age has overtaken us, we find consolation only in religion.
The essence of religion is the knowledge of God which is eternal life. That and nothing less than that is religion. Everything else is on the surface, is superfluous save for the needs of men.
The Americans combine the notions of religion and liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other.
If faith is lost, there is no security and there is no life for him who does not adhere to religion.
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.
I’d be perfectly happy with a mathematically precise description of how time began. I see science and religion as being two completely different things. I don’t see science as relevant to the question of whether or not there’s a God.
Though I believe in God, I don’t believe in religion for everybody. Some people who are a little weak and don’t want to shoulder any responsibility need Catholicism. For people at the other extreme, there is Christian Science… I think a powerful conscience is worth all the religions put together.
The difference between a saint and a hypocrite is that one lies for his religion, the other by it.
I’m looking for the best person irregardless of political party, of race or religion, or color of their skin. Those things don’t matter to me. I want someone who’s qualified, who has a qualification to character and the integrity to do the things that have to be done to save this world.
I have values. But morals are Christian. There’s no religion here. Values. Don’t hurt when you don’t need to, but don’t let anybody step over that line – it’s an invisible line, but it’s respect for somebody’s space.
The attitude is we live and let live. This is actually an amazing change in values in a rather short time and it’s an example of freedom from religion.
The Japanese don’t have a specific religion, but a spirituality. A cap, shoes, and a table have a spirituality. When you eat an apple, you don’t say you eat it: you say, ‘I am receiving it.’ Kind of like you are thanking the food.
So potent was religion in persuading to evil deeds.
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.
My mom’s a Catholic, and my dad’s a Jew, and they didn’t want anything to do with anything.
A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.
Religion and philosophy, philosophy and religion – they’re two words which are both… different. In spelling.
I can argue like a Marxist about whether there was a global Jewish nation 200 years ago or whether it was just a religion. But this really doesn’t matter.
You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.
I have a great identification with Judaism as a religion and as a culture, and all the values that created such a great history, and the Jewish contribution to the betterment of all humanity.
Religion asks you to believe things without questioning, and technology and science always encourage you to ask hard questions and why it is important in science and technology. So I was always interested in science and technology.
I do not have the slightest bit of racism in me. I do not judge people with regards to the colour of their skin, their origin, or their religion. I defend them all, because I defend French people. And, of course, I defend the interests of France, the interests of French people.
You don’t have to be a religious person to be affected by religion or a religious movement.
To me, film is a religion. I don’t expect to get paid to make it, but I do expect total dedication.
Religion brings to man an inner strength, spiritual light, and ineffable peace.
Through some combination of culture and biology, our minds are intuitively receptive to religion.
I’m still very much an atheist, except that I don’t necessarily see religion as being a bad thing. So, that’s a weird thing that I’m struggling with that seems to be offending both atheists and people that are religious.
And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.
I did study religion for a little while. I studied the Torah and the Holy Koran, Helios Biblos, which is considered by most people to be the Holy Bible. I just wanted to know, even with Buddhism and the Dalai Llama.