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The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide.

Religion, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
It was the schoolboy who said, Faith is believing what you know ain't so.
Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.
And again: No more gods! no more gods! Man is King, Man is God! -- But the great Faith is Love!
Pure Spirit, one hundred degrees proof -- that's a drink that only the most hardened contemplation-guzzlers indulge in. Bodhisattvas dilute their Nirvana with equal parts of love and work.
Of Consciousness, her awful Mate. The Soul cannot be rid -- as easy the secreting her behind the Eyes of God.
Nothing is accidental in the universe -- this is one of my Laws of Physics -- except the entire universe itself, which is Pure Accident, pure divinity.
Prayer is translation. A man translates himself into a child asking for all there is in a language he has barely mastered.
But, good my brother, do not, as some ungracious pastors do. Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven whilst like a puffed and reckless libertine himself the primrose path of dalliance treads and recks not his own rede.
Prophecy is the most gratuitous form of error.
If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way …. Yet he has made a marvelous fight in the world, in all the ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him.
It is the public scandal that offends; to sin in secret is no sin at all.
Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only. Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul.
I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge. The villainy you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction. (III.i.49�61) The Merchant of Venice
One’s religion is whatever he is most interested in, and yours is Success.
But even in the discourses which Buddha in his bounty allowed to be recorded, certain passages contain what the learned call Up¯aya or “Adapted Truth” ….
Jesus said the meek would inherit the earth, but so far all we’ve gotten is Minnesota and North Dakota.
Spiritual leadership should remain spiritual leadership and the temporal power should not become too important in any Church.
In essence, the search of so many people today for the mystical wisdom of an earlier time is the search for the kind of spirituality characteristic of a partnership rather than a dominator society.
The secret of seeing is to sail on solar wind. Hone and spread your spirit till you yourself are a sail, whetted, translucent, broadside to the merest puff.
The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.
The difference between science and religion is the difference between a willingness to dispassionately consider new evidence and new arguments, and a passionate unwillingness to do so.
The soul can split the sky in two, / And let the face of God shine through.
Everyone’s conscience in religion is between God and themselves, and it belongs to none other.
To you I’m an atheist; to God, I’m the Loyal Opposition.
If God existed, and if He cared for humankind, He would never have given us religion.
Religion has become so pallid recently, it is hardly worthwhile being an atheist.
Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.
A belief is a lever that, once pulled, moves almost everything else in a person’s life.
Why is it more ridiculous to arraign ecclesiastics for their false teaching and acts of injustice to women, than members of Congress and the House of Commons?
His soul is about the size of a toenail.
The Soul unto itself / Is an imperial friend— / Or the most agonizing Spy— / An Enemy—could send
What soul is without flaws?
Go out and be born among gypsies or thieves or among happy workaday people who live with the sun and do not think about their souls.
Asked if she worshiped regularly: Honey, at my age, I don’t do anything regularly.
Re: the Bible: It is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.
The true Islam has shown me that a blanket indictment of all white people is as wrong as when whites make blanket indictments against blacks.
The United States is not a Christian nation any more than it is a Jewish or a Mohammedan nation.
What is faith worth if it is not translated into action?
Scriptures, n. The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based.
It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community, a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. And the practice can be carried out as a group, as a city, as a nation.
Jewishness cropped up and has never successfully been put down since.
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
There is no waste with God. He cancels nothing but redeems all.
The kind of people claiming to be in communication with God today … they are enough to drive a real Christian crazy!
Watch out for people who call themselves religious; make sure you know what they mean—make sure they know what they mean!
I have a warm personal relationship with God; I often picture her smiling wryly and saying, in the words of Shakespeare’s Puck, “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
Anyhow, I say, the God I been praying and writing to is a man. And act just like all the other mens I know. Trifling, forgetful [sic], and lowdown.
Sure there’s different roads from this to Dungarvan—some thinks one road pleasanter, and some think another; wouldn’t it be mighty foolish to quarrel for this?—and sure isn’t it twice worse to try to interfere with people for choosing the road they like best to heaven?
I have come to think that up and down the double helix of our DNA the molecules of faith and reason chatter away …. It is in our interest, as well as the interest of the world, that they remain on good speaking terms.
Now I ask you what is the impulse that comes from the possession of even the kindest heart compared to real faith in God and a hereafter. Without it one just plods on.
Religion, like water, may be free, but when they pipe it to you, you’ve got to help pay for the piping. And the piper!
Not everybody feels religion the same way. Some it’s in their mouth, but some it’s like a hope in their blood, their bones.
Art and religion first; then philosophy; lastly science. That is the order of the great subjects of life ….
The supreme reality of our time is our indivisibility as children of God and the common vulnerability of this planet.
We’re a people of rainbow hues and multiple faiths. If that heritage has taught us nothing else by now, it should have taught us this: It’s ignorant to think you can judge a man’s soul by looking at his face.
We need to add to the pantheon of a holy family a divine daughter. For only then will we have a model for families in which all members are equally valued and respected.
… that’s nothing but a tax dodge! … This is what the Internal Revenue Service expects. It’s all part of the game. They play their part, we have to play ours. It’s our duty as American citizens!
We will try to be holy, / We will try to repair the world given to us to hand on. / Precious is this treasure of words and knowledge and deeds / that moves inside us.
Of the enemies of the soul— / the world, the devil, the flesh— / the world is the most serious and most dangerous.
A single Screw of Flesh / Is all that pins the Soul
He said that knowledge was of little use without wisdom, and that there was no wisdom without spirituality, and that true spirituality always included service to others.
Spirituality can be—indeed, must be—deeply rational.
When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord, in his wisdom, doesn’t work that way. So I just stole one and asked him to forgive me!
Prayer is a concentration of positive thought.
The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam; that’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace.
They always throw around this term “liberal elite.” And I kept thinking to myself about the Christian right: what’s more elite than believing that only you will go to heaven?
The effect of the consolations of religion may be compared to that of a narcotic.
Do not judge the gods, young man, they have painful secrets.
He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat; it ever changes with the next block.
Religions are different roads converging on the same point.
Religion without humanity is a poor human stuff.

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