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Religious Quotes

The three most important parts a man has are, briefly, his private parts, his money and his religious beliefs. Samuel Butler
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. The Buddha
Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty. Samuel Adams
Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters. Isaac Bashevis Singer, New York Times Magazine, Mar. 12, 1978
Intellectually, religious emotions are not creative but conservative. They attach themselves readily to the current view of the world and consecrate it. John Dewey
The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men, the more widespread is the decline of religious belief. Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion (1927)
It is not funny that anything else should fall down only that a man should fall down. Why do we laugh Because it is a gravely religious matter it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd for only man can be dignified. Gilbert Keith Chesterton
To attempt to be religious without practicing a specific religion is as possible as attempting to speak without a specific language. George Santayana
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
There is a schizophrenic nature in modern politics. A leader is expected to have a religious faith but he is not supposed to let it influence him in his duties. Somehow, the truths that determine everything else about his existence are not allowed to influence how he conducts himself in public life. Not only that, his principles are usually considered so personal that the public is not even allowed to know for certain what they are. This passes for noble statecraft in our time. It was once thought cowardice. Stephen Mansfield
I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. Rita Rudner
A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain. Jessamyn West
To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull facilities can comprehend only in the most primitive forms--this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the ranks of the devoutly religious men. Albert Einstein
I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious idea of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God. Thomas A. Edison
The truly religious man does not embrace a religion and he who embraces one has no religion. Kahlil Gibran
America has begun a spiritual reawakening. Faith and hope are being restored. Americans are turning back to God. Church attendance is up. Audiences for religious books and broadcasts are growing. And I do believe that he has begun to heal our blessed land. President Ronald Reagan, to the National Association of Evangelicals, Columbus, Ohio
It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it. Albert Einstein, Letter, 24 March 1954. Quoted in "Albert Einstein: The Human Side," edited by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman
The religious community is essential, for alone our vision is too narrow to see all that must be seen. Together, our vision widens and strength is renewed. Mark Morrison-Reed
If you can impress any man with an absorbing conviction of the supreme importance of some moral or religious doctrine if you can make him believe that those who reject that doctrine are doomed to eternal perdition if you then give that man power, and by means of his ignorance blind him to the ulterior consequences of his own act,-he will infallibly persecute those who deny his doctrine. Henry Thomas Buckle
Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt. Paul Johannes Tillich
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