Religion quotes page 3
I've always believed that religion is something to
live by and not to talk about it.
Religion had its share in the changes of
civilization and national character, of course.
What share? The lion's.
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism,
but depth in philosophy bringeth men's
minds about to religion.
Where knowledge ends, religion begins.
The universal longing for heaven is not about
immortality so much as the wish for a world in
which everyone is always kind.
A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing,
is worth nothing.
Martin Luther King Jr.
We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition.
All religions are branches of one big tree. It doesn't matter what
you call Him just as long as
you call. Just as cinematic images appear to be real but are only combinations of light and
shade, so is the universal variety a delusion. The planetary spheres, with their countless
forms of life, are naught but figures in a cosmic motion picture. One's values are profoundly
changed when he is finally convinced that creation is only a vast motion picture and that not
in, but beyond, lies his own ultimate reality.
Religion deals with the science of the soul.
But what is the use of preaching the Gospel to men whose whole
attention is concentrated
upon a mad, desperate struggle to keep themselves alive?
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.
Remember, they were men of God who destroyed the educational treasures at Alexandria,
who perpetrated the Inquisition in Spain, who burned the witches at Salem.
A man without religion is a horse without a
Christian, n. One who believes that the New
Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably
suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. One who follows the teachings of Christ so long
as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin.
Christianity will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that -
I'm right and I will be proved
right. We're more popular than Jesus now.
If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament,
he would be a criminal. If
he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane.
Religion is like a knife: You can either use it to cut bread, or
stick in someone's back.
If Chuck Norris looks at you and even thinks about Jesus, you are
immediately converted to
So many men are deprived of grace. How can one live without grace?
One has to try it and
do what Christianity never did: Be concerned with the damned.
For those who believe in God, most of
the big questions are answered. But for those of us
who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We
adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor
faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state,
and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here
to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us.
One cannot really be a Catholic and
Once, when a religionist denounced me in unmeasured terms, I sent
him a card saying, "I am
sure you believe that I will go to hell when I die, and that once there I will suffer all the pains
and tortures the sadistic ingenuity of your deity can devise and that this torture will continue
forever. Isn't that enough for you? Do you have to call me bad names in addition?"
Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not
The more I study religions the more I am convinced
that man never worshipped anything but
If the gods listened to the prayers of men, all humankind would quickly perish
constantly pray for many evils to befall one another.
Religious creeds encourage some of the craziest
kinds of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and
favor severe manifestations of neurosis, borderline personality states, and sometimes even
Everyday people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of
and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt.
commandment: thou shalt not be found out.