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The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
Thomas Jefferson Category: Religion
There is not even enough religion in the world to destroy the worlds religions.
Friedrich Nietzsche Category: Religion
Even the Savior of the world the Only Begotten Son of God was obliged to come to earth and to take upon himself an earthly tabernacle. He experienced joy and sorrow happiness and grief lasting satisfaction and frequent disappointments. As Paul has written Though he were a Son yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; and being made perfect he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him. Hebrews 5:8-9
Alma P. Burton Category: Religion
Sir Saint-Savin replied the first quality of an honest man is contempt for religion which would have us afraid of the most natural thing in the world which is death; and would have us hate the one beautiful thing destiny has given us which is life. We should rather aspire to a heaven where only the planets live in eternal bliss receiving neither rewards nor condemnations but enjoying merely their own eternal motion in the arms of the void.
Umberto Eco Category: Religion
Matters of religion should never be matters of controversy. We neither argue with a lover about his taste nor condemn him if we are just for knowing so human a passion.
George Santayana Category: Religion
Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child cannot be a true system.
Thomas Paine Category: Religion
In religion as in friendship they who profess most are ever the least sincere.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan Category: Religion
Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
Jules de Gaultier Category: Religion
Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a flea And yet he will be making gods by dozens.
Michel de Montaigne Category: Religion
We all of us are being called to do something unprecedented. We are being called to think about everything that is for we now know that everything is interrelated and that the well-being of each is connected to the well-being of the whole. This suggests a planetary agenda for all the religions all the various fields of expertise.
Sally McFague Category: Religion
Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief.
Oscar Wilde Category: Religion
All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.
Marie Henri Beyle Category: Religion
We have just enough religion to make us hate but not enough to make us love one another.
Jonathan Swift Category: Religion
What the church should be telling the worker is that the first demand religion makes on him is that he should be a good workman. If he is a carpenter he should be a competent carpenter. Church by all means on Sundays but what is the use of church if at the very center of life a man defrauds his neighbor and insults God by poor craftsmanship.
General Dwight David Eisenhower Category: Religion
I have not been able to find a single useful institution which has not been founded either by an intensely religious man or by the son of a praying father or a praying mother. I have made the statement before the chambers of commerce of all the largest cities of the country and have asked them to bring forward a case that is an exception to this rule. Thus far I have not heard of a single one.
Roger Ward Babson Category: Religion
Religion is love; in no case is it logic.
Beatrice Potter Webb Category: Religion
Religion is the last refuge of human savagery.
Alfred North Whitehead Category: Religion
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?
Religion consists of a set of things which the average man thinks he believes and wishes he was certain.
Mark Twain Category: Religion
Randomness scares people. Religion is a way to explain randomness.
Fran Lebowitz Category: Religion
A cult is a religion with no political power.
Tom Wolfe Category: Religion
Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose but no power to escape the necessity of choice. If he abdicates his power he abdicates the status of man and the grinding chaos of the irrational is what he achieves as his sphere of existence by his own choice.
Ayn Rand Category: Religion
There is only one religion though there are a hundred versions of it.
George Bernard Shaw Category: Religion
Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything but - live for it.
Charles Caleb Colton Category: Religion
The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
Sir Richard Francis Burton Category: Religion
Pray v.: To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
Ambrose Bierce Category: Religion
One mans theology is another mans belly laugh.
Robert Anson Heinlein Category: Religion
One's religion is whatever he is most interested in and yours is Success.
Sir James Matthew Barrie Category: Religion
The future of religion is connected with the possibility of developing a faith in the possibilities of human experience and human relationships that will create a vital sense of the solidarity of human interests and inspire action to make that sense a reality.
John Dewey Category: Religion
Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
Edmund Burke Category: Religion
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
The Dalai Lama Category: Religion
An anecdote is related of Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper (1621-1683) who in speaking of religion said People differ in their discourse and profession about these matters but men of sense are really but of one religion. To the inquiry of What religion? the Earl said Men of sense never tell it.
Gilbert Burnet Category: Religion
In regard to religion mutual toleration in the different professions thereof is what all good and candid minds in all ages have ever practiced and both by precept and example inculcated on mankind.
Samuel Adams Category: Religion
Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from its readiness to fit in with our instinctual wishful impulses.
Sigmund Freud Category: Religion
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton Category: Religion
There is more religion in mens science than there is science in their religion.
Henry David Thoreau Category: Religion
A little skill in antiquity inclines a man to Popery: but depth in that study brings him about again to our religion.
Thomas Fuller Category: Religion
One man's religion is another man's belly laugh.
Isaac Asimov Category: Religion
I would have made a good Pope.
Richard Milhouse Nixon Category: Religion
No doubt soaring cathedrals stirring music moving stories and parables help a bit. But by far the most important variable determining your religion is the accident of birth.
Richard Dawkins Category: Religion
The open-minded see the truth in different things: the narrow-minded see only the differences.
Unknown Category: Religion
Whenever a man talks loudly against religionalways suspect that it is not his reason but his passions which have got the better of his creed.
Laurence Sterne Category: Religion
When is a question of money everybody is of the same religion.
Francois Voltaire Category: Religion
Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training for it trains people as to how they shall think.
Arthur Shopenhauer Category: Religion
Religion ... is a man's total reaction upon life.
William James Category: Religion
Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a flea and yet he will be making gods by dozens. different translation Man is certainly crazy. He could not make a mite and he makes gods by the dozen.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne Category: Religion
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
The Bible Category: Religion
All religions must be tolerated...for...every man must get to heaven in his own way.
Frederick II the Great Category: Religion
Where life is colorful and varied religion can be austere or unimportant. Where life is appallingly monotonous religion must be emotional dramatic and intense. Without the curry boiled rice can be very dull.
C. Northcote Parkinson Category: Religion
The religions we call false were once true.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Category: Religion
Much of what has been called religion has an unconscious attitude of hostility toward life. True religion must teach that life is filled with joys pleasing to the eye of God that knowledge without action is empty. All men must see that the teaching of religion by rule and rote is largely a hoax. The proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something youve always known.
Frank Patrick Herbert Category: Religion
Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.
John Lord Morley Category: Religion
Cruel persecutions and intolerance are not accidents but grow out of the very essence of religion namely its absolute claims.
Morris R[aphael] Cohen Category: Religion
You do not believe you only believe that you believe.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge Category: Religion
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able toperceive with our frail and feeble mind. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power which is revealed in the incomprehensible Universe forms my idea of God.
Albert Einstein Category: Religion
THEOSOPHY n. An ancient faith having all the certitude of religion and all the mystery of science.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce Category: Religion
In speaking of religion said People differ in their discourse and profession about these matters but men of sense are really but of one religion. To the inquiry of What religion? the Earl said Men of sense never tell it.
Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper Category: Religion
All religions are founded on the fear of many and the cleverness of few.
Stendhal Category: Religion
God is for men and religion is for women.
Joseph Conrad Category: Religion
We must repsect the other fellows religion but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children are smart.
Henry Louis Mencken Category: Religion
I worship the quicksand he walks in.
Art Buchwald Category: Religion
One religion is as true as another.
Robert Burton Category: Religion
Many have quarreled about religion that never practice it.
Benjamin Franklin Category: Religion
He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them needs religion.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Category: Religion
As lyke as one pease is to another.
John Lyly Category: Religion
Priests are no more necessary to religion than politicians to patriotism.
John H. Holmes Category: Religion
I could not say that I believe. I know! I have had the experience of being gripped by something that is stronger than myself something that people call God.
Carl Gustav Jung Category: Religion
Religion which should most distinguish us from beasts and ought most peculiarly to elevate us as rational creatures above brutes is that wherein men often appear most irrational and more senseless than beasts themselves.
John Locke Category: Religion