English author (1948 - 2015)
Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting roses among thorns.unknown
When I have a terrible need of shall I say the word religion, then I go out and paint the stars.vincent van gogh
No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.nelson mandela
To be of no church is dangerous. Religion, of which the rewards are distant, and which is animated only by faith and hope, will glide by degrees out of the mind unless it be invigorated and reimpressed by external ordinances, by stated calls to worship, and the salutary influence of example.samuel johnson
You cannot expect any rational thought from a religious man. He is like a rocking log in water.periyar e. v. ramasamy
Hindu polytheism isn't really polytheism but monotheism in disguise.Richard Dawkins
The capacity of the human mind for swallowing nonsense and spewing it forth in violent and repressive action has never yet been plumbed.robert a. heinlein
The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.james madison
The religious persecution of the ages has been done under what was claimed to be the command of God. I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do to their fellows, because it always coincides with their own desires.susan b. anthony
Like all great theologies, Bill [O'Reilly]'s can be boiled down to one sentence: There must be a god, because I don't know how things work.stephen colbert
The best thing about religion is that it's so transparently absurd it can't possibly last forever. I'm convinced it will only take a small shift in human consciousness for it to be laughed off the planet, and I hope I'm still around when that happens.pat condell
You can and you can't. You shall and you shan't. You will and you won't. And you will be damned if you do, and you will be damned if you don't.
All religions are the same: religion is basically guilt, with different holidays.
Operationally, God is beginning to resemble not a ruler but the last fading smile of a cosmic Cheshire cat.julian huxley
I'm not religious in the normal sense. I believe the universe is governed by the laws of science. The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws.stephen hawking
I realized that ritual will always mean throwing away something; Destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.gilbert keith chesterton
Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses.arthur c. clarke
Science embraces facts and debates opinion; religion embraces opinion and debates the facts.Tom Heehler
Pursuing the religious life today without using psychedelic drugs is like studying astronomy with the naked eye.timothy leary
He made it a part of his religion, never to say grace to his meat.jonathan swift
It is a mistake to suppose that God is only, or even chiefly, concerned with religion.william temple
Human things must be known to be loved; but Divine things must be loved to be known.Blaise Pascal
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