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Buddhism does not accept a theory of God, or a creator. According to Buddhism, one's
own actions are the creator, ultimately. Some people say that, from a certain angle,
Buddhism is not a religion but rather a science of mind.
Dalai Lama

The gods too are fond of a joke.
Aristotle

Religion is like going out to dinner with friends. Everyone may order something different, but
everyone can still sit at the same table.
Dalai Lama

I didn't go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you
want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don't recommend
Christianity.
C. S. Lewis

In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to liberty.
Thomas Jefferson

All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
Edgar Allan Poe

The church is always trying to get other people to reform; it might not be a bad idea to
reform itself a little by way of example.
Mark Twain

My belief is that the truth is a truth until you organize it, and then becomes a lie. I don't
think that Jesus was teaching Christianity. Jesus was teaching kindness, love, concern, and
peace. What I tell people is don't be Christian, be Christ-like. Don't be Buddhist, be
Buddha-like.
Wayne Dyer

God has no religion.
Mahatma Gandhi

I give great thanks to God that he has created a Dalai Lama. Do you really think, as some
have argued, that God will be saying: You know, that guy, the Dalai Lama, is not bad. What a
pity he's not a Christian? I don't think that is the case - because, you see, God is not a
Christian.
Desmond Tutu

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
Abraham Lincoln

The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the sun, in which they put a man called
Christ in the place of the sun, and pay him the adoration originally payed to the sun.
Thomas Paine

I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up - they have no holidays.
Henry Youngman

I don't need to go to church. I respect churches because of the sacredness that's been put on
them over the years by people who do believe. But I think a lot of bad things have happened in
the name of the church and in the name of Christ. Therefore I shy away from church, and as
Donovan once said, "I go to my own church in my own temple once a day." We're all God. I'm
not a god or the God, but we're all God and we're all potentially divine - and potentially evil. We
all have everything within us and the Kingdom of Heaven is nigh and within us, and if you look
hard enough you'll see it.
John Lennon

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as
useful.
Seneca

Christians talk as though goodness was their idea but good behavior doesn't have any
religious origin. Our prisons are filled with the devout.
Andy Rooney

Pray, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner
confessedly unworthy.
Ambrose Bierce

It may be that religion is dead, and if it is, we had better know it and set ourselves to try to
discover other sources of moral strength before it is too late.
Pearl S. Buck

In Buddhism, the word "suchness" is used to mean "the essence or particular characteristics
of a thing or a person, its true nature." Each person has his or her suchness. If we want to
live in peace and happiness with a person, we have to see the suchness of that person.
Thich Nhat Hanh

To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of
Jesus himself.
Thomas Jefferson

The person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church
teaches.
Thomas Aquinas

To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.
Jorge Luis Borges

Real religion is a way of life, not a white cloak to be wrapped around us on the Sabbath and
then cast aside into the six-day closet of unconcern.
William Arthur Ward

The Buddhist, the Christian, the Moslem, and the Hebrew all may get answers to their prayers,
not because of the particular creed, religion, affiliation, ritual, ceremony, formula, liturgy,
incantation, sacrifices, or offerings, but solely because of belief or mental acceptance and
receptivity about that for which they pray. The law of life is the law of belief, and belief could
be summed up briefly as a thought in your mind. As a man thinks, feels, and believes, so is the
condition of his mind, body, and circumstances.
Joseph Murphy

The man who is always worrying about whether or not his soul would be damned generally
has a soul that isn't worth a damn.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

One's own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one's Maker and no one else's.
Kahlil Gibran

Here is a good prayer: "Help me to see it as it is, and help me to see it better as it is, and
then inspire me to act." Facts and faith and action - what a combination for personal
progress! And action puts fear to flight!
Jim Rohn

The statement that God created man in his own image is ticking like a time bomb in the
foundations of Christianity.
Arthur C. Clarke

I did not marry the first girl that I fell in love with, because there was a tremendous religious
conflict, at the time. She was an atheist, and I was an agnostic.
Woody Allen

A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern
science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the
conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge.
Carl Sagan

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