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Religion quotes. Inspirational quotes about religion and politics. "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as.

I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer. Martin Luther Click to tweet

You’ll be calm the day you learn to sit alone and do nothing. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Albert Einstein Click to tweet

The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself. Anais Nin Click to tweet

When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus AureliusClick to tweet

The next message you need is always right where you are. Ram Dass Click to tweet

Awakening is not changing who you are, but discarding who you are not. Deepak Chopra Click to tweet

Equanimity arises when we accept the way things are. Jack Kornfield Click to tweet

I close my eyes in order to see. Paul Gauguin Click to tweet

Don’t try to steer the river. Deepak Chopra Click to tweet

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The Best Spiritual Quotes

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The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and the acceptance of love. Marianne Williamson Click to tweet

Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. Hermann Hesse

He who is filled with love is filled with God himself. Saint Augustine

At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it. Thich Nhat Hanh

When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you. Stephen Richards

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul. Swami Vivekananda

Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved. Jane Goodall

Fools laugh at others. Wisdom laughs at itself. Osho

The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it. Carl Jung

When you realize there is no lacking, the whole world belongs to you. Lao Tzu Click to tweet

God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars. Elbert Hubbard Click to tweet

Religion, science, and spirituality help us make sense of the world. Life without at least one of them is a lonely and confusing place. Naval Ravikant

It is in our wild nature that we best recover from our un-nature, our spirituality. Friedrich Nietzsche

A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

This moment is all there is. Rumi

The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear. Daniel Defoe

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. Henry Miller

I choose gentleness… Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself. Max Lucado

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

Realisation is not acquisition of anything new nor is it a new faculty. It is only removal of all camouflage. Ramana Maharshi

If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit. Thomas Merton Click to tweet

The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it. Henri J.M. Nouwen

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the now the primary focus of your life. Eckhart Tolle

Being at ease with not knowing is crucial for answers to come to you. Eckhart Tolle

Nurture great thoughts, for you will never go higher than your thoughts. Benjamin Disraeli (This is one of my favorite spiritual quote. Leave a reply here and let me know what’s yours!)

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The Most Famous Spiritual Quotes (Einstein, Oprah Winfrey, Emerson, etc.)

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Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. Carl Jung Click to tweet

The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. Ludwig van Beethoven

The Way is not in the sky; the Way is in the heart. Buddha

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. Dalai Lama

It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are – not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within – that you can begin to take control. Oprah Winfrey

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this. Henry David Thoreau

Nothing is, unless our thinking makes it so. William Shakespeare

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. William Shakespeare Click to tweet

It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart. Mahatma Gandhi

Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force. Franklin D. Roosevelt

I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. John Lennon

This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. Voltaire

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

The greater the doubt, the greater the awakening. Albert Einstein

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. Michel de Montaigne

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Short Spiritual Quotes

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Forever is composed of nows. Emily Dickinson Click to tweet

Wake up and live. Bob Marley

Let the breath lead the way. Sharon Salzberg

I am realistic – I expect miracles. Wayne Dyer

Do anything, but let it produce joy. Walt Whitman

The Holy Land is everywhere. Black Elk (Native American)

Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be guided by spirit and not driven by ego. Unknown

There is nothing more important than this moment. Unknown (Submitted by the Wisdom Quotes Community)

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. Francis of Assisi

For it is in giving that we receive. Francis of Assisi

Everything in the world was my Guru. Ramana Maharshi

Quiet the mind and the soul will speak. Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Spiritual progress is like a detoxification. Marianne Williamson

Reach for a thought that feels better. Abraham Hicks

Your thoughts become things. Rhonda Byrne Click to tweet

Your thoughts are the primary cause of everything. Rhonda Byrne

Be here, now! Ram Dass

When you make a choice, you change the future. Deepak Chopra

God finds himself by creating. Rabindranath Tagore

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Inspirational, Positive And Uplifting Spiritual Quotes

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You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible. Deepak Chopra Click to tweet

When a man is willing and eager, the Gods join in. Aeschylus

Arise, awake, stop not till the goal is reached. Swami Vivekananda

And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anais Nin

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. W.B. Yeats

Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance. Elder Wisdom

Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvelous work. It is fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment. Swami Vivekananda

I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself. Shooter Teton Sioux (Native American)

One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect with those around you today. Say, “I love you”, “I’m sorry”, “I appreciate you”, “I’m proud of you”…whatever you’re feeling. Send random texts, write a cute note, embrace your truth and share it…cause a smile today for someone else…and give plenty of hugs. Steve Maraboli

You and your purpose in life are the same thing. Your purpose is to be you. George Alexiou

I am convinced that the jealous, the angry, the bitter and the egotistical are the first to race to the top of mountains. A confident person enjoys the journey, the people they meet along the way and sees life not as a competition. They reach the summit last because they know God isn’t at the top waiting for them. He is down below helping his followers to understand that the view is glorious where ever you stand. Shannon L. Alder

You must not let your life run in the ordinary way; do something that nobody else has done, something that will dazzle the world. Show that God’s creative principle works in you. Paramahansa Yogananda

Bring into play the almighty power within you, so that on the stage of life you can fulfill your high destined role. Paramahansa Yogananda

The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you really are. Carl Jung Click to tweet

If your intention is powerful, your action will be powerful. If your action is powerful, your results will be powerful. Unknown

The real spiritual progress of the aspirant is measured by the extent to which he achieves inner tranquility. Swami Sivananda

All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. You can do any thing and everything, without even the guidance of any one. Stand up and express the divinity within you. Swami Vivekananda

Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it. Wilferd Peterson

Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are. José Saramago

The resting place of the mind is the heart. The only thing the mind hears all day is clanging bells and noise and argument, and all it wants is quietude. The only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart. That’s where you need to go. Elizabeth Gilbert

You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. Osho

You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone. Amit Ray

You are your master. Only you have the master keys to open the inner locks. Amit Ray

The power within you is greater than the power within the world. Rhonda Byrne

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Funny Spiritual Quotes (Some Will Surprise You)

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If you think you’re enlightened go spend a week with your family. Ram Dass Click to tweet

Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the ‘Titanic’ who waved off the dessert cart. Erma Bombeck

Bath, n. A kind of mystic ceremony substituted for religious worship, with what spiritual efficacy has not been determined. Ambrose Bierce

You can’t have everything… where would you put it? Steven Wright

Self-love is a good thing but self-awareness is more important. You need to once in a while go “Uh, I’m kind of an asshole”. Louis C.K.

Walk with those seeking truth… Run from those who think they’ve found it. Deepak Chopra Click to tweet

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Deep Spiritual Quotes (Some Will Make You Think)

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To be in time is to be asleep: to be awake is to be in eternity. Osho Click to tweet

Unless you are totally destroyed as a mind, there is no hope for you. Osho

Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul. Wayne Dyer

Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them. Eckhart Tolle

When everything gets answered, it’s fake. Sean Penn

The truth is that you already are what you are seeking. Adyashanti

The truth is that the universe has been answering you all of your life, but you cannot receive the answers unless you are awake. Rhonda Byrne

Knock, and He’ll open the door. Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun. Fall, and He’ll raise you to the heavens. Become nothing, and He’ll turn you into everything. Rumi

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars, guides you too. Shrii Shirr Anandamurti

If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path. Brené Brown

When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object. Milan Kundera

Religion is for people who’re afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who’ve already been there. Vine Deloria Jr (Native American)

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves. Alan Watts

The want of goods is easily repaired, but the poverty of the soul is irreparable. Michel de Montaigne

We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful. Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Eventually, all that one has learnt will have to be forgotten. Ramana Maharshi Click to tweet

Let what comes come. Let what goes go. Find out what remains. Ramana Maharshi

The game is not about becoming somebody, it’s about becoming nobody. Ram Dass

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Wise Spiritual Quotes (Words Of Wisdom)

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Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life. William Blake Click to tweet

Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul. Walt Whitman

Wisdom says we are nothing. Love says we are everything. Between these two our life flows. Jack Kornfield

In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart. Swami Vivekananda

Anything that makes weak – physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison. Swami Vivekananda

A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction. Rita Mae Brown

Enlightenment means waking up to what you truly are and then being that. Adyashanti

Help me never to judge another until I have walked a mile in his moccasins. Indian prayer

It took me forty years on earth to reach this sure conclusion: there is no Heaven but clarity, no Hell except confusion. Jan Struther

Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again. Joseph Campbell Click to tweet

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Francis of Assisi

Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well. Jack Kornfield

There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to the same place, so it doesn’t matter which path you take. The only person wasting time is the one who runs around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong. Hindu proverb

You can read books without ever stepping into a library; and practice spirituality without ever going to a temple. Anthony de Mello

If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your back. Eido Tai Shimano Roshi

I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me. Hermann Hesse

You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. Ramana Maharshi

The path of awakening is not about becoming who you are. Rather it is about unbecoming who you are not. Albert Schweitzer

There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life. Tara Brach

Observing desire without acting on it enlarges our freedom to choose how we live. Tara Brach

Do what is right at a given moment and leave it behind. Ramana Maharshi

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Spiritual Quotes About Love, Relationships, Giving

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Be present in all things and thankful for all things. Maya AngelouClick to tweet

Big-heartedness is the most essential virtue on the spiritual journey. Matthew Fox

To say “I love you” one must know first how to say the “I”. Ayn Rand

When I give I give myself. Walt Whitman

Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. Francis of Assisi

When you love, love as if the person is a god, not less than that. Osho

If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation. Osho

Being love rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability. Ram Dass

Perform all work carefully, guided by compassion. Ved Vyasa

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. Jack Kornfield

Much of spiritual life is self-acceptance, maybe all of it. Jack Kornfield

Spiritual opening is not a withdrawal to some imagined realm or safe cave. It is not a pulling away, but a touching of all the experience of life with wisdom and with a heart of kindness, without any separation. Jack Kornfield

True love begins when nothing is looked for in return. Antoine De Saint-Exupery

The most important time in the world is the time you make for yourself. Unknown

The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation. Unknown

Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. Marianne Williamson Click to tweet

All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness… the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives. Dalai Lama

Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting. Elizabeth Bibesco

Choose being kind over being right, and you’ll be right every time. Richard Carlson

When there is love in your heart, everything outside of you also becomes lovable. Veeresh

It is love alone that leads to right action. What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Love gives us in a moment what we can hardly attain by effort after years of toil. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it. Thomas Aquinas

Forgive the past. It is over. Learn from it and let go. People are constantly changing and growing. Do not cling to a limited, disconnected, negative image of a person in the past. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing. Brian Weiss

Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful. Amit Ray

They alone live, who live for others. Swami Vivekananda

Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness. Dalai Lama

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Spiritual Quotes About Life, Happiness, Gratitude, Letting Go

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Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present. Albert Camus Click to tweet

There is neither Past nor Future. There is only the Present. Ramana Maharshi

Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside. Ramana Maharshi

We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night. Jack Kornfield

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware; joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. Henry Miller

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. Denis Waitley

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but rather your thoughts about the situation. Eckhart Tolle

Always say yes to the present moment. Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life and see how life starts suddenly working for you rather than against you. Eckhart Tolle

Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it… This will miraculously transform your whole life. Eckhart Tolle

Surrender is the most difficult thing in the world while you are doing it and the easiest when it is done. Bhai Sahib

It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed. Ram Dass

The true definition of mental illness is when the majority of your time is spent in the past or future, but rarely living in the realism of now. Shannon L. Alder

It’s all a matter of paying attention, being awake in the present moment, and not expecting a huge payoff. The magic in this world seems to work in whispers and small kindnesses. Charles de Lint

You just understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life. Jiddu Krishnamurti

As long as a sense of self-importance rules your being, you will never know lasting peace. Matthieu Ricard Click to tweet

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, but to live gratitude is to touch heaven. Johannes A. Gaertner

Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. Hans Margolius

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. Rene Descartes

If peace is our single aim in all we do, we will always know what to do because we will do whatever will protect and deepen our peace. Gerald Jampolsky

It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters. Amit Ray

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery. Anais Nin

Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. We don’t know anything. Pema Chödrön

The whole of life is to spiritualize our activities by humility and faith, to silence our nature by charity. Thomas Merton

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it. Groucho Marx

Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen. Bodhidharma

Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you, but do not think of that now. Swami Vivekananda

Nothing kills the ego like playfulness, like laughter. When you start taking life as fun, the ego has to die, it cannot exist anymore. Osho

Truth is not something outside to be discovered, it is something inside to be realized. Osho

Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes. Swami Vivekananda

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See also: 17 Incredibly-Simple Ways to Be Happy Right Now

Spiritual Quotes About Nature

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Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet

The sky is the daily bread of the imagination. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is made of vibrations of Love. João Mendes

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. John Burroughs

For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche.

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.

The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless. Alan Watts

You see, one loves the sunset when one is so sad. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Even the sun directs our gaze away from itself and to the life illumined by it. Eberhard Arnold

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. William Blake

Mother Nature speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. Radhanath Swami

The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition. Honore De Balzac

Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important. Jiddu Krishnamurti

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. Martin Luther

When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator. Mahatma Gandhi

The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over. Aesop

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. Aristotle Click to tweet

If one way be better than other, that you may be sure is… Nature’s way. Aristotle

Nature does nothing without purpose or uselessly. Aristotle

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Spiritual Quotes About Death, Loss, Pain, Fear, Grief

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Whatever life takes away from you, let it go. Don Miguel Ruiz Click to tweet

Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way. Blackfoot (Native American)

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. Thomas Campbell

Whatever comes, don’t push it away. When it goes, do not grieve. Mooji

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle. Francis of Assisi

The darker the night, the brighter the stars. The deeper the grief, the closer is God! Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. Kripalvanandji

When something dies is the greatest teaching. Shunryu Suzuki Click to tweet

Don’t ever discount the wonder of your tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak. William Paul Young

Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. C.S. Lewis

There is nothing to worry about. There will be tough times, nice times, good times and bad times. They all come in life and go. Nothing stays. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. Thich Nhat Hanh

Accepting death as a part of life serves as a spur to diligence and saves us from wasting our time on vain distractions. Matthieu Ricard

The soul would have no rainbow, had the eyes no tears. John Vance Cheney

Spiritual Quotes About Family, Friendship

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A happy family is but an earlier heaven. George Bernard Shaw Click to tweet

Through others we become ourselves. Lev S. Vygotsky

Sticking with your family is what makes it a family. Mitch Albom

Friendship has always belonged to the core of my spiritual journey. Henri Nouwen

What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other? George Eliot

No matter what you have done for yourself, or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished? Elbert Hubbard

Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world, depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves. Thich Nhat Hanh

Family life is full of major and minor crises – the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce – and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It’s difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul. Thomas Moore

People hear you on the level you speak to them from. Speak from your heart, and they will hear with theirs. Marianne Williamson

What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution. Ram Dass

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself. Wayne Dyer Click to tweet

We find greater lightness and ease in our lives as we increasingly care for ourselves and other beings. Sharon Salzberg

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. Desmond Tutu

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Spiritual Quotes About Faith, Hope, Patience

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Faith, hope, love, and insight are the highest achievements of human effort. Carl Jung Click to tweet

What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life. Emil Brunner

Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There is no greater investment.Stephen Covey

Our prayers are answered not when we are given what we ask, but when we are challenged to be what we can be.Morris Adler

If you lose money you lose much, If you lose friends you lose more, If you lose faith you lose all. Eleanor Roosevelt

Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself. Roy T. Bennett

I believe, and therefore anything is possible. Unknown

Our way is to practice one step at a time, one breath at a time, with no gaining idea. Shunryu Suzuki

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. Desmond Tutu

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. Paulo Coelho Click to tweet

Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. Paulo Coelho

Spirituality is fearlessness. It is a way of looking boldly at this life we have been given, here, now, on earth, as this human being. Elizabeth Lesser

If you don’t behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave. Fulton J. Sheen

The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves. Swami Vivekananda

Do one thing at a time, and while doing it put your whole soul into it to the exclusion of all else. Swami Vivekananda

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. E.E. Cummings

To me, faith means not worrying. John Dewey

Be patient. You’ll know when it’s time for you to wake up and move ahead. Ram Dass

If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities, if you believe it won’t you will see obstacles. Wayne Dyer

A belief is only a thought I keep thinking. Abraham Hicks

Appreciation in advance brings everything you want to you. Abraham Hicks

See also: How to Believe in Yourself

Spiritual Quotes About Bible, God

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Pray, and let God worry. Martin Luther Click to tweet

What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God. Hans Urs von Balthasar

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not. C.S. Lewis

A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. Theodore Roosevelt

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. Frederick Douglass

Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God. Martin Luther

God enters by a private door into every individual. Ralph Waldo Emerson

And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history — money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery — the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy. C.S. Lewis

Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God. Rob Bell

If prayer is you talking to God, then intuition is God talking to you. Wayne Dyer

Faith is God’s work within us. Thomas Aquinas

God loves me when I sing. God respects me when I work. Rabindranath Tagore Click to tweet

Spiritual Quotes About Strength, Tough Times, Healing, Change

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Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise. Ram Dass Click to tweet

The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life. Dalai Lama

Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present. Albert Camus

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. Anatole France

Take care of your inner, spiritual beauty. That will reflect in your face. Dolores del Rio

Courage is fear that has said its prayers and decided to go forward anyway. Joyce Meyer

It is the inner life that is to spark the change in consciousness that will permit us to advance. Brother Wayne Teasdale

I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God. Helen Keller (She was blind)

The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations. Samuel Ullman

On the spiritual path, all the dreck and misery is transformed, maybe not that same day, but still transformed into spiritual fuel or insight. Anne Lamott

Character can not be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Helen Keller

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Kahlil Gibran

We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Carl Jung

When there’s nothing but humility, there’s nothing but spiritual oneness. Frederick Lenz

The more you recognize the immense good within you, the more you magnetize immense good around you. Alan Cohen

When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way. Paulo Coelho

The ultimate reason for meditating is to transform ourselves in order to be better able to transform the world. Matthieu Ricard

Thoughts become things. If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand. Bob Proctor Click to tweet

We can make changes in our lives, we can live consciously rather than mechanically, we can open our hearts and we can be more fully alive. Sharon Salzberg

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. Alan Watts

A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, and must empty ourselves. Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in his love than in your weakness. Mother Teresa

Until you have suffered much in your heart, you cannot learn humility. Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable. Swami Vivekananda

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. Socrates

Think the thought until you believe it, and once you believe it, it is. Abraham Hicks

Your feelings are your greatest tools to help you create your life. Rhonda Byrne

See the things that you want as already yours. Rhonda Byrne

See also: positive quotes, focus quotes

Spiritual Quotes About Enlightenment, Awareness, Meditation, Universe

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You are not in the universe, you are the universe. Eckhart Tolle Click to tweet

Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world. Ramana Maharshi

You can only stop the flow of thoughts by refusing to have any interest in it. Ramana Maharshi

The enquiry “Who am I?” is the principal means to the removal of all misery and the attainment of the supreme bliss. Ramana Maharshi

If the mind falls asleep, awaken it. Then if it starts wandering, make it quiet. If you reach the state where there is neither sleep nor movement of mind, stay still in that, the natural (real) state. Ramana Maharshi

Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree. It completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are. Matthieu Ricard

No one and nothing outside of you can give you salvation, or free you from the misery. You have to light your own lamp. You have to know the miniature universe that you yourself are. Banani Ray

Insight occurs when, and to the degree that, one knows oneself. Andrew Schneider

Awakening is dynamic, Constantly evolving in accordance with life’s realities. Taitetsu Unno

The goal of practice is always to keep our beginner’s mind. Jack Kornfield Click to tweet

Those who are awake live in a state of constant amazement. Jack Kornfield

Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true. Adyashanti

As long as you are trying to become, trying to get somewhere, trying to attain something, you are quite literally moving away from the Truth itself. Adyashanti

Never belong to a crowd; Never belong to a nation; Never belong to a religion; Never belong to a race. Belong to the whole existence. Why limit yourself to small things? When the whole is available. Osho

Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment. Chögyam Trungpa

If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. Leo Tolstoy

What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself. Abraham H. Maslow

It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the ‘I Am’, our real presence, can awaken. G.I. Gurdjieff

Awakening is not a journey of discovering a distant land or a coveted secret, but rather, it is a journey of surrendering to what has always been present but shrouded in illusion and disillusion. Shavasti

You can’t have a physical transformation until you have a spiritual transformation. Cory Booker

The awakening of consciousness is the next evolutionary step for mankind. Eckhart Tolle

The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. David Foster Wallace

Part of spiritual and emotional maturity is recognizing that it’s not like you’re going to try to fix yourself and become a different person. You remain the same person, but you become awakened. Jack Kornfield

Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you’ve changed, by believing. Once you’ve changed, other things start to follow. Isn’t that the way it works? Diane Duane

We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically. Neil DeGrasse Tyson

These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness, and worship without awareness. Anthony de Mello

Your greatest awakening comes, when you are aware about your infinite nature. Amit Ray

No great spiritual awakening has begun anywhere in the world apart from united prayer. J. Edwin Orr

Waking up is not a selfish pursuit of happiness, it is a revolutionary stance, from the inside out, for the benefit of all beings in existence. Noah Levine

Enlightenment is nothing more than the complete absence of resistance to what is. End of story. Adyashanti Click to tweet

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Part 4. Spiritual Poems

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Breathing in, I experience calm in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the calm in me.
Breathing in, I experience joy in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the joy in me.
Breathing in, I experience equanimity in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the equanimity in me.
Breathing in, I experience openness in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the openness in me.
Breathing in, I experience happiness in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the happiness in me.
Thich Nhat Hanh Click to tweet

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Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment. Lao Tzu Click to tweet

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350 Best Spiritual Quotes That Will Enrich Your Life

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Faith Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old faith quotes, faith sayings, and faith proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.

Saint Augustine

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.

Thomas Aquinas

Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.

Khalil Gibran

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.


Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

Corrie ten Boom

Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.

Max Lucado

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.

Paulo Coelho

I dont think that we're meant to understand it all the time. I think that sometimes we just have to have faith.

Nicholas Sparks

Faith is believing in something when common sense tells you not to.     

From the movie, "Miracle On 34th Street"

Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it isn't there. You can't see the future, yet you know it will come; you can't see the air, yet you continue to breathe.

Claire London

I don't pray for God to take my problems away, I pray only for God to give me the strength to go through them.

Jose Lozano

I am not moved by what I see. I am not moved by what I feel. I am moved only by what I believe.

Smith Wigglesworth

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Faith Quotes

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I believe the purpose of all major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts. ~Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, c.1996

There's something in every atheist, itching to believe, and something in every believer, itching to doubt. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Clouds and darkness are round most men and it is the preacher's business to let the sunlight in. A congregation needs nothing so much as sun. ~Charles Edward Jefferson, "Thy Speech Bewrayeth Thee," Quiet Hints to Growing Preachers in My Study, 1901

Esther, set free from her household duties, attended church (where her own tired soul could pour out all its heart-sick sorrow to listening Ears). ~K. Douglas King, "The Story of a Week," in Merry England, February 1894

Religion enables us to ignore nothingness and get on with the jobs of life. ~John Updike, Self-Consciousness, 1989

A religion without the element of mystery would not be a religion at all. ~Edwin Lewis

It is doubtless true that religion has been the world's psychiatrist throughout the centuries. ~Karl Menninger

I was reading this really interesting article in the American Psychiatric Journal.... research shows that going to church actually boosts your immune system, decreases your blood pressure, and reduces stress. It's kind of like an antioxidant from God. ~Bones, "The Repo Man in the Septic Tank," original airdate 2014 March 17th, spoken by the character Seeley Booth, writing credits M.Peterson, H.Hanson, and K.Reichs

This is the true spirit of insolent dogmatism: We have proved to the satisfaction of every honest man, that we are right, and that you are wrong; and therefore, if you are not convinced, it must be owing to your own perversity. When a man's shot is exhausted, he will try to terrify his adversary by firing off powder. ~Julius Charles Hare, The Mission of the Comforter and Other Sermons, With Notes, 1846

Debating theological niceties is fine, and even useful, but if it distracts us from the Greatest Commandments, then we're doing something wrong. ~David C. Hill, ***Dave Does the Blog (

Religion is the metaphysics of the masses. ~Arthur Schopenhauer

All religions are the same: religion is basically guilt, with different holidays. ~Cathy Ladman

No religion is a true religion that does not make men tingle to their finger tips with a sense of infinite hazard. ~William Ernest Hocking

The church is the great lost and found department. ~Robert Short

I speak not of men's creeds—they rest between
Man and his Maker.
~Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet. ~Thomas Merton

[I]n all sincerity she began her search, and with pathetic patience waited for an answer. She read many books, some wise, some vague, some full of superstition, all unsatisfactory to one who wanted a living God. She went to many churches, studied many creeds, and watched their fruits as well as she could; but still remained unsatisfied.... There was too much machinery, too many walls, laws, and penalties between the Father and his children. Too much fear, too little love... too little faith in the instincts of the soul which turns to God as flowers to the sun. Too much idle strife about names and creeds; too little knowledge of the natural religion which has no name but godliness, whose creed is boundless and benignant as the sunshine, whose faith is as the tender trust of little children in their mother's love. ~Louisa May Alcott, "Through the Mist," Work: A Story of Experience, 1873

God made so many different kinds of people. Why would he allow only one way to serve him? ~Martin Buber

All religions must be tolerated... for... every man must get to heaven his own way. ~Frederick the Great

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. ~Dalai Lama

People don't come to church for preachments, of course, but to daydream about God. ~Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Say and do what you like, religion is always religion. The rich, perhaps, can get along without it, but it is necessary for people like us.... When one is unhappy... it is the only thing that will soothe you. Only that, and love. ~Octave Mirbeau, The Diary of a Chambermaid, 1900, translated from the French by Benjamin R. Tucker

Religion — an intellectual colouring book for adults. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

Our true religious life begins when we discover that there is an Inner Light, not infallible but invaluable, which "lighteth every man that cometh into the world." Then we have something to steer by; and it is chiefly this, and not an anchor, that we need. The human soul, like any other noble vessel, was not built to be anchored, but to sail. An anchorage may, indeed, be at times a temporary need, in order to make some special repairs, or to take fresh cargo in; yet the natural destiny of both ship and soul is not the harbor, but the ocean; to cut with even keel the vast and beautiful expanse; to pass from island to island... or, best of all, steering close to the wind, to extract motive power from the greatest obstacles. Men must forget the eternity through which they have yet to sail, when they talk of anchoring here upon this bank and shoal of time. It would be a tragedy to see the shipping of the world whitening the seas no more, and idly riding at anchor in... ports; but it would be more tragic to see a world of souls fascinated into a fatal repose and renouncing their destiny of motion. And as with individuals, so with communities. ~Thomas Wentworth Higginson, "The Sympathy of Religions," an address delivered at Horticultural Hall, Boston, 1870 February 6th  [Quoted: Edward Burrough, "Truth," essay to John Bunion and the Independants, 1656. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

And yet, if we are not bound by the past, neither are we to discard it.... We are to learn how, out of the past, to evolve an instrumentation useful for to‑day. So in theology. I meet men who want to wipe off from the page of history all the creeds that ever were constructed.... If I could think that for nineteen centuries thoughtful, earnest, devout men had been wrestling with the great problems of human life, wondering who God is and how He rules this world, and what we are and what we are here for and what lies in the future, and that in all these centuries they had found out nothing, I should give it up and be an agnostic. The creeds of the future must grow out of the creeds of the past. But a creed is not a rock to which your ship is anchored, while it swings back and forth in the tide and the barnacles gather on its bottom. The creed is a seed planted and out of that is to grow a nobler and better creed. No new theology is worth having which cuts asunder from the past. And no theology is worth having which remains identical with the creeds of the past. The theology that is not a growing theology is a dead theology. Life grows.... Take the experience of the past, and make it minister to the wisdom and the grace—aye, and I dare to say the glory—of the future. ~Lyman Abbott, "Out of the Past," sermon preached in Appleton Chapel, Harvard College, Sunday evening, March 26, 1899

Most men's anger about religion is as if two men should quarrel for a lady that neither of them care for. ~George Savile, Marquess de Halifax

Most sermons sound to me like commercials — but I can't make out whether God is the Sponsor or the Product. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

If I were personally to define religion, I would say that it is a bandage that man has invented to protect a soul made bloody by circumstances. ~Theodore Dreiser, 1941

I like the silence of a church, before the service begins better than any preaching. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

All men have need of the gods. ~Homer

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it. ~George Bernard Shaw

Looking at these points of unity, we might say there is but one religion under many forms, whose essential creed is the Fatherhood of God, and the Brotherhood of Man,—disguised by corruptions, symbolized by mythologies, ennobled by virtues, degraded by vices, but still the same. ~Thomas Wentworth Higginson, "The Sympathy of Religions," an address delivered at Horticultural Hall, Boston, 1870 February 6th

Every Christian wears for his principal jewel a thorn plucked from the crown of more than eighteen hundred years ago. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), "The Bible and Religion," Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

Philosophy is the love of wisdom: Christianity is the wisdom of love. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

True prophets sometimes, false prophets always, have fanatical adherents. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882

I'm afraid I never shall get religion, for all that's offered me seems so poor, so narrow, or so hard that I cannot take it for my stay. A God of wrath I cannot love; a God that must be propitiated, adorned, and adored like an idol I cannot respect; and a God who can be blinded to men's iniquities through the week by a little beating of the breast and bowing down on the seventh day, I cannot serve. I want a Father to whom I can go with all my sins and sorrows, all my hopes and joys, as freely and fearlessly as I used to go to my human father, sure of help and sympathy and love. Shall I ever find Him? ~Louisa May Alcott, "Through the Mist," Work: A Story of Experience, 1873

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

I believe in God, in science, in Sunday supper. I don't believe in rules that tell me how I should live. ~CSI, "Alter Boys," 2001, written by Ann Donahue [S2, E6, Gil Grissom]

No man treats a motor car as foolishly as he treats another human being. When the car will not go, he does not attribute its annoying behavior to sin, he does not say, "You are a wicked motorcar, and I shall not give you any more petrol until you go." He attempts to find out what is wrong and set it right. ~Bertrand Russell, Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization?

My religious position: I think that God could do a lot better, and I'm willing to give Him the chance. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Religion often gets credit for curing rascals when old age is the real medicine. ~Austin O'Malley

If there were no God, there would be no Atheists. ~G.K. Chesterton

Religion is speculation pretending to be revelation. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

[R]eligion cannot be given or bought, but must grow as trees grow, needing frost and snow, rain and wind to strengthen it before it is deep-rooted in the soul. ~Louisa May Alcott, "Through the Mist," Work: A Story of Experience, 1873

The whole point of Christianity is that everyone in the world, from Charles Manson to Mother Teresa, deserves to go to hell. ~Sean Ningen

Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair. ~G.K. Chesterton

It is our happiness to live in a time when all religions are at last outgrowing their mythologies, and emancipated men are stretching out their hands to share together "the luxury of a religion that does not degrade." … Unveil these darkened windows, but remove also these darkening walls; the temple itself is but a lingering shadow of that gloom. Instead of its coarse and stifling incense, give us God's pure air... ~Thomas Wentworth Higginson, "The Sympathy of Religions," an address delivered at Horticultural Hall, Boston, 1870 February 6th  [Quoted: Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The earth moves, and the mind opens. I am glad to believe society contains a class of humble souls who enjoy the luxury of a religion that does not degrade...", speech at the second annual meeting of the Free Religious Association, at Tremont Temple, 1869 May 28th —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

A faith of convenience is a hollow faith. ~M*A*S*H, "A Holy Mess," original airdate 1982 February 1st, written by Larry Gelbart, Elias Davis, Richard Hooker, Ring Lardner Jr, David Pollock, and W.C. Heinz, spoken by the character Father Mulcahy

The churches must learn humility as well as teach it. ~George Bernard Shaw, St. Joan

I know not your decree to keep the Sabbath day holy. Go tell it to the brook. It will chortle at your implied desecration of the other six. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

I considered atheism, but there weren't enough holidays. ~Author Unknown

A religion can no more afford to degrade its Devil than to degrade its God. ~Havelock Ellis

This is a little prayer dedicated to the separation of church and state. I guess if they are going to force those kids to pray in schools they might as well have a nice prayer like this: Our Father who art in heaven, and to the republic for which it stands, thy kingdom come, one nation indivisible as in heaven, give us this day as we forgive those who so proudly we hail. Crown thy good into temptation but deliver us from the twilight's last gleaming. Amen and Awomen. ~George Carlin

Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat. ~John Morley

In church, sacred music would make believers of us all — but preachers can be counted on to restore the balance. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Traveler: "God has been mighty good to your fields, Mr. Farmer."
Farmer: "You should have seen how he treated them when I wasn't around."
~Author Unknown

I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence. ~Doug McLeod

I judge a religion as being good or bad based on whether its adherents become better people as a result of practicing it. ~Joe Mullally

According to science, the universe began as a swirl of gas that, as it cooled, spun off the Ten Commandments. ~Robert Brault,

Religion is a monumental chapter in the history of human egotism. ~William James

God — of course — is not real. He is just an idea, an illusion. But here is the troubling question: Is such an illusion essential to the success of the tribe? Is the competitive universe a place where a rational tribe must always succumb to one driven by a blind — but determined — collective insanity? ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

Religion is the sign of the oppressed creature, the sentiment of a heartless world, and the soul of soul-less conditions. It is the opium of the people. ~Karl Marx, "Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right," 1884

I believe in God, I just don't trust anyone who works for him. ~Author unknown, from a stand-up comedy routine on television

There are three religious truths: 1) Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah. 2) Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian faith. 3) Baptists do not recognize each other in the liquor store or at Hooters. ~Author Unknown

Not all religion is to be found in the church, any more than all knowledge is found in the classroom. ~Author Unknown

Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned. ~Author Unknown

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. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

It is fear that first brought gods into the world. ~Gaius Petronius Arbiter, Satyricon

If triangles had a God, He'd have three sides. ~Old Yiddish Proverb

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself. ~Richard Burton

Religion is a fashionable substitute for Belief. ~Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891

I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours. ~Stephen Roberts

I'm not religious, but I like God and he likes me. ~Tony Kushner, Angels in America

Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? ~Douglas Adams

No creed can be stretched to the size of truth; no church can be made as large as man. ~Lemuel K. Washburn, Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays

Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous. ~David Hume, Treatise of Human Nature, 1739

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

I didn't know I had a quarrel with him. ~Henry Thoreau in answer to the question, "Have you made your peace with God?"

In some awful, strange, paradoxical way, atheists tend to take religion more seriously than the practitioners. ~Jonathon Miller

I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. ~George Carlin

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

Who can resist a religious doctrine that allows you to sin against your neighbor and apologize to a forgiving third party? ~Robert Brault,

Mankind have banned the Divinity from their presence; they have relegated him to a sanctuary; the walls of the temple restrict his view; he does not exist outside of it. ~Diderot, Pensées philosophiques, 1746

If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is "God is crying." And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is, "Probably because of something you did." ~Jack Handey, "Deep Thoughts"

When lip service to some mysterious deity permits bestiality on Wednesday and absolution on Sunday, cash me out. ~Frank Sinatra

There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted. It is human, it is divine, carrion. If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life... ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden

That which has remained in the heart of man after his unhappy fall is for him a religion. He attaches himself to those fragments, which are at least those of truth. He lovingly preserves these remnants of his ancient opulence. He seats himself weepingly on these ruins; he will not have them taken from him. Perhaps he knows that such ruins are the cornerstone of the colossal edifice which shall one day arch high above his consoled race its lofty and tutelary dome. Whosoever insults these ruins insults man's wretchedness, despoils his indigence. Humanity cannot afford to hold cheap the feeble beliefs that remain to it; it pronounces an anathema on the hand that would fain outrage those fragments, and heap up fresh ruins amongst those that already exist. ~Alexandre Vinet (1797–1847)

A religion is simply that element of tribalism which refers to origins. It creates cohesion by encouraging a shared mythic belief not vulnerable to rational analysis. It is nothing more nor less than tribal propaganda which claims the mantle of divine sanction, and postures with a halo of theistic infallibility. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

I love theists. It's theism I can't stand. ~Rich Lane, 2010  [à la Charles M. Schulz —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Religion is being locked in and you can't get out; atheism, the other side of the door. ~Terri Guillemets

Some people would have us love, or rather obey God, chiefly because he outbids the devil. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

There were honest people long before there were Christians and there are, God be praised, still honest people where there are no Christians. It could therefore easily be possible that people are Christians because true Christianity corresponds to what they would have been even if Christianity did not exist. ~G.C. Lichtenberg

I refuse to be labeled immoral merely because I am godless. ~Peter Walker

What religion a man shall have is a historical accident, quite as much as what language he shall speak. ~George Santayana, Reason in Religion

Scriptures: the sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based. ~Ambrose Bierce

"I refuse to prove that I exist" says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith, I am nothing." "Oh," says man, "but the Babel Fish is a dead give-away, isn't it? It proves You exist, and so therefore You don't. Q.E.D." "Oh, I hadn't thought of that," says God, who promptly vanishes in a puff of logic. ~Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

There are ten church members by inheritance for every one by conviction. ~Author Unknown

A man without religion is like a horse without a bridle. ~Latin Proverb

There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behave. ~Louis Kronenberger

All religion is bunk; it may be helpful bunk, comforting bunk, or, in some cases, necessary bunk. It is still bunk, nonetheless. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

The question before the human race is, whether the God of nature shall govern the world by his own laws, or whether priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles? ~John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1815 June 20th

Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by dozens. ~Michel de Montaigne, translated

Moral: a peerless maxim enumerated by God in his Holy Bible, such as that of Deut. 23:1, if your testicles are crushed or your male member missing, you must never enter a sanctuary of the Lord. ~Donald Morgan

It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley, but to believe or not believe in God is not important at all. ~Denis Diderot

How many observe Christ's Birth‑day! How few his Precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep Holidays than commandments. ~Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790)

Is it not strange that men are so glad to fight for religion and so reluctant to live according to its precepts? ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799)  [Mix of translations: R.J. Hollingdale and Steven Tester —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything but live for it. ~C.C. Colton (1780–1832)

To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely. ~Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinthes, 1962

A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion. ~Francis Bacon, Essays: Of Atheism, 1625

Impiety, n.: Your irreverence toward my deity. ~Ambrose Bierce

There is a story, which is fairly well known, about when the missionaries came to Africa. They had the Bible and we, the natives, had the land. They said "Let us pray," and we dutifully shut our eyes. When we opened them, why, they now had the land and we had the Bible. ~Desmond M. Tutu, "Religious Human Rights and the Bible"

A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes. ~James Feibleman, Understanding Philosophy, 1973

I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in human beings. Like Confucius of old, I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and the angels. ~Pearl S. Buck

Religion: A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable. ~Ambrose Bierce

An Inuit hunter asked the local missionary priest: "If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?" "No," said the priest, "not if you did not know." "Then why," asked the Inuit earnestly, "did you tell me?" ~Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

I am treated as evil by people who claim that they are being oppressed because they are not allowed to force me to practice what they do. ~D. Dale Gulledge

The faith that stands on authority is not faith. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

On religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position one hundred percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in A, B, C, and D. Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of conservatism. ~Barry Goldwater

Belief in God is but a whistling in the dark; harmless enough, perhaps — until it is wedded to the notion that all should carry the same tune. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

People who rely most on God rely least on themselves. ~Lemuel K. Washburn, Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays

God has been replaced, as he has all over the West, with respectability and air conditioning. ~Imamu Amiri Baraka

Each religion, by the help of more or less myth which it takes more or less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny. ~George Santayana

The world is not a prison house but a kind of spiritual kindergarten where millions of bewildered infants are trying to spell God with the wrong blocks. ~Edwin Arlington Robinson

The idea that Gods and religions represent — merely —human theories and suppositions about reality — satisfies the detached intellect, but does not feed, apparently, a deep emotional hunger. Is it too much to suggest that an early infantile illusion — a perception of parental perfection, power, and benevolence — is mirrored in the yearning for "God?" The need for that illusion persists: "God" provides a comforting, caressing circularity — a womb of benevolent certainty to replace that which has been lost. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

Fanaticism is the offspring of false zeal and superstition, the father of intolerance and persecution; it disqualifies a man for the duties of this life; it is the fire of an over-heated mind; it is religion caricatured... once wedded to some dear falsehood, it hugs it to the last. ~Proverbs by William Hardcastle Browne, 1900

To crush out fanaticism and revere the infinite, such is the law. Let us not confine ourselves to falling prostrate beneath the tree of creation and contemplating its vast ramifications full of stars. We have a duty to perform, to cultivate the human soul, to defend mystery against miracle, to adore the incomprehensible and to reject the absurd; to admit nothing that is inexplicable excepting what is necessary, to purify faith and obliterate superstition from the face of religion, to remove the vermin from the garden of God. ~Victor Hugo

It will not do to investigate the subject of religion too closely, as it is apt to lead to infidelity. ~Abraham Lincoln, quoted in What Great Men Think Of Religion by Ira Cardiff

Faith, indeed, has up to the present not been able to move real mountains.... But it can put mountains where there are none. ~Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human, 1879

Christianity might be a good thing if anyone ever tried it. ~George Bernard Shaw

The Bible is literature, not dogma. ~George Santayana

The god who is reputed to have created fleas to keep dogs from moping over their situation must also have created fundamentalists to keep rationalists from getting flabby. Let us be duly thankful for out blessings. ~Garrett Hardin

Religion is just superstition wearing a better suit of clothes. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

Sunday school: a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents. ~H.L. Mencken

I didn't go to religion to make me happy. I always knew that a bottle of Port would do that. If you want religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don't recommend Christianity. I am certain there must be a patent American article on the market which will suit you far better, but I can't give any advice on it. ~C.S. Lewis

Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent and the serpent didn't have a leg to stand on. ~Author unknown

To all things clergic
I am allergic
~Alexander Woollcott, attributed

No sooner had Jesus knocked over the dragon of superstition than Paul boldly set it on its legs again in the name of Jesus. ~G.B. Shaw

We cast our gauntlet at the dogmatic theologians who would enslave both history and science... ~H.P. Blavatsky, Preface to Part II of Isis Unveiled: A Master-Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology, 1877

What has been the effect of religious coercion? To make half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. ~Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1785

'Tis not to go to church to-day,
      To look devout, and seem to pray,
      And ere to-morrow's sun go down,
      Be dealing scandal through the town.
Not every sanctimonious face,
      Denotes the certain reign of grace;
      A phiz, that seems to scowl at sin,
      Oft veils hypocrisy within.
'Tis not to mark out duty's walk,
      Or of our own good deeds to talk;
      And then to practice secret crime,
      And to misspend and waste our time.
'Tis not for sects or creeds to fight,
      And call our zeal the rule of right;
      When all we wish is, at the best,
      To see our church excel the rest...
It grieves to hear an ill report,
      And scorns with human woes to sport;
      Of others' deeds it speaks no ill,
      But tells of good or else is still...
~Reginald Heber (1783–1826), "Religion! What Is It?"

It is a sad sight — a religion abandoned to its hypocrites. ~Robert Brault,, 2019

The act of bellringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people. ~Ezra Pound

      Take no alarm, dear reader, at the sound of the word Religion, for I have not the least idea of conducting you into some dark, subterranean cathedral where the air is oppressive and unnatural, but would lead you right out under heaven's sunny dome, where the joyous gospel of nature and inspiration are breathed into the soul....
      This cosmical religion, broad as the world and reaching out to the infinite, as far transcends the man-made creeds that run counter to nature's laws, as the sky transcends all cathedrals that lift up their puny spires beneath it. I have aimed to lead my dear struggling human brothers and sisters into the vestibule of the Temple of Life where are joys forevermore, and where the radiant soul of things begins to appear.
      ~Edwin D. Babbitt, Religion as Revealed by the Material and Spiritual Universe, 1881

Let the church aspire to something more than a spire. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

In general, the churches, visited by me often on weekdays... bore for me the same relation to God that billboards did to Coca-Cola; they promoted thirst without quenching it. ~John Updike, A Month of Sundays, 1975

If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul. ~Isaac Asimov

Religion has not civilized man, man has civilized religion. ~Robert Green Ingersoll

God — but a word invoked to explain the world. ~Prat de Lamartine

Christ died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them? ~Jules Feiffer

How can the Church be received as a trustworthy guide in the invisible, which falls into so many errors in the visible? ~John W. Draper

Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child. ~Robert Heinlein, Notebooks of Lazarus Long

The Theologian is an owl, sitting on an old dead branch in the tree of human knowledge, and hooting the same old hoots that have been hooted for hundreds and thousands of years, but he has never given a hoot for progress. ~Emmet F. Fields

When a man really believes that it is necessary to do a certain thing to be happy forever, or that a certain belief is necessary to ensure eternal joy, there is in that man no spirit of concession. He divides the whole world into saints and sinners, into believers and unbelievers, into God's sheep and Devil's goats, into people who will be glorified and people who are damned. ~Robert Ingersoll, Some Reasons Why

Religions are like farts. Yours is good, but everyone else's stinks. ~Picket Fences

Geology shows that fossils are of different ages. Paleontology shows a fossil sequence, the list of species represented changes through time. Taxonomy shows biological relationships among species. Evolution is the explanation that threads it all together. Creationism is the practice of squeezing one's eyes shut and wailing "Does not!" ~Author Unknown

We are not accountable for the sins of Adam. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

The third major characteristic of God — "infinitude" — is the catchall, the universal modifier of Christian theology. God is not merely a being; he is infinite being. God is not merely good; he is infinite goodness. God is not merely wise; he is infinite wisdom. And so on down the list. God is exaggeration run amuck. ~George H. Smith

We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the same sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart. ~H.L. Mencken

Whenever, in the course of the daily hunt, the hunter comes upon a scene that is strikingly beautiful, or sublime—a black thundercloud with the rainbow's glowing arch above the mountain, a white waterfall in the heart of a green gorge, a vast prairie tinged with the blood-red of the sunset—he pauses for an instant in the attitude of worship. He sees no need for setting apart one day in seven as a holy day, because to him all days are God's days. ~Ohiyesa (Charles Alexander Eastman, 1858–1939), Santee Sioux, quoted in Nerburn & Mengelkoch, Native American Wisdom, 1991

For the skeptic there remains only one consolation: if there should be such a thing as superhuman law, it is administered with subhuman efficiency. ~Eric Ambler

A Law which cannot know divorce
      From the God-purpose it enfolds.
      Never to be repealed, it holds
      Eternally effective force.
A truth for endless time enscrolled,
      Results of His disprizèd laws,
      Effects, as sternly following cause,
      Were Cosmos back to Chaos rolled.
~Henry Bedlow (1821–1914), War and Worship; A Poem, Convictions Based on Recollections of the Revolts of 1848, 1902

To listen to some devout people, one would imagine that God never laughs. ~Ghose Aurobindo

Nowhere is there an account or portrait of Christ laughing... he is always stern, serious and as gloomy as a prison guard. Never does one see him laughing until tears appear in his eyes like the roly-poly squint-eyed Buddha guffawing with arms upraised. ~Author Unknown

The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature. ~Alfred North Whitehead

Christendom has done away with Christianity without being quite aware of it. ~Søren Kierkegaard, Time, 1946 December 16th

Christian fundamentalism: the doctrine that there is an absolutely powerful, infinitely knowledgeable, universe spanning entity that is deeply and personally concerned about my sex life. ~Andrew Lias

Organized Christianity has probably done more to retard the ideals that were its founders' than any other agency in the world. ~Richard Le Gallienne

I prefer to think of them as the Ten Suggestions. ~Author Unknown

Christian, n.: one who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

If we are going to teach 'creation science' as an alternative to evolution, then we should also teach the stork theory as an alternative to biological reproduction. ~Judith Hayes, In God We Trust: But Which One?

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. ~Voltaire

It is impossible to believe that the same God who permitted His own son to die a bachelor regards celibacy as an actual sin. ~H.L. Mencken

God is innocent. Noah built in a flood plain. ~Author unknown

On the other hand, the Bible contains much that is relevant today, like Noah taking forty days to find a place to park. ~Curtis McDougall

The biblical account of Noah's Ark and the Flood is perhaps the most implausible story for fundamentalists to defend. Where, for example, while loading his ark, did Noah find penguins and polar bears in Palestine? ~Judith Hayes

Jesus accepts you the way you are, but loves you too much to leave you that way. ~Lee Venden

An infinite God ought to be able to protect Himself, without going in partnership with State Legislatures. ~Robert Ingersoll, quoted in Ingersoll the Magnificent

Religion supports nobody. It has to be supported. It produces no wheat, no corn; it ploughs no land; it fells no forests. It is a perpetual mendicant. It lives on the labors of others, and then has the arrogance to pretend that it supports the giver. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

Christianity is not a religion; it's an industry. ~Author unknown

It is an old habit with theologians to beat the living with the bones of the dead. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

Such religion is Churchianity; it is not Christianity. Christianity means the religion where Christ is all; Churchianity, the religion where the Church is all. ~John Cumming, "Salvation," sermon preached before the Queen, 1850 September 22nd

We might remind the reader that the definition of the Godhead quoted by "Senex" from the First Article of the Church, is pure Buddhism. "Christianity" is only a corrupted form of Buddhism; degenerated to suit the mental plane of the barbarians through whom it was transmitted to us. Read "Christ and Buddha" and this will appear more clearly. ~"Notes and Comments," in The Medium and Daybreak: A Weekly Journal Devoted to the History, Phenomena, Philosophy, and Teachings of Spiritualism, 1882 August 4th

Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense. ~Chapman Cohen

I think I'll believe in Gosh instead of God. If you don't believe in Gosh too, you'll be darned to heck. ~Author unknown

Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one. ~Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion

The Church has its problems, but the older I get, the more comfort I find there. ~Bono

He was an embittered atheist, the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him. ~George Orwell

God is dead: but considering the state Man is in, there will perhaps be caves, for ages yet, in which his shadow will be shown. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

None of us can boast about the morality of our ancestors. The records do not show that Adam and Eve were married. ~Ed Howe

In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent." I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms. ~Stephen J. Gould

Religion is faith in anything other than ourselves. ~Terri Guillemets, "Illusions," 1997

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. ~George Bernard Shaw

Church tax exemption means that we all drop our money in the collection boxes, whether we go to church or not and whether we are interested in the church or not. It is systematic and complete robbery, from which none of us escapes. ~E. Haldeman-Julius, The Church Is a Burden, Not a Benefit, In Social Life

Man makes himself, and he only makes himself completely in proportion as he desacralizes himself and the world. The sacred is the prime obstacle to his freedom. He will become himself only when he is totally demysticized. He will not be truly free until he has killed the last god. ~Mircea Eliade

You can never tell the sinner from the Christian. They drink the same drinks and smoke the same cigars. ~Aimee Semple McPherson

Instead of being born again, why not just grow up? ~Author unknown

A great deal of what passes for current Christianity consists in denouncing other people’s vices and faults. ~Henry Williams (Bishop of Carlisle), c.1928

The point is, could God pass an examination in Theology? ~Malcolm Muggeridge

Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply an admission of the obvious. In fact, "atheism" is a term that should not even exist. No one ever needs to identify himself as a "non-astrologer" or a "non-alchemist." ...Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs. ~Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation, 2006

God is theory; the universe is practice. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

I don't care if it rains or freezes,
long as I got my plastic Jesus,
sittin' on the dashboard of my car;
It makes no difference if we hit a bump,
he's held on by a suction cup,
sittin' on the dashboard of my car.
I can even go a hund'rd miles-an-hour,
as long as I've got that dee-vine power,
sittin' on the dashboard of my car.
~Don Imis

The idea of an incarnation of God is absurd: why should the human race think itself so superior to bees, ants, and elephants as to be put in this unique relation to its maker?... Christians are like a council of frogs in a marsh or a synod of worms on a dung-hill croaking and squeaking "for our sakes was the world created." ~Julian the Apostate

Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day; give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish. ~Author Unknown

They were allowed to stay there on one condition, and that is that they didn't eat of the tree of knowledge. That has been the condition of the Christian church from then until now. They haven't eaten as yet, as a rule they do not. ~Clarence Darrow

Where there are gaps in knowledge, religion tends to seep in. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams — they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do — they all contain truths. ~Muhammad Ali

To say that different races worship different Gods, is like saying that they are warmed by different suns. The names differ, but the sun is the same... ~Thomas Wentworth Higginson, "The Sympathy of Religions," an address delivered at Horticultural Hall, Boston, 1870 February 6th

But master-stroke of that shrewd guild,
      With which to make mankind its slave,
      From cradled childhood to the grave;
      In lies of its invention drilled.
Deluded man has been misled
      To his dishonor, shame and ruth,
      By yielding faith to bold untruth:
      A Mythos misinterpreted.
Man has not fallen! but progressed
      Through vast sequential-cells of life;
      Through æons of zoetic strife,
      Till as a Christ He stood confessed.
~Henry Bedlow (1821–1914), War and Worship; A Poem, Convictions Based on Recollections of the Revolts of 1848, 1902

A long and wicked life followed by five minutes of perfect grace gets you into Heaven. An equally long life of decent living and good works followed by one outburst of taking the name of the Lord in vain — then have a heart attack at that moment and be damned for eternity. Is that the system? ~Robert A. Heinlein

Religion: a cultural glue of mythic tradition... ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

I like to browse in occult bookshops if for no other reason than to refresh my commitment to science. ~Heinz Pagels, The Dreams of Reason

I believe in God, but I'm not too clear on the other details. ~Bill Veeck

[S]even days before the end of the year [we] worship the pine tree, as did our neolithic forebears. ~Bergen Evans, "Adam's Navel," The Natural History of Nonsense, 1946

      There is no War on Christmas. It is imaginary. What there is, though, are more people who are saying such evil and oppressive things as — gasp — Happy Holidays! And Season's Greetings. Oh, the horror! There is no demand that people stop saying Merry Christmas — far from it. What people are doing, is being inclusive. There is no grand conspiracy to stop people from saying Merry Christmas. If you want to say it, be my guest. But please don't think, arrogantly, that it's the only thing the season is about.
      There is no War on Christmas. It's imaginary. It's scaremongering. It's along the lines of "Gay marriage will destroy America" and "Intelligent Design is a valid alternative to science." Just more far-right-wing rhetoric.
      If you celebrate Christmas, then Merry Christmas. If you celebrate Hanukkah, then Happy Hanukkah. If Kwanzaa is your thing, then Happy Kwanzaa. If you want to celebrate Festivus, hell, be my guest — Festivus for the rest of us. Fine by me. You want to celebrate Saturnalia? That's cool, retro is always fun. But in the meantime, rather than guess the religion of the person I'm saying it to, I'll just say this: Happy Holidays!
      ~Rob Dalton, "The Imaginary War on Christmas," The First Church of Free Speech (because other churches have commandments prohibiting this kind of thing), 2005

Merry Christmas v. Happy Holidays... Why be exclusive when you can be inclusive? ~S.A. Sachs

People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them. ~Dave Barry

Thousands have gone to heaven who never read one page of the Bible. ~Francis A. Baker

If God doesn't like the way I live, let him tell me, not you. ~Author unknown

No rage is equal to the rage of a contented right-thinking man when he is confronted in the marketplace by an idea which belongs in the pulpit. ~Thurman W. Arnold

Those people who tell me that I'm going to hell while they are going to heaven somehow make me very glad that we're going to separate destinations. ~Martin Terman

The myths about Hades and the gods, though they are pure invention, help to make men virtuous. ~Diodorus Siculus, c. 20 BC

The Bible may be the truth but it's not the whole truth and nothing but the truth. ~Samuel Butler

Religion seems to have a way of making people abandon logic. ~Amanda Baxter, 1998

As to belief in God, definition is critical. If you say that God is the universe, I, too, believe in God, for I have sensory experience of the universe. If you say God is an initiating force beyond the universe, I say that is an interesting but rather unhelpful speculation. If you think God has a "human" mind, and a benignly meddlesome preoccupation with the human race, or particular individuals, I say you are a victim of wishful thinking in the absence of evidence. If you go further, and govern your behaviour on what you imagine to be God's wishes and intentions, I must pity you as a fool, or fear you as a lunatic. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence. ~Bertrand Russell

You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough. ~Aldous Huxley

Christianity tells people to repent and promises them forgiveness. It therefore has nothing (as far as I know) to say to people who do not know they have done anything to repent of and who do not feel that they need forgiveness. ~C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

One cannot erect, on the basis of a motive that exists only for a very few, an obligation that shall apply to everyone. ~Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion

Some cling to religion as the infallible source of morality; in fact, religions — which are created by societies — encapsulate the moral values already established and inherent in those societies. The appeal to religious values is simply an appeal to tradition dressed up as divinity. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

A thorough reading and understanding of the Bible is the surest path to atheism. ~Donald Morgan

On the sixth day God created man. On the seventh day, man returned the favor. ~Author unknown

If God has created us in His image, we have more than returned the compliment. ~Voltaire

God is named the Creator. Yet it is he who is created. ~Terri Guillemets, "The Irony Gates of Religion," 1994  [Later, I found this — from earlier: "'Do men make their own gods? Yes, but they are not gods!' The prophet can reason as follows: 'Can he who is not God make a god?' That is, 'Can he who is created be the Creator?' No one can give, as the proverb has it, what he has not got. And there is in man no divine power. We indeed see that this is our condition. There is nothing more frail and perishable. As man, then, is all vanity and has in him nothing of substance, can he create a god for himself? This is the prophet's argument. It is drawn from what is absurd, in order that men might at last acknowledge not only their presumption but their monstrous madness." ~John Calvin (1509–1564), Commentaries on the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah and the Lamentations, translated from the Latin by John Owen, 1851. Referencing Jeremiah 16:20. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

If the complexity of the universe demands, as explanation, an intelligent creator — then, by the same reasoning — so does the intelligent creator. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. ~Anne Lamott

God has always resembled his creators. He hated and loved what they hated and loved and he was invariably found on the side of those in power. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

How Gods reflect their creators! The Gods of primitive, ignorant, and vulnerable societies seem immediate, arbitrary, and cruel — requiring significant appeasement and sacrifice in return for a mitigation of their fury. In modern societies — more knowledgeable and self-sufficient — God is more like an elderly benevolent uncle living in a distant city; in the right mood, he might be good for a new red bicycle, or a crucial, reassuring win for the home team. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

[A]ll deities reside in the human breast. ~William Blake, "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell"

In an early class, one of the students asked me if I believed in God. I replied, 'I don't think so.' And then proceeded to wail on the theme, using material from this column of some weeks ago, in which I observed the perpetuation of insanity on this planet through the mediums of Arabs-vs-Jews, Catholics-vs-Protestants, Southern Baptists-vs-Everyone. I said I felt if 'God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he them,' (Genesis 2:27, King James's italics, not mine) then we were God. And when Man (my capitalization, not King James's) in his most creative, his most loving, his most gentle and most human, then he is most God-like. The student said he would pray for my immortal soul. He also asked for my address, so he could send me some literature on the subject of God. I thanked him politely and told him I'd gotten all the literature I could handle on the subject from a certain Thomas Aquinas. ~Harlan Ellison

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. ~Frederick Douglass, escaped slave

Suppose, however, that God did give this law to the Jews, and did tell them that whenever a man preached a heresy, or proposed to worship any other God that they should kill him; and suppose that afterward this same God took upon himself flesh, and came to this very chosen people and taught a different religion, and that thereupon the Jews crucified him; I ask you, did he not reap exactly what he had sown? What right would this god have to complain of a crucifixion suffered in accordance with his own command? ~Robert G. Ingersoll

Its Christianity has stood
      As if with human misery charmed,
      And, with its cruel tenets armed,
      Proclaimed the wickedness of Good;
And shed more blood, wrought more distress,
      Than all its cognate pagan creeds
      Combined, and sown its thorny seeds,
      Brambling the earth with wretchedness.
~Henry Bedlow (1821–1914), War and Worship; A Poem, Convictions Based on Recollections of the Revolts of 1848, 1902

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. ~Pascal, Pensees, 1670

The observances of the church concerning feasts and fasts are tolerably well-kept, since the rich keep the feasts and the poor keep the fasts. ~Sydney Smith

A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. ~Carl Sagan

The imaginary flowers of religion adorn man's chains. Man must throw off the flowers and also the chains. ~Karl Marx

I was driving home early Sunday morning, through Bakersfield
Listening to gospel music on the public radio station
When the preacher said "You'll always have the Lord by your side."
I was so pleased to be informed of this
That I ran twenty red lights in his honor.
Thank you Jesus. Thank you Lord.
~The Rolling Stones, "Faraway Eyes"

It was subtle of God to learn Greek when he wished to become an author — and not to learn it better. ~Nietzsche

Nature wants us to enjoy life to the full and die without giving it a second thought; Christianity wants the opposite. ~Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, Les Cahiers

On passing a revivalist tabernacle — The call of Christ requires no neon sign. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

There is in every village a torch — the teacher; and an extinguisher — the clergyman. ~Victor Hugo

Most men would kill the truth if truth would kill their religion. ~Lemuel K. Washburn, Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays

Most people's religion is what they want to believe, not what they do believe. ~Luther Burbank, Why I Am an Infidel

I have never resisted the lord in my life, and I never will. But I'm not so hungry for dialogue with him that I have to make up his part as well as my own. ~Orson Scott Card

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means. ~George Bernard Shaw

This doctrine of the material efficacy of prayer reduces the Creator to a cosmic bellhop of a not very bright or reliable kind. ~Herbert J. Muller

Most of us spend the first six days of each week sowing wild oats, then we go to church on Sunday and pray for a crop failure. ~Fred Allen

It is the position of some theists that their right to freedom of religion is abridged when they are not allowed to violate the rationalists' right to freedom from religion. ~James T. Green

A dogma will thrive in soil where the truth could not get root. ~Lemuel K. Washburn, Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays

I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood. ~George Carlin

Where would Christianity be if Jesus got eight to fifteen years with time off for good behavior? ~James Donovan

Faith is never identical with piety. ~Karl Barth

I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said 'Stop! don't do it!' 'Why shouldn't I?' he said. I said, 'Well, there's so much to live for!' He said, 'Like what?' I said, 'Well...are you religious or atheist?' He said, 'Religious.' I said, 'Me too! Are you Christian or Buddhist?' He said, 'Christian.' I said, 'Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?' He said, 'Protestant.' I said, 'Me too! Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?' He said, 'Baptist!' I said, 'Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist church of god or Baptist church of the lord?' He said, 'Baptist church of god!' I said, 'Me too! Are you original Baptist church of god, or are you reformed Baptist church of god?' He said, 'Reformed Baptist church of god!' I said, 'Me too! Are you reformed Baptist church of god, reformation of 1879, or reformed Baptist church of god, reformation of 1915?' He said, 'Reformed Baptist church of god, reformation of 1915!' I said, 'Die, heretic scum,' and pushed him off. ~Emo Phillips

Jesus picked up twelve men from the bottom ranks of business and forged them into an organization that conquered the world. ~Bruce Barton

My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image to be servants of their human interests. ~George Santayana

The problem with fundamentalists insisting on a literal interpretation of the Bible is that the meaning of words change. A prime example is "Spare the rod, spoil the child." A rod was a stick used by shepherds to guide their sheep to go in the desired direction. Shepherds did not use it to beat their sheep. The proper translation of the saying is "Give your child guidance, or they will go astray." It does not mean "Beat the [$h¡t] out of your child or he will become rotten" as many fundamentalist parents seem to believe. ~Author unknown

Most reformers wore rubber boots and stood on glass when God sent a current of Commonsense through the Universe. ~Elbert Hubbard

All men have heard of the Mormon Bible, but few except the "elect" have seen it, or, at least, taken the trouble to read it. I brought away a copy from Salt Lake. The book is a curiosity to me, it is such a pretentious affair, and yet so "slow," so sleepy; such an insipid mess of inspiration. It is chloroform in print. If Joseph Smith composed this book, the act was a miracle—keeping awake while he did it was, at any rate.... The book seems to be merely a prosy detail of imaginary history, with the Old Testament for a model; followed by a tedious plagiarism of the New Testament.... Whenever he found his speech growing too modern—which was about every sentence or two—he ladled in a few such Scriptural phrases as... "it came to pass," etc., and made things satisfactory again. "And it came to pass" was his pet. If he had left that out, his Bible would have been only a pamphlet. ~Mark Twain, Roughing It

The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by 'God' one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying... it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity. ~Carl Sagan

Give the church a place in the Constitution, let her touch once more the sword of power, and the priceless fruit of all ages will turn to ashes on the lips of men. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

The last Christian died on the cross. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

If the sole reason why you must not kill your neighbour is because God has forbidden it and will severely punish you for it in this or the next life — then, when you learn that there is no God and that you need not fear His punishment, you will certainly kill your neighbour without hesitation, and you can only be prevented from doing so by mundane force. Thus either these dangerous masses must be held down most severely and kept most carefully away from any chance of intellectual awakening, or else the relationship between civilization and religion must undergo a fundamental revision. ~Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion

Everyday people are straying away from the church and going back to God. ~Lennie Bruce, The Essential Lennie Bruce, 1972

If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses. ~Lenny Bruce

Puritanism: the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. ~H.L. Mencken

God wanted to have a holiday, so He asked St. Peter for suggestions on where to go. "Why not go to Jupiter?" asked St. Peter. "No, too much gravity, too much stomping around," said God. "Well, how about Mercury?" "No, it's too hot there." "Okay," said St. Peter, "what about Earth?" "No," said God, "They're such horrible gossips. When I was there 2000 years ago, I had an affair with a Jewish woman, and they're still talking about it." ~Author unknown

The Virgin Mary was an unwed teenage mother. ~Author unknown

The Christian Right is neither. ~Author unknown

It will be the proud boast of women that they never contributed a line to the Bible. ~George W. Foote

[Creation science is] an attempt to give credibility to Hebrew mythology by making people believe that the world's foremost biologists, paleontologists, and geologists are a bunch of incompetent nincompoops. ~Ron Peterson

Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer. ~Author Unknown

"There are no atheists in foxholes" isn't an argument against atheism, it's an argument against foxholes. ~James Morrow

Without cultural sanction, most or all our religious beliefs and rituals would fall into the domain of mental disturbance. ~John F. Schumaker, Corruption of Reality, Unified Theory of Religion, Hypnosis and Psychotherapy

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. ~Jonathan Swift, 1711

We are punished by our sins, not for them. ~Elbert Hubbard

It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui. ~Helen Keller

As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools. ~Author Unknown

Humor distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed off their earthly pedestals. ~Agnes Repplier, Points of View

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it. ~G.K. Chesterton

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

"The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next."~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Character," The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life." ~ Aristotle

"Religion is like a knife: you can either use it to cut bread, or stick in someone's back." ~ Desmond Tutu

"When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion." ~ Abraham Lincoln

"Goodwill toward all beings is the true religion; cherish in your hearts boundless goodwill to all that lives. "~ Buddha

"I believe that whether a person follows any religion or not is unimportant, he or she must have a good heart, a warm heart." ~ Dalai Lama

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"Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind." ~ Albert Enistein

"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 Enistein

"When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion." ~ Voltaire

"Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense." ~ Voltaire

"The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason." ~ Voltaire

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"Cultures, nations, religions, and people are not rocks. They are in constant transformation." ~ Hans Rosling, "Factfulness."

"Politics has slain its thousands, but religion has slain its tens of thousands." ~ Sean O’Casey

"The proper task of religion is to regulate the heart of man, to humanize his conduct, and to infuse the spirit of temperance, order and obedience." ~ David Hume, British Philosopher

"Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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