Quotations on Religion

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Religion is not a conclusion of the reason.
- Lyman Abbott
(Keywords: Religion, Reason)

The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.
- Richard Adams
(Keywords: Science, Religion, Heart, Belief, Atoms, Lies, Novelty, Popular, Radical, Rejection, Stars)

Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs. This is the principle behind lotteries, dating, and religion.
- Scott Adams
(Keywords: Religion, Dating, Nothing, Pursuit)

Ethical religion can be real only to those who are engaged in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement. By moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement, without limit.
- Felix Adler
(Keywords: Faith, Religion, Improvement)

No religion can long continue to maintain its purity when the church becomes the subservient vassal of the state.
- Felix Adler
(Keywords: Religion, Church, Purity, State)

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.
- Moustapha Akkad
(Keywords: Religion, Truth, Islam, Muslim, Being, Duty, Obligation)

I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.
- Muhammad Ali
(Keywords: Peace, Religion, Islam)

The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
- Fred Allen
(Keywords: Religion, Time, People, Church, First)

If we allow the consideration of heathen morality and heathen religion to absolve us from the duty of preaching the gospel we are really deposing Christ from His throne in our own souls.
- Roland Allen
(Keywords: Religion, Morality, Christ, Consideration, Duty, Preaching)

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.
- Kirstie Alley
(Keywords: Religion, Science, Life, Belief, Spiritual)

Through history, people look for something spiritual. The greatest scientists in the world were men of religion and faith, too.
- Kirstie Alley
(Keywords: Men, Religion, Faith, History, People, Scientists, Spiritual, World)

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.
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Keywords: Equality, Life, Religion, Constitution, Liberty, Today)

I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity.
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Keywords: Equality, Religion, Liberty)

A people and their religion must be judged by social standards based on social ethics. No other standard would have any meaning if religion is held to be necessary good for the well-being of the people.
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Keywords: Religion, People, Ethics, Meaning)

Religion must mainly be a matter of principles only. It cannot be a matter of rules. The moment it degenerates into rules, it ceases to be a religion, as it kills responsibility which is an essence of the true religious act.
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Keywords: Religion, Act, Principles, Religious, Responsibility, Rules)

The first act of religion, therefore, concerns those things which are communicated to us from God. The other concerns those things which we yield to God.
- William Ames
(Keywords: God, Religion, Act, First, Yield)

From faith, hope, and love, the virtues of religion referring to God, there arises a double act which bears on the spiritual communion exercised between God and us; the hearing of the word and prayer.
- William Ames
(Keywords: Religion, Faith, Love, God, Hope, Act, Hearing, Prayer, Spiritual, Word)

One of the great benefits of organised religion is that you can be forgiven your sins, which must be a wonderful thing. I mean, I carry my sins around with me, there's nobody there to forgive them.
- Kingsley Amis
(Keywords: Religion, Benefits)

I don't have a religion. I believe in a God. I don't know what it looks like but it's MY god. My own interpretation of the supernatural.
- Jennifer Aniston
(Keywords: God, Religion, Supernatural)

In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United Nations will be defined by a new, more profound awareness of the sanctity and dignity of every human life, regardless of race or religion.
- Kofi Annan
(Keywords: Religion, Life, Awareness, Dignity, Mission, Nations, Race, United, Will)

The difference between a saint and a hypocrite is that one lies for his religion, the other by it.
- Minna Antrim
(Keywords: Religion, Difference, Lies)

Religion is one dimension of culture, a transcendent element of it.
- Francis Arinze
(Keywords: Religion, Culture)

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.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: God, Religion, Gods, Appearance, Devotion, Treatment)

Islam is a religion of success. Unlike Christianity, which has as its main image, in the west at least, a man dying in a devastating, disgraceful, helpless death.
- Karen Armstrong
(Keywords: Death, Religion, Success, Christianity, Islam, Dying, Man)

There are some forms of religion that are bad, just as there's bad cooking or bad art or bad sex, you have bad religion too.
- Karen Armstrong
(Keywords: Art, Religion, Sex, Cooking)

After I left the convent, for 15 years I was worn out with religion, I wanted nothing whatever to do with it. I felt disgusted with it. If I saw someone reading a religious book on a train, I'd think, how awful.
- Karen Armstrong
(Keywords: Religion, Nothing, Reading, Religious, Years)

Every fundamentalist movement I've studied in Judaism, Christianity and Islam is convinced at some gut, visceral level that secular liberal society wants to wipe out religion.
- Karen Armstrong
(Keywords: Religion, Society, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Liberal)

Now I think one of the reasons why religion developed in the way that it did over the centuries was precisely to curb this murderous bent that we have as human beings.
- Karen Armstrong
(Keywords: Religion, Now)

The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Religion, Morality, Emotion, Meaning)

Certain I am, that Christian Religion does no where allow Rebellion.
- Mary Astell
(Keywords: Religion, Christian, Rebellion)

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.
- Margaret Atwood
(Keywords: Religion, Catholicism, Saints)

That which we call the Hindu religion is really the Eternal religion because it embraces all others.
- Sri Aurobindo
(Keywords: Religion, Hindu)

India is the meeting place of the religions and among these Hinduism alone is by itself a vast and complex thing, not so much a religion as a great diversified and yet subtly unified mass of spiritual thought, realization and aspiration.
- Sri Aurobindo
(Keywords: Religion, Thought, Hinduism, Meeting, Spiritual)

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.
- Sri Aurobindo
(Keywords: Men, Religion, Thought, Infinite, Liberty, Variety, Worship)

The world is divided into men who have wit and no religion and men who have religion and no wit.
- Avicenna
(Keywords: Men, Religion, Wit, World)

Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Religion, Care, Justice)

A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Religion, Men, Atheism, Man, Mind, Philosophy)

Personally, I don't choose any particular religion or symbol or group of words or teachings to define me. That's between me and the most high. You know, my higher self. The Creator.
- Erykah Badu
(Keywords: Religion, Self, Symbol, Words)

Science may eventually explain the world of How. The ultimate world of Why may remain for contemplation, philosophy, religion.
- Liberty Hyde Bailey
(Keywords: Religion, Science, Contemplation, May, Philosophy, World)

There is a great interest in comparative religion and a desire to understand faiths other than our own and even to experiment with exotic cults.
- Emily Greene Balch
(Keywords: Religion, Desire, Interest)

All along we find that social life - religion, politics, art - reflects the stages reached in the development of the knowledge of self; it shows the social uses made of this knowledge.
- James M. Baldwin
(Keywords: Art, Life, Politics, Religion, Knowledge, Development, Self)

I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.
- Lucille Ball
(Keywords: Love, Religion, First)

Religion which requires persecution to sustain, it is of the devil's propagation.
- Hosea Ballou
(Keywords: Religion, Devil, Persecution)

Not longer loved or fostered by religion, beauty is lifted from its face as a mask, and its absence exposes features on that face which threaten to become incomprehensible to man.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar
(Keywords: Beauty, Religion, Absence, Man)

Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
- Honore de Balzac
(Keywords: Art, History, Religion, Romance, Humanity, Passion)

When Religion and Royalty are swept away, the people will attack the great, and after the great, they will fall upon the rich.
- Honore de Balzac
(Keywords: Religion, People, Royalty, Will)

All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
- Honore de Balzac
(Keywords: Art, History, Religion, Humanity, Passion)

And what is religion, you might ask. It's a technology of living.
- Toni Cade Bambara
(Keywords: Technology, Religion, Living)

But I remember the moment when my father died. I wasn't a very committed Catholic beforehand, but when that happened it suddenly all felt so obvious: I now believe religion is our attempt to find an explanation, for us to feel more protected.
- Javier Bardem
(Keywords: Religion, Father, Now)

The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background, is that we all believe we are above-average drivers.
- Dave Barry
(Keywords: Religion, Age, Gender)



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