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We must never forget that both good and evil flow from the Bible. It is therefore not above criticism. (Steve Allen)

To you I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition. (Woody Allen)

If the greatest god is the stillness all the motions add up to, then we must ineluctably be included. (A. R. Ammons)

-Winesburg, Ohio...
Whereas God, for reasons of His own, sometimes chooses to let the machine answer. 'The Supreme Being is unavailable to come to the phone at this time, but He wants you to know what your call is important to Him. In the meantime, for sins of pride, press one. For avarice, press two...' (Sherwood Anderson)

-b.1387 d.1455...
He who does Christ's work must stay with Christ always. (Fra Angelico)

It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable. (Maya Angelou)

I am an atheist, thank God! (Anonymous)

The knowledge of God is to all creatures what the knowledge of the artificer is to things made by his art. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

The world is not accidental - there is a designer. And the divine voice speaks to us through the physical world. (Juliette Aristides)

Hell is of this world and there are men who are unhappy escapees from hell, escapees destined ETERNALLY to reenact their escape. (Antonin Artaud)

God is best known in not knowing Him. (Saint Augustine)

If there are gods and they are just, they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. (Marcus Aurelius)

I was taught in my religious upbringing to spell God with a dash, G-d. But now my dash is pink. (Helene Aylon)

When will G-d be rescued from ungodly projections in order to be G-d? (Helene Aylon)

Who says God has created this world? We have created it by our own imagination. (Meher Baba)

We're all God's children. We are all special people, and the Pope is no different. (Igor Babailov)

The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. (Johann Sebastian Bach)

People see God every day, they just don't recognize him. (Pearl Bailey)

A Boss in Heaven is the best excuse for a boss on earth, therefore If God did exist, he would have to be abolished. (Mikhail Bakunin)

Ritual is the way you carry the presence of the sacred. Ritual is the spark that must not go out. (Christina Baldwin)

Dogmatism spreads its roots in the fertile soil of uncertainty. (Darby Bannard)

One can fool oneself so easily, one can even fool everybody else for a time, but one cannot fool Him – for He knows who He is and judges whether each line and bit of colour is faithfully done. (Francis Barbazon)

While I have never been a regular churchgoer, I'm anything but immune to the power and the majesty of the religious experience. (Joseph Barbera)

The Christian tradition was passed on to me as a great rich mixture, a bouillabaisse of human imagination and wonder brewed from the richness of individual lives. (Mary Catherine Bateson)

Even if it were proven that God didn't exist, Religion would still be Saintly and Divine. (Charles Baudelaire)

Our religion is itself profoundly sad - a religion of universal anguish, and one which, because of its very catholicity, grants full liberty to the individual and asks no better than to be celebrated in each man's own language - so long as he knows anguish and is a painter. (Charles Baudelaire)

After all the great religions have been preached and expounded, man is still confronted with the Great Mystery. (Chief Luther Standing Bear)

The creator's eye is watching us and blessing all of our creativity and hopefully hiding from us our shortcomings, so that we are more free to really blast about the dirt yard with our compositions, our canvases, writing pens, singing a new anthem to the Universe, one that will proclaim that our artistry will save us, the planet, the people... Mankind is One, God is One... Let us all agree at least on that. (Sonya Bennett)

I do believe that the original sources of all religions should be taught, because with that we will find our similarities, not just our differences... (Yehuda Berg)

I believe that if Mohammed, Buddha, Jesus, and Moses all got together they would be best of friends because the spiritual basis of all religions is something that builds unity. (Yehuda Berg)

-on the Second World War...
For me, in those days, the great question was: Does God exist? Or doesn't God exist? Can we, by an attitude of faith, attain to a sense of community and a better world? Or, if God doesn't exist, what do we do then? What does our world look like then? In none of this was there the least political colour. (Ingmar Bergman)

Why don't we go for heaven on earth, just for the hell of it? (Swami Beyondananda)

-The Devil's Dictionary, 1911
religion, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable. (Ambrose Bierce)

The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels and God, and at liberty when of Devils and Hell, is because he was a true poet and of the Devil's party without knowing it. (William Blake)

The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness. (William Blake)

There is no religion higher than truth. (Helena P. Blavatsky)

The deeper question... is not whether ancient religious forms can reform... but whether new forms of nature-related spirituality might emerge... (Robert Bly)

-b.AD 480 d.ca.AD 525...
If there is a God, whence proceed so many evils? If there is no God, whence cometh any good? (Boethius)

A God who let us prove his existence would be an idol. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

The music that really turns me on is either running toward God or away from God. Both recognize the pivot, that God is at the center of the jaunt. (Bono)

Religion can be the enemy of God. It's often what happens when God, like Elvis, has left the building. (Bono)

We need not be theologians to see that we have shifted responsibility for making the world interesting from God to the newspaperman. (Daniel J. Boorstin)

-Deutsches Requiem, 1946 (trans. by Julian Palley)
To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely. (Jorge Luis Borges)

It is no coincidence that the Western attraction to sublime landscapes developed at precisely the moment when traditional beliefs in God began to wane. (Alain de Botton)

-The Mists of Avalon...
What wise God would consign a man to Hell for ignorance, instead of teaching him better in the afterlife? (Marion Zimmer Bradley)

-b.1612 d.1672...
Iron till it be thoroughly heated is incapable to be wrought; so God sees good to cast some men into the furnace of affliction, and then beats them on his anvil into what frame He pleases. (Anne Bradstreet)

-b.1612 d.1672...
A prosperous state makes a secure Christian, but adversity makes him Consider. (Anne Bradstreet)

Science can reconstruct Tyrannosaurus Rex from a fossilized bone and a fancied footprint, but it can't reconstruct God from the whole of creation. (Robert Brault)

To the artist, the Book of Genesis is an account of six days in which God suggested some really good ideas. (Robert Brault)

If there be no God, then what is truth but the average of all lies? (Robert Brault)

Christianity helps us face the music even when we don't like the tune. (Phillips Brooks)

Your religion is what you do when the sermon is over. (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

There is surely a piece of divinity in us, something that was before the elements, and owes no homage unto the sun. (Thomas Browne)

And I smiled to think God's greatness flowed around our incompleteness, / Round our restlessness, His rest. (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

-On Being a Real Person by Harry E. Fosdick, 1943...
An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support. (John Buchan)

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

Nature never gives to a living thing capacities not particularly meant for its benefit and use. If Nature gives to us capacities to believe that we have a Creator whom we never saw, of whom we have no direct proof, who is kind and good and tender beyond all that we know of kindness and goodness and tenderness on earth, it is because the endowment of capacities to conceive a Being must be for our benefit and use; it would not be for our benefit and use if it were a lie. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

If you believe in an unseen Christ, you will believe in the unseen Christlike potential of others. (Anthony Burgess)

All human life is here, but the Holy Ghost seems to be somewhere else. (Anthony Burgess)

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference. (Edmund Burke)

Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation. (Edmund Burke)

-Naturalist, 1837-1921...
The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind. (John Burroughs)

I think there are innumerable gods. What we on earth call God is a little tribal God who has made an awful mess. Certainly forces operating through human consciousness control events. (William S. Burroughs)

-b.1835 d.1902...
An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books. (Samuel Butler, novelist)

-Hudibras...
As if religion were intended / For nothing else but to be mended... (Samuel Butler, poet)

There's nought, no doubt, so much / the spirit calms / As rum and true religion. (Lord Byron)

Evangelicalism has taken the Extrovert Ideal to its logical extreme... If you don't love Jesus out loud, then it must not be real love. It's not enough to forge your own spiritual connection to the divine; it must be displayed publicly. (Susan Cain)

God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, 'Ah!' (Joseph Campbell)

Most religions do not make men better, only warier. (Elias Canetti)

Whether or not God is dead: it is impossible to keep silent about him who was there for so long. (Elias Canetti)

-misattributed...
Atheism is a non-prophet organization. (George Carlin)

Religion is like a pair of shoes... Find one that fits for you, but don't make me wear your shoes. (George Carlin)

The difference between Socrates and Jesus? The great conscious and the immeasurably great unconscious. (Thomas Carlyle)

There is a need to go deeper, to let myself go completely, to enter into the surroundings in the real fellowship of oneness, to lift above the outer shell, out into the depth and wideness where God is the recognized centre and everything is in time with everything, and the key-note is God. (Emily Carr)

Religion brings to man an inner strength, spiritual light, and ineffable peace. (Alexis Carrel)

Changes in societal structure and in art would possess more credibility if they had their origins in the soul and spirit. If people read the words of the prophets with closer attention, they would find the keys to life. (Marc Chagall)

There's nothing written in the Bible, Old or New testament, that says, 'If you believe in Me, you ain't going to have no troubles.' (Ray Charles)

I haven't got any special religion this morning. My God is the God of Walkers. If you walk hard enough, you probably don't need any other god. (Bruce Chatwin)

We, my lords, may thank heaven that we have something better than our brains to depend upon. (Earl of Chesterfield)

It has often been said, very truly, that religion is the thing that makes the ordinary man feel extraordinary; it is an equally important truth that religion is the thing that makes the extraordinary man feel ordinary. (G. K. Chesterton)

Hell is paved with priests' skulls. (Saint John Chrysostom)

A comprehended god is no god. (Saint John Chrysostom)

If God simply handed us everything we want, He'd be taking from us our greatest prize – the job of accomplishment. (Frank A. Clark)

I think that the real religion is about the understanding that if we can only still our egos for a few seconds, we might have a chance of experiencing something that is divine in nature. (John Cleese)

Politics is not religion and we should govern on the basis of evidence, not theology. (Bill Clinton)

-Book of Mercy...
Israel, and you who call yourself Israel, the Church that calls itself Israel, and the revolt that calls itself Israel, and every nation chosen to be a nation - none of these lands is yours, all of you are thieves of holiness, all of you at war with Mercy. (Leonard Cohen)

I know that the pope's infallible, but that doesn't mean he can't make mistakes. (Stephen Colbert)

Not one man in a thousand has the strength of mind or the goodness of heart to be an atheist. (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

God is what keeps us together after the love is gone. (Doug Coupland)

Ten commandments yet seven deadly sins: conflict? (Doug Coupland)

It matters not that we assign ourselves a religious persuasion; it matters not where we spend our final days. Though this may be something we cannot accept until we accept the inevitability of our own death, what matters is that we leave the way we came into this world, with God by our side. (Kris Courtney)

God moves in a mysterious way / His wonders to perform; / He plants his footsteps in the sea, / And rides upon the storm. (William Cowper)

There is Religion in this Sabbath Moon / I never found in churches. The sweet spring / Yields life and joy and blessing everywhere. / My heart is lifted in unuttered prayer / And every human rite falls cold and dead, / Dwarfed into vapid insignificance/ Before the silent smile of Nature's God. / Drearily chime the church bells from afar / While the deep wood around me is alive. (Christopher Pearse Cranch)

I simply haven't the nerve to imagine a being, a force, a cause which keeps the planets revolving in their orbits and then suddenly stops in order to give me a bicycle with three speeds. (Quentin Crisp)

God is just another artist, like me. (Salvador Dali)

Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does laughing gas. (Clarence Darrow)

I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure - that is all that agnosticism means. (Clarence Darrow)

The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic. (Charles Darwin)

Every religion is the product of the conceptual mind attempting to describe the mystery. (Ram Dass)

Let us be done with the notion that religion is confined to petty pieties and small constraints. All too often people who have possessed these pieties have wrought great evil. (A. Powell Davies)

All art is holy. Not that it is all long-faced and miserable; it can be wild and wooly. But if it transforms you, it is art. And it is holy. (Robertson Davies)

We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further. (Richard Dawkins)

I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world. (Richard Dawkins)

-The God Delusion...
Why, I can't help wondering, is God thought to need such ferocious defence? One might have supposed him amply capable of looking after himself. (Richard Dawkins)

A sense of continuity with the rest of creation is a form of religious experience essential to sanity. (Rene Debos)

God is that inner presence which makes us admire the beautiful and consoles us for not sharing the happiness of the wicked. (Eugene Delacroix)

It has long been obvious - even to the deeply religious - that religious fanaticism is an extremely dangerous deranger of otherwise sane and goodhearted people. (Daniel Dennett)

Now that mobile phones and the Internet have altered the epistemic selective landscape in a revolutionary way, every religious organisation must scramble to evolve defenses or become extinct. (Daniel Dennett)

The real problem is not the religion itself, but its insistence that the interpretation it offers of the world is the only valid interpretation. (Avtarjeet Dhanjal)

Religion is an edifice built upon the dream of a beautiful world... Pity the dreamers are rarely builders. (Avtarjeet Dhanjal)

They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse. (Emily Dickinson)

I have only a small flickering light to guide me in the darkness of a thick forest. Up comes a theologian and blows it out. (Denis Diderot)

If there is a supreme being, he's crazy. (Marlene Dietrich)

-b.412 BC d.323 BC...
I do not know whether there are gods, but there ought to be. (Diogenes of Sinope)

God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world. (Paul Dirac)

Where knowledge ends, religion begins. (Benjamin Disraeli)

When a buddha is painted, not only a clay altar or lump of earth is used, but the thirty-two marks, a blade of grass, and the cultivation of wisdom for incalculable eons are used. As a Buddha has been painted on a single scroll in this way, all buddhas are painted buddhas, and all painted buddhas are actual buddhas. (Dogen)

I am God's creature, of him I am part, / I feel his love awakening my heart. (Donovan)

The life of an artist is like the life of a monk, a lewd monk if you like, very Rabelaisian. It is an ordination. (Marcel Duchamp)

My relationship with God is the prime mover in everything. (Leoni Duff)

As to harmonizing the theory of evolution with the Biblical account of creation, I do not believe it can be done, and I do not see why it should be. The story of Genesis is beautiful, and profoundly significant as symbolism: there is no good reason to torture it into conformity with modern theory. (Will Durant)

I do not make any clear distinction between mind and God. God is what mind becomes when it has passed beyond the scale of our comprehension. (Freeman Dyson)

The problem with being sure that God is on your side is that you can't change your mind, because God sure isn't going to change His. (Roger Ebert)

All I require of a religion is that it be tolerant of those who do not agree with it. (Roger Ebert)

We shall find God in everything alike, and find God always alike in everything. (Meister Johann Eckhart)

There are two kinds of love: Our love. God's love. But God makes both kinds of them. (Eight-year-old)

God is subtle but he is not malicious. (Albert Einstein)

To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists... this knowledge, this feeling, is the centre of true religiousness. (Albert Einstein)

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)

I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details. (Albert Einstein)

How can cosmic religious feeling be communicated from one person to another if it can give rise to no definite notion of a God and no theology? In my view, it is the most important function of art and science to awaken this feeling and keep it alive in those who are receptive to it. (Albert Einstein)

I believe in Spinoza's god, who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of all that exists, not in the god who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings. (Albert Einstein)

'Tis God gives skill, but not without men's hands; / He could not make Antonio Stradivari's violins without Antonio. (George Eliot)

We must not sit still and look for miracles; up and doing, and the Lord will be with thee. Prayer and pains, through faith in Christ Jesus, will do anything. (George Eliot)

We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion. (T. S. Eliot)

The religions we call false were once true. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

-b.ca. 490 BC d.ca. 430 BC...
The nature of God is a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere. (Empedocles)

I belong to a gospel choir. They know I am an atheist but they are very tolerant. (Brian Eno)

If you are part of a religion that very strongly insists that you believe then to decide not to do that is quite a big hurdle to jump over. You never forget the thought process you went through. It becomes part of your whole intellectual picture. (Brian Eno)

The best sermon is preached by the minister who has a sermon to preach and not by the man who has to preach a sermon. (William Feather)

I am waiting for them to prove that God is really American. (Lawrence Ferlinghetti)

Theology is anthropology. (Anselm Feuerbach)

God was invented to explain mystery. God is always invented to explain those things that you do not understand. (Richard Feynman)

God does not rule the world outwardly by gravitation and chemical affinity, but inwardly in the heart of man: as is your soul, so will the destiny be of the world in which you live and do. (Egon Friedell)

Between religion's 'this is' and poetry's 'but suppose this is,' there must always be some kind of tension, until the possible and the actual meet at infinity. (Northrop Frye)

The nearest each of us can come to God is by loving the truth. (Buckminster Fuller)

-in 1971...
There is no Apocalypse. (Paul Fussell)

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. (Galileo)

God never occurs to you in person but always in action. (Mahatma Gandhi)

God has no religion. (Mahatma Gandhi)

If we are to respect others' religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world's religions is a sacred duty. (Mahatma Gandhi)

A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion. (Mahatma Gandhi)

Reading the Bible straight through is at least 70 percent discipline, like learning Latin. But the good parts are, of course, simply amazing. God is an extremely uneven writer, but when He's good, nobody can touch Him. (John W. Gardner)

They dream, they love, they sleep, they sing, they pray, and it seems that Christianity has not yet penetrated to this place. (Paul Gauguin)

God does arithmetic. (Karl Freiderich Gauss)

Priests are often well-meaning people who haven't yet looked too thoroughly into comparative religion. (Robert Genn)

I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit. (Kahlil Gibran)

I existed from all eternity and, behold, I am here; and I shall exist till the end of time, for my being has no end. (Kahlil Gibran)

I want God to play in my bloodstream the way sunlight amuses itself on the water. (Elizabeth Gilbert)

White people really deal more with God and black people with Jesus. (Nikki Giovanni)

Have you ever wondered... how religious movements get started? Usually, we think of them as a product of highly charismatic evangelists... but the spread of any new and contagious ideology also has a lot to do with the skillful use of group power. (Malcolm Gladwell)

He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them, needs religion. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

I have a terrible need of – dare I say the word? – religion. Then I go out at night to paint the stars... (Vincent van Gogh)

It always strikes me, and it is very peculiar, that, whenever we see the image of indescribable and unutterable desolation - of loneliness, poverty, and misery, the end and extreme of things - the thought of God comes into one's mind. (Vincent van Gogh)

Religion without art is a dead system of dogmas which have no effect on life. (Lama Govinda)

But my favorite of Einstein's words on religion is 'Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.' I like this because both science and religion are needed to answer life's great questions. (Temple Grandin)

There are certain scenes that would awe an atheist into belief without the help of any other argument. (Thomas Gray)

Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought. (Henry Graham Greene)

They are always saying God loves us. If that's love I'd rather have a bit of kindness. (Henry Graham Greene)

I am atheist in a very religious mould. I'm always asking myself the big questions. Where did we come from? Is there a meaning to all of this? When I find myself in church, I edit the hymns as I sing them. (Mark Haddon)

The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him. (Thomas Hardy)

Not only does God play dice, but... he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen. (Stephen Hawking)

Theology is unnecessary. (Stephen Hawking)

Whenever I think of God I can only conceive of Him as a Being infinitely great and infinitely good. This last quality of the divine nature inspires me with such confidence and joy that I could have written even a miserere in tempo allegro. (Joseph Haydn)

Atheism is the last word of theism. (Heinrich Heine)

Every man, either to his terror or consolation, has some sense of religion. (Heinrich Heine)

All thinking men are atheists. (Ernest Hemingway)

-in fifth century BC...
Religion is a disease, but it is a noble disease. (Heraclitus)

All religions show the same disparity between belief and practice, and each is safe till it tries to exclude the rest. (Thomas Wentworth Higginson)

I was brought up a Catholic, but I don't believe in God. I think I'm an atheist. Hardcore atheist. I'm trying to be a hardcore atheist, and then I keep making work like this. (Damien Hirst)

The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not. (Eric Hoffer)

I do benefits for all religions - I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality. (Bob Hope)

The world is charged with the grandeur of God. (Gerard Manley Hopkins)

If the destination is heaven, why do we scramble to be first in line for hell? (Douglas Horton)

Every religion, in my opinion, has something to bring, and I think we all learn from everyone that there's no right, perfect way to look at something. (Ron Howard)

The artist needs no religion beyond his work. (Elbert Hubbard)

Buddha wasn't a Christian, but Jesus would have a made a good Buddhist... (Ray Wylie Hubbard)

Painting has become my religion, and nature, my church. (John Hulsey)

People are much too solemn about things - I'm all for sticking pins into episcopal behinds. (Aldous Huxley)

I took thought, and invented what I conceived to be the appropriate title of 'agnostic.' (Thomas H. Huxley)

Religion is a way of walking, not a way of talking. (William Ralph Inge)

I now believe that whether or not there's a God, there is such a thing as sacredness. Life is sacred... There is something transcendent, beyond the everyday. It's possible that we humans created this sacredness ourselves, but that doesn't take away from its power or importance. (A.J. Jacobs)

Difference of opinion is helpful in religion. (Thomas Jefferson)

It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read. (Thomas Jefferson)

God Himself, sir, does not propose to judge a man until his life is over. Why should you and I? (Samuel Johnson)

My dear child, you must believe in God despite what the clergy tells you. (Benjamin Jowett)

I have treated many hundreds of patients. Among those in the second half of life - that is to say, over 35 - there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life. (Carl Gustav Jung)

Heaven is dumb, echoing only the dumb. (Franz Kafka)

It is only our conception of time that makes us call the Last Judgement by this name. It is, in fact, a kind of martial law. (Franz Kafka)

Religions get lost as people do. (Franz Kafka)

The Bible is a sanctum; the world, sputum. (Franz Kafka)

We are separated from God on two sides; the Fall separates us from Him, the Tree of Life separates Him from us. (Franz Kafka)

No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion. (Abdul Kalam)

Religion is the recognition of all our duties as divine commands. (Immanuel Kant)

Evangelism is selling a dream. (Guy Kawasaki)

My religion is love – I could die for that. (John Keats)

Art, that great undogmatized church. (Ellen Key)

God created the world out of nothing, but the nothingness still shows through. (Soren Kierkegaard)

The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance... logic can be happily tossed out the window. (Stephen King)

Religion operates not only on the vertical plane but also on the horizontal. It seeks not only to integrate men with God but to integrate men with men and each man with himself. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

God and I both knew what it meant once; now God alone knows. (Friedrich Klopstock)

So when I hear a guy after a game-winning home run say or gesture that God was on his side, I think to myself, 'He's saying God screwed the pitcher.' (Bob Knight)

To this day I do not know whether the power which has inspired my works is something related to religion, or is indeed religion itself. (Kathe Kollwitz)

-Aloneness Is Not Loneliness / The Book of Life
Religion, it seems to me, has nothing whatsoever to do with any belief, with any priest, with any church or so-called sacred book. The state of the religious mind can be understood only when we begin to understand what beauty is; and the understanding of beauty must be approached through total aloneness. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

Religion is the frozen thought of man out of which they build temples. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

God is like a mirror. The mirror never changes, but everybody who looks at it sees something different. (Rabbi Harold Kushner)

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)

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. (Dalai Lama)

If science proves some belief of Buddhism wrong, then Buddhism will have to change. In my view, science and Buddhism share a search for the truth and for understanding reality. (Dalai Lama)

Man is a fallen god who remembers the heavens. (Alphonse de Lamartine)

Even the weakest disputant is made so conceited by what he calls religion, as to think himself wiser than the wisest who think differently from him. (Walter Savage Landor)

The more far-fetched the theology, the more quality must be put into the accompanying art. (James Fenwick Lansdowne)

Plant consciousness, insect consciousness, fish consciousness, all are related by one permanent element, which we may call the religious element inherent in all life, even in a flea: the sense of wonder. That is our sixth sense, and it is the natural religious sense. (D. H. Lawrence)

The greatest religious problem today is how to be both a mystic and a militant... and how to feel one's true identity in both. (Ursula K. LeGuin)

God is a concept by which we measure our pain. (John Lennon)

Granted, religion is wishful thinking, but there is no other kind of thinking. (John Leonard, critic)

The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is the reason He makes so many of them. (Abraham Lincoln)

The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart. (Walter Lippmann)

Glorious indeed is the world of God around us, but more glorious the world of God within us. There lies the Land of Song; there lies the poet's native land. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

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

There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt. (Niccolo Machiavelli)

Better authentic mammon than a bogus god. (Louis MacNeice)

Let's face it; God has a big ego problem. Why do we always have to worship him? (Bill Maher)

God like Us suffers the ambition to make a destiny more extraordinary than was conceived for Him. Yes God is like Me, only more so. (Norman Mailer)

Comfortless was my religion, anxiety of the anxieties, for I believed God was not love, but courage. Love came only as a reward. (Norman Mailer)

Like all religions, scripture is subject to human interpretation. It is not the fault of all that some fanatics have written their own destructive interpretation of the Koran. (Mary Jean Mailloux)

Make creativity your religion... because creating is soulful work. (Eric Maisel)

We are all bound to the throne of the Supreme Being by a flexible chain which restrains without enslaving us. The most wonderful aspect of the universal scheme of things is the action of free beings under divine guidance. (Joseph de Maistre)

-Life of Pi...
Hindus, in their capacity for love, are indeed hairless Christians, just as Muslims, in the way they see God in everything, are bearded Hindus, and Christians, in their devotion to God, are hat-wearing Muslims. (Yann Martel)

-Life of Pi...
Christianity is a religion in a rush. Look at the world created in seven days. Even on a symbolic level, that's creation in a frenzy. (Yann Martel)

Plenty of people are raised Catholic and then aren't Catholic anymore, like any religion. (Danny Masterson)

Most sermons sound to me like commercials - but I can't make out whether God is the Sponsor or the Product. (Mignon McLaughlin)

That is the whole trouble with being a heretic. One usually must think out everything for oneself. (Aubrey Menan)

For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the not-worth-knowing. (H. L. Mencken)

Music and art and poetry attune the soul to God. (Thomas Merton)

If there was no other proof of the infinite patience of God, a very good one could be found in His toleration of the pictures that are painted of Him. (Thomas Merton)

The mind, the soul, becomes ennobled by the endeavour to create something perfect, for God is perfection, and whoever strives after perfection is striving for something devine. (Michelangelo)

Art class was like a religious ceremony to me. I would wash my hands carefully before touching paper or pencils. The instruments of work were sacred objects to me. (Joan Miro)

-b.1689 d.1755...
Religious wars are not caused by the fact that there is more than one religion, but by the spirit of intolerance... the spread of which can only be regarded as the total eclipse of human reason. (Baron de Montesquieu)

Do you think that God will punish them for not practicing a religion which he did not reveal to them? (Baron de Montesquieu)

There's a gullible side to the American people. They can be easily misled. Religion is the best device used to mislead them. (Michael Moore)

Everything I've read about early human beings indicates that art was inextricably entwined with religion. (Catherine Jo Morgan)

My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed. (Christopher Morley)

Let's reinvent the gods, all the myths of the ages / Celebrate symbols from deep elder forests (Jim Morrison)

It is true that every artist has his own religion. (Robert Motherwell)

Remember God in prosperity, and He will remember you in adversity. (Muhammad)

He is the most perfect Muslim whose disposition is best; and the best of you are they who behave best to their wives. (Muhammad)

See how God writes history. No technical knowledge is required; only a calm day and a calm mind. (John Muir)

No one can be an unbeliever nowadays. The Christian Apologists have left one nothing to disbelieve. (Hector Hugh Munro)

I daresay anything can be made holy by being sincerely worshipped. (Iris Murdoch)

There are many, many Christians who practice Buddhism, and they become better and better Christians all the time. (Thich Nhat Hanh)

God is a thought who makes crooked all that is straight. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Art is exalted above religion and race. Not a single solitary soul these days believes in the religions of the Assyrians, the Egyptians and the Greeks... Only their art, whenever it was beautiful, stands proud and exalted, rising above all time. (Emil Nolde)

We are kept all as securely in Love in woe as in weal, by the Goodness of God. (Julian of Norwich)

When I think of death, I only regret that I will not be able to see this beautiful country anymore... unless the Indians are right and my spirit will walk here after I'm gone. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

When men make gods, there is no God! (Eugene O'Neill)

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

A really religious person has no theology. Yes, he has the experience, he has the truth, he has that luminosity, but he has no theology. (Osho)

It is convenient that there be gods, and, as it is convenient, let us believe there are. (Ovid)

If God were the creative type he would make at least a thousand kinds of flowers... at least a thousand different mountain ranges... a million different kinds of days... a million different sunsets... a billion different sounds... a billion different textures... (Gregory Packard)

If God were the creative type he would make a billion different foods... a dozen different instinctive emotions... at least a thousand different peoples... billions of dreams... at least a billion things unsaid and largely unknowable... And he would create billions of ways in which to know him... (Gregory Packard)

Where life is colorful and varied, religion can be austere or unimportant. Where life is appallingly monotonous, religion must be emotional, dramatic and intense. Without the curry, boiled rice can be very dull. (C. Northcote Parkinson)

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. (Blaise Pascal)

There is a close connection between art and religion in the sense that both are concerned about questions of meaning - if not about the meaning of existence generally, then certainly about the meaning of one's individual life and how a person relates to his or her total community/environment. (Freeman Patterson)

Remind yourself that God is with you and nothing can defeat you. Believe that you now receive power from Him. (Norman Vincent Peale)

God to me is the universe unfolding... (Jan Phillips)

God is really another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things. (Pablo Picasso)

God takes care of imbeciles, little children and artists. (Camille Pissarro)

God is truth and light his shadow. (Plato)

-b.AD 204 d.AD 270...
God is not external to anyone, but is present with all things, though they are ignorant that he is so. (Plotinus)

Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; / The proper study of mankind is man. (Alexander Pope)

A God without dominion, providence, and final causes, is nothing else but fate and nature. (Alexander Pope)

Nature and nature's laws lay hid in the night. God said, Let Newton be! and all was light! (Alexander Pope)

The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people. (Ezra Pound)

Religion, oh, just another of those numerous failures resulting from an attempt to popularize art. (Ezra Pound)

-on her later years as an ordained minister...
I was married to Glenn Ford. But now I feel as though I'm married to God, and in the nicest, purest sense. (Eleanor Powell)

Either all days are holy or none are. (Terry Pratchett)

When I'm painting them, the whole legend and mythology of apples occurs to me, and so Adam and Eve and the snake and all the rest of it somehow gets into the picture. (Mary Pratt)

God gives us the nuts, but he does not crack them. (proverb)

In this theater of man's life, it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers-on. (Pythagoras)

Religions tend to disappear with man's good fortune. (Raymond Queneau)

Common men talk bagfuls of religion but do not practise even a grain of it. The wise man speaks a little, even though his whole life is religion expressed in action. (Ramakrishna)

With sincerity and earnestness one can realize God through all religions. (Ramakrishna)

God... a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive. (Ayn Rand)

Most intellectual people do not believe in God, but they fear him just the same. (Wilhelm Reich)

Religion is everywhere. It is in the mind, in the heart, in the love you put into what you do. (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

The religions never wanted an art where you paint only what you see. (Milton Resnick)

But the church is no longer adequate as a means of affording experience of the transcendental, and of making religion real - and so art has been transformed from a means into the sole provider of religion: which means religion itself. (Gerhard Richter)

It's necessary to constantly remind ourselves that we are not an abomination. (Marlon Riggs)

I think this lack of a center has something to do with the loss of certainties that Christianity had to offer. (Bridget Riley)

-in a letter to Mr. Kappus...
Why don't you think of Him as the one who is coming, who has been approaching from all eternity, the one who will someday arrive, the ultimate fruit of a tree whose leaves we are? (Rainer Maria Rilke)

They say God has existed from the beginning of time and will exist beyond the end of time. Can you imagine trying to sit through his home movies? (Scott Roeben)

God is in the details. (Ludwig Mies van der Rohe)

Once God and grace move us to the second half of life, religion becomes a mystical matter, rather than a moral matter. (Richard Rohr)

Christianity is not the faith of the complacent, the comfortable or of the timid. It demands and creates heroic souls... (Mitt Romney)

It strikes me as odd that the free exercise of religious faith is sometimes treated as a problem, something America is stuck with instead of blessed with. (Mitt Romney)

My only objective is to paint a Christ so moving that those who see him will be converted. (Georges Rouault)

Faith is the physical description of God. That's what He is. It's the only word we have in our language to accurately describe His physical form. (Jim Rowe)

At the present time I really have no religion at all. But I love and respect all religions and philosophies. I see how they get formed, how they grow up, and how powerful they are. But for me to believe in a specific god... no. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

The way you make love is the way God will be with you. (Rumi)

I want a heart which is split, part by part, because of the pain of separation from God, so that I might explain my longing and complaint to it. (Rumi)

I've been worrying about God a little bit lately... It seems like he's been in a bad mood. And I think it has to do with the quality of lovers he's been getting. (Salman Rushdie)

I do not need the idea of God to explain the world I live in. (Salman Rushdie)

You might sooner get lightning out of incense smoke than true action or passion out of your modern English religion. (John Ruskin)

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense. (Carl Sagan)

Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy. Think of how many people rely on these prophecies, however vague, however unfulfilled, to support or prop up their beliefs. Yet has there ever been a religion with the prophetic accuracy and reliability of science? (Carl Sagan)

To work hard, to live hard, to die hard, and then go to hell after all would be too damn hard. (Carl Sandburg)

I won't take my religion from any man who never works except with his mouth. (Carl Sandburg)

It's time the religions of the world, including our own, got over having to convert everyone to their belief system. (Bruce Sanguin)

It makes sense that there is no sense without God. (Edith Schaeffer)

Religion can emerge in all forms of feeling: here wild anger, there the sweetest pain; here consuming hatred, there the childlike smile of serene humility. (Friedrich Von Schlegel)

Religion is absolutely unfathomable. Always and everywhere one can dig more deeply into infinities. (Friedrich Von Schlegel)

Set religion free, and a new humanity will begin. (Friedrich Von Schlegel)

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

I do know that some Buddhists are able to attain peace of mind. (Martin Scorsese)

Jesus said, 'If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.' (Gnostic scriptures)

In the absence of organized religion, the only vehicle for redemption is art – not just the fragmentary arts of painting or music or poetry, but the kind of art that creates a whole world in itself and in that world we see ourselves reflected and see our religious life perfected. (Roger Scruton)

-Naked...
God was someone I wound up turning over and over in my mind each night... Was He punishing me with this meal or was He rewarding me? Did He actively watch me or take me for granted like a fish you don't notice until it's floating on the surface of the tank? (David Sedaris)

-Amadeus: A Play...
What use, after all, is man, if not to teach God His lessons? (Peter Shaffer)

We sing in a church – why should we not dance there? (George Bernard Shaw)

The first book ever written in an alphabet was the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament. And the most important passage was the Ten Commandments. The first commandment is the most revolutionary sentence ever written. It states: "I am the Lord thy God there is no other." The second prohibits us from making images. Thus, there is a profound rejection of any goddess influence and a ban of representative art. (Leonard Shlain)

Doctors are busy playing God when so few of us have the qualifications. And besides, the job is taken. (Bernie S. Siegal)

I'm not unmindful of a man's seeming need for faith; I'm for anything that gets you through the night, be it prayer, tranquilizers, or a bottle of Jack Daniel's. But to me religion is a deeply personal thing in which man and God go it alone together, without the witch doctor in the middle. (Frank Sinatra)

Religion stands, the Church blocking the sun. (Stephen Spender)

God is the indwelling and not the transient cause of all things. (Baruch Spinoza)

A religious life is a struggle and not a hymn. (Madame de Stael)

-b.1815 d.1902...
The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women's emancipation. (Elizabeth Cady Stanton)

We can't really waste our time; we have to see that we are all in the same boat and that different religious traditions point in the same direction, and now let's get moving together, doing something for peace. (David Steindl-Rast)

Any place is sacred ground, for it can become a place of encounter with the divine Presence. (David Steindl-Rast)

Anthroposophie is not a religion but a tool for understanding of religions. (Rudolf Steiner)

God's only excuse is that he does not exist. (Stendhal)

All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few. (Stendhal)

- The Palm at the End of the Mind: Selected Poems and a Play...
We say God and the imagination are one... How high that highest candle lights the dark. (Wallace Stevens)

Idiosyncratic belief systems which are shared by only a few adherents are likely to be regarded as delusional. Belief systems which may be just as irrational but which are shared by millions are called world religions. (Anthony Storr)

I reject somber Jewish painting, with its literary, religious, and philosophical symbols. I feel that the use of Jewish symbols is merely a way of exploiting sentiment. (Yeheskiel Streichman)

No matter what god or doctrine you believe in, if you become attached to it, your belief will be based more or less on a self-centered idea. (Shunryu Suzuki)

Usually when someone believes in a particular religion, his attitude becomes more and more a sharp angle pointing away from himself. In our way the point of the angle is always toward ourselves. (Shunryu Suzuki)

All religion relates to life, and the life of religion is to do good. (Emanuel Swedenborg)

-b.1667 d.1745...
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. (Jonathan Swift)

It is a mistake to assume that God is interested only, or even chiefly, in religion. (Sir William Temple)

God save us from gloomy saints! (Saint Teresa of Avila)

You happen to be talking to an agnostic. You know what an agnostic is? A cowardly atheist. (Studs Terkel)

'Henry, have you made your peace with God?' (Calvinistic Aunt) 'I did not know we had ever quarrelled, Aunt.' (Henry David Thoreau)

Religion is the state of being grasped by an ultimate concern, a concern which qualifies all other concerns as preliminary and which itself contains the answer to the question of the meaning of our life. (Paul Tillich)

Religions are the exponents of the highest comprehension of life... within a given age in a given society... a basis for evaluating human sentiments. If feelings bring people nearer to the religion's ideal... they are good; if these estrange them from it, and oppose it, they are bad. (Leo Tolstoy)

I do not believe there is a problem in this country or the world today which could not be settled if approached through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount. (Harry S. Truman)

When we speak of God or achieving union with God, we are often merely trying to put that great thing into a small container. One cannot drive a camel through the eye of a needle. (Chogyam Trungpa)

I'm sure God, wherever he is, wants to see us get along with one another and love one another. (Ted Turner)

God is not upset that Gandhi was not a Christian, because God is not a Christian! All of God's children and their different faiths help us to realize the immensity of God. (Desmond Tutu)

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

Religion consists of a set of things which the average man thinks he believes and wishes he was certain. (Mark Twain)

...simple, direct, gracefully phrased; it always sounds swell - In God We Trust - I don't believe it would sound any better if it were true. (Mark Twain)

The spirit of man communes with Heaven; the omnipotence of Heaven resides in man. Is the distance between Heaven and man very great? (Hung Tzu-Cheng)

The divine is not something high above us. It is in heaven, it is in earth, it is inside us. (Morihei Ueshiba)

Religion enables us to ignore nothingness and get on with the jobs of life. (John Updike)

Our brains are no longer conditioned for reverence and awe. We cannot imagine a Second Coming that would not be cut down to size by the televised evening news, or a Last Judgment not subject to pages of holier-than-thou second-guessing in The New York Review of Books. (John Updike)

The guarantee that our self enjoys an intended relation to the outer world is most, if not all, we ask from religion. God is the self projected onto reality by our natural and necessary optimism. He is the not-me personified. (John Updike)

-Rabbit, Run
Christianity isn't looking for a rainbow. If it were... we'd pass out opium at services. We're trying to serve God, not be God. (John Updike)

The true God, the mighty God, is the God of ideas. (Alfred de Vigny)

If God made us in His image, we have certainly returned the compliment. (Voltaire)

If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him. (Voltaire)

Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week. (Alice Walker)

Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. (Alice Walker)

Martin Luther King Jr. really understood the role of the churches when he said, 'The church is not meant to be the master of the state.' (Jim Wallis)

Religion is often used as a sword to divide, rather than as a balm to heal. (Jim Wallis)

God made man of the dust of the earth and man makes a god of the dust of the earth. (Thomas J. Watson, Sr.)

Religion is not a department of life; it is something that enters into the whole of it. (Alan Watts)

But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is. (Alan Watts)

Disciples and devotees... what are most of them doing? Worshipping the teapot instead of drinking the tea! (Wei Wu Wei)

I have a great love and respect for religion, great love and respect for atheism. What I hate is agnosticism, people who do not choose. (Orson Welles)

Religion is the everlasting dialogue between humanity and God. Art is its soliloquy. (Franz Werfel)

We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn it is God who is shaking them. (Charles C. West)

Religion is the last refuge of human savagery. (Alfred North Whitehead)

Human beings should be held accountable. Leave god alone. He has enough problems. (Elie Wiesel)

After all, God is God because he remembers. (Elie Wiesel)

I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability. (Oscar Wilde)

Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person. (Tennessee Williams)

Religious belief itself is an adaptation that has evolved because we're hardwired to form tribalistic religions. (Edward O. Wilson)

For a truly religious man nothing is tragic. (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

The attitude is we live and let live. This is actually an amazing change in values in a rather short time and it's an example of freedom from religion. (Tom Wolfe)

Once you attempt legislation upon religious grounds, you open the way for every kind of intolerance and religious persecution. (William Butler Yeats)

We should bathe our spirits in the deep, pure feeling that stirs within us when we gaze on the glories of His creation. This is the way to know God as beauty. (Paramahansa Yogananda)

Inner life is Divine. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

By night an atheist half believes in a God. (Edward Young)

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

By yielding... overcome. By bending... remain straight. (Zen)

There is no scientific way to validate anything that I or you can say about the soul because science cannot validate the existence of the soul any more that it can prove the existence of God. (Gary Zukav)

Acceptance without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western religion. Rejection without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western science. (Gary Zukav)

Making art is the closest I get to God. (Rhonda Zwillinger)


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