The God who existed before any religion counts on you to make the oneness of the human family known and celebrated.
- Desmond Tutu
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
- Fred Allen
We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
- Jonathan Swift
Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed.
- Epictetus
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
Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs. This is the principle behind lotteries, dating, and religion.
- Scott Adams
Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all - that has been my religion.
- John Burroughs
Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true.
- Blaise Pascal
We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.
- William Ralph Inge
Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
- Honore de Balzac
I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religion - I have shuddered at it. I shudder no more - I could be martyred for my religion - Love is my religion - I could die for that.
- John Keats
I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics.
- T. S. Eliot
I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity.
- B. R. Ambedkar
It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.
- Edmund Burke
Let us put theology out of religion. Theology has always sent the worst to heaven, the best to hell.
- Robert Green Ingersoll
Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
- Ambrose Bierce
Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalised.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
- Edmund Burke
Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion.
- William Blake
It is a masterpiece of the devil to make us believe that children cannot understand religion. Would Christ have made a child the standard of faith if He had known that it was not capable of understanding His words?
- Dwight L. Moody
We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion. I do believe that. I think religion stops people from thinking. I think it justified crazies.
- Bill Maher
All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
- Honore de Balzac
I respect the fact that many denominations have different points of view with respect to gay marriage and they can hold that in the sanctity in the place of their religion and not bless them or solemnize them.
- Colin Powell
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.
- James A. Michener
What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? are they two and not one? Can they exist separate? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride!
- William Blake
Where knowledge ends, religion begins.
- Benjamin Disraeli
If we must not act save on a certainty, we ought not to act on religion, for it is not certain. But how many things we do on an uncertainty, sea voyages, battles!
- Blaise Pascal
It is easy to talk on religion, but difficult to practice it.
- Ramakrishna
When Religion and Royalty are swept away, the people will attack the great, and after the great, they will fall upon the rich.
- Honore de Balzac
To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.
- John Ruskin
Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.
- Anatole France
Religion is not a department of life; it is something that enters into the whole of it.
- Alan Watts
The seven deadly sins: Want of money, bad health, bad temper, chastity, family ties, knowing that you know things, and believing in the Christian religion.
- Samuel Butler
The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world... to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.
- John Ruskin
Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.
- Francis Bacon
Mayonnaise: One of the sauces which serve the French in place of a state religion.
- Ambrose Bierce
And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.
- James Madison
No matter the nationality, no matter the religion, no matter the ethnic background, America brings out the best in people.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
You might sooner get lightning out of incense smoke than true action or passion out of your modern English religion.
- John Ruskin
As a religion, bilingualism is the god that failed. It has led to no fairness, produced no unity, and cost Canadian taxpayers untold millions.
- Stephen Harper
A people and their religion must be judged by social standards based on social ethics. No other standard would have any meaning if religion is held to be necessary good for the well-being of the people.
- B. R. Ambedkar
Freedom. Freedom of religion. Freedom to speak their mind. Freedom to build a life. And yes, freedom to build a business. With their own hands. This is the essence of the American experience.
- Mitt Romney
Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
The difference between a saint and a hypocrite is that one lies for his religion, the other by it.
- Minna Antrim
In nearly every religion I am aware of, there is a variation of the golden rule. And even for the non-religious, it is a tenet of people who believe in humanistic principles.
- Hillary Clinton
People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practiced.
- Samuel Butler
It would be intolerant if I advocated the banning of religion, but of course I never have.
- Richard Dawkins
So potent was religion in persuading to evil deeds.
- Lucretius
I think flying planes into a building was a faith-based initiative. I think religion is a neurological disorder.
- Bill Maher
Teach a child what is wise, that is morality. Teach him what is wise and beautiful, that is religion!
- Thomas Huxley
Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them.
- B. R. Ambedkar
Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism.
- Benito Mussolini
Since Castro took power, the Cuban people have been denied basic human freedoms. No freedom of religion, no freedom of the press, no political freedom. And the regime uses brutality and violence to suppress these freedoms and impose its will.
- Mitt Romney
The problem with writing about religion is that you run the risk of offending sincerely religious people, and then they come after you with machetes.
- Dave Barry
Forget sex or politics or religion, loneliness is the subject that clears out a room.
- Douglas Coupland
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