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Quotations: Religion

The problem with writing about religion is that you run the risk of offending sincerely religious people, and then they come after you with machetes.
Dave Barry

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

I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
Richard Dawkins

Eskimo: If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell? Priest: No, not if you did not know. Eskimo: Then why did you tell me?
Annie Dillard

Religion is to do right. It is to love, it is to serve, it is to think, it is to be humble.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.
St. Francis

Many have quarreled about religion that never practiced it
Benjamin Franklin

God has no religion
Mahatma Gandhi

Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.
Mahatma Gandhi

If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion.
Edmond de Goncourt

The tendency to turn human judgments into divine commands makes religion one of the most dangerous forces in the world.
Georgia Harkness

We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
Dalai Lama

The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals. That doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals. It's just that they need more supervision.
Lynn Lavner

When facism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.
Sinclair Lewis

Which of the religions of the world gives to its followers the greatest happiness? While it lasts, the religion of worshiping oneself is best
C.S. Lewis

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.
Anais Nin

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
Plato

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.
Bertrand Russell

Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed.
Robert H. Schuller

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

I fear one day I'll meet God, he'll sneeze and I won't know what to say.
Ronnie Shakes

Jesters do oft prove prophets
William Shakespeare

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

Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

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

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

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.
Bishop Desmond Tutu

The church is always trying to get other people to reform; it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little, by way of example
Mark Twain

Religion consists of a set of things which the average man thinks he believes and wishes he was certain
Mark Twain

If there were no God, it would have been necessary to invent him.
Voltaire

For seventeen hundred years the Christian sect has done nothing but harm
Voltaire

Of all religions, Christianity is without a doubt the one that should inspire tolerance most, although, up to now, the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men
Voltaire

Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.
Steven Weinberg

This Bible is for the government of the people, by the people and for the people
John Wycliffe

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