English author (1948 - 2015)
Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting roses among thorns.unknown
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
When I have a terrible need of shall I say the word religion, then I go out and paint the stars.vincent van gogh
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
Various advocates and critics of panentheism find evidence of incipient or implicit forms of panentheism present in religious thought as early as 1300 BCE. Hartshorne discovers the first indication of panentheistic themes in Ikhnaton (1375–1358 BCE), the Egyptian pharaoh often considered the first monotheist . In his poetic description of the sun god, Ikhnaton avoids both the separation of God from the world that will characterize theism and the identification of God with the world that will characterize pantheism. …Early Vedantic thought, as well as some modern Indian thought, implies panentheism in non-Advaita forms that understand non-dualism as inclusive of differences.John Culp
All religions are the same: religion is basically guilt, with different holidays.
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
Let there be no doubt that as they are currently practiced, there is no common ground between science and religion.neil degrasse tyson
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
In the latter case it is often government that organizes the conquest, and religion that justifies it.jared diamond
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.
Hinduism is like the Ganga,, pure and unsullied at its source but taking in its course the impurities in the way. Even like the Ganga it is beneficent in its total effect. It takes a provincial form in every province, but the inner substance is retained everywhere.Mahatma Gandhi
There was never law, or sect, or opinion did so much magnify goodness, as the Christian religion doth.Francis Bacon
If organized religion is the opium of the masses, then disorganized religion is the marijuana of the lunatic fringe.
As Buddhists, while we practice our own teaching, we must respect other faiths, Christianity, Judaism and so forth. We must recognize and appreciate their contributions over many past centuries to human society, and at this time we must strive to make common effort to serve humankind.Dalai Lama
Any priest or shaman must be presumed guilty until proved innocent.robert a. heinlein