Religion's Meaning when I would recall,Love is to me the plainest Word of all.Plainest, — because that what I love, or hate,Shews me directly my internal State;By its own Consciousness is best defin'dWhich way the Heart within me stands inclin'd.On what it lets its Inclination rest,To that its real Worship is address'd;Whatever Forms or Ceremonies springFrom Custom's Force, there lies the real Thing;Jew, Turk or Christian be the Lover's Name,If same the Love, Religion is the same.
Of true Religion Works of Mercy seemTo be the plainest Proof in Christ's Esteem;Who has Himself declar'd what He will sayTo all the Nations at the Judgment Day:"Come," or "Depart," is the predicted LotOf brotherly Compassion shown, or not.john byrom
No dogma taught by the present civilization seems to form so insuperable an obstacle in the way of a right understanding of the relations which culture sustains to wildness, as that which declares that the world as made especially for the uses of men. Every animal, plant, and crystal controverts it in the plainest terms. Yet it is taught from century to century as something ever new and precious, and in the resulting darkness the enormous conceit is allowed to go unchallenged.john muir
If any person, discouraged by these difficulties, should think to relieve himself by rejecting all religion , natural and revealed, he will find, if he reflect at all, that he has miserably deceived himself, and that he is involved in greater perplexity than ever; the scheme he has adopted not only filling his mind with great darkness and distress, but being contrary to some of the plainest appearances in nature, and therefore manifestly irrational and absurd.joseph priestley
Abstruse and mystic thoughts you must express With painful care, but seeming easiness; For truth shines brightest thro' the plainest dress.Wentworth Dillon