Religiousness

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  • Anybody that believes in separation of church and state needs to leave right now. - Star Parker (Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education)
  • The 'wall of separation between church and state' is a metaphor based on bad history, a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned. - William Rehnquist (Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court)
  • The best way to insure the earth is never over populated is for sensible and righteous governments to clear all forms of atheism and heresy. - Robert T. Lee (Society for the Practical Establishment of the Ten Commandments)

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  • Civilized people – Muslims, Christians, and Jews – all understand that the source of freedom and human dignity is the Creator. - John Ashcroft (Attorney General)
  • A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion. — Francis Bacon
  • A man may go into the field and say his prayer and be aware of God, or, he may be in Church and be aware of God; but, if he is more aware of Him because he is in a quiet place, that is his own deficiency and not due to God, Who is alike present in all things and places, and is willing to give Himself everywhere so far as lies in Him. He knows God rightly who knows Him everywhere. — Meister Eckhart
  • All that we refrain from and all that we do, let us not do or refrain from merely because it seems to the multitude somehow honorable or base, but because it is forbidden by reason and the god within us. — Marcus Aurelius
  • All things are implicated with one another, and the bond is holy; and there is hardly anything unconnected with any other things. For things have been co-ordinated, and they combine to make up the same universe. For there is one universe made up of all things, and one God who pervades all things, and one substance, and one law, and one reason. — Marcus Aurelius
  • Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; Unbelief, in denying them. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: It transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and the spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. - Albert Einstein
  • Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me ... That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave. — Stonewall Jackson
  • [Z]eal for the advancement of religion is different from a due attachment to it; and that in order to love it and fulfil its behests, it is not necessary to hate and persecute those who are opposed to it. - Letter No. 60 of the in 1721 published Persian Letters by Montesquieu
  • Creation is too grand, too glorious, too complex and too mysterious to be captured in any narrow creed or reflected in any single metaphor. It is exactly because we so cherish the world in all its multi-hued grandeur that we resist the temptation to see it through only one lens. Our conviction is that we will come a little closer to the truth about the world -- and certainly be more receptive to its splendour if we set a variety of vehicles to apprehend it. - William F. Schultz
  • Those who believe that they believe in God,
    but without passion in their hearts, without anguish in mind,
    without uncertainty, without doubt,
    without an element of despair even in their consolation,
    believe only in the God idea, not in God Himself. - Miguel de Unamuno

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  • Deep, solemn optimism, it seems to me, should spring from this firm belief in the presence of God in the individual; not a remote, unapproachable governor of the universe, but a God who is very near every one of us, who is present not only in earth, sea and sky, but also in every pure and noble impulse of our hearts, 'the source and centre of all minds, their only point of rest'. — Helen Keller
  • Even as a tree has a single trunk but many branches and leaves, there is one religion —- human religion -— but any number of faiths. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • Even in the slightest breeze you can hear the voice of the cottonwood tree; this we understand is its prayer to the Great Spirit, for not only men, but all things and all beings pray to Him continually in different ways. — Black Elk
  • Every religion assumes that God loves men, since He establishes a religion for their happiness; and since He loves men we are certain of pleasing Him in loving them, too. Usbek’s prayer in Letter XLVI. Is not yet out of date. “Lord, I do not understand any of those discussions that are carried on without end regarding Thee: I would serve Thee according to Thy will; but each man whom I consult would have me serve Thee according to his.” He insists that religion is intended for man’s happiness; and that, in order to love it and fulfil its behests, it is not necessary to hate and persecute those who are opposed to our beliefs – not necessary even to attempt to convert them. - Introduction by John Davidson of the in 1721 published Persian Letters by Montesquieu
  • For God's sake hold your tongue, and let me love. — John Donne
  • Freedom from all attachment is the realization of God as Truth. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • He who steadily observes the moral precepts in which all religions concur, will never be questioned at the gates of heaven as to the dogmas in which they all differ. — Thomas Jefferson
  • Hinduism as I know it entirely satisfies my soul, fills my whole being ... When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and when I see not one ray of light on the horizon, I turn to the Bhagavad Gita, and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. My life has been full of tragedies and if they have not left any visible and indelible effect on me, I owe it to the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life. I believe in the equality of humans; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow creatures happy. — Thomas Paine
  • I believe it is a sacred duty to encourage ourselves and others; to hold the tongue from any unhappy word against God's world, because no man has any right to complain of a universe which God made good, and which thousands of men have striven to keep good. I believe we should so act that we may draw nearer and more near the age when no man shall live at his ease while another suffers. These are the articles of my faith, and there is yet another on which all depends -— to bear this faith above every tempest which overfloods it, and to make it a principal in disaster and through affliction. Optimism is the harmony between man's spirit and of God pronouncing His works good. — Helen Keller
  • I believe that you can reach the point where there is no longer any difference between developing the habit of pretending to believe and developing the habit of believing. - Umberto Eco
  • I can doubt everything, except one thing, and that is the very fact that I doubt. - Rene Descartes (1596 - 1650)
  • I have seen several entirely sincere people who thought they were (permanent) Seekers after Truth. They sought diligently, persistently, carefully, cautiously, profoundly, with perfect honesty and nicely adjusted judgment--until they believed that without doubt or question they had found the Truth. That was the end of the search. The man spent the rest of his life hunting up shingles wherewith to protect his Truth from the weather. If he was seeking after political Truth he found it in one or another of the hundred political gospels which govern men in the earth; if he was seeking after the Only True Religion he found it in one or another of the three thousand that are on the market. In any case, when he found the Truth he sought no further; but from that day forth, with his soldering-iron in one hand and his bludgeon in the other he tinkered its leaks and reasoned with objectors. (from What is Man?) - Mark Twain
  • I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. — Thomas Jefferson
  • I never spoke with God,
    Nor visited in heaven;
    Yet certain am I of the spot
    As if the chart were given. — Emily Dickinson
  • I saw my Lord with the Eye of my heart,
    And I said: Truly there is no doubt that it is You.
    It is You that I see in everything;
    And I do not see You through anything (but You). — Al-Hallaj
  • I saw a marvellous high mystery hid in God, which mystery He shall openly make known to us in Heaven: in which knowing we shall verily see the cause why He suffered sin to come. In which sight we shall endlessly joy in our Lord God. — Julian of Norwich
  • I see something of God each hour of the twenty-four, and each moment then,
    In the faces of men and women I see God, and in my own face in the glass,
    I find letters from God dropt in the street, and every one is sign'd by God's name... — Walt Whitman (in Leaves of Grass)
  • In my religion there would be no exclusive doctrine; all would be love, poetry and doubt. — Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave (1945)
  • ...it may be that there is no God, that "the existence of all that is beautiful and in any sense good is but the accidental and ineffective byproduct of blindly swirling atoms," that we are alone in a world that cares nothing for us or for the values that we create and sustain - that we and they are here for a moment only, and gone, and that eventually there will be left no trace of us in the universe. "A man may well believe that this dredful thing is true. But only the fool will say in his heart that he is glad that it is true. - Sterling M. McMurrin
  • It was in a flood God destroyed all but one man. It would seem prudent that he now knows better --Anonymous
  • “[J]ust as the illiterate cannot read books like those who are literate, neither can those who have refused to go through the commandments of Christ by practicing them be granted the revelation of the Holy Spirit like those who have brooded over them and fulfilled them and shed their blood for them.” — St. Symeon the New Theologian, “On Spiritual Knowledge” - Discourse 24 (in the Paulist Press ed.)
  • Let's reinvent the gods, all the myths of the ages
    Celebrate symbols from deep elder forests... — Jim Morrison, from the spoken-word album, An American Prayer (1978), released posthumously
  • "[The] liberty to worship our Creator in the way we think most agreeable to His will [is] a liberty deemed in other countries incompatible with good government and yet proved by our experience to be it's best support." - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Captain John thomas, Nov.18, 1801 (The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, A.E. Bergh, editor, Washington D.C. 1904, Vol.XVI, p.436)

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  • Much that was called religion has carried 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 rules 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 sensations which tells you this is something you've always known. — Frank Herbert (in Dune)
  • My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. — Thomas Paine
  • My effort should never be to undermine another's faith but to make him a better follower of his own faith. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind. - Albert Einstein
  • No coward soul is mine,
    No trembler in the world's storm-troubled sphere :
    I see Heaven's glories shine,
    And Faith shines equal, arming me from Fear. — Emily Brontë
  • O great creator of being
    grant us one more hour to
    perform our art
    and perfect our lives. — Jim Morrison, from the spoken-word album An American Prayer
  • Once you accept the existence of God —- however you define him, however you explain your relationship to him -— then you are caught forever with his presence in the center of all things. — Morris West
  • Our times are in his hand
    Who saith, "A whole I planned,
    Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!" — Robert Browning
  • Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this: To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. — James 1:27, New Testament
  • Religion is to do right. It is to love, it is to serve, it is to think, it is to be humble. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Religion itself is nothing else but Love to God and Man. He that lives in Love lives in God, says the Beloved Disciple: And to be sure a Man can live no where better. — William Penn
  • Religion, whatever it is, is a man's total reaction upon life. — William James
  • ...resident mockery
    give us an hour for magic. — Jim Morrison, from the spoken-word album An American Prayer
  • Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. — Albert Einstein
  • That friend of mine who lives in God,
    That God, which ever lives and loves,
    One God, one law, one element,
    And one far-off divine event,
    To which the whole creation moves. — Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried. — G.K. Chesterton
  • The cosmic religious experience is the strongest and noblest driving force behind scientific research. — Albert Einstein
  • The folkish-minded man, in particular, has the sacred duty, each in his own denomination, of making people stop just talking superficially of God's will, and actually fulfill God's will, and not let God's word be desecrated. For God's will gave men their form, their essence and their abilities. Anyone who destroys His work is declaring war on the Lord's creation, the divine will. — Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Ralph Mannheim translation, p. 562.
  • The miracles of the church seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always. — Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)
  • The moral sense reappears today with the same morning newness that has been from of old the fountain of beauty and strength. You say there is no religion now. 'Tis like saying in rainy weather, There is no sun, when at that moment we are witnessing one of its superlative effects. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The irreligious are more religious than they themselves know, and the religious are less so than they think. — Franz Grillparzer, aphorism (1857), in Studien zur Philosophie und Religion. Historische und politische Studien, 2011, p. 32
  • The whole duty of humanity, from a Christian perspective is: "To know God and to show God." — James Patterson
  • There is surely a piece of divinity within us, something that was before the elements, and owes no homage unto the sun. — Thomas Browne
  • Though earth and moon were gone,
And suns and universes ceased to be,
And Thou wert left alone,
Every existence would exist in Thee. — Emily Brontë
  • To believe in God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter.
    To believe in God means to see that life has a meaning. — Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • Twenty times in the course of my late reading have I been on the point of breaking out, "This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it!!!" But in this exclamation I would have been as fanatical as Bryant or Cleverly. Without religion this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean hell. — John Adams (The italicized quotation within this statement has often been quoted out of context.)
  • We have now learned from our generalizations of the great complexity of the interactions of principles... that what is approached is eternal and instant awareness of absolute reality of all that ever existed. All the great metaphysical integrity of all the individuals, which is potential and inherent in the complex interactions of generalized principles, will always and only coexist eternally. — Buckminster Fuller
  • We must forgive our enemies. I can truly say that not a day has passed since the war began that I have not prayed for them. — General Robert E. Lee
  • What do I know about God and the purpose of life?
    I know that this world exists. — Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan —- to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations. — Abraham Lincoln
  • You and I didn't design people. God designed people. What I am trying to do is to discover why God included humans in the Universe. — Buckminster Fuller

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