quotations about religion
We use religion like a trolley-car--we ride on it only while it is going our way.
AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought
Religion is the clearest telescope through which we can behold the beauties of creation, and the good of our Creator.
WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
KARL MARX, Criticism of Hegel's "Philosophy of Right"
All religions are branches of one big tree.
GEORGE HARRISON, introduction, Krsna
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
JONATHAN SWIFT, Thoughts on Various Subjects from Miscellanies
When people try to use religion to address the natural world, science pushes back on it, and religion has to accommodate the results. Beliefs can be permanent, but beliefs can also be flexible. Personally, if I find out my belief is wrong, I change my mind. I think that's a good way to live.
LISA RANDALL, Discover Magazine, July 2006
There are things about organized religion which I resent. Christ is revered as the Prince of Peace, but more blood has been shed in His name than any other figure in history. You show me one step forward in the name of religion and I'll show you a hundred retrogressions. Remember, they were men of God who destroyed the educational treasures at Alexandria, who perpetrated the Inquisition in Spain, who burned the witches at Salem. Over 25,000 organized religions flourish on this planet, but the followers of each think all the others are miserably misguided and probably evil as well.
FRANK SINATRA, Playboy Magazine, February 1962
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
FRANCIS BACON, Essays
Science and Religion are not at odds. Science is simply too young to understand.
DAN BROWN, Angels & Demons
This dull river has a deep religion of its own; so, let us trust, has the dullest human soul, though, perhaps, unconsciously.
NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, American Note-Books, August 7, 1842
Behold what is in the heavens and the earth! But revelations and warnings avail not folk who will not believe.
KORAN, Surah Yunus: 101
But Marge, what if we picked the wrong religion? Each week we'd just make God madder and madder.
HOMER SIMPSON, The Simpsons
Religion is ... being as much like God as man can be.
BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms
Never be angry with your neighbor because his religious views differ from your own; for all the branches of a tree to not lean the same way.
WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs
Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of man. In this way the pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling of a special sort, which is surely quite different from the religiosity of someone more naive.
ALBERT EINSTEIN, letter to Phyllis (a child), January 24, 1936
Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by a difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be deprecated.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Edward Newenham, October 20, 1792
Too many people embrace religion from the same motives that they take a companion in wedlock, not from true love of the person, but because of a large dowry.
HOSEA BALLOU, Treasury of Thought
There are a whole lot of religious people in America, including the majority of Democrats. When we abandon the field of religious discourse--when we ignore the debate about what it means to be a good Christian or Muslim or Jew; when we discuss religion only in the negative sense of where or how it should not be practiced, rather than in the positive sense of what it tells us about our obligations toward one another; when we shy away from religious venues and religious broadcasts because we assume that we will be unwelcome--others will fill the vacuum. And those who do are likely to be those with the most insular views of faith, or who cynically use religion to justify partisan ends.
BARACK OBAMA, Audacity of Hope
Religion is a system of wishful illusions together with a disavowal of reality, such as we find nowhere else but in a state of blissful hallucinatory confusion. Religion's eleventh commandment is "Thou shalt not question."
SIGMUND FREUD, The Future of an Illusion
I came to the conclusion long ago ... that all religions were true and also that all had some error in them, and whilst I hold by my own, I should hold others as dear as Hinduism. So we can only pray, if we are Hindus, not that a Christian should become a Hindu ... But our innermost prayer should be a Hindu should be a better Hindu, a Muslim a better Muslim, a Christian a better Christian.
MAHATMA GANDHI, Young India, January 19, 1928