Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Religion - Quotes

I am in the process of transferring this 'Label' to my other blog - 'Spiritual, not Religious'.

              Another post which some might deem controversial and provocative. Again, it is never my intention to be controversial nor provocative. I believe in peace - World Peace. Unfortunately, I also believe that to achieve world peace, religion has to go. 
                Now, don’t get me wrong. Religion does has its place in society, and it does serve a purpose. It’s just that often times, it cause more problems than solve them.
              And just in case you are wondering about Buddhism, let me stress that I embrace Buddhism as a Philosophy of Life - not as a religion. 

A long and wicked life followed by five minutes of perfect grace gets you into Heaven. An equally long life of decent living and good works followed by one outburst of taking the name of the Lord in vain then have a heart attack at that moment and be damned for eternity. Is that the system? - Robert Heinlein

All dogmatic religions are false and should not be accepted by self respecting persons as final. - Hypatia

All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. - Thomas Paine

All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few. - Stendhal 

Each religion can be made a force for good or for evil by the people who practice it. - Buddhist Quote

Excessive concern with religion seems to me a last resort for people who have been exhausted by life. - Naguib Mahfouz

I came to the conclusion long ago . . . that all religions were true, and also that all had some error in them. - Mahatma Gandhi

If the fundamentals of religions are peace and love, then why are the religious fundamentalists such massive, intolerant, violent, bigoted pricks? - Pablo Paredes

In reality there are as many religions as there are individuals. - Mohandas Gandhi

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means. - George Bernard Shaw

People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them. - Dave Barry

Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery. - Robert Ingersoll

Religion has caused more harm than any other idea since the beginning of time. Theres nothing good I can say about it. People use it as a crutch. - Larry Flynt

Religion is by no means a proper subject in mixed company. - Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield

Religion is for people who are afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who have already been there. - Vine Deloria

Religion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn’t there, and finding it. - Oscar Wilde

Religion is like chemotherapy, it may solve one problem, but it can cause a million more. - John Bledsoe

Religion is mostly a secular phenomenon, contaminated by limiting thinking (dogma) and, most importantly, lacking in spiritual practice that leads to the direct experience of God. In the name of spirituality, religion encourages empty ritual and outdated worldviews, and, therefore, outdated ideas, ideologies and laws. Genuine spiritual teachings with their orientation toward a rational approach to living, authentic spiritual practice, love and service are too threatening for religious mentality, which is based on fear and hunger for power (such as proselytizing in the name of service). - Unknown

Religion is not in books, nor in theories, nor in dogmas, nor in talking, not even in reasoning. It is being and becoming. - Swami Vivekananda

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Religion is the opium of the masses. - Karl Marx

Religion; Humanitys greatest folly, greatest curse. - Kevin Harris 

Religions are the cradles of despotism. - Marquis De Sade

Religion, which should most distinguish us from the beasts, and out most particularly elevate us, as rational creatures, above brutes, is that wherein men often appear most irrational, and more senseless than beasts. - John Locke

The church is only a secular institution in which the half-educated speak to the half-converted. - William Ralph Inge

The fact is that more people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason. That, my friends, that is true perversion. - Harvey Milk

The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion. - Arthur C. Clarke

The inspiration of the Bible depends upon the ignorance of the gentleman who reads it. - Robert Ingersoll

The notion that faith in God is to be rewarded by an eternity of bliss, while a dependence upon reason, observation, and experience merits everlasting pain, is too absurd for refutation, and can be relieved only by that unhappy mixture of insanity and ignorance called ‘faith. - Robert Ingersoll

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it. - George Bernard Shaw

There must be a more basic and universal meaning in religion than the individual idea of each person. - Unknown

We establish no religion in this country. we command no worship. We mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and State are and must remain separate. - Ronald Reagan

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. - Jonathan Swift

When a man has once brought himself to accept uncritically all the absurdities that religious doctrines put before him and even to overlook the contradictions between them, we need not be greatly suprised at the weakness of his intellect. - Sigmund Freud

You don’t need religion to have morals. If you can’t determine right from wrong then you lack empathy, not religion. - Unknown

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