Top 2641 Religion Quotes of 2020

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“I do not find it easy to articulate thoughts about religion. I remain the sort of person who turns off ‘Thought for the Day’ when it comes on the radio.”

― A. N. Wilson

“When Christians start thinking about Jesus, things start breaking down, they lose their faith. It’s perfectly possible to go to church every Sunday and not ask any questions, just because you like it as a way of life. They fear that if they ask questions they’ll lose their Christ, the very linchpin of their religion.”

― A. N. Wilson

“No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion.”

― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“I’m a Sufi Muslim, I would say. I believe in using the medium to create a good vibration because art is so important to society. Some projects I don’t do because I feel that it’s going to create a bad vibe. I don’t do propaganda films that are anti another religion, anti-Muslim or anti-Hindu.”

― A. R. Rahman

“Catholic schools in Indonesia routinely accept non-Catholic students, but exempt them from studying religion. Obama’s school documents, though, wrongly list him as being Indonesian.”

― Aaron Klein

“I was raised Catholic, but my father’s people were Methodist, so we went to both churches.”

― Aaron Neville

“Religion is so much more than the god you pray to. The religion that you associate with, it’s culture, it is family, it is background. That is something that I have always grown up with.”

― Aasif Mandvi

“I am fully aware that cricket is like a second religion in Pakistan.”

― AB de Villiers

“All the different nations in the world, despite their differences of appearance and religion and language and way of life, still have one thing in common, and that is what’s inside of all of us. If we X-rayed the insides of different human beings, we wouldn’t be able to tell from those X-rays what the person’s language or background or race is.”

― Abbas Kiarostami

“Religion works on some people but not on everyone, because it says, ‘Stop thinking and accept what I tell you.’ That’s not valid for people who want to think and reflect.”

― Abbas Kiarostami

“Islam, or any religion, will become totalitarian if it is made into an ideology, because that is the nature of ideologies.”

― Abdolkarim Soroush

“The clergy earns its living from religion. If your interests are secured through religion, then you will defend your interests first, and religion will become secondary.”

― Abdolkarim Soroush

“It is up to God to reveal a religion, but up to us to understand and realise it.”

― Abdolkarim Soroush

“Religion forbids us from assuming a God-like character. This is especially true in politics and government, where limiting the power of the state, division of powers, and the doctrine of checks and balances are established in order to prevent accumulation of power that might lead to such Godly claims.”

― Abdolkarim Soroush

“You’re always going to have extremists in every religion.”

― Abdullah II of Jordan

“Muslims are not bloodthirsty people. Islam is a religion of peace that forbids the killing of the innocent. Islam also accepts the Prophets, whether those prophets are Mohammed, God’s peace and blessing be upon Him, or Moses or the other prophets of the Books.”

― Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

“All too many Muslims fail to grasp Islam, which teaches one to be lenient towards others and to understand their value systems, knowing that these are tolerated by Islam as a religion.”

― Abdurrahman Wahid

“The more you get into any religion, it becomes the same. It really becomes how you treat other people and how you get outside yourself. How you look to help other people, and how you get out of this ‘I, me, mine’ type of thing.”

― Abel Ferrara

“I think India is very passionate about films. It’s almost a second religion back home. Due to that, I think film stars are – are really held in great esteem. Not that we’re complaining, but I think with that comes a lot of responsibility.”

― Abhishek Bachchan

“Lukewarmness I account a sin, as great in love as in religion.”

― Abraham Cowley

“Worship is a way of seeing the world in the light of God.”

― Abraham Joshua Heschel

“When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad, and that’s my religion.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“I care not much for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“I do not think I could myself be brought to support a man for office whom I knew to be an open enemy of, and scoffer at, religion.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“That I am not a member of any Christian church is true; but I have never denied the truth of the Scriptures, and I have never spoken with intentional disrespect of religion in general, or of any denomination of Christians in particular.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“What we need is a system of thought – you might even call it a religion – that can bind humans together. A system that would fit the Republic of Chad as well as the United States: a system that would supply our idealistic young people with something to believe in.”

― Abraham Maslow

“What use is revelation or religion if it doesnt change anything?”

― Abu Bakar Bashir

“The latest rule is: you cannot have protectionism – otherwise you will get a world war. Other rules say you cannot have collective ideas that involve the surrender of the individual to the group – otherwise, you get totalitarianism or, even worse, religion.”

― Adam Curtis

“We don’t understand why we’re here, no one’s giving us an answer, religion is vague, your parents can’t help because they’re just people, and it’s all terrible, and there’s no meaning to anything.”

― Adam Driver

“In America our public schools are intended to be religiously neutral. Our teachers and schools are neither to endorse nor to inhibit religion. I believe this is a very good thing.”

― Adam Hamilton

“When my kids were growing up, I wanted their teachers to teach them science, reading, math and history. I also wanted them to care about my kids. But I did not want my children’s public school teachers teaching them religion. That was my job as a parent and the job of our church, Sunday school, and youth group.”

― Adam Hamilton

“How do you sustain yourself when all the old structures people looked to for support – religion, family, ethnic solidarity – are crumbling, or feel so false that you refuse to avail yourself of them? What comes next?”

― Adam Mansbach

“I think that being Jewish is in some ways unique because there’s this conflation of race, culture and religion.”

― Adam Mansbach

“The idea of an ordered and elegant universe is a lovely one. One worth clinging to. But you don’t need religion to appreciate the ordered existence. It’s not just an idea, it’s reality. We’re discovering the hidden orders of the universe every day.”

― Adam Savage

“I’m actually the fourth generation in my family to have no practical use for the church, or God, or religion. My children continue this trend.”

― Adam Savage

“I guess people feel that if you’re working with good directors and are known in the Hindi film industry, then you won’t work in South films. However, I believe that films have no boundaries of language, religion, or cast. If it’s a good script and a good director, I can do a film in Spanish as well.”

― Aditi Rao Hydari

“Music does not have colour or religion. If I listen to a song, I don’t care about the colour, religion, or country of the singer. It doesn’t matter, even if it is in another language, because I love the music.”

― Adnan Sami

“Pakistan is not the torch-bearer of Islam, and if I change my country, it doesn’t mean that I have to change my religion.”

― Adnan Sami

“I can understand when people say that they’re not a big fan of my music. That’s an individual opinion, and I respect that. But you don’t have the right to comment on my choice of citizenship, my skin colour, or my religion. It’s not open to discussion.”

― Adnan Sami

“God is waiting to be gracious, and is willing to make us happy in religion, if we would not run away from him. We refuse to open the window shutters, and complain that it is dark.”

― Adoniram Judson

“I am persuaded that the chief reason why we do not enjoy religion is that we do not try to enjoy it.”

― Adoniram Judson

“Of how much real happiness we cheat our souls by preferring a trifle to God! We have a general intention of living religion; but we intend to begin tomorrow or next year. The present moment we prefer giving to the world.”

― Adoniram Judson

“I would love it if we made more comparisons between current issues and issues of the past. Maybe we’d realize that sometimes ‘current issues’ and ‘past issues’ are one and the same. Our world’s people still fight over natural resources, kill in the name of religion, occupy regions and give them up – just as we did ‘so long ago.’”

― Adora Svitak

“I connected to this idea of faith and spirituality and religion and Christianity being a very strong crux of who I am at the core and how a lot of what we think and believe is based around our spiritual beliefs.”

― Adrienne C. Moore

“I studied psychology, history, and religion. I was a heady girl, but frankly, I’m glad I studied those subjects because a lot of that has really helped me as an actress.”

― Adrienne C. Moore

“How can our industry better represent the reality of our larger community and provide our next generation a proper example of what they see around them every single day? This representation should also look beyond race and include those of all body types, religion, sexuality, and gender identification.”

― Adwoa Aboah

“I didn’t see how wearing prosthetics was quite so different from being born with flaming red hair in a crowd of black-haired babies, or being of a different religion from that of every other child in your area.”

― Aimee Mullins

“When a fan buys a ticket for a cricket match or a movie, he is not worried about the colour, creed, or religion of the person sitting next to him. If you look at any actor’s fan base in India, you will find that they are from different regions.”

― Ajith Kumar

“We have no problems with Jews and highly respect Judaism as a holy religion.”

― Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

“Philosophy is an attempt by man to find cause and effect. Religion has the same goal.”

― Al Goldstein

“There’s something called religion, and it was invented a long time ago by people who felt very out of control with their lives, who didn’t know… why the sun always rose over the mountains.”

― Alain de Botton

“Many moments in religion seem attractive to me even though I can’t believe in any of it.”

― Alain de Botton

“Social media has lots of benefits, but compared to Christianity, it tends to group people by interests. Religion puts you with people who have nothing in common except that you’re human.”

― Alain de Botton

“I tell my children what I think myself: That religion is not necessarily convincing, but it is still interesting and not to be laughed at or denigrated.”

― Alain de Botton

“I see religion as a storehouse of lots of really good ideas that a secular world should look at, raid, and learn from.”

― Alain de Botton

“I really love storytelling, and I love the stories as they reveal themselves. It’s an incredibly nourishing process; it’s probably the closest I come to having a religion.”

― Alan Ball

“Twenty five percent of Israeli citizens are not even Jewish. Anybody can become an Israeli citizen if you qualify. Religion is not a criterion for citizenship.”

― Alan Dershowitz

“I have always loved magic realism as a form of writing. I have also been fascinated for a long time with the intersection of science and religion.”

― Alan Lightman

“As a scientist, I don’t believe science will ever discover whether God exists. Nor do I believe religion will ever prove it.”

― Alan Lightman

“The Conservative Party is a religion in that they are bound together by belief. Almost any organization has its religious aspects.”

― Alan Moore

“Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition.”

― Alan Turing

“In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all.”

― Alan Watts

“Religion is not a department of life; it is something that enters into the whole of it.”

― Alan Watts

“The spirituality that I experience sometimes touches on religion, in that I resonate with the thread of continuity that permeates through all religions. But in terms of it being a concretized, organized part of my life, it’s not.”

― Alanis Morissette

“I was born poor and without religion, under a happy sky, feeling harmony, not hostility, in nature. I began not by feeling torn, but in plenitude.”

― Albert Camus

“I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than live as if there isn’t and to die to find out that there is.”

― Albert Camus

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

― Albert Einstein

“True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.”

― Albert Einstein

“One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion.”

― Albert Einstein

“Morality is of the highest importance – but for us, not for God.”

― Albert Einstein

“I am a deeply religious nonbeliever – this is a somewhat new kind of religion.”

― Albert Einstein

“It was the experience of mystery – even if mixed with fear – that engendered religion.”

― Albert Einstein

“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”

― Albert Einstein

“For that again, is what all manner of religion essentially is: childish dependency.”

― Albert Ellis

“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”

― Aldous Huxley

“I have always considered myself to be spiritual in a way that has less to do with religion and more with an awareness that you have, and the consciousness you have of being alive and the consciousness that you will be dead.”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“I respect every religion.”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“I believe in mysticism, with an interior goal, and you are your own temple and your own priest. I don’t believe anymore in religions, because you see today there are religious wars, prejudice, false morals, and the woman is despised. Religion is too old now; it’s from another century, it’s not for today.”

― Alejandro Jodorowsky

“Religion always remains higher than everyday life. In order to make the elevation towards religion easier for people, religion must be able to alter its forms in relation to the consciousness of modern man.”

― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Of course God is endlessly multi-dimensional so every religion that exists on earth represents some face, some side of God.”

― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Beauty has no boundaries, no rules, no colors. Beauty is like a religion. You can include everything inside it.”

― Alessandro Michele

“Sports are the ultimate secular religion. Instead of being worried about whether your kids will be okay or how your job is going, you have your team, and you can focus all of your angst and your hopes and dreams on your team. I am in no way saying it always relieves any of this!”

― Alex Gibney

“The visionary imagination is the source of art and religion.”

― Alex Grey

“Religion comes from the word ‘re’ or again and ‘ligare’ meaning to bind or tie back. The purpose of religion is to unite the self with God or the creative force. Music, sacred spaces, and meaningful icons are the way we conjoin our minds with the transcendental.”

― Alex Grey

“I grew up Methodist and went to church until my parents gave up on religion when I was nine.”

― Alex Grey

“The closest thing to religion our family had was worshipping The Beatles.”

― Alex Wolff

“More and more people care about religious tolerance as fewer and fewer care about religion.”

― Alexander Chase

“In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.”

― Alexander Hamilton

“I went to this Episcopalian school, and one day I came home and asked my mom, ‘What religion are we?’ She looked at me and said, ‘We’re artists.’”

― Alexandra Cassavetes

“Harvard is a wondrously tolerant climate for debate and exchange among a wide variety of thoughts, backgrounds, and beliefs, but the voice of religion on campus is largely inaudible.”

― Alexandra Petri

“Harvard pulsates with life and thought of all kinds, and religion should not be left out of its ongoing discussions.”

― Alexandra Petri

“The Americans combine the notions of religion and liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other.”

― Alexis de Tocqueville

“But it is the province of religion, of philosophy, of pure poetry only, to go beyond life, beyond time, into eternity.”

― Alfred de Vigny

“Religion is the last refuge of human savagery.”

― Alfred North Whitehead

“Racial history is therefore natural history and the mysticism of the soul at one and the same time; but the history of the religion of the blood, conversely, is the great world story of the rise and downfall of peoples, their heroes and thinkers, their inventors and artists.”

― Alfred Rosenberg

“I am thankful I can see much to admire in all religions.”

― Alfred Russel Wallace

“To the mass of mankind religion of some kind is a necessity.”

― Alfred Russel Wallace

“Civilisation has ever accompanied emigration and conquest – the conflict of opinion, of religion, or of race.”

― Alfred Russel Wallace

“I have never made fun of religion. Religion is something I don’t even want to mess with, because I am really afraid of the clouds opening up and my being struck by lightning.”

― Alice Cooper

“If we are going to have to worry all the time that we might offend some students’ sensibilities, we are not going to be able to teach in a way that actually matters. We’re not going to be able to teach about sex, gender, race, religion, or violence.”

― Alice Dreger

“With celebrity being our new religion, it’s increasingly difficult to start up on your own. Talented young designers are more likely to either go and work for celebrity brands or huge fashion houses than ever before.”

― Alice Temperley

“I don’t call myself a Buddhist. I’m a free spirit. I believe I’m here on earth to admire and enjoy it; that’s my religion.”

― Alice Walker

“Well, I think indigenous peoples have ways of living on the Earth that they’ve had forever. And they’ve been overrun by organized religion, which has had a lot of money and power.”

― Alice Walker

“Religion, as it is understood in the West, does not lead toward progress, and science does not lead toward humanism.”

― Alija Izetbegovic

“Now celebrity has taken on a holy status all of its own, and we look to the stars to provide us with the transcendental experience that was once achieved through religion.”

― Alison Jackson

“I think one of the reasons that Arch Enemy gels so well as people and musically is because we all share very similar values when it comes to human rights, animal rights… even politics, religion.”

― Alissa White-Gluz

“Religion is the sole technique for the validating of values.”

― Allen Tate

“We must search out totally new ways to anchor ourselves, for all the old roots religion, nation, community, family, or profession are now shaking under the hurricane impact of the accelerative thrust.”

― Alvin Toffler

“As women, we may not be a minority, but there is a bond that we all share. It is not a bond of geography. Or religion. Or culture. It is a bond of shared experience – experiences that only women go through and struggles that only women face.”

― Amal Clooney

“Art has often been and continues to be considered transcendent. I see this as misguided and, in fact, a way of subverting the powerful voice art can be in global discussions about politics, economics, society, culture, religion and international relations.”

― Aman Mojadidi

“All nations struggle in the aftermath of civil war. More than 100 years after the English Civil War, for instance, any prelate who was ‘enthusiastic’ about religion attracted censure and suspicion.”

― Amanda Foreman

“I must try desperately to absorb all information I can about the Middle East. I want to excel. I want to speak articulately about the politics of the Middle East and its religion.”

― Amanda Lindhout

“I believe religion is man-made.”

― Amar’e Stoudemire

“The fact that I am not Jewish by religion does not prevent me from connecting to the Jewish nation’s spirituality.”

― Amar’e Stoudemire

“I liked the humor of it, I’ve always enjoyed a sense of humor in God and in religion and in spirituality.”

― Amber Tamblyn

“I could never say that one religion is wrong. I could never say that this person’s God is wrong, I could never say that someone is wrong because they don’t believe in God.”

― Amber Tamblyn

“Mayonnaise: One of the sauces which serve the French in place of a state religion.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“I have the profoundest respect for people who behave in a generous way because of religion. But I come from a country where the misuse of religion has had catastrophic consequences. One must judge people not by what faith they proclaim but by what they do.”

― Amin Maalouf

“Religion was very influential because when it got really bad, and you don’t know who to turn to, but I turned to God and was praying and meditating, that really helped.”

― Amir Khan

“I see a sense of unity in the universe. Spirituality is not limited to only one religion. One can experience it across different religions. I am fascinated by philosophy of Advaita and philosophy of unity. We have to get over the illusion that God is different from us.”

― Amish Tripathi

“In the early ’90s, I was disillusioned after the blasts and riots in Mumbai. I was in college and started thinking that religion was the root cause of all these evils. While my father told me not to blame religion because of a few bad people, I wasn’t convinced. The faith was restored after I started writing my first book.”

― Amish Tripathi

“While in some countries there’s a feeling that literature must stay away from religion, this is not so in India – in the Indian way, literature is just another means to find a more spiritual life, to find our way to God.”

― Amish Tripathi

“I turned atheist in the ’90s when India went through troubled times – communal riots, bomb blasts… Mumbai, where I live, was badly affected. I blamed religion; also, extremists on both sides – right and left.”

― Amish Tripathi

“In India, it is not a contradiction for religion and liberalism to co-exist.”

― Amish Tripathi

“In no religion is beef-eating a part of faith.”

― Amit Shah

“BJP has never done politics on religion, and no one should do it. It is against the spirit of our Constitution.”

― Amit Shah

“We live in a cynical system where the powerful are able to exploit the demand of the aggressive few, from whichever religion or group, to bargain for more power or cynical advantage.”

― Amitava Kumar

“Jesus was born a Jew, and he died a Jew. It never occurred to him to establish a new religion. He never crossed himself: he had no reason to. He never set one foot in a church. He went to synagogue.”

― Amos Oz

“I think, when you become a politician, if you talk about religion too much, you’re pandering or something.”

― Amy Chozick

“Genghis Khan decreed religious tolerance for all of his conquered peoples. So I think he definitely would approve of our constitutional protections of freedom of religion. I think he would also approve of the way the U.S. has been able to attract talented people from all over the world.”

― Amy Chua

“It is frustrating that religion in general includes components that treat women as a support system for a man rather than a leader or equal player in the relationship.”

― Ana Kasparian

“I know Marco Rubio very well. He’s a friend of mine. He’s a man of deep faith. He is a man who follows Catholic dogma and – you know, for whom religion is very important.”

― Ana Navarro

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

― Anais Nin

“Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.”

― Anatole France

“We in the so called ‘Western civilisations’ have so much to learn from other cultures, and they would stand to gain so much by learning from ours. We don’t have all the answers – far from it… but nor do any other culture or religion.”

― Andrea Leadsom

“I subscribe to no religion. But I believe that in the creation of art, there can be moments of God.”

― Andrea Riseborough

“I think the real problem for American religion are those minority of fundamentalists who try to identify political policies with religion.”

― Andrew Greeley

“Practically speaking, your religion is the story you tell about your life.”

― Andrew Greeley

“Well, religion has been passed down through the years by stories people tell around the campfire. Stories about God, stories about love. Stories about good spirits and evil spirits.”

― Andrew Greeley

“I learned to think about religion, race and sex through the complex and often unattractive medium of jokes.”

― Andrew Hudgins

“How can you tell when a political ideology has become the equivalent of a religion?”

― Andrew Sullivan

“I believe we have a physical body and a soul. It doesn’t matter what religion you are, whether or not you believe in God. I think people believe that there is a soul and a body.”

― Andris Nelsons

“I see the merit in religion, and I see the need for faith and hope and sometimes people who are more snide look at people who are religious, particularly people in rock bands, and they’ll say, ‘Oh that’s dumb, you believe in whatever,’ but I think everybody believes in something.”

― Andy Biersack

“When it came to religion, I felt I belonged to no one. It saddened me, it angered me, it confused me, and it made me religiously ambivalent. So I chose my calling: Cubs baseball.”

― Andy Dunn

“I think of religion as something that stains the person. It’s a mindset you can never get free from, it’s always in the back of your head.”

― Angel Haze

“Especially in a very secular world, we should always stress what is common in the Christian religion.”

― Angela Merkel

“I’m just confused as to where we lost that in America because it is everyone’s God-given right to think the way they think and that’s fine. That’s why our ancestors came here to America, to believe what they want, pray how they want and follow a religion with whoever they want.”

― Angie Harmon

“I think people’s perception of a rich girl is literal, but metaphorically I embrace it as being rich in love, spirit, joy and religion. So it’s not about money.”

― Angie Stone

“Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society.”

― Anita Brookner

“The Sabbath is a weekly cathedral raised up in my dining room, in my family, in my heart.”

― Anita Diament

“Since the governments are in the pockets of businesses, who’s going to control this most powerful institution? Business is more powerful than politics, and it’s more powerful than religion. So it’s going to have to be the vigilante consumer.”

― Anita Roddick

“I am a person whose father had no religion but who went to the nuns for a couple of years. And I think I’m the same: On one hand, I pray; on the other hand, I don’t believe. I am constantly between the two.”

― Anjelica Huston

“It’s a common part of the narrative of the history of Christianity that it was ‘real’ religion that involved real spirituality and real faith, and that’s why it’s completely superseded the more pagan polytheistic practices.”

― Ann Leckie

“In morals what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil.”

― Anna Jameson

“There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham.”

― Anna Sewell

“Religion can be one of the greatest impediments to finding God.”

― Anne Graham Lotz

“Abraham is such a fascinating figure. Three world religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – all claim him as a patriarch. He was raised in a religious home. And yet he rejected religion in order to pursue a personal relationship with God.”

― Anne Graham Lotz

“I think of religion as man’s attempt to reach God, and you can’t do that.”

― Anne Graham Lotz

“I disagree with a couple of the stances of the Catholic Church. My older brother is gay, and it’s important for me to be able to love him completely and freely, and it’s important for me to spread beliefs in the world that are not going to limit people in their love. I can’t support a religion that doesn’t support my brother.”

― Anne Hathaway

“I also don’t have organized religion on Pern. I figured – since there were four holy wars going on at the time of writing – that religion was one problem Pern didn’t need.”

― Anne McCaffrey

“I broke with my religion in college.”

― Anne Rice

“The essence of religion is the knowledge of God which is eternal life. That and nothing less than that is religion. Everything else is on the surface, is superfluous save for the needs of men.”

― Annie Besant

“Man is ever searching for the source whence he has come, searching for the life which is upwelling within him, immortal, nay, eternal and divine; and every religion is the answer from the Universal Spirit to the seeking spirits of men that came forth from Him.”

― Annie Besant

“No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism.”

― Annie Besant

“You should always take a religion at its best and not at its worst, from its highest teachings and not from the lowest practices of some of its adherents.”

― Annie Besant

“India is a country in which every great religion finds a home.”

― Annie Besant

“A common religion is not possible for India, but a recognition of a common basis for all religions, and the growth of a liberal, tolerant spirit in religious matters, are possible.”

― Annie Besant

“As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker.”

― Annie Dillard

“One man’s cult is another man’s religion.”

― Annie Parisse

“Coldplay’s ‘Hymn for the Weekend’ video featuring Beyonce is already caught in a heated conversation about cultural appreciation of Indian religion and culture versus cultural appropriation of that culture for the western gaze.”

― Anthea Butler

“As one of a handful of religion professors in the U.S. who study, write, and teach about conservative Christianity and politics, I am all too aware of the real meaning of the list and of its purpose. Promoted by Turning Point USA, the list is not simply designed to expose professors who discriminate; it is designed to silence and smear.”

― Anthea Butler

“As a historian of American and African-American religion, I know that the Trayvon Martin moment is just one moment in a history of racism in America that, in large part, has its underpinnings in Christianity and its history. Those of us who teach American Religion have a responsibility to tell all of the story, not just the nice touchy-feely parts.”

― Anthea Butler

“We all dream. We dream vividly, depending on our nature. Our existence is beyond our explanation, whether we believe in God or we have religion or we’re atheist.”

― Anthony Hopkins

“Our existence is beyond our explanation, whether we believe in God or we have religion or we’re atheist. Our existence is beyond our understanding. No one has an answer.”

― Anthony Hopkins

“I hope I would not be so arrogant as to doubt anyone’s religion or belief.”

― Anthony Hopkins

“Religion is supposed to be a positive thing when you look at the true religions around the world, not the fundamentalists. You always have to go with what your spirit tells you, not what people advise you. I’m a man that will always follow my own path.”

― Anthony Joshua

“If we did not have the impulse and ability to believe in the impossible, we would not have religion, democracy, or marriage.”

― Anthony McCarten

“I like to go to church. Religion is an important part in my life. It has helped me in bad moments.”

― Antonio Conte

“We need to stop objectifying our women in what we call our second religion… Our films. And our TV shows.”

― Anurag Kashyap

“Why do Tea Party backers oppose abortion at higher rates than their traditional GOP cohort? Religion.”

― Ari Melber

“Myself, first of all, I am a Jew. And that is the most important thing for me.”

― Ariel Sharon

“A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.”

― Aristotle

“The First Amendment freedom of religion is as important today as when the Bill of Rights was first written.”

― Arlen Specter

“The equation of religion with belief is rather recent.”

― Arnold J. Toynbee

“No matter the nationality, no matter the religion, no matter the ethnic background, America brings out the best in people.”

― Arnold Schwarzenegger

“My philosophy is to do the best you can for somebody. Help. It’s not just what do you for yourself. It’s how you treat people decently. The golden rule. There isn’t big anything better than the golden rule. It’s in every major religion in one language or another.”

― Art Linkletter

“I questioned the blind faith demanded by my religion, which was Islam.”

― Art Malik

“The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.”

― Arthur C. Clarke

“I don’t believe in God but I’m very interested in her.”

― Arthur C. Clarke

“There is a rising generation in this country who do not know God because of a general decay of religion.”

― Arthur Middleton

“Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.”

― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Fashion is almost like a religion, for me at least.”

― ASAP Rocky

“There was a time when someone would get on a plane and request to move their seat just because the person sitting next to them was of a different ethnicity or religion or nationality. But I don’t think my generation wants that. That’s how it used to be.”

― ASAP Rocky

“It’s very difficult to talk about religion in Iran because religion has gotten so mixed up with politics.”

― Asghar Farhadi

“There’s so many strict ideas and rules, whether it’s from religion or it’s just generations and generations.”

― Ashton Sanders

“Everything is a risk in Pakistan: If you defend women, it’s a risk. If you defend non-Muslims it’s a risk. If you discuss religion, it’s a risk. But you can’t really sit there like a vegetable in your own society. And I’m committed to that society… and I feel I need to turn around and speak as I should.”

― Asma Jahangir

“In 1986, Pakistan got the blasphemy law. So, while we had just two cases of blasphemy before that year, now we have thousands. It shows that one should be careful while bringing religion into legislation, because the law itself can become an instrument of persecution.”

― Asma Jahangir

“We may fight terrorism through brute force, but the terror that is unleashed in the name of religion can only be challenged through moral courage.”

― Asma Jahangir

“The state has not only the obligation to stay neutral in matters of religion but also to ensure that freedom of thought and conscience of all individuals is protected.”

― Asma Jahangir

“Duplicity in matters of religion is not confined to Pakistan, but it hurts the most in societies where debate on religion is asphyxiated and preachers of hate have become keepers of faith.”

― Asma Jahangir

“Every religion curbs women rights to some extent. Some countries acted against religions and put a ban on wearing hijab, which was also a violation of human rights.”

― Asma Jahangir

“There are some societies where women are not even allowed to drive a car, and that restriction is based in the name of religion and tradition. There are other countries where a woman can be punished if she does not cover her head.”

― Asma Jahangir

“We eat, drink, and sleep religion, but we do not do good.”

― Asma Jahangir

“We never learnt the right lessons. We never went to the root of the problem. Once you start politicising religion, you play with fire and get burnt as well. Another lesson we did not learn is that Muslims are not homogenous.”

― Asma Jahangir

“The Son of God became man so that we might become God.”

― Athanasius

“We are against politics of religion and caste.”

― Atishi

“People should not be voting based on caste, religion, money, or liquor but real issues that affect their lives.”

― Atishi

“Just the little bit that I’ve learned about Judaism, I didn’t realize how, dare I say, intense that religion is as far as all of the things that you have to know and remember and the ritualism of it.”

― Ato Essandoh

“We aim in the domain of politics at republicanism; in the domain of economics at socialism; in the domain of what is today called religion, at atheism.”

― August Bebel

“Ninety-nine percent of the things that seem weird in my life can be answered with my religion. Paganism is mostly about nature-worship. It’s about being in harmony with your environment and bringing the world of spirit and world of man together. It’s about balance.”

― Augustus Sol Invictus

“Religion is more like response to a friend than it is like obedience to an expert.”

― Austin Farrer

“The world is divided into men who have wit and no religion and men who have religion and no wit.”

― Avicenna

“I’d like Muslims to look at their religion as a set of beliefs that they can appraise critically and pick and choose from.”

― Ayaan Hirsi Ali

“Let us recognize that we can no longer tolerate violent oppression of women in the name of religion and culture any more than we would tolerate violent oppression espoused by any other bully in the name of a twisted rationale.”

― Ayaan Hirsi Ali

“Religion has been an important part of my understanding, my inquiry into what it means to be human.”

― Ayad Akhtar

“I can argue like a Marxist about whether there was a global Jewish nation 200 years ago or whether it was just a religion. But this really doesn’t matter.”

― Ayman Odeh

“Basically, fundamentalism is a modern phenomenon. In the same way that Hitler evoked a mythological religion of German purity and the glory of the past, the Islamists use religion to evoke emotions and passions in people who have been oppressed for a long time in order to reach their purpose.”

― Azar Nafisi

“Those in the west who dismiss the repressiveness of laws against women in countries like Iran, no matter how benign their intentions, present a condescending view not just of the religion but also of women living in Muslim majority countries, as if the desire for choice and happiness is the monopoly of women in the west.”

― Azar Nafisi

“Religion was used as an ideology, as a system of control. When they forced the veil upon women, they were using it as an instrument of control in the same way that in Mao’s China people were wearing Mao jackets and women were not supposed to wear any makeup.”

― Azar Nafisi

“I don’t know whether I want to improve religion or not. I prefer to get rid of it.”

― B. F. Skinner

“I remember when I was a freshman in college, I was still somewhat bothered by… worried… about religion. I remember going to this professor of philosophy and telling him that I had lost my faith.”

― B. F. Skinner

“I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity.”

― B. R. Ambedkar

“Religion and slavery are incompatible.”

― B. R. Ambedkar

“My social philosophy may be said to be enshrined in three words: liberty, equality and fraternity. Let no one, however, say that I have borrowed by philosophy from the French Revolution. I have not. My philosophy has roots in religion and not in political science. I have derived them from the teachings of my Master, the Buddha.”

― B. R. Ambedkar

“Some people think that religion is not essential to society. I do not hold this view. I consider the foundation of religion to be essential to the life and practices of a society.”

― B. R. Ambedkar

“Religion must mainly be a matter of principles only. It cannot be a matter of rules. The moment it degenerates into rules, it ceases to be a religion, as it kills responsibility which is an essence of the true religious act.”

― B. R. Ambedkar

“People are not wrong in observing Caste. In my view, what is wrong is their religion, which has inculcated this notion of Caste. If this is correct, then obviously the enemy, you must grapple with is not the people who observe Caste, but the Shastras which teach them this religion of Caste.”

― B. R. Ambedkar

“Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them.”

― B. R. Ambedkar

“A people and their religion must be judged by social standards based on social ethics. No other standard would have any meaning if religion is held to be necessary good for the well-being of the people.”

― B. R. Ambedkar

“Religion and education are no match for evil without the grace of God.”

― B. R. Hayden

“We need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion. This isn’t a matter of political correctness. It’s a matter of understanding what makes us strong. The world respects us not just for our arsenal; it respects us for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith.”

― Barack Obama

“It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

― Barack Obama

“It was not a religion that attacked us that September day. It was al-Qaeda. We will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust.”

― Barack Obama

“Since 2009, 140 Tibetans have immolated themselves to protest Chinese policies that limit their freedom of movement, speech and religion, especially their right to venerate the Dalai Lama.”

― Barbara Demick

“It was a real surprise to me to come across the evidence that Christianity might once have been a danced religion. Certainly, some of the early church leaders thought this was great and spoke of what seems to have been circle dancing, perhaps around an altar.”

― Barbara Ehrenreich

“I haven’t seen much socially redeeming about religion. I’m an atheist. I don’t here want to get into the Hitchens- or Dawkins-style attack on religion. I was raised on that. It’s boring.”

― Barbara Ehrenreich

“I became a student of the history of religion. I am fascinated by how religions often center on mystical experience, and in the Old Testament tradition you find flames, the burning bush.”

― Barbara Ehrenreich

“Is it really true that religion makes people more kindly, generous, or loving? History tends to disprove this. The worst wars, the most vicious Inquisitions, the cruelest pogroms and persecutions, were both fomented and supported by religion.”

― Barbara G. Walker

“I see my role as a scholar announcing that women’s feelings of unworthiness and insecurity often may be traced to training in a male-oriented religion, and I’m trying to investigate a richer spiritual life for both sexes.”

― Barbara G. Walker

“I used to think religion was just more of the same thing. Dump responsibility on the big guy. Now I see an importance in that. It’s a relief to accept that not everything is under your control.”

― Barbara Kingsolver

“I found it interesting that as people become more technically oriented all over the world, at the same time people are becoming increasingly spiritual. The success of the Da Vinci code – even though it was a great yawn – also showed people’s interest in religion.”

― Barbara Walters

“First of all, the Jewish religion has a great deal in common with the Christian religion because, as Rabbi Gillman points out in the show, Christianity is based on Judaism. Christ was Jewish.”

― Barbara Walters

“In Israel, there is no civil marriage. All elements of religious life – from the kosher certification of food to conversion to marriages and burials – are controlled by the rabbinate. In Israel, then, the official religion is not just Judaism. It’s Orthodoxy.”

― Bari Weiss

“Organized religion may be anathema on the political Left, but the need for the things religion provides – moral fervor, meaning, a sense of community – are not.”

― Bari Weiss

“I hope we will not so characterize religious people as being so narrow and so biased towards people not of their own religion that they cannot even work with them in this common cause to which you say they are committed.”

― Barney Frank

“Religion unites man with God, or forms a communication between them; yet do they not say, ‘God is infinite?’ If God be infinite, no finite being can have communication or relation with him.”

― Baron d’Holbach

“Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.”

― Baron d’Holbach

“In Australia, they really want to turn me into a religion. A religion! Can you imagine? The Church of Edna? Oh. I don’t want to be over-revered.”

― Barry Humphries

“Vilification on the grounds of race or religion is always wrong. There’s no place for inciting hatred within our Australia society.”

― Barry O’Farrell

“I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion.”

― Baruch Spinoza

“Early Islam was a time of great creativity. Scholars excelled in sciences and literature. Our religion should not be a shield behind which we hide from the world but a driving force that inspires us to innovate and contribute to our surroundings. This is the true spirit of Islam.”

― Basmah bint Saud

“Christianity is not about religion. It’s about faith, about being held, about being forgiven. It’s about finding joy and finding home.”

― Bear Grylls

“Religion is love; in no case is it logic.”

― Beatrice Webb

“All outward forms of religion are almost useless, and are the causes of endless strife. Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.”

― Beatrix Potter

“Soccer, more often than not, helps to unite the world. What this Muslim ban is doing is dividing it: separating ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ to another degree, adding more division to a country that already struggles with race, religion, sexual orientation, and gender.”

― Becky Sauerbrunn

“I’ve always maintained there is no incompatibility between Islam and democracy. The Europeans in general confuse Islam and Islamism. Islamism is a political movement that instrumentalises the religion to get to power, which has nothing to do with religion. Islam here in Tunisia is a religion of openness, of tolerance.”

― Beji Caid Essebsi

“We respect every religion. Everyone is free to practice his religion freely… In the Tunisian parliament, we have even Jews.”

― Beji Caid Essebsi

“Resist this war on God, freedom of religion and freedom of speech.”

― Ben Carson

“There are millions of Americans who belong by nature in movie theaters as they belong at political rallies or in fortuneteller parlors and on the shoot-the-chutes. To these millions, the movies are a sort of boon – a gaudier version of religion.”

― Ben Hecht

“The hierarchy of class in London was rigid. It was like a religion. It still is to a certain extent.”

― Ben Kingsley

“I’m interested in the hope we invest in science, and the disappointment we can feel when science flattens, or ‘explains,’ the larger mysteries of religion.”

― Ben Marcus

“At the heart of ‘The Famished Road’ is a philosophical conundrum – for me, an essential one: what is reality? Everybody’s reality is subjective; it’s conditioned by upbringing, ideas, temperament, religion, what’s happened to you.”

― Ben Okri

“Same-sex marriage is not the final nail in the coffin for traditional marriage. It is just another road sign toward the substitution of government for God. Every moral discussion now pits the wisest moral arbiters among us – the Supreme Court, President Obama – against traditional religion.”

― Ben Shapiro

“The separation of church and state was meant to protect church from state; a state that declares religion off limits in public life is a state that declares itself supreme over all religious values.”

― Ben Shapiro

“President Obama’s respect for the Constitution does not extend to freedom of religion – his administration has forced religious businessowners to pay for insurance plans that cover activities in violation of religious precepts.”

― Ben Shapiro

“The Obamacare contraception mandate was never about freedom. It was always about pitting secularism against religion, and using the power of government to sponsor secularism.”

― Ben Shapiro

“Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism.”

― Benito Mussolini

“Where knowledge ends, religion begins.”

― Benjamin Disraeli

“All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“Religion may become a fashion as well as anything else; and, when it does become so, it has as little to do, in those who thus hold it, with the heart and the character as any other fashion.”

― Benjamin Robbins Curtis

“Among politicians the esteem of religion is profitable; the principles of it are troublesome.”

― Benjamin Whichcote

“Too long has the public mind considered religion to be synonymous with priestcraft.”

― Benjamin Whorf

“Once upon a time, science, philosophy, and theology were disciplines largely undifferentiated from one another, and proving the existence of God was a fairly commonplace intellectual exercise. But as the scientific method became increasingly refined, particularly through the nineteenth century, science and religion grew apart.”

― Benjamin Wittes

“The difference between a cult and a religion, of course, lies in extremity.”

― Benjamin Wittes

“Back when the natural sciences, philosophy, and theology were one great intellectual hodgepodge, proving the existence of God was a relatively commonplace exercise. To the modern mind, however, science and religion talk past each other.”

― Benjamin Wittes

“I don’t believe in God in the way I often see described by religion.”

― Bennett Miller

“The only thing of weight that can be said against modern honor is that it is directly opposite to religion. The one bids you bear injuries with patience, the other tells you if you don’t resent them, you are not fit to live.”

― Bernard de Mandeville

“Organized religion: the world’s largest pyramid scheme.”

― Bernard Katz

“For as long as I care to remember, religion, like the striptease, has always been a display of the power of suggestion. Like the Virgin Birth, it has all too often supported an immaculate deception.”

― Bernard Katz

“Well, the first time I ran into the term religion, people were asking whether you had any. You know, some people had religion and some people didn’t have religion.”

― Bernice Johnson Reagon

“And I used to think that proof that I had religion was whether I knew how to sing all of the songs.”

― Bernice Johnson Reagon

“Folks are serious about three things: Their religion, their family and, most of all, their money.”

― Bert Lance

“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

“It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion.”

― Bertrand Russell

“I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its Churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.”

― Bertrand Russell

“Kinsey was trying to study sex scientifically, get rid of the overlay of culture and religion.”

― Bill Condon

“I don’t do politics, I don’t do religion, I don’t do ethnic jokes.”

― Bill Engvall

“Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There’s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.”

― Bill Gates

“I agree with people like Richard Dawkins that mankind felt the need for creation myths. Before we really began to understand disease and the weather and things like that, we sought false explanations for them. Now science has filled in some of the realm – not all – that religion used to fill.”

― Bill Gates

“The moral systems of religion, I think, are super important.”

― Bill Gates

“Men and women motivated by faith have every right and obligation to bring their belief and commitment to the public debate. However, that is very different from the governmental establishment of religion that our founders warned against and our constitution prohibits.”

― Bill Haslam

“My view of social media is that it is a set of tools, not a religion.”

― Bill Keller

“Baseball is more than a game to me, it’s a religion.”

― Bill Klem

“Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don’t have all the answers to think that they do.”

― Bill Maher

“We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion. I do believe that. I think religion stops people from thinking. I think it justified crazies.”

― Bill Maher

“Religion, to me, is a bureaucracy between man and God that I don’t need.”

― Bill Maher

“If you belonged to a political party or a social club that was tied to as much bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, violence, and sheer ignorance as religion is, you’d resign in protest.”

― Bill Maher

“I think flying planes into a building was a faith-based initiative. I think religion is a neurological disorder.”

― Bill Maher

“My family was very Halloween-friendly, for all of the religion and whatever was going on.”

― Bill Moseley

“You can believe what you want religiously. Religion is one thing, but science, provable science, is something else.”

― Bill Nye

“I’ve got no problem with anybody’s religion. But if you go claiming the Earth is only 10,000 years old, that’s just wrong.”

― Bill Nye

“I really believe in science. It is a faith. It is a reverence akin to religion. But as we always say, it’s different from religion in that, as near as we can tell, it exists outside of us. It has an objective quality, the process of science.”

― Bill Nye

“Your mom was right when she told you never to discuss politics and religion because emotions run so high in those arenas. Especially religion.”

― Bill O’Reilly

“Atheists well understand that Christmas is the most visible display of religion in the world, and that any diminishment of it is a good thing to militant secularists.”

― Bill O’Reilly

“I made my own major called art and business as religion.”

― Billie Lourd

“I’m a firm believer and I think my religion is inside.”

― Billy Eckstine

“Many churches of all persuasions are hiring research agencies to poll neighborhoods, asking what kind of church they prefer. Then the local churches design themselves to fit the desires of the people. True faith in God that demands selflessness is being replaced by trendy religion that serves the selfish.”

― Billy Graham

“Communism is a religion that is inspired, directed and motivated by the Devil himself who has declared war against Almighty God.”

― Billy Graham

“Communism has decided against God, against Christ, against the Bible, and against all religion.”

― Billy Graham

“The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.”

― Billy Graham

“It is well known that the Soviet Union closely regulates all organizations and movements, including religion.”

― Billy Graham

“The trouble with many men is that they have got just enough religion to make them miserable. If there is not joy in religion, you have got a leak in your religion.”

― Billy Sunday

“Religion needs a baptism of horse sense.”

― Billy Sunday

“I believe in, and will to the best of my ability fight for, equal rights and freedom of opinion for everyone, regardless of colour, religion, nationality, orientation – you know the rest.”

― Binyavanga Wainaina

“Maybe our work appeals to some people more than others. But the opportunities that I present to my colleagues are completely uninfluenced by gender, race, sexual orientation, or religion.”

― Bjarke Ingels

“I think religion is a mistake – I’m exhausted by its self-righteousness. I think atheists should start screaming for attention like religious folks do.”

― Bjork

“I believe that religion should be totally separated from the state. That’s not the way it is today, not even in Sweden.”

― Bjorn Ulvaeus

“The UN declaration on human rights must always be first in line before religion or other cultural habits, in case of any conflict between them.”

― Bjorn Ulvaeus

“Sweden is an open, liberal, secular and democratic country. We strive towards achieving equality; we are forward-looking and refuse to be pulled back by social constructs such as religion.”

― Bjorn Ulvaeus

“Religion is the root of so much misery in the world, and I’ve always thought there is lack of criticism against it.”

― Bjorn Ulvaeus

“Look at all the misery in the Middle East, for example. All these countries have Islam in common, and far too few dare to criticize Islam as an ideology, and what it’s doing to these countries. I know I might get punched in the face for saying these things, but my conviction is that less religion in the world would be better.”

― Bjorn Ulvaeus

“My concern is to keep religion and the state separated. I don’t think that religion and politics go together. When you see political decisions colored by religion, decisions that affect us all… I thought: ‘I do not want to go back to medieval times.’”

― Bjorn Ulvaeus

“Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true.”

― Blaise Pascal

“If we must not act save on a certainty, we ought not to act on religion, for it is not certain. But how many things we do on an uncertainty, sea voyages, battles!”

― Blaise Pascal

“Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known.”

― Blaise Pascal

“This business of demonizing or pre-defining people by the way they look, the religion that they practice, or where they came from is not only un-American but it’s going to hurt America.”

― Blase J. Cupich

“I don’t happen to believe, by the way, that immigration policies that single people out because of religion, for instance, are fair and just.”

― Bob Iger

“The freedom to convert is fundamental to freedom of religion.”

― Bob Inglis

“’Monty Python’ became my religion when I was 10. It led me out of the depths of darkness. I loved ‘The Goodies,’ too, and ‘The Two Ronnies.’ I watched those shows on the public television station in Chicago.”

― Bob Odenkirk

“Religion was my entire life. And then, when I came out, religion completely turned their back on me. And I’ve never really gotten over that.”

― Bobby Berk

“When I was a kid, during those days, you couldn’t use instruments. It was against the pastor’s religion, so all the singers would make these instruments with their voices. It was just unbelievable. I couldn’t explain it.”

― Bobby Womack

“Worship means reverence and humility it means revering your real self and humbling delusions.”

― Bodhidharma

“There’s nothing funnier than religion. Try explaining it to a kid. I had it all wrong when I was a kid.”

― Bonnie Hunt

“Religion is for people who are scared to go to hell. Spirituality is for people who have already been there.”

― Bonnie Raitt

“Any history buffs, people who like religion, suspense and mystery mixed with history, or anyone who likes ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ needs to read Ken Follett.”

― Bonnie Somerville

“God is so big. It’s a gigantic concept in God. The idea that God might love us and be interested in us is kind of huge and gigantic, but we turn it, because we’re small-minded, into this tiny, petty, often greedy version of God, that is religion.”

― Bono

“Religion can be the enemy of God. It’s often what happens when God, like Elvis, has left the building.”

― Bono

“At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence.”

― Booker T. Washington

“Well, it all depends on how you, you know, perceive the religion angle. I always say to each their own and I’d much rather have a guy that’s going to be preaching religion as oppose a guy who’s going to be shooting himself in the leg.”

― Boomer Esiason

“I had been working on this series called ‘Everything Dies,’ and it was basically me doing non-fiction essays, responding to religion and stuff like that, and I really got into this ideas of telling factual stories via comics.”

― Box Brown

“I believe that all men and women are created equal, but it took our country until 1920 to acknowledge this for women. And then it took until 1964, the year before I was born, to outlaw discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. And same-sex marriage became the law of the land in 2015.”

― Brad Feld

“I grew up very religious, and I don’t have a great relationship with religion.”

― Brad Pitt

“I just don’t like the separatism that comes from religion, and, without fail, the need to put your beliefs on someone else. When you start telling someone else how to live, you should check yourself, man.”

― Brad Pitt

“Religion works. I know there’s comfort there, a crash pad. It’s something to explain the world and tell you there is something bigger than you, and it is going to be alright in the end. It works because it’s comforting.”

― Brad Pitt

“I see religion more as a truck stop on your way to figuring out who you are.”

― Brad Pitt

“I spent summers with my mother’s parents in Arkansas, where religion felt very present. My grandmother was Baptist, and my grandfather was Methodist. Double Southern whammy.”

― Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

“For the most part, the first thing people I meet that aren’t Mormon say is, ‘I grew up with a Mormon family. They’re the nicest people I know.’ So when I see these statistics that it’s the most hated religion, I don’t know where they’re getting that from.”

― Brandon Flowers

“I was raised in the church, and there’s still a fire burning inside me. I definitely don’t ever want to be preachy. But less and less young people are religious. The thing is, I see so many positive things about religion, so I’m happy to talk about it.”

― Brandon Flowers

“U2 have a lot of religion, also people like Johnny Cash and Elvis. Those people weren’t shy about it – it’s nice there are people who’ve come before that were open about it.”

― Brandon Flowers

“Basic religion is the reason we have morals.”

― Brandon Flowers

“For me, religion is a political construct, and spirituality is a community construct, and there’s a real difference.”

― Brandon Victor Dixon

“Touring is my religion. Music is all-encompassing – my religion.”

― Brendon Urie

“If you grow up in a very strong religion like Catholicism you certainly cultivate in yourself a certain taste for the intensity of ideas.”

― Brian Eno

“If you are part of a religion that very strongly insists that you believe then to decide not to do that is quite a big hurdle to jump over. You never forget the thought process you went through. It becomes part of your whole intellectual picture.”

― Brian Eno

“I’m actually an evangelical atheist, but there is something I recognise about religion: that it gives people a chance to surrender.”

― Brian Eno

“I think there’s a lot of similarity between what people try to do with religion with what they want from art. In fact, I very specifically think that they are same thing. Not that religion and art are the same, but that they both tap into the same need we have for surrender.”

― Brian Eno

“There’s no way that scientists can ever rule out religion, or even have anything significant to say about the abstract idea of a divine creator.”

― Brian Greene

“Science is very good at answering the ‘how’ questions. ‘How did the universe evolve to the form that we see?’ But it is woefully inadequate in addressing the ‘why’ questions. ‘Why is there a universe at all?’ These are the meaning questions, which many people think religion is particularly good at dealing with.”

― Brian Greene

“The fact that I don’t have any particular need for religion doesn’t mean that I have a need to cast religion aside the way some of my colleagues do.”

― Brian Greene

“No one wants critical, ‘You can’t do this or that’ religion. People want authentic love, and that’s what we are displaying.”

― Brian Welch

“All the drama you see about Christianity or the Catholic religion? People are seeing through that, and there are really authentic people out there with faith.”

― Brian Welch

“Don’t try to tear down other people’s religion about their ears, Build up your own perfect structure of truth, and invite your listeners to enter in and enjoy its glories.”

― Brigham Young

“When I was growing up, I, like many Jews, cheered what appeared to be the receding of faith from everyday life. The further religion got from our lives the better our lives would get, I thought, because persecution had been such a burden to Jewish families for generations.”

― Bruce Feiler

“The older I get, the more I realize that religion is not going to be easily marginalized by one of its wannabe successors – science, capitalism, consumerism.”

― Bruce Feiler

“I’m a fifth generation Jew from the South, and I would say that I felt this connection to my religion, but it wasn’t a spiritual connection.”

― Bruce Feiler

“Americans know more about religion than almost any other topic.”

― Bruce Feiler

“Religion is increasingly a woman’s domain in America.”

― Bruce Feiler

“Cinema is my religion. It is a way to make people sensitive, through emotions. To make them feel, experience empathy. People are touched and act ethically when they are emotionally touched.”

― Bruno Dumont

“The only shibboleth the West has is science. It is the premise of modernity and it defines itself as a rationality capable of, indeed requiring separation from politics, religion and really, society. Modernisation is to work towards this.”

― Bruno Latour

“Superstitions and belief in magic are perennial in just the same way as religion, and something near to being universal among mankind; and why this is so may be interesting, but in most cases the beliefs themselves are devoid of interesting content, at least to me.”

― Bryan Magee

“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.”

― Buddha

“Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.”

― Buddha

“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?”

― Buddha

“What makes a comedian has nothing to do with religion. Think of Red Skelton, Jimmy Durante, Jackie Gleason, who were all Catholics.”

― Buddy Hackett

“When we’re playing, when we’re really, really going… you’re just in the moment. You’re not thinking about yesterday, tomorrow, or anything else. The brain gets out of the way. Your body just does what it knows how to do, and it’s just… it’s like a religion.”

― Butch Trucks

“When we started, it was so intense: it was like a religion. And when you played with Duane Allman, you either gave it your all or you got out.”

― Butch Trucks

“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.”

― C. S. Lewis

“It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow.”

― Calvin Coolidge

“Christianity began as a religion of the poor and dispossessed – farmers, fishermen, Bedouin shepherds. There’s a great lure to that kind of simplicity and rigor – the discipline, the call to action.”

― Camille Paglia

“Anti-religious sneers are a hallmark of perpetual adolescents.”

― Camille Paglia

“There doesn’t seem to be a religion in ‘Game of Thrones’ that’s totally peaceful… we haven’t seen any Buddhists.”

― Carice van Houten

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

― Carl Sagan

“I won’t take my religion from any man who never works except with his mouth.”

― Carl Sandburg

“In my book I specifically discussed the structural nature of injustice and offered Nine Touchstones of Goddess ethics as an alternative to the Ten Commandments of Biblical religion.”

― Carol P. Christ

“In Goddess religion death is not feared, but is understood to be a part of life, followed by birth and renewal.”

― Carol P. Christ

“I first became interested in women and religion when I was one of the few women doing graduate work in Religious Studies at Yale University in the late 1960’s.”

― Carol P. Christ

“The women’s movement will present a growing threat to patriarchal religion less by attacking it than by simply leaving it behind.”

― Carol P. Christ

“Because religion has such a compelling hold on the deep psyches of so many people, feminists cannot afford to leave it in the hands of the fathers.”

― Carol P. Christ

“People nearly always believe, and are willing to back it up with weapons and cruelty, that their religion and way of life is better than the other person’s.”

― Caroline B. Cooney

“Christian Science is often inherited, and like many inheritances, it comes with family secrets. The religion encourages secrecy. Members of the Church tend to hide their illnesses from one another, even within families. My father has never once, in my presence, admitted to feeling ill.”

― Caroline Fraser

“We need to stay together, to spread the truth like religion. It’s a lonely, scary road, and we’ve got to walk it together.”

― Carolyn Chute

“I was drawn to astronomy by a teenage existential quest. Around 13, I was deep into wondering about the meaning of life and what I was doing here. I turned to religion, but that did nothing for me. I got to wondering where was here. So, I began studying astronomy and became enthralled by what I learned.”

― Carolyn Porco

“People gravitate to religion to feel a connection to the underlying meaning of everything. Well, as a scientist, you’re always looking for the underlying meaning, and that, to me, is such a spiritual life, I wish people would open themselves up to that wonder.”

― Carolyn Porco

“I know that I derive the same kind of spiritual fulfillment from what I do, being a planetary scientist, seeing our exploration of the solar system come to fruition. I get such a spiritual high from it that I don’t even see the need for religion.”

― Carolyn Porco

“I got into astronomy through an interest in religion.”

― Carolyn Porco

“I read about eastern philosophy and religion and existentialism. All that introspective thinking got me thinking about the great beyond. That turned my sights from inwards to outwards, and I started becoming interested in the makeup of the universe, and I started reading about astronomy, planets, and galaxies.”

― Carolyn Porco

“People tell you the world looks a certain way. Parents tell you how to think. Schools tell you how to think. TV. Religion. And then at a certain point, if you’re lucky, you realize you can make up your own mind. Nobody sets the rules but you. You can design your own life.”

― Carrie-Anne Moss

“This assumption of Negro leadership in the ghetto, then, must not be confined to matters of religion, education, and social uplift; it must deal with such fundamental forces in life as make these things possible.”

― Carter G. Woodson

“In the early days I had a very black-and-white view of everything. I think that’s kind of natural for anyone who’s just embraced Islam – or any religion – as a convert. It was important for me to duck out of the fast and furious life I’d been living as a pop star. I was in a different mood.”

― Cat Stevens

“There was no division I could see between the essential teaching of all Prophets and wise men of religion.”

― Cat Stevens

“The latest horror to hit the U.S. looks to have been caused by people of Middle Eastern origin, bearing Muslim names. Again, shame. This fuels more hatred for a religion and a people who have nothing to do with these events.”

― Cat Stevens

“I found a religion that blended scientific reason with spiritual reality in a unifying faith far removed from the headlines of violence, destruction and terrorism.”

― Cat Stevens

“They have hijacked my religion.”

― Cat Stevens

“I’m afraid that a lot of things that people believe about Islam are totally different from the religion that most of us recognize. I was really fortunate that I got to know Islam before it became a headline.”

― Cat Stevens

“If there is a national, secular religion in the United States, it is the belief that America is the Land of Opportunity, that we are a meritocracy, that any kid, no matter who they are, or where they come from, can work hard and move up in the world: that their effort matters.”

― Caterina Fake

“I don’t believe any religion should be exclusive or feel superior in any way, or be judgmental. It should be a quiet, private thing.”

― Catherine Hicks

“And these two elements are at odds with one another because Freud is utterly adversary to almost all the ways of structuring the human experience found in Western religions. No Western religion can countenance Freud’s view of man.”

― Chaim Potok

“It doesn’t matter what tradition you come from, what religion you have or don’t, what culture you were brought up in or what God you ascribe to: Faith is worthwhile as it helps us to be kinder, more generous, more loving and forgiving people.”

― Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick

“My idea of religion is we are supposed to bring people together. We are not supposed to judge other people.”

― Charles Barkley

“Our religion is itself profoundly sad – a religion of universal anguish, and one which, because of its very catholicity, grants full liberty to the individual and asks no better than to be celebrated in each man’s own language – so long as he knows anguish and is a painter.”

― Charles Baudelaire

“Even if it were proven that God didn’t exist, Religion would still be Saintly and Divine.”

― Charles Baudelaire

“Across all religions in the United States, people 18-30 are more spiritual than before, but they don’t like organized religion. What sets Birthright apart is that no one’s hitting on you to be Jewish in any particular way, and you can define Jewish any way you want.”

― Charles Bronfman

“There are three modes of bearing the ills of life, by indifference, by philosophy, and by religion.”

― Charles Caleb Colton

“Bigotry murders religion to frighten fools with her ghost.”

― Charles Caleb Colton

“In religion as in politics it so happens that we have less charity for those who believe half our creed, than for those who deny the whole of it.”

― Charles Caleb Colton

“The American Indian was an individualist in religion as in war. He had neither a national army nor an organized church.”

― Charles Eastman

“The religion of the Indian is the last thing about him that the man of another race will ever understand.”

― Charles Eastman

“More than this, even in those white men who professed religion we found much inconsistency of conduct. They spoke much of spiritual things, while seeking only the material.”

― Charles Eastman

“In every religion there is an element of the supernatural, varying with the influence of pure reason over its devotees.”

― Charles Eastman

“With me, personal relationships are like my religion. I care that deeply about them. I am the complete opposite of a manipulative smoothie.”

― Charles Grodin

“I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father’s religion, if they can find out what it is.”

― Charles Lamb

“I glory in the distinguishing grace of God and will not, by the grace of God, step one inch from my principles or think of adhering to the present fashionable sort of religion.”

― Charles Spurgeon

“If any of you should ask me for an epitome of the Christian religion, I should say that it is in one word – prayer. Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell.”

― Charles Spurgeon

“There are some Christian people who taste and see and enjoy religion in their own souls, and who get at a deeper knowledge of it than books can ever give them, though they should search all their days.”

― Charles Spurgeon

“I don’t care what the religion is called; as far as I’m concerned, one God, the God I adhere to, is in charge of all of them.”

― Charley Pride

“Daredevil’s religion makes him unique. He’s a vigilante, but he’s also a lawyer – and all the while, he believes only God is capable of bringing people to justice.”

― Charlie Cox

“If religion comes into the public square, it is as vulnerable as any other human institution to be pelted with produce. Ignorance does not become wisdom just because you gussy it up with the Gospels.”

― Charlie Pierce

“If you want the meaning of families and life and religion and philosophy rolled into one package, all you need to read is ‘The Brothers Karamazov.’”

― Charlie Trotter

“Science has become something that everybody knows he has to pay attention to, but not everybody is a believer. So I don’t think we should equate science with religion. But, that science is progressively playing a more and more important part in the life of every individual is obvious.”

― Chen-Ning Yang

“I have a problem with religion that makes it so, like, ‘We are the ones. We are the chosen ones.’”

― Cher

“My definition, the definition that I’ve always believed in, is that esprit de corps means love for one’s own military legion – in my case, the United States Marine Corps. It means more than self-preservation, religion, or patriotism. I’ve also learned that this loyalty to one’s corps travels both ways: up and down.”

― Chesty Puller

“Our religion is the traditions of our ancestors – the dreams of our old men, given them in solemn hours of the night by the Great Spirit; and the visions of our sachems, and is written in the hearts of our people.”

― Chief Seattle

“Religion, in any form, is always interesting to me because of how powerful it is. Not even the religion itself, but to the people that follow it… The effect that it has had on people’s minds.”

― Chino Moreno

“I’ve had trouble now and again in Nigeria because I have spoken up about the mistreatment of factions in the country because of difference in religion. These are things we should put behind us.”

― Chinua Achebe

“In fact, I thought that Christianity was very a good and a very valuable thing for us. But after a while, I began to feel that the story that I was told about this religion wasn’t perhaps completely whole, that something was left out.”

― Chinua Achebe

“I’ve always been interested in the tension between knowledge and mystery, between science and religion, and the various ways we cope with the unknown. Some of those are productive; some can be attempts to pin down things that are by nature impossible to know.”

― Chloe Benjamin

“I think science is about the search for God; it just comes at it from a different angle than religion.”

― Chris Carter

“I know one thing: There are a billion Islamic people in the world today, and there will be about 2 billion by the time we’re dead. They’re not going to give up their religion.”

― Chris Matthews

“We all studied math, but we don’t go around spewing numbers. Religion should be used in the appropriate way.”

― Chris Ofili

“’The Golden Compass’ became a bad experience because the studio didn’t have faith in the strength of the ideas of the novel, which is ironic because it’s one of the greatest fantasy novels ever written, if not the greatest, and they took the religion out of it and tried to turn it into a popcorn movie.”

― Chris Weitz

“Bike lanes – I put that now in the category of things you shouldn’t discuss at dinner parties, right? It used to be money and politics and religion. Now, in New York, you should add bike lanes.”

― Christine Quinn

“As I have pointed out, it is the Christian tradition that is the most fundamental element in Western culture. It lies at the base not only of Western religion, but also of Western morals and Western social idealism.”

― Christopher Dawson

“Moreover, behind this vague tendency to treat religion as a side issue in modern life, there exists a strong body of opinion that is actively hostile to Christianity and that regards the destruction of positive religion as absolutely necessary to the advance of modern culture.”

― Christopher Dawson

“My biggest problem with organized religion is that God has been imagined as a human being with emotions. I feel if you let go of that, then it’s possible to see God as a force, to connect to him or her spiritually.”

― Christopher Durang

“Religion is part of the human make-up. It’s also part of our cultural and intellectual history. Religion was our first attempt at literature, the texts, our first attempt at cosmology, making sense of where we are in the universe, our first attempt at health care, believing in faith healing, our first attempt at philosophy.”

― Christopher Hitchens

“A lot of people, because of my contempt for the false consolations of religion, think of me as a symbolic public opponent of that in extremis. And sometimes that makes me feel a bit alarmed, to be the repository of other people’s hope.”

― Christopher Hitchens

“I don’t think Romney is wacky at all, but religion makes intelligent people say and do wacky things, believe and affirm crazy things. Left on his own, Romney would never have said something like the Garden Of Eden was in Missouri, and will be again.”

― Christopher Hitchens

“My children, to the extent that they have found religion, have found it from me, in that I insist on at least a modicum of religious education for them.”

― Christopher Hitchens

“Religion is compulsory in English schools, you know.”

― Christopher Hitchens

“Religion is not going to come up with any new arguments.”

― Christopher Hitchens

“Adherents of the new religious right reject the separation of politics and religion, but they bring no spiritual insights to politics.”

― Christopher Lasch

“The proper reply to right wing religiosity is not to insist that politics and religion don’t mix. This is the stock response of the left.”

― Christopher Lasch

“I count religion but a childish toy, and hold there is no sin but ignorance.”

― Christopher Marlowe

“A lot of people have questioned how yoga and their own spiritual beliefs can come together. Yoga actually pre-dates religion.”

― Christy Turlington

“So much of religion is exegesis. I would rather follow in the footprints of Christ than all of the dogma.”

― Christy Turlington

“Yoga is not a religion to me.”

― Christy Turlington

“As a child, the conversations that I liked to have with my friends – or with anyone, for that matter – were always about religion.”

― Christy Turlington

“I grew up Catholic. My mother is from El Salvador, so my family on her side is Roman Catholic. My father is Protestant, and while he was spiritual, he wasn’t much of a churchgoing person. I think it’s fairly common for families to be brought up in the mother’s religion.”

― Christy Turlington

“Science and religion are both the same thing. They’re there; they’re life. If it’s not science, it’s not a fact.”

― Chuck Berry

“If America’s Founding Fathers espoused openness to religion, creationism, and the Bible being taught in schools, then it beckons the question, Why don’t we?”

― Chuck Norris

“My goal is never to make fun of religion.”

― Chuck Palahniuk

“Once religion has been dismissed by primarily an intellectual class of people, we lose the really useful social functions of religion… What replaces it might be worse than what we throw away.”

― Chuck Palahniuk

“Women’s sport helps break down a lot of barriers for women in other areas, whether in religion or politics.”

― Clare Balding

“Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does laughing gas.”

― Clarence Darrow

“What’s unique about the Mormon Church is that it encourages inquiry. I really do think my research and religion are all on the same page. I never could have come up with the notion of disruptive innovations, which went against a lot of conventional wisdom, if I hadn’t been raised to always be asking questions.”

― Clayton M. Christensen

“Mr. Speaker, the fact of the matter is that the Ten Commandments are a historical document that contains moral, ethical, and legal truisms that any person of any religion or even an atheist can recognize and appreciate.”

― Cliff Stearns

“Perhaps these Ten Commandments cases will be the turning point in the legal war against religion.”

― Cliff Stearns

“The irony of the Supreme Court hearing on these cases last week and of the outright hostility that the Court has displayed against religion in recent years is that above the head of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is a concrete display of the Ten Commandments.”

― Cliff Stearns

“I was always respectful of people who were deeply religious because I always felt that if they gave themselves to it, then it had to be important to them. But if you can go through life without it, that’s OK, too. It’s whatever suits you.”

― Clint Eastwood

“I’m not a New Age person, but I do believe in meditation, and for that reason I’ve always liked the Buddhist religion. When I’ve been to Japan, I’ve been to Buddhist temples and meditated, and I found that rewarding.”

― Clint Eastwood

“The fact that President-elect Kennedy would be the first Catholic president did not sit well with many Americans. There was a fear that, as president, Kennedy’s decisions would be based on his religion and dictated by the pope.”

― Clint Hill

“Art and Religion are, then, two roads by which men escape from circumstance to ecstasy. Between aesthetic and religious rapture there is a family alliance. Art and Religion are means to similar states of mind.”

― Clive Bell

“I find the whole idea of religion overwhelming and frightening and not for me.”

― Cody Fern

“I don’t ever cross the line. I step right up to it. I put my toes on the line, but I don’t ever cross that line. There are some barriers you just don’t cross – you don’t talk about religion; you don’t talk about race. Those are lines I will never cross.”

― Colby Covington

“Religion theme aside, most of the time I’m in some sort of comedy and I’m a straight man and it’s really just, let’s wind this guy up and see him explode.”

― Colin Hanks

“I have great respect for the religion. I know a lot of people that are Muslim and are phenomenal people.”

― Colin Kaepernick

“I respect the fact that many denominations have different points of view with respect to gay marriage and they can hold that in the sanctity in the place of their religion and not bless them or solemnize them.”

― Colin Powell

“If the world’s nations can set aside their petty bickering over religion, politics, and territory, certainly I can ‘get that Olympic Spirit’ and rise above my prejudices.”

― Colson Whitehead

“The essence of America – that which really unites us – is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion – it is an idea – and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.”

― Condoleezza Rice

“Human nature doesn’t include all human beings. There are human beings who are indifferent to politics, religion, virtually anything.”

― Conor Cruise O’Brien

“I was raised Catholic, and I have an aversion to anyone who takes religion to the extreme.”

― Conor Oberst

“Equal protection under the law – for race, religion, gender or sexual orientation – should not be subject to the most popular sentiments of the day.”

― Cory Booker

“Tolerance says I am just going to stomach your right to be different. That if you disappear from the face of the earth, I am no better or worse off. But love – love knows that every American has worth and value, no matter what their background, race, religion, or sexual orientation.”

― Cory Booker

“Being a rock star is like being a cult leader – you really have to be in your own religion.”

― Courtney Love

“You might think that religion was the one area in which professional jealousy would take a back seat. But no: ecclesiastical memoirs are as viperish as any, though their envy tends to cloak itself in piety.”

― Craig Brown

“It’s a bit odd that nobody seems to be using the correct technical term to describe organized Islamic terrorists. They are not a faction of a religion or a social movement. They are a cult. A suicide cult.”

― Craig Bruce

“I like to say magic is the world’s second oldest profession, a mystical and often awe-inspiring spectacle that, throughout the ages, has blended superstition, trickery and religion.”

― Criss Angel

“Religion promotes the divine discontent within oneself, so that one tries to make oneself a better person and draw oneself closer to God.”

― Cyril Cusack

“’It’s a Wonderful Life’ was a mainstream Hollywood movie about faith, redemption, religion, and it was rated G.”

― D. B. Sweeney

“It is a fine thing to establish one’s own religion in one’s heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing.”

― D. H. Lawrence

“A man has no religion who has not slowly and painfully gathered one together, adding to it, shaping it; and one’s religion is never complete and final, it seems, but must always be undergoing modification.”

― D. H. Lawrence

“My great religion is a belief in the blood, the flesh, as being wiser than the intellect. We can go wrong in our minds. But what our blood feels and believes and says, is always true. The intellect is only a bit and a bridle.”

― D. H. Lawrence

“I firmly believe that the mission of religion in the 21st century must be to contribute concretely to the peaceful coexistence of humankind.”

― Daisaku Ikeda

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”

― Dalai Lama

“We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.”

― Dalai Lama

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”

― Dalai Lama

“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.”

― Dalai Lama

“Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.”

― Dalai Lama

“Religion, any religion, no matter what sort of wonderful religion, never be universal. So now education is universal, so we have to sort of find ways and means through education system, from kindergarten up to university level, to make awareness these good things, the values, inner values.”

― Dalai Lama

“Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that’s important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.”

― Dalai Lama

“If you have religious faith, very good, you can add on secular ethics, then religious belief, add on it, very good. But even those people who have no interest about religion, okay, it’s not religion, but you can train through education.”

― Dalai Lama

“Conversion is not my intention. Changing religion is not easy. You may develop some kind of confusion or difficulties.”

― Dalai Lama

“If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.”

― Dalai Lama

“My main hope is eventually, in modern education field, introduce education about warm-heartedness, not based on religion, but based on common experience and a common sort of sense, and then scientific finding.”

― Dalai Lama

“I always say that people should not rush to change religions. There is real value in finding the spiritual resources you need in your home religion.”

― Dalai Lama

“I think I like big issues, but I don’t believe in God or religion.”

― Damien Hirst

“I personally believe that our planet would be absolutely fine without religion, and I also feel we are evolving in that direction.”

― Dan Brown

“Golf was never a religion to me.”

― Dan Jenkins

“Being a Mormon is not a part-time religion. It is your life. You eat, sleep, and breathe Mormonism.”

― Dan Reynolds

“In the forefront of science, there is not much difference between religion and science. People harbor beliefs. That’s what happens when people believe something religiously.”

― Dan Shechtman

“When taxes go up, tithing goes down. When the government assumes the role of the shepherd, the power of churches is diminished. It’s another way to attack religion and for the state to eradicate it from society.”

― Dana Loesch

“’Black Messiah’ is a hell of a name for an album. It can easily be misunderstood. Many will think it’s about religion. Some will jump to the conclusion that I’m calling myself a Black Messiah. For me, the title is about all of us. It’s about the world. It’s about an idea we can all aspire to. We should all aspire to be a Black Messiah.”

― D’Angelo

“When theology erodes and organization crumbles, when the institutional framework of religion begins to break up, the search for a direct experience which people can feel to be religious facilitates the rise of cults.”

― Daniel Bell

“It’s also reflective of a young person’s religion or faith in that it’s highly charged with sacramental imagery and with country imagery, because I was in the seminary for so many years in the country.”

― Daniel Berrigan

“I don’t think the 9/11 attacks taught us anything we didn’t already know about religion. It has long been obvious – even to the deeply religious – that religious fanaticism is an extremely dangerous deranger of otherwise sane and goodhearted people.”

― Daniel Dennett

“It’s wrong to try and convert tribal societies. What should the empirical evidence for religion be? It should produce peaceful, strong, secure people who are right with God and right with the world. I don’t see that evidence very often.”

― Daniel Everett

“I do engineering, not religion.”

― Daniel J. Bernstein

“Through some combination of culture and biology, our minds are intuitively receptive to religion.”

― Daniel Kahneman

“’The Fades’ is its own world. If you try and link it to some religion, you have people going, ‘Oh, that’s not right,’ with their Bible open. Let’s just chuck some imagination at it.”

― Daniel Kaluuya

“Where you have no religion, you are sure to have no government, for as religion disappears, anarchy takes place and fixes a compleat Hell on earth till religion returns.”

― Daniel Morgan

“In the long term, the United States could greatly benefit Islam by uniquely freeing the religion from government constraints and permitting it to evolve in a positive, modern direction. But that’s the long term.”

― Daniel Pipes

“Religion leaves no room for human complexity.”

― Daniel Radcliffe

“I’m very interested in religion as something to study, but I’m not a religious person in the slightest.”

― Daniel Radcliffe

“Plenty of people are raised Catholic and then aren’t Catholic anymore, like any religion.”

― Danny Masterson

“Politicians use religion, and they get their troops riled up with religion.”

― Daron Malakian

“I just think religion is something… It could be a beautiful thing for the individual, but when it becomes organized, that’s when religion starts taking a kind of ugly turn to me.”

― Daron Malakian

“I’ll be honest with you: politically, I have no issue with people, but my beef sometimes is with religion at the end of the day.”

― Daron Malakian

“The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background, is that we all believe we are above-average drivers.”

― Dave Barry

“Hobbies of any kind are boring except to people who have the same hobby. This is also true of religion, although you will not find me saying so in print.”

― Dave Barry

“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

“Religion has for too long been placed on the back burner of history, when it may be one of the driving forces in history.”

― Dave Brat

“I don’t normally talk about my religion publicly because I don’t want people to associate me and my flaws with this beautiful thing. And I believe it is beautiful if you learn it the right way.”

― Dave Chappelle

“I think that what went wrong with religion is the same thing that went wrong with politics. Is that it became too money based and too controlling. It’s just a weakness that we human beings have for control – we want one thing and then we want more and then we want more.”

― Dave Davies

“I think there’s been a big problem between religion, or organized religion, and spirituality.”

― Dave Davies

“I’m a married gay man, so you might think that I appreciate the government forcing a Christian baker or photographer or florist to act against their religion in order to cater, photograph, or decorate my wedding. But you’d be wrong. A government that can force Christians to violate their conscience can force me to violate mine.”

― Dave Rubin

“I don’t do anything in my life as far as I know, or at least consciously, that’s based in religion.”

― Dave Rubin

“My grandparents – my mom’s parents – they’re Jewish. But nobody ever pushed religion onto us. It wasn’t something I ever grew up with.”

― David Beckham

“I think my writing was certainly shaped from having lived in a place like Niverville as well as by the family that I came from, the religion that I had, that type of thing.”

― David Bergen

“The humanists’ replacement for religion: work really hard and somehow you’ll either save yourself or you’ll be immortal. Of course, that’s a total joke, and our progress is nothing. There may be progress in technology but there’s no ethical progress whatsoever.”

― David Bowie

“I grew up as one of the few Jews in Edison, and I had people tell me they hated me because of my religion.”

― David Bryan

“One of the things I most admire about America is they have created a genuine melting pot society, a country of opportunity; you can be of any religion, colour, ethnicity, persuasion and make it to the top of your chosen field. And that’s something I admire about America and hope they continue with.”

― David Cameron

“Anybody who comes to the cinema is bringing they’re whole sexual history, their literary history, their movie literacy, their culture, their language, their religion, whatever they’ve got. I can’t possibly manipulate all of that, nor do I want to.”

― David Cronenberg

“Religion triggers a lot of emotions in me, most of which stem from being raised Jewish in a very Baptist community in the South. I didn’t believe any of it from an early age – the clubby quality of whatever religion or church you belonged to, Judaism included. It just struck me as foolish.”

― David Cross

“I grew a very strong dislike for the organized aspect of religion over the course of time.”

― David Draiman

“Every week I get letters from people worldwide who feel that the possibilian point of view represents their understanding better than either religion or neo-atheism.”

― David Eagleman

“If the Latterday Saints had not abandoned plural marriage, they would have remained a fringe religion and would never have moved into mainstream American culture. Today, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints thrives. It is one of the fastest growing religions in the country and is the most successful American-born religion.”

― David Ebershoff

“Entertainment is very close to religion in this country. If you buy the hype, it can be very dangerous.”

― David Eigenberg

“The ‘Ramayana’ explores the limits of secular freedom and the limits of religion.”

― David Farr

“If God and man are in themselves one, and if religion is the human side of this unity then must this unity be made evident to man in religion, and become in him consciousness and reality.”

― David Friedrich Strauss

“I’ve never had any religion. I’d prefer it if I did, really. Even as a boy I just couldn’t make myself believe.”

― David Gilmour

“A religion without rules or God isn’t sustainable.”

― David Harsanyi

“Chinese culture in general is not very religious. Confucianism is more a code of ethics than a religion, and ancestor worship is a way for parents to control you even after they’re dead.”

― David Henry Hwang

“In Lincoln’s day a President’s religion was a very private affair. There were no public prayer meetings, no attempts to woo the Religious Right. Few of Lincoln’s countrymen knew anything at all of his religious beliefs.”

― David Herbert Donald

“Galileo was no idiot. Only an idiot could believe that science requires martyrdom – that may be necessary in religion, but in time a scientific result will establish itself.”

― David Hilbert

“The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one.”

― David Hume

“Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”

― David Hume

“God save us from religion.”

― David Icke

“Christianity is entitled to the tribute of respect. I do not of course mean that all individuals, nominally Christian, deserve trust, confidence, or even respect, for the contrary is too often the case. Too often, men hold religion as they do property – in their wives’ names.”

― David Josiah Brewer

“Religion of any form is a sacred matter. It involves the relation of the individual to some Being believed to be infinitely supreme. It involves not merely character and life here, but destiny hereafter, and as such is not to be spoken of lightly or flippantly.”

― David Josiah Brewer

“Neighbor is no longer confined to the vocabulary of the individual. It is a national word. Modern inventions have annihilated distance. Commercial relations have broken down barriers of race and religion, and the family of nations is a recognized fact.”

― David Josiah Brewer

“The Way is not a religion: Christianity is the end of religion. ‘Religion’ means here the division between sacred and secular concerns, other-worldliness, man’s reaching toward God in a way which projects his own thoughts.”

― David Kirk

“I’d make a terrible practitioner of any religion in any formal setting.”

― David Knopfler

“I believe that religion and politics should not mix. Both should be a part of somebody’s life – but not together.”

― David L. Wolper

“I never rejected religion, but it just ceased to be an overriding concern in my life.”

― David Lowery

“I don’t think that people accept the fact that life doesn’t make sense. I think it makes people terribly uncomfortable. It seems like religion and myth were invented against that, trying to make sense out of it.”

― David Lynch

“Liberalism is a religion. Its tenets cannot be proved, its capacity for waste and destruction demonstrated. But it affords a feeling of spiritual rectitude at little or no cost.”

― David Mamet

“Communism was meant to be an alternative religion.”

― David Miliband

“The little religion that I have clung to-that what matters most is the continuity of life, and its improvement from one generation to another.”

― David O. Selznick

“Although I am a Christian, with what religion has become – a tool for so much of the bad stuff – I just say to people that I’m a person of faith.”

― David Oyelowo

“Setting aside moral considerations, those who flirt with hate speech against Muslims should realize they are playing directly into the hands of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. The terrorists’ explicit hope has been to try to provoke a clash of civilizations – telling Muslims that the United States is at war with them and their religion.”

― David Petraeus

“I wrestled with my Catholicism for a long time. It took a long time to escape. It began with a sense that it was repressive, stern, judgmental. It was passionate, but it was terrifying. There were individual priests and nuns who were helpful, but the religion was cold.”

― David Rabe

“When you watch television shows, as good as they are, like ‘Joan of Arcadia’ and ‘Touched by an Angel,’ everything is this kind of mishmash of faith but not any specific religion.”

― David Seltzer

“When a dog barks at the moon, then it is religion; but when he barks at strangers, it is patriotism!”

― David Starr Jordan

“No human heart is denied empathy. No religion can demolish that by indoctrination. No culture, no nation and nationalism – nothing can touch it because it is empathy.”

― Dayananda Saraswati

“There are so many things in life that divide us, that separate us and tear us apart, be it race, religion, creed, socioeconomic level, nationality or any variety of other factors. But running is something that we all share in common.”

― Dean Karnazes

“I think it’s perfectly just to refuse service to anyone based on behavior, but not based on race or religion.”

― Dean Koontz

“People must have the right to freely practice their religion. It is written in our founding documents and at the core of our values. If you look at my record, you’ll see I safeguarded those values.”

― Deborah K. Ross

“I started listening to and playing other music in the ’90s. It was after hearing other bands, like Bad Religion, cover Ramones songs that I started to like our songs again.”

― Dee Dee Ramone

“What gets in our way is history and culture and religion and economic conditions. It is part of the hypnosis of our social conditioning.”

― Deepak Chopra

“You know, religion itself, Eastern and Western, is divisive and quarrelsome anyway.”

― Deepak Chopra

“Our freedoms are shared freedoms: they are bound up in each other. The ability to confront oppression in the guise of religion is linked to our ability to worship as we choose: both are acts of expression.”

― Deeyah Khan

“The best religion is the most tolerant.”

― Delphine de Girardin

“Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the trouble can use the pretext of religion to mask their true designs.”

― Denis Diderot

“President Obama understands that, as a nation founded by those who fled religious persecution, freedom of religion is central to who we are as Americans. Our rights are not given to us by government, they are endowed by our Creator.”

― Denis McDonough

“While we as members of the Coalition strongly support free speech, it is not unlimited free speech. People aren’t free to vilify others on the basis of race or religion.”

― Denis Napthine

“If you went for a job interview in a Glasgow law firm, they used to ask you what school you went to. And that was a way of finding out what religion you were.”

― Denise Mina

“Religion, you can’t a handle on it, you just have to know or not know-people either believe or they don’t believe.”

― Dennis Potter

“If your religion doesn’t teach you the difference between good and evil, your religion is worse than useless.”

― Dennis Prager

“When Jews left Judaism, they didn’t stop being religious. They simply swapped God-based Judaism for godless secular humanism and leftism. For left-wing Jews, Judaism is their ethnicity; leftism is their religion.”

― Dennis Prager

“The Left is doing to America what it has done to almost everything it has deeply influenced – the arts, the university, religion, culture, minorities, Europe: ruining it.”

― Dennis Prager

“Leftism seeks to undo most of the values that are distinct to Judeo-Christian religion.”

― Dennis Prager

“Leftism has influenced the literary, academic, media, and, therefore, the political elite far more than any other religion. It has taken over Western schools from elementary through graduate.”

― Dennis Prager

“The notion that there is no basic value system is far more incoherent or invalid than the notion that there are essential values. Every religion can tell you it has basic values. You ask a Christian, most Christians would say love God and love your neighbor. Is that the entirety of Christianity? No one in his right mind would say it is.”

― Dennis Prager

“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.”

― Desmond Tutu

“God’s love is too great to be confined to any one side of a conflict or to any one religion.”

― Desmond Tutu

“The God who existed before any religion counts on you to make the oneness of the human family known and celebrated.”

― Desmond Tutu

“I think that religion is incredibly cruel, and I think that my biggest problem with being vegetarian, usually, is other vegetarians.”

― Devin Townsend

“I remember when I was younger, older folks would say to me, ‘There are three things you don’t talk about at a dinner party: religion, politics, and money.’ But I think the truth is quite the opposite.”

― Diane Guerrero

“In Elizabethan England or classical Athens… theater was at the center of, not culture, but society and politics and religion and civic engagement. Those things have a different audience.”

― Diane Paulus

“I have never been converted to or even had much interest in spiritualism, occultism, Swedenborgianism or any particular religion. And I never, except occasionally for a laugh, visit the quacks who call themselves psychics.”

― Dick Cavett

“Historically, more people have died of religion than cancer.”

― Dick Francis

“Atletico fans were always so desperate for us to win; it was like a religion to them.”

― Diego Forlan

“Some would rather pull a handcart across the prairie than bring up the subject of faith and religion to their friends and co-workers. They worry about how they might be perceived or how it might harm their relationship. It doesn’t need to be that way because we have a glad message to share, and we have a message of joy.”

― Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.”

― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“As an undergraduate, I took a theology course titled Religion as Writing. If writing can be considered a form of faith, then inevitably doubt has to accompany it.”

― Dinaw Mengestu

“Christianity is the fastest-growing religion in the world; Islam is the second. It’s spreading in Asia, Africa, and South America. So the world is in a kind of religious revival, and the atheists are totally flummoxed. They thought they were winning, and now they see that they aren’t.”

― Dinesh D’Souza

“We all fled from religion. Living la vida loca, whatever. The ’60s, you know. But it always stayed in my heart. As I got older, I started coming back to religion.”

― Dion DiMucci

“Things went so quickly from being a sub in Lille to scoring in the World Cup to signing for Liverpool, but I always had good advice from my parents and my religion to help keep me grounded.”

― Divock Origi

“It is not classified as a pagan religion. The so-called New Age activities and this are not called religions and therefore don’t come under the prohibition of mingling church and state that we have in this country.”

― Dixie Lee Ray

“I believe religion is important for every person.”

― Dmitry Medvedev

“I have a certain pool of subject matter that I like to write about, things that interest me: politics, religion, ecology, and relationships between men and women. And that’s usually what I focus on.”

― Don Henley

“I wish your increase in holiness, number, love, religion, and righteousness; and wait you, and cease to contend with these men that are gone from us, for there is nothing that shall convince them but judgment.”

― Donald Cargill

“To be Catholic puts a lot of fear in you. It’s a great religion, but also one that can limit your experience. You fear experience because everything is a sin.”

― Donatella Versace

“My life was changed in one breath from God.”

― Donna Summer

“My political ideas and things like that, even my religion, I try to keep close to me because it’s a personal thing, and I don’t shove it down people’s throats. I don’t condemn any artist that wants to do that, like the Baldwins. That’s their choice. But in my world, I’m just an entertainer.”

― Donny Osmond

“I am not going to condemn anybody. That’s where religion gets a bad name, when people get holier than thou. We are all human. If my children make a mistake, I want them to know it is all right and they should try harder next time.”

― Donny Osmond

“Meditation is certainly not a religion, cult, or spiritual path: it’s actually a very basic practice to reduce stress.”

― Donovan

“What the feminists want of me is something they haven’t examined because it comes from religion. They want me to bear witness.”

― Doris Lessing

“Scientology is not a white religion. It is not just for white people.”

― Doug E. Fresh

“I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously.”

― Douglas Adams

“Reagan never cottoned to dictators. He was pure in this notion in a true belief that democracy was the best solution in the world because it spoke to people’s hopes and dreams and aspirations, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of speech.”

― Douglas Brinkley

“Forget sex or politics or religion, loneliness is the subject that clears out a room.”

― Douglas Coupland

“Religion’s in the heart, not in the knees.”

― Douglas William Jerrold

“We believe that God is big enough to give every nationality their own religion, as he’s given them their own taste in food, in plants, in furniture, and housing. I think that each religion has their basic Christ-ish way to get to the Everlasting God.”

― Duane Chapman

“Educate men without religion and you make of them but clever devils.”

― Duke of Wellington

“The Lord’s prayer contains the sum total of religion and morals.”

― Duke of Wellington

“There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things.”

― Dwight L. Moody

“It is a masterpiece of the devil to make us believe that children cannot understand religion. Would Christ have made a child the standard of faith if He had known that it was not capable of understanding His words?”

― Dwight L. Moody

“I know the Bible is inspired because it inspires me.”

― Dwight L. Moody

“The biological evolutionary perception of life and of human qualities is radically different from that of traditional religion, whether it’s Southern Baptist or Islam or any religion that believes in a supernatural supervalance over humanity.”

― E. O. Wilson

“True character arises from a deeper well than religion.”

― E. O. Wilson

“Every major religion today is a winner in the Darwinian struggle waged among cultures, and none ever flourished by tolerating its rivals.”

― E. O. Wilson

“Science and religion are the two most powerful forces in the world. Having them at odds… is not productive.”

― E. O. Wilson

“I see no way out of the problems that organized religion and tribalism create other than humans just becoming more honest and fully aware of themselves.”

― E. O. Wilson

“Prayer is aligning ourselves with the purposes of God.”

― E. Stanley Jones

“A man will do more for his stubbornness than for his religion or his country.”

― E. W. Howe

“It is certainly true that writers take a stance at some variance from organized religion. This has not always been true. But since the romantic movement – and I’m referring now exclusively to poetry – the emphasis has been on the individual imagination defined against, rather than in terms of, any orthodoxy.”

― Eavan Boland

“Religion and ritual can be vehicles for entering stillness. It says in Psalm 46:10, ‘Be still, and know that I am God.’ But they are still just vehicles. The Buddha called his teaching a raft: You don’t need to carry it around with you after you’ve crossed the river.”

― Eckhart Tolle

“You can have religion with spirituality. You can also have religion without spirituality.”

― Eckhart Tolle

“Religion and philosophy, philosophy and religion – they’re two words which are both… different. In spelling.”

― Eddie Izzard

“I try to just talk about human stories and what I think about religion or teapots or whatever.”

― Eddie Izzard

“There was no religion in my life growing up. Did God invent us or did we invent God?”

― Eddie Izzard

“What an extraordinary thing it can be, love, how it will not defined by gender, by sexuality, by race, by religion, by anything. It’s something else. It’s something other.”

― Eddie Redmayne

“All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.”

― Edgar Allan Poe

“A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this – that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made – not to understand – but to feel – as crime.”

― Edgar Allan Poe

“It is certain that if you would have the whole secret of a people, you must enter into the intimacy of their religion.”

― Edgar Quinet

“Bodhisattva is enlightened in the Buddhist philosophy, religion, tradition. He’s enlightened. It’s fine – I don’t really fight it – but many people use the term ‘zen’ and terms like ‘nirvana,’ ‘enlightenment’ in an almost superficial way. It’s not that complicated.”

― Edgar Ramirez

“If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion.”

― Edmond de Goncourt

“Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.”

― Edmund Burke

“Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.”

― Edmund Burke

“Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.”

― Edmund Burke

“Tourism is a very big economic benefit to the Sherpa people, and also, they have very strong ties to their own social attitudes and their own religion, so fortunately, they’re not too influenced by many of our Western attitudes.”

― Edmund Hillary

“Religion enabled society to organise itself to debate goodness, just as Greek drama had once done.”

― Edward Bond

“I’m looking for the best person irregardless of political party, of race or religion, or color of their skin. Those things don’t matter to me. I want someone who’s qualified, who has a qualification to character and the integrity to do the things that have to be done to save this world.”

― Edward Brooke

“Most men’s anger about religion is as if two men should quarrel for a lady they neither of them care for.”

― Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

“Any neuroscience book is the death of me. I’m currently obsessed with ‘The Moral Landscape’ from Sam Harris. He’s a controversial writer addressing science and religion while talking about the deep undertaking of your brain.”

― Eiza Gonzalez

“My spirituality and my beliefs are way beyond any superstition – I’m not a conformist – and I do have a scientific outlook towards religion. Our body is made up of different elements, and certain stones help align these elements.”

― Ekta Kapoor

“These ancient stories in religion speak to our desire. But they move us toward hope.”

― Elaine Pagels

“I just have a sense that, you know, I’m curious about what is religion about, you know? Why do some of us still engage it? It’s not because it’s a set of old beliefs or old ideas. Or even, particularly, the view that this is the only true religion. Many of us no longer accept those views.”

― Elaine Pagels

“I had been taught that the separation between religion and politics happened in the Enlightenment. But there were people who tried to create a secular relationship to government 2,000 years ago, and those people were the Jews.”

― Elaine Pagels

“I got to thinking about the Book of Revelation that was written by a Jewish prophet who was also a follower of Jesus who hated the Roman Empire. I realized that the Book of Revelation could be a way to reflect on the issue of religion’s relationship to politics.”

― Elaine Pagels

“I never thought I would write about the Book of Revelation. It’s so dense; it’s so complex and puzzling. But then I found I was thinking about a number of themes, one of which has to do with politics and religion.”

― Elaine Pagels

“So often, religion is identified in terms coined by Christianity as sets of belief. But I had the sense that it not only involves practice, but also emotion and levels of our experience that are almost precognitive.”

― Elaine Pagels

“I study religion because I find it fascinating and problematic. But I struggle with the idea of what religion is, what being religious means. A lot of people assume that if you write about early Christianity, you must be some kind of Sunday-school teacher.”

― Elaine Pagels

“We are punished by our sins, not for them.”

― Elbert Hubbard

“The Twist was a guided missile launched from the ghetto into the heart of suburbia. The Twist succeeded, as politics, religion and law could never do, in writing in the heart and soul what the Supreme Court could only write on the books.”

― Eldridge Cleaver

“As commissioner, I will attempt to see that no man is judged by the irrational criteria of race, religion, or national origin. And I assure you, I use the word ‘man’ in the generic sense, for I mean to see that the principle of nondiscrimination becomes a reality for women as well.”

― Eleanor Holmes Norton

“Los Angeles is such a great meritocracy. Where can someone with my background – don’t have the right family background, the right religion, the right provenance or whatever you want to call it – I come here and I’m accepted. The city’s been good to me. And I want to give back.”

― Eli Broad

“Possession and exorcism is something that’s in every religion and every culture. It’s a real primal fear: Is the body a vessel for our spirits? What happens if something else takes over it? Where does the spirit go?”

― Eli Roth

“I don’t profess to have any religion, but if I did, my God would be Fidel Castro. He is like a ship that knew to take his crew on the right path.”

― Elian Gonzalez

“Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.”

― Elie Wiesel

“Religion is a very personal thing for me. Religion has its good moments and its poor moments.”

― Elie Wiesel

“Religion is not man’s relationship to God, it is man’s relationship to man.”

― Elie Wiesel

“I felt grateful to Ataturk that my parents were so well educated, that they weren’t held back by superstition or religion, that they were true scientists who taught me how to read when I was three and never doubted that I could become a writer.”

― Elif Batuman

“My family is very feminist, and they consider that Islam is not a super feminist religion, which I know people can argue about. But that’s – anyway that’s how I was brought up, so it would be odd for me to suddenly just up and start wearing a headscarf.”

― Elif Batuman

“The memory of my own suffering has prevented me from ever shadowing one young soul with the superstition of the Christian religion.”

― Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“There is one thing higher than Royalty: and that is religion, which causes us to leave the world, and seek God.”

― Elizabeth I

“I’ve always been absolutely appalling about the future, but I sort of think that was my childhood religion. We were future deniers. You did your best in the present, which was all around you.”

― Elizabeth McCracken

“Religion has been a huge part of my life.”

― Elizabeth Smart

“I think there’s nothing better in the world than a spirited discussion about the Bible and Jesus and God and the Catholic faith, or the Jewish faith, or the Muslim faith – any religion.”

― Elizabeth Vargas

“If Christians will obey the instructions given to them by Christ and his inspired apostles, they will adorn the religion of the Bible, and save themselves much perplexity and severe trials, which they attribute to their afflictions in consequence of believing unpopular truth.”

― Ellen G. White

“Religion will prove to the believer a comforter and a sure guide to the fountain of true happiness.”

― Ellen G. White

“Do not neglect secret prayer, for it is the soul of religion.”

― Ellen G. White

“Religion does not consist in making a noise, yet when the soul is filled with the Spirit of the Lord, sweet, heart-felt praise to God glorifies him.”

― Ellen G. White

“The struggle of democratic secularism, religious tolerance, individual freedom and feminism against authoritarian patriarchal religion, culture and morality is going on all over the world – including the Islamic world, where dissidents are regularly jailed, killed, exiled or merely intimidated and silenced.”

― Ellen Willis

“In Iran, there is no freedom of the press, no freedom of speech, no independent judiciary, no free elections. There is no freedom of religion – not even for Shiites, who are forced by Iran’s theocracy to adhere to one narrow set of official rules.”

― Elliott Abrams

“The intersection of religion and world politics has often been a bloody crossroads.”

― Elliott Abrams

“I love the idea of the teachings of Jesus Christ and the beautiful stories about it, which I loved in Sunday school and I collected all the little stickers and put them in my book. But the reality is that organised religion doesn’t seem to work. It turns people into hateful lemmings and it’s not really compassionate.”

― Elton John

“To have dominion by religion, is to have dominion over men’s souls, thus over their very spiritual life, and to use the Divine things, which are in their religion, as the means.”

― Emanuel Swedenborg

“It is science, and not religion, which has taught men that things are complex and difficult to understand.”

― Emile Durkheim

“If religion has given birth to all that is essential in society, it is because the idea of society is the soul of religion.”

― Emile Durkheim

“A society whose members are united by the fact that they think in the same way in regard to the sacred world and its relations with the profane world, and by the fact that they translate these common ideas into common practices, is what is called a Church. In all history, we do not find a single religion without a Church.”

― Emile Durkheim

“Man seeks to learn, and man kills himself because of the loss of cohesion in his religious society; he does not kill himself because of his learning. It is certainly not the learning he acquires that disorganizes religion; but the desire for knowledge wakens because religion becomes disorganized.”

― Emile Durkheim

“Men have been obliged to make for themselves a notion of what religion is, long before the science of religions started its methodical comparisons.”

― Emile Durkheim

“The artist himself may not think he is religious, but if he is sincere his sincerity in itself is religion.”

― Emily Carr

“There is a great interest in comparative religion and a desire to understand faiths other than our own and even to experiment with exotic cults.”

― Emily Greene Balch

“Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed.”

― Epictetus

“All religions must be tolerated… for every man must get to heaven in his own way.”

― Epictetus

“Without philosophy man cannot know what he makes; without religion he cannot know why.”

― Eric Gill

“To know a person’s religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.”

― Eric Hoffer

“Religion and gods and beliefs – for me, it all comes down to your brother. And your brother might be the brother in your family, or it might be the guy next to you in the foxhole – it’s about human connections.”

― Eric Kripke

“We live in a great country. It’s time again to get religion about it.”

― Eric Liu

“Religious liberty is misunderstood. It simply means that the Founders said that everyone in America should have the freedom to practice and exercise their religion. Not to believe it but to exercise our beliefs – to act on our beliefs. It’s not about believing privately in your head, privately in that building, or simply about freedom of worship.”

― Eric Metaxas

“Freedom requires virtue. Virtue requires faith. And faith, in turn, requires freedom. You can’t have coerced state-sanctioned religion. It has to be utterly free.”

― Eric Metaxas

“Like religion, politics, and family planning, cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public. It’s too controversial.”

― Erma Bombeck

“What I miss today more than anything else – I don’t go to church as much anymore – but that old-time religion, that old singing, that old praying which I love so much. That is the great strength of my being, of my writing.”

― Ernest Gaines

“But even in the Christian religion, much of its real meaning is hidden by words that are misleading and symbols that but few understand.”

― Ernest Holmes

“There are a lot of Grinches out there that would like nothing better than to take any references to religion out of the holiday season.”

― Ernest Istook

“The courts are using the First Amendment to attack religion, when they should be using it to protect religion.”

― Ernest Istook

“Americans should be free to recognize our religious heritage; doing that is not the same as creating a government-sponsored religion.”

― Ernest Istook

“Religion is not a popular error; it is a great instinctive truth, sensed by the people, expressed by the people.”

― Ernest Renan

“It is an interesting and demonstrable fact, that all children are atheists and were religion not inculcated into their minds, they would remain so.”

― Ernestine Rose

“Baseball just a came as simple as a ball and bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. A sport, a business and sometimes almost even a religion.”

― Ernie Harwell

“Religion as a whole specializes in sin management. It’s all about organizing humanity in such a way that we cause as little damage as possible.”

― Erwin McManus

“I think Christianity is the same as Buddhism and Hinduism – whenever a religion begins to say that these are the things you have to do to be loved by God, you have a religion.”

― Erwin McManus

“You have a generation that is saying we are tapping out of religion in many ways. But what they are not saying is that we are tapping out of a serious search for meaning in life.”

― Erwin McManus

“We focus, in some ways, on how to disengage Jesus and the Bible from everything people know about Christianity as a religion.”

― Erwin McManus

“For Christians, they need to access the power of Jesus and not look at Christianity as a religion. It is our Lord Jesus that makes you change, and Christians need to actualize it and put it into practice.”

― Erwin McManus

“We need to understand that Christianity is about changing; it is not about a religion.”

― Erwin McManus

“Personally, I don’t choose any particular religion or symbol or group of words or teachings to define me. That’s between me and the most high. You know, my higher self. The Creator.”

― Erykah Badu

“I am not systematic at all when it comes to religion. I just love life. And I’m not judgmental. And I’m a vegetarian.”

― Erykah Badu

“These men were religious when the spirit of religion was buried in forms and ceremonies, and when the priesthood had armed itself with the civil powers to put down all opposition, and suppress all freedom, intellectual, civil, and religious.”

― Ethan A. Hitchcock

“Whenever you’re specific with ethnicity or religion, people find reason to take offence.”

― Ethan Coen

“Religion is a very scary thing, because a pastor is in a position of power. And if you use that power badly, you ruin people’s lives, and you ruin your own life.”

― Eugene H. Peterson

“There is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison; there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think that we live in alienation.”

― Eugene Ionesco

“St. Pope John XXIII called for the Second Vatican Council because he understood, as no Holy Father had in a long time, religion spoke to and found its language and symbols – its entire sense of the sacramental nature of existence – in the imagination that reveals not just the penalties of living, but the wonder and awe of our existence.”

― Eugene Kennedy

“The object of religion is the imagination, that deep and inexhaustible font of our understanding and symbolizing our deepest possibilities.”

― Eugene Kennedy

“History is the key to everything: politics, religion, even fashion.”

― Eva Herzigova

“In Indiana, we don’t have an official state religion, but if we did, it would be basketball.”

― Evan Bayh

“I worship God. Religion and worship are two different things to me. Religion is by the book. I think too many people rely on the textbook: ‘OK, it says to do this and it says to do that, so if I do this, this, and that, then I still can go out and do wrong because I did this, this, and that.’”

― Eve

“Religion, oh, just another of those numerous failures resulting from an attempt to popularize art.”

― Ezra Pound

“The Book of Mormon is the ‘keystone’ of our religion, and the Doctrine and Covenants is the ‘capstone,’ with continuing latter day revelation. The Lord has placed His stamp of approval on both the keystone and the capstone.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“Communism introduced into the world a substitute for true religion. It is a counterfeit of the gospel plan.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“Young adults enrolled in universities and colleges or other postsecondary training should avail themselves of the opportunity to take institute of religion courses or, if attending a Church school, should take at least one religion course every term.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“Truth is truth, whether labeled ‘science’ or ‘religion.’”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“Cultural values are, in themselves, neutral as well as universal, and so much depends on how individuals or ethnic groups use them. Values are influenced by so many factors such as geography, climate, religion, the economy and technology.”

― F. Sionil Jose

“I envy those Hindus and Buddhists who have in their religion philosophy and ancestor worship which build in the believer a continuity with the past, and that most important ingredient in the building of a nation – memory.”

― F. Sionil Jose

“In the end, religion teaches us to value truth, justice and freedom.”

― F. Sionil Jose

“Our laboratory is a place that celebrates diversity and is totally open to all differences, not just sex but also age, ethnicity, religion and other traditions.”

― Fabiola Gianotti

“The streets spoke to me in a way that religion didn’t.”

― Fantastic Negrito

“Since all power from the seventh century on was only legitimated by religion, political forces and economic interests pushed for the fabrication of false traditions.”

― Fatema Mernissi

“The waves of religion based on terrorism in the 1990s are based on the tormented response of a mutilated Muslim society whose progressive forces have been savagely emasculated. Why on earth is the Arab world so hostile to women? Why can it not see women as a force for development?”

― Fatema Mernissi

“The truth is that killing innocent people is always wrong – and no argument or excuse, no matter how deeply believed, can ever make it right. No religion on earth condones the killing of innocent people; no faith tradition tolerates the random killing of our brothers and sisters on this earth.”

― Feisal Abdul Rauf

“Koran says whoever believes in God in the last day shall be saved. It is a religion whose very name, Islam, comes from the word Shalom, which means peace. It’s about establishing peace. We greet each other with peace be upon you, which the Jews do in greeting each other.”

― Feisal Abdul Rauf

“Staying chaste until marriage, a commandment of my faith, was one of the most difficult challenges of my young life. I had a powerful sense that if I did not get a grip on my identity, my ethics, and my religion, I would go off the rails.”

― Feisal Abdul Rauf

“We are not going to toy with our religion or any other. Nor are we going to barter. We are here to extend our hands to build peace and harmony.”

― Feisal Abdul Rauf

“One of the misperceptions that exists in the Muslim world, which needs to be fixed, is the perception that Muslims in America are – are – are living in – in very, very, very bad circumstances. They cannot practice religion freely. It is not the truth at all. The fact is, we are practicing. We fast, we pray, we do our prayers.”

― Feisal Abdul Rauf

“God says in the Quran that there is only one true religion, God’s religion. It’s the same theme that God revealed to all of the prophets, even before Muhammad.”

― Feisal Abdul Rauf

“Religion is defined by the relationship between God and man. And Islam is the submission and the acknowledgment of the human being to the creator.”

― Feisal Abdul Rauf

“There are always people who will – who will do peculiar things and think that they are doing things in the name of their religion.”

― Feisal Abdul Rauf

“I’ve spoken with friends who are rabbis and priests and we’ve agreed that most people have an emotional attachment to their faith, a desire to fulfill their spiritual longings, but they are not experts in understanding the history of their religion.”

― Feisal Abdul Rauf

“I was completely surrounded by religion from a young time. I was taught by my father. I engaged in discussions with him and many of these scholars who visited and came around the dining table, the lunch table, and attended many lectures with my dad. And so I learned the apprentice way.”

― Feisal Abdul Rauf

“When I arrived in America, I experienced serious culture shock. For someone with a religious upbringing, the 1960s were an extremely difficult time. Even though religion was a big part of the civil rights and peace movements, in my college religion was treated as irrelevant, hopelessly stodgy, and behind the times.”

― Feisal Abdul Rauf

“No religion can long continue to maintain its purity when the church becomes the subservient vassal of the state.”

― Felix Adler

“Ethical religion can be real only to those who are engaged in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement. By moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement, without limit.”

― Felix Adler

“I don’t see why we should alienate anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, nationality, religion, ethnicity.”

― Finn Balor

“Democracy may have arisen in the West as the way of striving for the universal aspiration to dignity and freedom, but it isn’t alien to the underlying concepts that infuse religion and moral philosophy everywhere.”

― Flora Lewis

“The slugs are ascending this steep city staircase that leads up to a huge Catholic church, essentially signifying their slow crawl towards death. The work reminds us of religion, mortality, natural decay, and the slow suffocation of commercialized societies.”

― Florentijn Hofman

“I am really glad I was raised Catholic. I like the fundamental aspects of that religion. I think they give you great grounding in terms of having a moral code. But I do not subscribe to any religion specifically now.”

― Frances O’Connor

“Religion may be defined thus: a belief in, and homage rendered to, existences unseen and causes unknown.”

― Frances Wright

“We have seen that no religion stands on the basis of things known; none bounds its horizon within the field of human observation; and, therefore, as it can never present us with indisputable facts, so must it ever be at once a source of error and contention.”

― Frances Wright

“Religion is one dimension of culture, a transcendent element of it.”

― Francis Arinze

“The quarrels and divisions about religion were evils unknown to the heathen. The reason was because the religion of the heathen consisted rather in rites and ceremonies than in any constant belief.”

― Francis Bacon

“A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.”

― Francis Bacon

“Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.”

― Francis Bacon

“Sympathy with nature is part of a good person’s religion.”

― Francis Herbert Hedge

“A pretty good test of a man’s religion is how it affects his pocketbook.”

― Francis J. Grimke

“What we need in Europe is to push back against the idea that religion is so farfetched that it’s not worth talking about.”

― Francis Spufford

“Christianity is a religion of continuity and discontinuity as well. It’s about what stays the same and what changes in the twinkling of an eye. Both are necessary truths, but sometimes it’s important to accentuate the discontinuity, the sudden leap, the way you go up a tree, Zacchaeus, and come down a saint.”

― Francis Spufford

“Muslims in France should be able to practice their religion freely and safely.”

― Francois Hollande

“The passion for art is, as for believers, very religious. It unites people, its message is of common humanity. Art has become my religion – others pray in church. It’s a banality, but you don’t possess art, it possesses you. It’s like falling in love.”

― Francois Pinault

“Religion often partakes of the myth of progress that shields us from the terrors of an uncertain future.”

― Frank Herbert

“When law and duty are one, united by religion, you never become fully conscious, fully aware of yourself. You are always a little less than an individual.”

― Frank Herbert

“St. Patrick, bringing the religion to Ireland, this is what we should celebrate.”

― Frank McCourt

“Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion all have a double aspect – freedom of thought and freedom of action.”

― Frank Murphy

“There are things about organized religion which I resent. Christ is revered as the Prince of Peace, but more blood has been shed in His name than any other figure in history. You show me one step forward in the name of religion, and I’ll show you a hundred retrogressions.”

― Frank Sinatra

“Our civilization, such as it is, was shaped by religion, and the men who aspire to public office anyplace in the free world must make obeisance to God or risk immediate opprobrium.”

― Frank Sinatra

“Whoever seeks to set one religion against another seeks to destroy all religion.”

― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“We certainly love the Muslim people. But that is not the faith of this country. And that is not the religion that built this nation. The people of the Christian faith and the Jewish faith are the ones who built America, and it is not Islam.”

― Franklin Graham

“Religion may have become a codification of morality, and it may fortify it, but it’s not the origin of it.”

― Frans de Waal

“The enemy of science is not religion. Religion comes in endless shapes and forms… The true enemy is the substitution of thought, reflection, and curiosity with dogma.”

― Frans de Waal

“I’m personally a nonbeliever, so I’m struggling with if we really need religion.”

― Frans de Waal

“Understanding the need for religion is a far superior goal to bashing it.”

― Frans de Waal

“There are many reasons for kindness, and religion is just one of them.”

― Frans de Waal

“Religion looms as large as an elephant in the United States, to the point that being nonreligious is about the biggest handicap a politician running for office can have, bigger than being gay, unmarried, thrice married, or black.”

― Frans de Waal

“Supreme serenity still remains the Ideal of great Art. The shapes and transitory forms of life are but stages toward this Ideal, which Christ’s religion illuminates with His divine light.”

― Franz Liszt

“Religion is the everlasting dialogue between humanity and God. Art is its soliloquy.”

― Franz Werfel

“The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.”

― Fred Allen

“Religion points to that area of human experience where in one way or another man comes upon mystery as a summons to pilgrimage.”

― Frederick Buechner

“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”

― Frederick Douglass

“Religion is the idol of the mob; it adores everything it does not understand.”

― Frederick the Great

“Religion and political expediency go beautifully hand in hand.”

― Friedrich Durrenmatt

“In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“There is not enough religion in the world even to destroy religion.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“God is a thought who makes crooked all that is straight.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“The essence of religion consists in the feeling of an absolute dependence.”

― Friedrich Schleiermacher

“I don’t think being a writer who is religious means you have to write about nothing but religion. When I do write about religion, it’s to inform the story, not to push a certain agenda.”

― G. Willow Wilson

“I discovered I was a monotheist… That rules out polytheism. I have also had a problem with authority, which rules out any religion with a priesthood or leader who claims to be God’s representative on Earth.”

― G. Willow Wilson

“Choosing a spouse with religion in mind is not always a mistake, especially if your heritage and your faith are important parts of who you are. The trick is, as always, to recognize a good thing when you see it – and never mistake the bad for something more.”

― G. Willow Wilson

“I don’t disrespect anybody who espouses a particular religion or belief – that is their own right to do that. But I think it’s terribly important to look beyond the comfort that religion gives.”

― Gabriel Byrne

“I learned early on, stay away from politics, stay away from religion and don’t talk about sports. Those three right there will get you in trouble.”

― Gabriel Iglesias

“I think religion is a gateway for spiritual awakening.”

― Gabrielle Bernstein

“Freedom of religion does not entitle your religion to have a privileged position within the public sphere.”

― Gad Saad

“Secularism and pluralism are two of the defining ethos of Western societies. The former decouples religion from governmental institutions whilst the latter seeks to protect the rights of all citizens to freely practice their creed.”

― Gad Saad

“One of the hallmarks of the American justice system is that it should be blind to individuals’ idiosyncratic descriptors, including biological sex, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or physical attributes.”

― Gad Saad

“If one wishes to forgo the protection afforded by secular pluralism, then perhaps Western liberal democracies is not the right place for you to freely exercise your religion.”

― Gad Saad

“The contents of an ideology are not sacrosanct simply because they are couched in the cloak of a religion.”

― Gad Saad

“Social etiquette dictates that when in mixed company, one should avoid discussing politics and religion. As someone who is quite active on various social portals, I can attest to the visceral emotions that are triggered when these topics are broached!”

― Gad Saad

“I was little there were times I wanted my parents to be normal. I wanted them to have a religion. I wanted them to have a job, like the parents of every other kid I went to school with.”

― Gael Garcia Bernal

“I want people to have a good impression of Israel. I don’t feel like I’m an ambassador for my country, but I do talk about Israel a lot – I enjoy telling people about where I come from and my religion.”

― Gal Gadot

“The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go.”

― Galileo Galilei

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”

― Galileo Galilei

“My religion would be a gentle faith that believed in the sacredness of leisure. Napping as a form of prayer.”

― Garrison Keillor

“Religion has a good place and it has its good people.”

― Garry Marshall

“In our house, everyone’s opinion is welcome. I grew up in a house where everything wasn’t when it came to politics or religion.”

― Garth Brooks

“If organized religion has become less relevant, it’s not because churches have held fast to their creedal beliefs – it’s because they’ve held fast to their conventional structures, programs, roles and routines.”

― Gary Hamel

“Over the centuries, religion has become institutionalized, and in the process encrusted with elaborate hierarchies, top-heavy bureaucracies, highly specialized roles and reflexive routines.”

― Gary Hamel

“I think the world looks down on Republicans for their socially conservative views, which includes religion in government.”

― Gary Johnson

“We need to understand the difference between freedom of religion – which is absolutely guaranteed and I would fervently defend. Sharia law is politics; it’s not religion. If you say that a woman is voluntarily going to be of lesser value than a man, which is in sharia law, can we allow that?”

― Gary Johnson

“Diversity of thought and culture and religion and ideas has been the strength of America.”

― Gary Locke

“This is God’s world, not Satan’s. Christians are the lawful heirs, not non-Christians.”

― Gary North

“I did an album a long time ago called ‘Replicas,’ which was entirely science-fiction driven, or science-fantasy. Since then it’s been a song here, a song there. It’s not really a constant theme. I’ve written far more about my problems with religion, with God and all that.”

― Gary Numan

“Most modern science fiction went to school on ‘Dune.’ Even ‘Harry Potter’ with its ‘boy protagonist who has not yet grown into his destiny’ shares a common theme. When I read it for the first time, I felt like I had learned another language, mastered a new culture, adopted a new religion.”

― Gary Ross

“Zen, per se, is not just an art, it’s not just a religion, it’s a realisation.”

― Gene Clark

“Religion and culture are two important ways in which we as humans find our identity. That’s certainly true for me.”

― Gene Luen Yang

“I talk about religion because it’s one of the ways human beings find power and belonging. Religion is more than just that – I think faith traditions give us ways to talk about experiences of the numinous, too – but power and belonging are a big part of it.”

― Gene Luen Yang

“I think people often come to the synagogue, mosque, the church looking for God, and what we give them is religion.”

― Gene Robinson

“I’ve long been really intrigued with what is the… proper role of faith and religion in public life.”

― Gene Robinson

“I have to have an emotional connection to what I am ultimately selling because it is emotion, whether you are selling religion, politics, even a breath mint.”

― Gene Simmons

“Ever since boyhood I’ve made a religion of keeping in shape by regular, conscientious exercise.”

― Gene Tunney

“I’m going to tell you what my religion is. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Period. Terminato. Finito.”

― Gene Wilder

“I feel very Jewish, and I feel very grateful to be Jewish. But I don’t believe in God or anything to do with the Jewish religion.”

― Gene Wilder

“I am still moved by passages of Marx: the ‘Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right,’ for example, where, after the famous line about religion being ‘the opium of the people,’ he goes on to call it ‘the heart of a heartless world.’”

― Geoff Dyer

“The idea of entrepreneurship applies as much in politics, religion, society and the arts as it does in business.”

― Geoff Mulgan

“Although both sides of my family were religious, I was never forced to practice the Jewish faith. I did not really rebel against it, but then, as today, I disliked organized religion. I have a strange inhibition about praying with others.”

― Georg Solti

“Every race gets the religion it deserves, and only as policemen, pugilists, and priests have they succeeded, here and there a successful lawyer, but nothing more serious.”

― George A. Moore

“I do not believe in a universal religion any more than I believe in a universal language. My feeling is that people have to make their own religion as they have to make their arts and their parishes, and that they must find their own salvation; the salvation mongers are of not much avail.”

― George A. Moore

“For me, tribalism and religion are basically the big reasons we’re in trouble. Patriotism, tribalism, and religion.”

― George A. Romero

“We must seek the loving-kindness of God in all the breadth and open-air of common life.”

― George A. Smith

“No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.”

― George Bernard Shaw

“There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.”

― George Bernard Shaw

“Religion is just mind control.”

― George Carlin

“I think a lot of people really have religious overtones of having come from somewhere. I mean, even the whole concept of religion is kind of alien.”

― George Clinton

“The pride of life hath corrupted the judgment of others, and perverted them in the way of religion.”

― George Gillespie

“Religion is doing; a man does not merely think his religion or feel it, he lives his religion as much as he is able, otherwise it is not religion but fantasy or philosophy.”

― George Gurdjieff

“In every society in human history, including the United States, those in power seek to imbue themselves with the attributes of religion and patriotism as a way of getting greater support for their policy and insulating themselves from any criticism.”

― George J. Mitchell

“I have no belief in The Bible or religion, but I think Armageddon was a lucky guess. I honestly think it’s going to happen.”

― George Michael

“As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.”

― George Orwell

“Putin stands for the opposite of a universal ideology; he has become an arch-nationalist of a pre-Cold War type, making mystic appeals to motherland and religion.”

― George Packer

“A religion is not just a set of texts but the living beliefs and practices of its adherents.”

― George Packer

“I find religion and spirituality fascinating. I would like to believe this isn’t the end and there’s something more, but I can’t convince the rational part of me that that makes any sense whatsoever.”

― George R. R. Martin

“Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace.”

― George Santayana

“Wealth, religion, military victory have more rhetorical than efficacious worth.”

― George Santayana

“Each religion, by the help of more or less myth, which it takes more or less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny.”

― George Santayana

“I think you can judge from somebody’s actions a kind of a stability and sense of purpose perhaps created by strong religious roots. I mean, there’s a certain patience, a certain discipline, I think, that religion helps you achieve.”

― George W. Bush

“We need leadership that can elevate religion and morality to their position of paramount importance and thus eliminate growing selfishness, immorality and materialism.”

― George W. Romney

“My religion is my most precious possession. Except for it, I could easily have become excessively occupied with industry. Sharing responsibility for church work has been a vital counterbalance in my life.”

― George W. Romney

“Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

― George Washington

“No, the religion of Jesus is a social religion.”

― George Whitefield

“Politics should share one purpose with religion: the steady emancipation of the individual through the education of his passions.”

― George Will

“Religion is a means of exploitation employed by the strong against the weak; religion is a cloak of ambition, injustice and vice.”

― Georges Bizet

“I will be a president of all Bulgarians, irrespective of their ethnicity, religion or political affiliations.”

― Georgi Parvanov

“You can’t write about the past and ignore religion. It was such a fundamental, mind-shaping, driving force for pre-modern societies. I’m very interested in what religion does to us – its capacity to create love and empathy or hatred and violence.”

― Geraldine Brooks

“What are my sources of strength? My husband and my three kids, my health-care team, and my religion.”

― Geraldine Ferraro

“Religion, you know, enters very deep; in reality it is the deepest impression I have in speaking to people, that they are or that they are not of my religion.”

― Gerard Manley Hopkins

“People have evolved into something selfish, greedy and intolerant. People are unaccepting, because of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation… I’ve seen it in punk clubs, and I’ve seen it in the world.”

― Gerard Way

“Everybody, be they female, whatever your religion, whatever your nationality, you’re an individual, and if you perform well, we want you, and if you don’t, we don’t.”

― Gerry Harvey

“Counting is the religion of this generation it is its hope and its salvation.”

― Gertrude Stein

“What is marriage, is marriage protection or religion, is marriage renunciation or abundance, is marriage a stepping-stone or an end. What is marriage.”

― Gertrude Stein

“Please accept a promise from me in his name that I will always live in the religion in which he died.”

― Giacomo Meyerbeer

“I’m interested in spirituality and in religion and our relationship to the divine.”

― Giancarlo Esposito

“Judaism is not just a religion but a people, and the food and customs of one part of the people is connected to the other part of the people. They are part of a larger story.”

― Gil Marks

“The key to Judaism’s survival is the emotional attachment to the religion.”

― Gil Marks

“In Judaism, almost every ritual entails either food or the absence of food. Yom Kippur, for instance, is the absence of food. Part of it is Talmudic, part of it is custom. So much of Judaism was bound up in dietary laws. So everything you ate – the very act itself – was part of religion.”

― Gil Marks

“Judaism is not, per se, a religion in the sense most Americans think of. Even if you don’t adhere to the various precepts, you’re still a Jew.”

― Gil Marks

“Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.”

― Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalised.”

― Gilbert K. Chesterton

“It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.”

― Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Ordinary Kenyans rightly want to be able to shop safely, and there is a long history of them doing just that, irrespective of their religion or that of the shop owner.”

― Giles Foden

“I could almost say it is my religion. I guess that sounds pretentious, but I want to live and breathe cinema.”

― Giovanni Ribisi

“You don’t mess with politics and religion. Leave it alone. People get upset at that sometimes.”

― Glen Campbell

“Wars have always started over religion.”

― Glenn Danzig

“It’s the biggest thing in the world in many ways, football. People don’t want to talk about politics. They don’t want to talk about religion. They want to talk about football – wherever you go.”

― Glenn Hoddle

“Monotheism makes me grouchy. I don’t trust any religion that makes God look like one of the ruling class. I guess I’m a pagan or an animist.”

― Gloria Steinem

“The interesting part of my spiritual life is studying as much as you can. Islam and Buddhism and Hinduism and Shamanism and Judaism, Christianity – you try to learn what the precepts are, what the religion is, and ultimately, it’s based in the same thought, it’s based in the same outcome, you know.”

― Goldie Hawn

“I was born Jewish, and I consider that my religion. But I’ve studied all religions, and as you learn more, you really learn that everyone’s praying to the same God.”

― Goldie Hawn

“I believe having religion in your life creates the potential for long-lasting relationships.”

― Goldie Hawn

“The whole essence of the Christian religion is based on the atonement of Christ, his death and his resurrection.”

― Gordon B. Hinckley

“I think the world would be much poorer without religion, speaking generally.”

― Gordon B. Hinckley

“Oh, I don’t think religion has failed. It’s man who has failed. Christ hasn’t failed. The Gospel hasn’t failed. The teachings of God have not failed.”

― Gordon B. Hinckley

“I believe there is a moral sense and a global ethic that commands attention from people of every religion and every faith, and people of no faith. But I think what’s new is that we now have the capacity to communicate instantaneously across frontiers right across the world.”

― Gordon Brown

“Our common realm is not and cannot be stripped of values – I absolutely reject the idea that religion should somehow be tolerated but not encouraged in public life.”

― Gordon Brown

“Our equality bill is specifically designed to protect religion and belief on exactly the same terms as race or gender or sexuality.”

― Gordon Brown

“This is a war against terrorists. Not a war against a religion, but a war against terrorists.”

― Gordon England

“It is not that we have class prejudice, but only that we find comfort and ease in our own class. And normally there are plenty of people of our own class, or race, or religion to play, live, and eat with, and to marry.”

― Gordon W. Allport

“Some have deplored Lincoln’s indifference to Christianity. But it was not religion, it was religiosity that put him off.”

― Gore Vidal

“To get people to do needed things is the perennial hard task of government, not to mention of religion and philosophy.”

― Gore Vidal

“Religion has stayed with me even though I rebelled.”

― Grace Jones

“I tried to start my own religion in high school. I was very eccentric. I’ve always loved attention.”

― Graham Elliot

“When you run a company, you need to be pretty open-minded. There are a lot of different views on faith, on religion, on many different issues, and you can’t let your own faith be the barometer.”

― Greg Brenneman

“I was in a choir as a kid. It was from those early days that my outlook on harmonies and arrangements were nurtured. I always took that with me, even on the earliest Bad Religion record, which strangely was only about six years after that.”

― Greg Graffin

“Bad Religion has never been about criticizing people who are Christian. But we’ve always been about pointing out the irony and contradictions in Christian theology and the more extreme versions of Christians that seek to challenge modern secularism.”

― Greg Graffin

“One of our great thematic traditions in Bad Religion has been to question human nature.”

― Greg Graffin

“I’ve written almost 200 songs with Bad Religion. No matter where you look in our history, the focus has been trying to instill some of these disturbing realities about the world, some of the implications of evolution into an artistic format that can be interpreted by people who may never study evolution.”

― Greg Graffin

“I was never raised with the traditional story of creation in religion, and because of that I think I had a lot of questions. And evolution, the evolutionary narrative, helped provide some of that for me.”

― Greg Graffin

“Folk music usually has an emphasis on the lyrics and melody. And those lyrics are usually relevant in some way. And it’s populist in scope, which is also true of Bad Religion. So it’s more meant to draw some parallels between the two. And I think even my voice and my delivery can be thought of as a little bit folky.”

― Greg Graffin

“The vocal arrangements are a big part of the formula for a Bad Religion song – layered harmonies and background vocals. So when I start to describe the elements of Bad Religion’s sound, it starts to sound like a Christmas choir.”

― Greg Graffin

“Let’s face it: There are people who are extremists in every corner of society, and whatever flag they’re waving is something Bad Religion has stood against.”

― Greg Graffin

“Bad Religion’s tradition has always been to try and provoke people but hopefully lead them to a better sense of who they are and what they stand for. That’s supposed to make them feel better.”

― Greg Graffin

“I struggled to keep one foot in music and one in academia. I had worked on my Ph.D. for three years full time before I realized Bad Religion could be a legitimate career.”

― Greg Graffin

“You can look at Bad Religion, and, really, almost everything I’ve ever done was an exercise in creativity. I’ve always had a desire to challenge and question authority, and that’s where the fire inside comes from. I challenged authority out of a desire to make things better, not to be nihilistic about it.”

― Greg Graffin

“Bad Religion took a long time to develop into gold-record-status artists. Along the way we learned and applied our knowledge, and Atlantic helped us every step of the way, since 1993.”

― Greg Graffin

“Here is a fact: If Facebook were a religion, it will be the third largest behind Islam and Christianity. Its success is rooted and capitalizing on the human desire to bond.”

― Greg Gutfeld

“There are a lot of people in the medium who came and got into the industry and work in the industry, and these are people who were raised on comics and loved comics. Comics are their religion. To such an extent, that they don’t know anything else.”

― Greg Rucka

“Science, like art, religion, commerce, warfare, and even sleep, is based on presuppositions.”

― Gregory Bateson

“As a literature of change driven by technology, science fiction presents religion to a part of the reading public that probably seldom goes to church.”

― Gregory Benford

“I focused on where she was from of course, her voice and her history, her relationship with God – her religion. This was probably the strongest relationship she has had, really. She never seemed to maintain close relationships with husbands.”

― Gretchen Mol

“Music is a religion to me and my friends.”

― Grimes

“It is wrong to divide the nation white against black, native born against immigrant or one religion against another. It is also wrong to divide people by income. East Germany was not an improvement over South Africa. Obama divides Americans against each other. This is wrong.”

― Grover Norquist

“I started seeing in the monsters as a more sincere form of religion because the priests were not that great, but Frankenstein was great.”

― Guillermo del Toro

“I was brought up Catholic and know the stench of the Catholic Church. I moved away from religion early, but the impression remains.”

― Gunter Grass

“Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched.”

― Guy de Maupassant

“I am an atheist. I was born a Catholic, but after I had traveled to Northern Ireland with some Catholic friends, and we had a horrible experience with the English Protestant police, I lost all taste for formal religion.”

― Guy Laliberte

“I wanted to fulfil the unfinished agenda of my father, which was to solve the problems of farmers, daily wage workers, and downtrodden people, irrespective of their caste and religion.”

― H. D. Kumaraswamy

“Communism, like any other revealed religion, is largely made up of prophecies.”

― H. L. Mencken

“If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences.”

― H. P. Lovecraft

“Muslims who commit terrorist acts are perverting their religion.”

― H. R. McMaster

“My religion is inclusivity.”

― Haaz Sleiman

“The Charter of the United Nations expresses the noblest aspirations of man: abjuration of force in the settlement of disputes between states; the assurance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion; the safeguarding of international peace and security.”

― Haile Selassie

“The difference must be distinguished between worship and respect. Islam orders you to obey and respect, as long as you are not worshiping anything other than God… Islam is a religion of peace. You don’t attack. You explain.”

― Hakeem Olajuwon

“Man is the religious animal. He is the only one that’s got true religion, several of them.”

― Hal Holbrook

“I don’t align myself with the West of the Muslim world. I align myself with what I perceive to be just and in accordance with my principles – the principles that I live my life by which are universal principles and that are embodied in the religion of Islam.”

― Hamza Yusuf

“Corruption is rife in the Muslim world, and when it is coupled with the marginalization of religion, it manifests itself as frustration and becomes a fertile recruiting ground for extremism.”

― Hamza Yusuf

“Much to the chagrin of the staunchly secular among us, religion shows no sign of going away. Predictions of the demise of religion, faith, tradition – and even God – have consistently been proven wrong.”

― Hamza Yusuf

“The acquisition of knowledge – knowledge of both the world and of their own religion – will inoculate young people against extremist ideologies.”

― Hamza Yusuf

“You can condemn and criticize religion… all those things are fine, but you can’t mock and disrespect people.”

― Hamza Yusuf

“The Islamic tradition does show some areas of apparent incompatibility with the goals of women in the West, and Muslims have a long way to go in their attitudes towards women. But blaming the religion is again to express an ignorance both of the religion and of the historical struggle for equality of women in Muslim societies.”

― Hamza Yusuf

“The Jews would have us believe that God had this bias to this little small tribe in the middle of the Sinai Desert, and all the rest of humanity is just rubbish. I mean, that is the basic doctrine of the Jewish religion, and that’s why it is a most racist religion.”

― Hamza Yusuf

“We must assert to the Abrahamic people that we are the last extension of the Abrahamic religion… There is no such thing as an Islamic tribe.”

― Hamza Yusuf

“When people discuss religion, it is a pity that they often become excited and argue. We should merely listen, as one does on a dark night; we should merely gaze at the stars.”

― Haniel Long

“Genius without religion is only a lamp on the outer gate of a palace; it may serve to cast a gleam of light on those that are without, while the inhabitant sits in darkness.”

― Hannah More

“It was once religion which told us that we are all sinners because of original sin. It is now the ecology of our planet which pronounces us all to be sinners because of the excessive exploits of human inventiveness.”

― Hans Jonas

“It was once religion which threatened us with a last judgment at the end of days. It is now our tortured planet which predicts the arrival of such a day without any heavenly intervention.”

― Hans Jonas

“Religion often is misused for purely power-political goals, including war.”

― Hans Kung

“That means that every human being – without distinction of sex, age, race, skin color, language, religion, political view, or national or social origin – possesses an inalienable and untouchable dignity.”

― Hans Kung

“Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is.”

― Hans Urs von Balthasar

“Not longer loved or fostered by religion, beauty is lifted from its face as a mask, and its absence exposes features on that face which threaten to become incomprehensible to man.”

― Hans Urs von Balthasar

“No religion makes more use of color than Hinduism, with its blue-skinned gods and peony-lipped goddesses, and even the spring festival of Holi is focused on color: Boys squirt arcs of dyed water on passersby or dump powder, all violently hued, on their marks.”

― Hanya Yanagihara

“I am proud to be a Sikh and am a true disciple of Guru Gobind Singh, who sacrificed his entire family for the Sikh religion.”

― Harbhajan Singh

“’Hamlet’ is a universal story that concerns us all. These issues do not concern only Muslims, but all people equally, showing that we all share the same problems regardless of religion, nation and culture.”

― Haris Pasovic

“Anti-frackers are disingenuous. They bow to the religion of environmentalism.”

― Harold Hamm

“I always point out to my Passover guests that the Hebrews were not living in isolation. They were at the crossroads of several great, elaborate cultures with their own mythology and religion and art and architecture and cultural belief. In fact, so many of the mythologies of the world describe the same events, just from different points of view.”

― Harold Ramis

“I was raised Jewish and fully embrace the core beliefs of Judaism – the ones that I identify as core beliefs, which are essentially freedom and justice. But the supernatural aspects of religion were never important to me.”

― Harold Ramis

“There is a great difference between Christianity and religion at the south. If a man goes to the communion table, and pays money into the treasury of the church, no matter if it be the price of blood, he is called religious.”

― Harriet Ann Jacobs

“Religion is a temper, not a pursuit.”

― Harriet Martineau

“But is it not the fact that religion emanates from the nature, from the moral state of the individual? Is it not therefore true that unless the nature be completely exercised, the moral state harmonized, the religion cannot be healthy?”

― Harriet Martineau

“The American way was for commerce, personal relationships, and religion to be voluntary. No one was forced to participate in something he didn’t want.”

― Harry Browne

“I’m not really into religion.”

― Harry Dean Stanton

“Religion is not a burden, not a weight, it is wings.”

― Harry Emerson Fosdick

“At no point do I ever remember taking religion very seriously or even feeling that the biblical stories were any different from fairy stories. Certainly, none of it made any sense. By comparison, the world in which I lived, though I might not always understand it in all aspects, always made a lot of sense.”

― Harry Kroto

“All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by. religion, whatever else it has done, has provided one of the main ways of meeting this abiding need.”

― Harvey Cox

“Theater is my temple and my religion and my act of faith. Strangers sit in a room together and believe together.”

― Harvey Fierstein

“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

“I’ve experienced Islamophobic stuff. But I don’t care – you can say whatever you want to say about me, but I am who I am. I think that what I’m trying to fight for and what I’m performing for is bigger than any religion, race, creed, or class.”

― Hasan Minhaj

“There is a very intimate connection between hypnotic phenomena and religion.”

― Havelock Ellis

“I have always respected everyone’s religion. As I say, there is only one God and a lot of confused people.”

― Hazel Scott

“I think religion and science operate in different regimes. Religion is a belief system that tries to give meaning and comprehension to peoples’ lives. Science is more about the mechanics of the universe around us and the way in which it works. And I don’t think those things have to be mutually exclusive.”

― Heidi Hammel

“Every man, either to his terror or consolation, has some sense of religion.”

― Heinrich Heine

“It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.”

― Helen Keller

“It’s wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears.”

― Helen Keller

“I’m very passionate about philosophy and religion.”

― Helen Slater

“It is, then, by those shadows of the hoary Past and their fantastic silhouettes on the external screen of every religion and philosophy, that we can, by checking them as we go along, and comparing them, trace out finally the body that produced them.”

― Helena Blavatsky

“Religion is to mysticism what popularization is to science.”

― Henri Bergson

“When you’re in prison, you either embrace religion or you reject it. I embraced it; it was a very spiritual time for me.”

― Henrique Capriles Radonski

“Apparent contradictions between religion and science often have been the basis of bitter controversy. Such differences are to be expected as long as human understanding remains provisional and fragmentary.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“True Americanism is opposed utterly to any political divisions resting on race and religion.”

― Henry Cabot Lodge

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“I found myself facing a Christian Science Reading Room. My God! It had been eight years. There had never been any renunciation of religion on my part, but like so many people, it was a gradual fading away.”

― Henry Fonda

“Religion is not changed as easily as a shirt.”

― Henry IV

“Conflict between science and religion a dangerous foe.”

― Henry Norris Russell

“Far from being hostile to religion is capable of rendering religion important services.”

― Henry Norris Russell

“Morality without religion is only a kind of dead reckoning – an endeavor to find our place on a cloudy sea by measuring the distance we have run, but without any observation of the heavenly bodies.”

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.”

― Henry Ward Beecher

“I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.”

― Henry Ward Beecher

“But the French writers always had more originality and independence than others, and that regulator, which elsewhere was religion, long since ceased to exist for them.”

― Henryk Sienkiewicz

“Next to religion, baseball has had a greater impact on our American way of life than any other American institution.”

― Herbert Hoover

“It is already clear, after twenty years of socialism in Russia, that if you do not provide your society with a new religion, it will gradually revert to the old one.”

― Herbert Read

“We may be sure that out of the ruins of our capitalist civilization a new religion will emerge, just as Christianity emerged from the ruins of the Roman civilization.”

― Herbert Read

“I call religion a natural authority, but it has usually been conceived as a supernatural authority.”

― Herbert Read

“Some people think that all the equipment you need to discuss religion is a mouth.”

― Herman Wouk

“The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life’s wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion.”

― Hermann Hesse

“We didn’t have any books at home. Not even children’s books or fairy tales. The only ‘fantastic’ stories came from religion class. And I took them all very literally, that God sees everything, and so I felt I was always being watched. Or that dead people were in Heaven right over our village.”

― Herta Muller

“I’ve always been very vocal about my religion. It’s a big part of who I am.”

― Hilarie Burton

“In nearly every religion I am aware of, there is a variation of the golden rule. And even for the non-religious, it is a tenet of people who believe in humanistic principles.”

― Hillary Clinton

“The Japanese don’t have a specific religion, but a spirituality. A cap, shoes, and a table have a spirituality. When you eat an apple, you don’t say you eat it: you say, ‘I am receiving it.’ Kind of like you are thanking the food.”

― Hirokazu Kore-eda

“People have always searched for answers. That’s why we have religion; people have always been seeking some relief from their own mortality.”

― Holly Hunter

“The self-help section of national bookstore chains in America is one of the largest sections. In a way, it’s nothing new, and in another way, very new. People have always searched for answers; that’s why we have religion. People have always been seeking some relief from their own mortality.”

― Holly Hunter

“All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.”

― Honore de Balzac

“Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.”

― Honore de Balzac

“When Religion and Royalty are swept away, the people will attack the great, and after the great, they will fall upon the rich.”

― Honore de Balzac

“Pictures may serve as helps to religion but are only an appendix to idolatry, for the people must be taught to believe in false gods and in the power of saints before they will learn to worship their images.”

― Horace Walpole

“Religion which requires persecution to sustain, it is of the devil’s propagation.”

― Hosea Ballou

“After all, is football a game or a religion?”

― Howard Cosell

“The importance that our society attaches to sport is incredible. After all, is football a game or a religion? The people of this country have allowed sports to get completely out of hand.”

― Howard Cosell

“A critic is a eunuch working in a harem. He watches it, but he knows he can’t do it. Critics very often are failed writers and, like failed priests, they hate religion.”

― Howard Fast

“I’m sickened by all religions. Religion has divided people. I don’t think there’s any difference between the pope wearing a large hat and parading around with a smoking purse and an African painting his face white and praying to a rock.”

― Howard Stern

“Religion wasn’t imposed on me.”

― Hozier

“I dabbled with faith, and I explored religion quite thoroughly.”

― Hozier

“Religion wasn’t imposed on me. I dabbled with faith, and I explored religion quite thoroughly.”

― Hozier

“Another important historical factor is the fact that this already very simple religion was further simplified and purified by the early philosophers of ancient China. Our first great philosopher was a founder of naturalism; and our second great philosopher was an agnostic.”

― Hu Shih

“Balenciaga was my religion. Since I’m a believer, for me, there’s Balenciaga, and the good Lord.”

― Hubert de Givenchy

“The major civilizing force in the world is not religion, it is sex.”

― Hugh Hefner

“One of the problems with organized religion is that it has always kept women in a second-class position. They have been viewed as the daughters of Eve.”

― Hugh Hefner

“My father is very Jean Valjean. He’s what I would call a great example of a religious person. He is a deeply thoughtful man whose religion is in his deeds way more than anything else. It’s not talked about that much.”

― Hugh Jackman

“I remember at one point being in fellowship, and everyone used to wear the fish symbol; it said you were a Christian. So I asked my father, ‘Dad, why don’t you wear that at work?’ And he said, ‘Your religion should be in your actions.’ He set a great, great example.”

― Hugh Jackman

“I don’t criticise anybody, but I just don’t understand religion. Like I don’t understand nationalism. These are the two things that cause wars. I don’t understand why they are supposed to be good things.”

― Hugh Masekela

“The thing that is being lost is heritage. In Africa, religion and advertisement and television and media hype have gotten Africans to where they are convinced psychologically that their own heritage is heathen, pagan, barbaric, savage, primitive.”

― Hugh Masekela

“I’m not a Christian. My participation in music is so full blast, 24 hours a day. And that’s my religion. I think I’m as spiritual as the pope, because I spend as much time in my spirituality as he does.”

― Hugh Masekela

“Now I know that this energy within me is seeking more than the mate or the profession or the religion – more even than pleasure or power or meaning. It is seeking more of me; or better, it is, thank God, releasing more of me.”

― Hugh Prather

“A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and degrade religion.”

― Hugo Black

“I just think Texas and that whole Bible Belt section is so, like, corporate. And I don’t agree with organized religion in that respect.”

― Hunter Parrish

“Let me say this loud and clear. There is a world of difference between terrorist acts and the Islamic Shari’a. Islam is not only a religion, but a way of life. And at its heart lie the sacred principles of tolerance and dialogue.”

― Hussein of Jordan

“Our religion does not discriminate according to color, sex or anything else. What counts is piety and faith.”

― Hussein of Jordan

“Religion is the call to confront reality; to master the self.”

― Huston Smith

“Every society and religion has rules, for both have moral laws. And the essence of morality consists, as in art, of drawing the line somewhere.”

― Huston Smith

“God has to speak to each person in their own language, in their own idioms. Take Spanish, Chinese. You can express the same thought, but to different people you have to use a different language. It’s the same in religion.”

― Huston Smith

“No one in human history has given as much thought to the interweaving of altered states of consciousness and religion as I have.”

― Huston Smith

“First of all, my persuasion is what really breeds violence is political differences. But because religion serves as the soul of community, it gets drawn into the fracas and turns up the heat.”

― Huston Smith

“It is commonly said and known that each civilization has its own religion. Now my claim is that if we look deeper, the different civilizations were brought into being by the different revelations.”

― Huston Smith

“They’re after one world religion and one world government. That’s why they’ve attacked the Catholic Church so strongly, to ultimately take control over it by their doctrine.”

― Hutton Gibson

“I don’t want to participate in traditional Indian religious ceremonies – dance in a sun dance or pray in a sweat lodge or go on a vision quest with the help of a medicine man. The power of these ceremonies has an appeal, but I’m content with what little religion I already have.”

― Ian Frazier

“I’m not a religious person, and I’m not too interested in being a part of a religion, but I do like having some sort of communal gathering, and having some sense of peoples.”

― Ian MacKaye

“I don’t believe there’s any inherent darkness at the center of religion at all. I think religion actually is a morally neutral force.”

― Ian Mcewan

“I increasingly see organized religion as actually my enemy. They treat me as their enemy. Not all Christians, of course. Not all Jews, not all Muslims.”

― Ian Mckellen

“The only time I even entertain the tiniest element of religion is for Christmas carols.”

― Ian Watson

“Music and religion keep me young.”

― Ilaiyaraaja

“My music is religion, and my religion is music. They are one.”

― Ilaiyaraaja

“I think part of being Jewish is that innate desire to question things. Rabbis sit around all day and question the Torah. Giving yourself the room to question things, in a religion, just breeds thinking.”

― Iliza Shlesinger

“I don’t feel the need for religion. But I went on a yoga retreat last year and I do believe slightly in the karma thing and just being good and true unto yourself. And I slightly believe that you can attract good and bad to you.”

― Imelda Staunton

“Religion is the recognition of all our duties as divine commands.”

― Immanuel Kant

“I do not belong to any religion. Everything is between God and myself.”

― Indra Devi

“I hope I never get so old I get religious.”

― Ingmar Bergman

“People can be only divided into good or bad; their race, religion, nationality don’t matter.”

― Irena Sendler

“When I’m not writing, I read loads of fiction, but I’ve been writing quite constantly lately so I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction – philosophy, religion, science, history, social or cultural studies.”

― Irvine Welsh

“People need religion. It’s a vehicle for a moral tradition. A crucial role. Nothing can take its place.”

― Irving Kristol

“Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters.”

― Isaac Bashevis Singer

“Religion and philosophy are to be preserved distinct. We are not to introduce divine revelations into philosophy, nor philosophical opinions into religion.”

― Isaac Newton

“Other lands may have their charms, and the sunny skies of other climes may be regretted, but it is with pride and gladness that the wanderer sets foot again on British soil, thanking God for the religion and the liberty which have made this weather-beaten island in a northern sea to be the light and glory of the world.”

― Isabella Bird

“My mom’s a Catholic, and my dad’s a Jew, and they didn’t want anything to do with anything.”

― Isabelle Huppert

“Whatever religion or wisdom, spirituality and values are important to me and to the business.”

― Isabelle Kocher

“Selfishness is the only real atheism; aspiration, unselfishness, the only real religion.”

― Israel Zangwill

“’Kol Nidrei’ is probably the most important prayer in the Jewish religion. It comes on the evening of Yom Kippur. There are so many different renditions of it.”

― Itzhak Perlman

“Global warming has become a new religion. We frequently hear about the number of scientists who support it. But the number is not important: only whether they are correct is important. We don’t really know what the actual effect on the global temperature is. There are better ways to spend the money.”

― Ivar Giaever

“There is a vast quantity of religion current in the world which is not true, genuine Christianity. It passes muster, it satisfies sleepy consciences; but it is not good money. It is not the authentic reality that called itself Christianity in the beginning.”

― J. C. Ryle

“I also like to look at the dynamic that takes place between religion and science because, in a way, both are asking the same questions: Who are we? Where do we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? The methodologies are diametrically opposed, but their motivation is the same; the wellspring is the same in both cases.”

― J. Michael Straczynski

“I stopped going to Kingdom Hall, the church, when I was 11 years old, so I was very young. They don’t celebrate birthdays, you get no Christmas, so it’s a very difficult religion for children to get into. And they do a lot of finger-pointing among the Jehovah’s Witnesses.”

― Ja Rule

“I prayed every night that God would keep my family safe. But as far as religion goes, I feel like everyone should have their own one-on-one with God.”

― Ja Rule

“Every religion there’s something foul going on.”

― Ja Rule

“I went through a lot of phases and studied many religions. I am not into religion, I am spiritual.”

― Ja Rule

“I got a cold feeling toward religion in general. I don’t think God would want to separate families.”

― Ja Rule

“Who made these laws? That’s what I want to know. So that’s why I wear two crosses now. I call it double cross. I believe in God-not religion.”

― Ja Rule

“As far as religion goes, I feel like everyone should have their own one-on-one with God.”

― Ja Rule

“The rules, religion to religion that man set forth, made me shy away from religion and have my own one on one with God and cut out the middleman.”

― Ja Rule

“I believe in God and not religion, because I believe religion is the double cross. Because I’ve been double crossed by three religions, so I think I can safely say that religion – there is maybe something wrong with religion. Every temple that’s put up may not be a holy one, so watch out.”

― Ja Rule

“I’ve been in elementary education for years and my belief is that Christmas pageants in schools are little more than conditioning kids for the Christian religion.”

― Jack Bowman

“I took religion much too seriously, however, and its overall effect was depressing. I would have really liked to discard it, but somehow I couldn’t.”

― Jack Dee

“Politicians read the polls that show 85 or 90 percent of the voters profess a belief in God, so they identify themselves with religion, often only to the degree necessary to reach the constituency they are targeting.”

― Jack Germond

“Comparing science and religion isn’t like comparing apples and oranges – it’s more like apples and sewing machines.”

― Jack Horner

“My religion centers in different areas than what’s considered conventional religion.”

― Jack Kevorkian

“Kennedy believed in religious liberty and the separation of church and state. He did not believe in the right of elected officials to impose their religious views on others. He was the first Catholic ever elected president, and he spent much of the 1960 campaign defending his religion and assuring voters he would not take orders from the Vatican.”

― Jack Schlossberg

“I love Frank Ocean. I think he’s so talented and his music is so great. So, I would love to do one of his songs like ‘Bad Religion’ or ‘Pink Matter.’”

― Jacob Artist

“Northeastern conservatism is moderate, accepts the modern welfare state, and dislikes mixing religion with politics. Western conservatism is hawkish, hates government, and embraces individual freedom. Southern conservatism is populist, draws on evangelical Christianity, and plays upon racial resentments.”

― Jacob Weisberg

“In George W. Bush’s case, the public paid far too little attention to the role of religion in his thinking. Many voters failed to appreciate that while Bush’s religious beliefs may be moderate Methodist ones, he was someone who relied on his faith immoderately, as an alternative to rational understanding of complex issues.”

― Jacob Weisberg

“Obama is the rare Democrat who talks easily about faith and values and who does so without upsetting those offended by the mixture of religion and politics.”

― Jacob Weisberg

“I love religion and have contemplated going back to school to get a world religion degree.”

― Jada Pinkett Smith

“Yoga is not a belief system – it is not a new religion, philosophy or a teaching but a technology. I call it a technology because you don’t have to believe it; you just have to learn to use it. It does not matter what your religion is, what your colour is, what your race is, or where you come from. If you learn to use yoga, it works for you.”

― Jaggi Vasudev

“A true Christian, who is born anew of the Spirit of Christ, is in the simplicity of Christ, and hath no strife or contention with any man about religion.”

― Jakob Bohme

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.”

― James A. Michener

“The secret of a person’s nature lies in their religion and what they really believes about the world and their place in it.”

― James Anthony Froude

“Patriotism is the religion of hell.”

― James Branch Cabell

“I think we have to believe in things we don’t see. That’s really important for all of us, whether it’s your religion or Santa Claus, or whatever. That’s pretty much what it’s about.”

― James Caan

“On a personal note, myself, I find religion – I can understand it, I can understand why we have it, as a kind of force on the planet. And I also at the same time think it’s ludicrous.”

― James Callis

“My Latin education teaches me that religion comes from religio, which means, ‘to bind.’ To bind with rope. And that’s all it means. So whenever I hear somebody go, ‘I feel so religious right now!’ I’m like, ‘Well, you’re tying yourself up in knots, are you?’”

― James Callis

“A Renaissance pope, they were not overly concerned with their religion – rather more concerned with politics and power. At that time, they still ruled the world.”

― James Faulkner

“I sometimes wish I had been educated a Catholic, in order to unite the poetry of religion with its higher principles. Are they necessarily inseparable? Is man really so much of a philosopher, that he can conceive of truth in its abstract purity, and divest life and the affections of all the aids of the imagination?”

― James Fenimore Cooper

“America was first colonized by Puritans. Most of our earliest immigrants, and many since, have come here in order to practice their religious beliefs as they please. Our culture has always been, and will most likely always be, profoundly influenced by religion.”

― James Frey

“By religion, then, I understand a propitiation or conciliation of powers superior to man which are believed to direct and control the course of nature and of human life.”

― James G. Frazer

“Religion gives you a sense of certainty. It makes you feel that you have the right answers to really big questions and that you’ve grasped the truth.”

― James Heckman

“I cannot adequately express the horror I feel for a man who can be so base as to veil his hypocrisy under the cloak of religion, and state the base falsehood he has done.”

― James K. Polk

“To speak against religion (the Christian) is breaking down the bond of good government.”

― James L. Petigru

“As we see thousands of public and private Christmas trees and nativity displays around the country, they remind us again of the powerful American value built into our Constitution: our freedom of religion.”

― James Lankford

“Religion that is contained only within a church building is a weekend hobby, not a personal faith.”

― James Lankford

“The question of religion was a matter for each individual’s conscience, and in a great many cases was the outcome of birth or residence in a certain geographical area.”

― James Larkin

“There must be freedom for all to live, to think, to worship, no book, no avenue must be closed.”

― James Larkin

“I’m a scientist, not a theologian. I don’t know if there is a God or not. Religion requires certainty.”

― James Lovelock

“It just so happens that the green religion is now taking over from the Christian religion. I don’t think people have noticed that, but it’s got all the sort of terms that religions use… The greens use guilt. That just shows how religious greens are. You can’t win people round by saying they are guilty for putting (carbon dioxide) in the air.”

― James Lovelock

“I’m a scientist, not a theologian. I don’t know if there is a God or not. Religion requires certainty. Revere and respect Gaia. Have trust in Gaia. But not faith.”

― James Lovelock

“Religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government.”

― James Madison

“And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”

― James Madison

“Boy, if Garth Ennis had created a religion, I would sure like to be a part of that. It just makes sense, the way he tackles things in it. It’s really heavy stuff and it’s incredibly well written.”

― James Marsden

“Religion is the belief in an ever-living God, that is, in a Divine Mind and Will ruling the Universe and holding moral relations with mankind.”

― James Martineau

“Religion is no more possible without prayer than poetry without language, or music without atmosphere.”

― James Martineau

“The question of religion in black America is something filmmakers don’t want to touch.”

― James McBride

“We live in secular world now, but most of our art and culture is rooted in religion.”

― James Norton

“The only difference is that religion is much better organised and has been around much longer, but it’s the same story with different characters and different costumes.”

― James Randi

“Fundamentalists from every religion have to be replaced, have to be disempowered.”

― James Redfield

“I believe every religion captures a piece of the truth.”

― James Van Der Beek

“In a lot of Indian societies, spirituality has been lost, I think it’s still the best way of looking at the world for Indians – better than any organized religion in this country.”

― James Welch

“There are a lot of scientists or other people who can be very skeptical or rational within their field, but they may well not do that in other aspects of their lives, when it comes to things like religion, or what have you. People have this amazing gift for being selective with their curiosity and skepticism.”

― Jamie Hyneman

“For me, church was about not only religion but about community. A woman in my grandmother’s church helped pay for my SAT classes when I was in high school and drove me there every week.”

― Jamila Woods

“No white group has founded a major religion on this planet. The major religious were started in the Orient and the Middle East, not in Greece and Rome. I always knew you racists didn’t have a prayer.”

― Jane Elliot

“I’m a practicing Christian – and I’m going to keep practicing till I get it right – but I don’t feel everyone has to practice the same religion that I do. You have a right to worship who you choose and how you choose to.”

― Jane Elliot

“I’m not involved in the politics of religion, but I love what the message is.”

― Jane Seymour

“I believe that there is some spiritual entity that’s greater than us. I do not belong to any specific organized religion. I have always believed that, and I believe it even more so now. I believe that someone was listening to me, and someone is giving me an incredibly blessed life.”

― Jane Seymour

“In the traditional urban novel, there is only survival or not. The suburban idea, the conformist idea, that agony can be seen to and cured by doctors or psychoanalysis or self-knowledge is nowhere to be found in the city. Talking is a way of life, but it is not a cure. Same with religion.”

― Jane Smiley

“I was never pushed into the religion by my mother or anyone else. I made up my own mind when I was old enough. I am not a religious person, but I am spiritual.”

― Janet Jackson

“In the case of Bosnia, studies showed that turning to religion was a consequence of post-war depression and dissatisfaction.”

― Jasmila Zbanic

“I am a huge fan of capitalism and a huge fan of entrepreneurship and changing the world with technology and with entrepreneurship. Capitalism is awesome. To me, capitalism is my religion.”

― Jason Calacanis

“For a lot of folks who get sober, the process of getting and staying sober becomes their higher power, and it becomes a religion that sort of consumes a whole lot of them. I just don’t think that that’s necessary. I think that that can be a side note rather than the story of your life.”

― Jason Isbell

“But I remember the moment when my father died. I wasn’t a very committed Catholic beforehand, but when that happened it suddenly all felt so obvious: I now believe religion is our attempt to find an explanation, for us to feel more protected.”

― Javier Bardem

“I’d heard about Texas football and how much of a religion it is, but to go to Odessa and experience it first-hand is something different than just hearing about it.”

― Jay Hernandez

“We are a nation of immigrants, a quilt of many colors, and we’ve managed over more than two centuries to create a way of life that allows for a reasonable degree of upward mobility, that prizes individual liberty, promotes freedom of religion and genuinely values equal rights for all citizens.”

― Jay Parini

“The fact is, we need markers in life, whether we subscribe to a religion or not. And the major holidays, such as Christmas, serve to remind us of the turning world.”

― Jay Parini

“I think that the practice of religion allows one to discover emotional and psychological truth of a kind not available in the secular world.”

― Jay Parini

“God is God, but he has various names in different languages, and each strand of monotheistic religion has multiple ways of describing the godhead.”

― Jay Parini

“It’s probably incorrect to say that Islam is ‘a religion of peace,’ as some politicians like to say. Overstatements like that don’t clarify anything.”

― Jay Parini

“Religion is like a personal computer. You let people in if you want to… We’re all gods.”

― Jay-Z

“Sports is a unique thing in our country. It’s so influential. It’s almost like a sacrament for religion.”

― Jaylen Brown

“I respect religion and will respect any religion.”

― Jean-Bertrand Aristide

“There are a certain number of extreme behaviours led by fundamentalists who are using their religion for political ends and use extremist techniques.”

― Jean-Francois Cope

“Antiwhite racism is developing in sections of our cities where individuals – some of whom have French nationality – contemptuously designate French people as gaulois on the pretext they don’t share the same religion, color or origins.”

― Jean-Francois Cope

“Let them be reassured, it has never been one of our intentions to ban religion in society, but solely to protect the national education system from any conspicuous display of religious affiliation.”

― Jean-Pierre Raffarin

“There is an absolutely fundamental hostility on the part of totalitarian regimes toward religion.”

― Jeane Kirkpatrick

“Just as the Russians and the Soviets didn’t manage to wipe out languages in Lithuania, neither have they managed to wipe out religion to the extent that we had feared.”

― Jeane Kirkpatrick

“Nowhere does our Constitution say we cannot say something about another’s religion. Nowhere does our Constitution say we cannot say anything that offends someone.”

― Jeanine Pirro

“Religion and morality are critical to how students think about politics and form opinions on political issues.”

― Jeanne Shaheen

“If one group of people can exterminate another in the name of so-called religion, the world has no hope.”

― Jeff Fortenberry

“You cannot classify a whole group of people based upon their religion and determine their intent. That’s not fair. It’s not American.”

― Jeff Fortenberry

“We establish no religion in this country, nor will we ever. But we poison our society when we remove its theological underpinnings. We court corruption when we leave society devoid of belief.”

― Jeff Miller

“We need religion as a guide. We need it because we are imperfect. Our government needs the church, because only those humble enough to admit they are sinners can bring to democracy the tolerance it requires in order to survive.”

― Jeff Miller

“The best thing about science is that hard, empirical answers are always there if you look hard enough. The best thing about religion is that the very absence of that certainty is what requires – and gives rise to – deep feelings of faith.”

― Jeffrey Kluger

“Overly simplistic suggestions that we ban people from entering this country, based on religion, or ban people from an entire region of the world is counterproductive. It will not work. We need to build bridges to communities, to American-Muslim communities right now, to encourage them to help us in our homeland security efforts.”

― Jeh Johnson

“The story of the decadence of the cathedral as a moral power, a spiritual energizer in civilization, is the sad but inevitable story of dogmatism. It is the story of the struggle of free thought with bigotry, religion making common cause with the wrong side.”

― Jenkin Lloyd Jones

“Whence, then, did the cathedral derive its power? Clearly here: It took back the family into the confidences of religion. It taught man and woman how the human and the divine love could go hand in hand.”

― Jenkin Lloyd Jones

“I don’t have a religion. I believe in a God. I don’t know what it looks like but it’s MY god. My own interpretation of the supernatural.”

― Jennifer Aniston

“I read Christopher McDougall’s book ‘Born to Run.’ If running were a religion, this would be its bible. I actually scribbled my favorite passages on my arm to read during the race.”

― Jennifer Carpenter

“I wasn’t brought up with any religion at all. At school and in my early 20s, I read every religious text I could get my hands on – Buddhist scriptures, Hindu texts, the Qur’an, and the Bible. I wanted to feel like something made sense to me, that there was something sacred I could feel aligned with.”

― Jennifer Connelly

“For Marvel, we’ve never looked at any of our characters in terms of gender, race, or religion. It truly is about, who is the best character for the story? If that character happens to be a woman, fantastic.”

― Jeph Loeb

“No power of government ought to be employed in the endeavor to establish any system or article of belief on the subject of religion.”

― Jeremy Bentham

“A religion without mystery must be a religion without God.”

― Jeremy Taylor

“I think Muslims have become the new Negroes in America. They are being mistreated at airports, by the Immigration – everywhere. Islam is a religion of peace. They are wrong.”

― Jermaine Jackson

“I fear it’s because religion is man’s attempt to reach God, and when he feels he has succeeded, he cannot abide anyone else’s claim to have done the same.”

― Jerry B. Jenkins

“With faith and courage, generations of Armenians have overcome great suffering and proudly preserved their culture, traditions, and religion and have told the story of the genocide to an often indifferent world.”

― Jerry Costello

“Donald Trump has stunned the political world by building an unlikely coalition that crosses all demographic boundaries of age, sex, race, religion and social classes, and all party lines.”

― Jerry Falwell, Jr.

“The idea that religion and politics don’t mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country.”

― Jerry Falwell

“I was taught in Bible college, religion and politics don’t mix.”

― Jerry Falwell

“Too many younger artists, critics, and curators are fetishizing the sixties, transforming the period into a deformed cult, a fantasy religion, a hip brand, and a crippling disease.”

― Jerry Saltz

“I treat politics kind of like my religion. It’s something I believe in, but I don’t want to have to make a living at it, because if you make a living at it, you somehow become dishonest.”

― Jerry Springer

“I grew up in a secular suburban Jewish household where we only observed the religion on very specific times like a funeral or a Bar Mitzvah.”

― Jesse Eisenberg

“There are lots of people out there who think they know the truth about God and religion, but does anybody really know for sure? That’s why the founding fathers built freedom of religious belief into the structure of this nation, so that everybody could make up their minds for themselves.”

― Jesse Ventura

“Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers.”

― Jesse Ventura

“Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people’s business.”

― Jesse Ventura

“I think the founding fathers believed religion shouldn’t interact directly with government.”

― Jesse Ventura

“There is no right religion, and no one can prove that there is.”

― Jesse Ventura

“I’m the only one in my family – I’m a practicing Jew – who has attached themselves to religion in a more traditional way.”

― Jessica Hecht

“I love religion.”

― Jessica Simpson

“I want young people to know that they can belong – whatever your culture, your religion, your sexuality – that you can live life how you want to live it and feel comfortable how you are.”

― Jessie J

“I remember while I was at school some of my Muslim friends talked about a handful of people spoiling things in every culture. Hatred or hurt or pain isn’t specific to a religion. I think it’s a matter of acceptance. The one thing the world has to accept is everybody is different. What is normal to us is different and unusual to somebody else.”

― Jessie J

“So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.”

― Jesus Christ

“For God so loved the World that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

― Jesus Christ

“I never found much comfort in overly organized religion of any sort.”

― Jewel

“What religion a man holds, to what race he belongs, these things are not important; the really important thing is this knowledge: the knowledge of God’s plan for men. For God has a plan, and that plan is evolution.”

― Jiddu Krishnamurti

“I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect.”

― Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Religion is the frozen thought of man out of which they build temples.”

― Jiddu Krishnamurti

“A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organize it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others.”

― Jiddu Krishnamurti

“We can’t sit around waiting for big government, big business, big religion etc. to save us. We need to get informed and take inspired action.”

― Jillian Michaels

“I’m interested in taking hold of the dull truth narrative and finding inside it the transcendence and spirituality and hysteria normally associated with religion.”

― Jim Crace

“I take my religion seriously.”

― Jim Inhofe

“People don’t get angry at you for shock value. People get angry at you when you affect something that is at their core, whether it be guns or religion or whatever. Their belief system.”

― Jim Jefferies

“The United States is not a nation based upon race, creed, or religion – we are a nation based upon our loyalty and allegiance to our country and her principles.”

― Jim Ryun

“You don’t have to be a religious person to be affected by religion or a religious movement.”

― Jim Starlin

“Music is my religion.”

― Jimi Hendrix

“All the religions are basically good, but there’s something about organised religion that leads to corruptness and poison.”

― Jimmy Barnes

“These days too many of us seem inclined to cover our ears, close our eyes, and blindly follow the most narrow, conservative tenets of religion; or else seek comfort in the ancient traditions of New Age ritual.”

― Joan D. Vinge

“We have differing views on law, politics and religion. But I have yet to meet a Scalia clerk who was not grateful to the man who taught us, shaped us, and launched us into our lives in the law. Justice Scalia’s passing leaves a giant void in the court and in the intellectual discourse over the law.”

― Joan Larsen

“I had to learn that this whole God thing isn’t just this big religion. It’s really that He wants this relationship with us on a personal level.”

― Joanna Gaines

“Everything is interconnected. The moment you take philosophy, psychology, religion and business and look at the underlying commonalities, that’s when you start looking at business in a different way.”

― Jochen Zeitz

“Some people, they take their form of working out as a religion that they think is better than everyone else’s. I’m not like that. If you have a better way to work out, and you can teach it to me, and I find it to be useful and gets me in better shape, I’m all about.”

― Jocko Willink

“I am extremely respectful of the Jewish community. You know, I am Christian. I think of Jews as my older brothers. I mean, there wouldn’t be Christianity without the Jewish religion. There is a direct connection between the two of them.”

― Joe Lhota

“I would say I have a complicated relationship with institutionalized religion.”

― Joe Meno

“I’ve got friends who totally disagree on politics, religion, cultural things, but at the core, we’re the same people.”

― Joe R. Lansdale

“I think the great thing about religion is it’s there to teach us the good path and that we’re all equal, that we should be treated as such.”

― Joel Edgerton

“I think, for years, people have been pushed down by religion, and I don’t say that disrespectfully, but they’ve been shown a God that you can’t measure up to.”

― Joel Osteen

“In Europe art has to a large degree taken the place of religion. In America it seems rather to be science.”

― Johan Huizinga

“The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them, needs religion.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Give yourself entirely to God, enter and hide in the hidden ground of your soul.”

― Johannes Tauler

“There can be no truce between science and religion.”

― John B. S. Haldane

“The wise man regulates his conduct by the theories both of religion and science. But he regards these theories not as statements of ultimate fact but as art-forms.”

― John B. S. Haldane

“The increase of territory and power of empires by force of arms has been the policy of all great powers, and it has always been possible to get the approval of their state religion.”

― John Boyd Orr

“Without the emotion of the beautiful, the sublime, the mysterious, there is no art, no religion, no literature.”

― John Burroughs

“The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind.”

― John Burroughs

“Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all – that has been my religion.”

― John Burroughs

“Growing up in Wales was a pretty Draconian experience with religion.”

― John Cale

“Oculus really started popularizing a new approach using cellphone screen technology, a wide field of view, and super-low-latency sensor tracking. It’s not crappy stuff that doesn’t work and makes everybody sick. When you experience Oculus technology, it’s like getting religion on contact. People that try it walk out a believer.”

― John Carmack

“I am, as far as my politics reaches, ‘King and Country’ – no ‘Innovations in Religion and Government’ say I.”

― John Clare

“I was born on 7 September 1917 at Sydney in Australia. My father was English-born and a graduate of Oxford; my mother, born Hilda Eipper, was descended from a German minister of religion who settled in New South Wales in 1832. I was the second of four children.”

― John Cornforth

“One of the threats to Christianity in the 21st century is this idea that religion is best understood as a kind of aesthetic experience, and that you can get all your morality from that.”

― John Cornwell

“The enemy is not just terrorism. It is the threat posed specifically by Islamist terrorism, by Bin Ladin and others who draw on a long tradition of extreme intolerance within a minority strain of Islam that does not distinguish politics from religion, and distorts both.”

― John Cornyn

“For no art and no religion is possible until we make allowances, until we manage to keep quiet the enfant terrible of logic that plays havoc with the other faculties.”

― John Crowe Ransom

“After it is all over, the religion of man is his most important possession.”

― John D. Rockefeller

“Religious suffering is at once the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the sentiment of the heartless world, as it is the soul of soulless condition. It is the opium of the people.”

― John Desmond Bernal

“It was only after 20 years of being dunked in the religious culture that I got caught up in ‘religion.’ I had no exposure to Christianity as a child. I was not raised in a Christian home. I became spiritually hungry in high school.”

― John Eldredge

“I wasn’t looking for religion; I was looking for a world view.”

― John Eldredge

“I don’t agree with registering people based on ethnicity or religion.”

― John F. Kelly

“Religion was nearly dead because there was no longer real belief in future life; but something was struggling to take its place – service – social service – the ants creed, the bees creed.”

― John Galsworthy

“I think the thing that I find the most difficult to talk about is religion.”

― John Grant

“The great redemptive religion which has always been known as Christianity is battling against a totally diverse type of religious belief, which is only the more destructive of the Christian faith because it makes use of traditional Christian terminology.”

― John Gresham Machen

“Religion is the organization of spirituality into something that became the hand maiden of conquerors. Nearly all religions were brought to people and imposed on people by conquerors, and used as the framework to control their minds.”

― John Henrik Clarke

“From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion: I know no other religion; I cannot enter into the idea of any other sort of religion; religion, as a mere sentiment, is to me a dream and a mockery.”

― John Henry Newman

“There are situations where you are left robbed of all quality of life, and I believe it is entirely up to you how you want to deal with that. You can follow the dictates of religion if that is what you believe in, or you can take a personal decision.”

― John Hurt

“I’m fascinated by the business of belief, obviously, because it’s so ever present with humanity anyway. And, you know, when you have science, which constantly talks of proofs, you have religion, which constantly talks of beliefs and faith and so on.”

― John Hurt

“To repay evils with kindness is the religion I was taught to practise, and this will forever be my rule.”

― John James Audubon

“Love is my religion – I could die for it.”

― John Keats

“I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religion – I have shuddered at it. I shudder no more – I could be martyred for my religion – Love is my religion – I could die for that.”

― John Keats

“The Islam of the 18th, 19th and first half of the 20th century was a poor thing. Nobody bothered about it. Islam was that funny sort of pure system of beliefs that depressed people in the Middle East held as their religion.”

― John Keegan

“When I was a student, I studied philosophy and religion. I talked about being patient. Some people say I was too hopeful, too optimistic, but you have to be optimistic just in keeping with the philosophy of non-violence.”

― John Lewis

“I cannot reconcile monitoring certain people for no reason other than their religion with the freedom of religion we have here in America.”

― John Liu

“I have values. But morals are Christian. There’s no religion here. Values. Don’t hurt when you don’t need to, but don’t let anybody step over that line – it’s an invisible line, but it’s respect for somebody’s space.”

― John Lydon

“The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and the arena of the heart and the head will be occupied or reoccupied, by our real problems – the problems of life and of human relations, of creation and behavior and religion.”

― John Maynard Keynes

“Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.”

― John Morley

“Politicians don’t really bring up religion in England.”

― John Oliver

“The government must pursue a course of complete neutrality toward religion.”

― John Paul Stevens

“My religion lies in my composition.”

― John Philip Sousa

“But like a born actor who only really wants to direct, Gingrich has always been unsatisfied with what he’s brilliant at. He can’t still his hunger to deliver grand pronouncements on life, liberalism, conservatism, religion and whatever else swims into his consciousness.”

― John Podhoretz

“Democracy, pure democracy, has at least its foundation in a generous theory of human rights. It is founded on the natural equality of mankind. It is the cornerstone of the Christian religion. It is the first element of all lawful government upon earth.”

― John Quincy Adams

“Is not the brand of ‘double-dealer’ stamped on the forehead of every democratic slaveholder? Are not fraud and hypocrisy the religion of the man who calls himself a democrat, and hold his fellow-man in bondage?”

― John Quincy Adams

“You might sooner get lightning out of incense smoke than true action or passion out of your modern English religion.”

― John Ruskin

“To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.”

― John Ruskin

“The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world… to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.”

― John Ruskin

“All religion seems to need to prove that it’s the only truth. And that’s where it turns demonic. Because that’s when you get religious wars and persecutions and burning heretics at the stake.”

― John Shelby Spong

“The audience that I try to reach are members of what I call the church alumni association. Now they are people who have not found in institutional religion a God big enough to be God for their world.”

― John Shelby Spong

“Religion is a mixed blessing.”

― John Shelby Spong

“It appears to be in the nature of religion itself to be prejudiced against those who are different.”

― John Shelby Spong

“Religion enables us to ignore nothingness and get on with the jobs of life.”

― John Updike

“The inner spaces that a good story lets us enter are the old apartments of religion.”

― John Updike

“The cinema has done more for my spiritual life than the church. My ideas of fame, success and beauty all originate from the big screen. Whereas Christian religion is retreating everywhere and losing more and more influence; film has filled the vacuum and supports us with myths and action-controlling images.”

― John Updike

“I cannot think that when God sent us into the world, he had irreversibly decreed that we should be perpetually miserable in it. If our taking up the Cross imply our bidding adieu to all joy and satisfaction, how is it reconcilable with what Solomon expressly affirms of religion, that ‘her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace?’”

― John Wesley

“When men take pleasure in feeling their minds elevated with strong drink, and so indulge their appetite as to disorder their understandings, neglect their duty as members of a family or civil society, and cast off all regard to religion, their case is much to be pitied.”

― John Woolman

“Indonesia is the world’s third-largest democracy. And we also have the world’s largest Muslim population. This demonstrates that democracy and Islam are not incompatible. Terrorism is not associated with any religion.”

― Joko Widodo

“I don’t care what your religion is, as long as it doesn’t chastise anybody that’s not part of it.”

― Jon Gries

“I don’t think I ever will do a sex scene because of my religion and my personal standards.”

― Jon Heder

“Attacks on a politician’s identity – questioning Romney’s religion, say, or Obama’s birthplace – tend to come when an opponent is desperate and can’t sell himself.”

― Jon Meacham

“As crucial as religion has been and is to the life of the nation, America’s unifying force has never been a specific faith, but a commitment to freedom – not least freedom of conscience.”

― Jon Meacham

“Mormons know that it’s not enough to practise your religion – you also have to spread your religion.”

― Jonah Peretti

“I don’t believe in organized religion – I dealt with them hand in hand, and a whole bunch of Catholic priests tried to molest me. Telling me I was gay and I should go home with them and stuff.”

― Jonathan Davis

“If you look at the practice of ‘crisis management,’ and maybe squint at it a little, you can make out in the corners of your vision the ghosts or the vestiges of a much older, but still thoroughly American, form of public life, one centered not on public opinion but on religion.”

― Jonathan Dee

“Politics is really religion. Politics is about sacredness. Politics is about offering a vision that will bind the nation together to pursue greatness.”

― Jonathan Haidt

“The arts and a belief in the values of the civil rights movement, in the overwhelming virtue of diversity, these were our religion. My parents worshipped those ideals.”

― Jonathan Lethem

“Religion creates community, community creates altruism and altruism turns us away from self and towards the common good… There is something about the tenor of relationships within a religious community that makes it the best tutorial in citizenship and good neighborliness.”

― Jonathan Sacks

“Religion survives because it answers three questions that every reflective person must ask. Who am I? Why am I here? How then shall I live?”

― Jonathan Sacks

“In thinking about religion and society in the 21st century, we should broaden the conversation about faith from doctrinal debates to the larger question of how it might inspire us to strengthen the bonds of belonging that redeem us from our solitude, helping us to construct together a gracious and generous social order.”

― Jonathan Sacks

“Religion is the best antidote to the individualism of the consumer age. The idea that society can do without it flies in the face of history and, now, evolutionary biology.”

― Jonathan Sacks

“Since the 18th century, many Western intellectuals have predicted religion’s imminent demise.”

― Jonathan Sacks

“We from every religion feel comfortable in Britain because there is a host. The Church of England is a good host, it has been a major force in shaping England into such a tolerant society.”

― Jonathan Sacks

“I’m interested in the kind of religion that makes life harder. I’m not so interested in the comforting kind of religion.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer

“We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.”

― Jonathan Swift

“I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution.”

― Jonathan Swift

“You have this mounting aggressive ignorance with the rabbit’s foot of their particular religion. You don’t really have any kind of spiritual law, just a kind of a rabid mental illness. The songs are a little slice of life.”

― Joni Mitchell

“In the West, we have been withdrawing from our tradition-, religion-, and even nation-centred cultures.”

― Jordan Peterson

“To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.”

― Jorge Luis Borges

“To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.”

― Jorge Luis Borges

“I’m just sick of the way things are. We’re in an age in which we can’t live without accepting the logic of the market. Contemporary politics is all about short-term pragmatism. We have abandoned religion and philosophy… What we have left is the automatisation of doing what the market tells us.”

― Jose Mujica

“A sure indicator of true religion is a concern for the poor of the earth.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“The gospel of Jesus Christ is not a religion of mourning and gloom.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.”

― Joseph Campbell

“God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought. It’s as simple as that.”

― Joseph Campbell

“Government is a true religion: it has its dogmas, its mysteries, its priests. To submit it to the individual discussion is to destroy it; it is given life only through the national mind, that is to say, by political faith, which is a creed.”

― Joseph de Maistre

“The Bible is the fountain of truth.”

― Joseph Franklin Rutherford

“I do not have, and never had, any interest in either the Bible or religion.”

― Joseph Heller

“Superstition is the only religion of which base souls are capable of.”

― Joseph Joubert

“When obedience to the Divine precepts keeps pace with knowledge, in the mind of any man, that man is a Christian; and when the fruits of Christianity are produced, that man is a disciple of our blessed Lord, let his profession of religion be what it may.”

― Joseph Lancaster

“It is the duty and high privilege of every human being to endeavor to improve himself. Effort at self-improvement is the definition sometimes given for religion. It may relate to our actions or to our convictions. In our actions we should aim at goodness; in our convictions, at truth.”

― Joseph P. Bradley

“I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”

― Joseph Smith, Jr.

“Take away the Book of Mormon and the revelations, and where is our religion? We have none.”

― Joseph Smith, Jr.

“Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than the skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one’s soul, when birth places have the weight of a throw of the dice and all men are born free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood.”

― Josephine Baker

“Although my grandmother was a strict parent and abided my grandfather’s kosher diet, as a Nana, she had grown away from religion and was almost unbelievably permissive.”

― Josh Gondelman

“Despite what one might gather from the shrill rantings of the leftist commentariat, for whom religion is a sort of disease, religious difference in the United States has rarely led to serious social strife. That is no small achievement, and one that virtually no other Western democracy can boast.”

― Josh Hawley

“Contrary to what many secularists allege, the Constitution and Bill of Rights did not ‘privatize’ religion and quarantine it from the public square.”

― Josh Hawley

“The Constitution has never treated religion as merely another private opinion that government can order people to keep to themselves.”

― Josh Hawley

“I will represent all of the people of Ohio, regardless of their background. I don’t care if you are a Democrat, a Republican, a Libertarian or a vegetarian, I will be blind to race, religion or any kind of orientation.”

― Josh Mandel

“Anyone with sincere religious beliefs cannot say that all religions are true. That is so illogical it is pathetic. All religion cannot be true because some of them are so diametrically opposed to each other.”

― Josh McDowell

“Jesus claimed He had the power to raise himself from the dead and His followers would be raised from the dead. That’s a unique claim in the literature of religion.”

― Josh McDowell

“’Religion,’ I should note, has a disputed etymology in Latin: some say it’s from ‘relegere,’ meaning ‘to reread’, while others say it’s from religare, meaning ‘to connect’ or ‘link.’ Literature is life’s fastener.”

― Joshua Cohen

“The Sooners are my religion. I’ve been back to watch the games several times. I’m into all their sports. I’m a tremendous fan.”

― Joshua Morrow

“Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity all the more trenchant for its being lost.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

“I could never take the idea of religion very seriously.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

“Religion is organized to satisfy and guide the soul – politics does the same thing for the body.”

― Joyce Cary

“As a global society, we do not have to agree, endorse or condone the lifestyle choices of others. However, history has taught us that we equally cannot and should not excuse those who would hide behind religion or misuse God’s word to justify bigotry and persecution.”

― Joyce Meyer

“We peruse one ideal, that of bringing people together in peace, irrespective of race, religion and political convictions, for the benefit of mankind.”

― Juan Antonio Samaranch

“As Juan Gabriel, music is my religion, and mariachi is my devotion. And my songs are my prayers.”

― Juan Gabriel

“I pointed out that the Atlanta Olympic bomber – as well as Timothy McVeigh and the people who protest against gay rights at military funerals – are Christians but we journalists don’t identify them by their religion.”

― Juan Williams

“When I talk about God, I’m not necessarily talking about religion. To me, God is the energy and light that each of us carries.”

― Juanes

“I’m against organised religion of any kind.”

― Judy Parfitt

“I hate organized religion. I think you have to love thy neighbor as thyself. I think you have to pick your own God and be true to him. I always say ‘him’ rather than ‘her.’ Maybe it’s because of my generation, but I don’t like the idea of a female God. I see God as a benevolent male.”

― Julia Child

“I love the spiritual side of religion, but the church, for me, is a place where I feel very repressed.”

― Julia Davis

“Beneath all differences of doctrine or discipline there exists a fundamental agreement as to the simple, absolute essentials in religion.”

― Julia Ward Howe

“Believers are right when they say that to understand a religion properly you need to get under its skin. But to understand it fully, you cannot stay there: you have to take a more objective view, too.”

― Julian Baggini

“The reason Buddhism can be so naturalised is because, stripped of its supernatural elements, its core teachings can be giving a sound, secular philosophical interpretation. In other words, it becomes a religion acceptable to the contemporary, naturalistic mind only when it ceases to be a religion.”

― Julian Baggini

“The border between the natural and the supernatural, religion and philosophy, may not always be clear. But there are lines, and we should know and accept which side of it we are on.”

― Julian Baggini

“As a teenager, I increasingly had questions about religion to which I found no good answers.”

― Julian Baggini

“Religion is never the problem; it’s the people who use it to gain power.”

― Julian Casablancas

“I’ve found a more personal, pagan kind of religion to satisfy the spiritual side of things.”

― Julian Clary

“I never paid much attention to being Jewish when I was a kid. In fact, I’d say my religion was more surfing than Judaism – that’s what I spent most of my time doing.”

― Julian Schnabel

“I didn’t want to be like everybody else. Art was my religion.”

― Julian Schnabel

“As long as there are religions, there are going to be people who are hiding their rottenness behind the veil of religion.”

― Juliana Hatfield

“Our values are tolerance and determination and freedom of religion, freedom to act, opportunities, equality of opportunities amongst everyone and for all.”

― Julie Payette

“My dad instilled in me to naturally question all authority. I don’t follow anything blindly. That’s religion, cops, doctors, schools, you name it.”

― Juliette Lewis

“There is a holy, mistaken zeal in politics, as well as in religion. By persuading others, we convince ourselves.”

― Junius

“Disappointment over nationalistic authoritarian regimes may have contributed to the fact that today religion offers a new and subjectively more convincing language for old political orientations.”

― Jurgen Habermas

“I have the greatest love for the rituals of organised religion – the sense of community and belonging it can confer to people. But me, I’m more a questioner than a follower; not by whim or fashion, but as a decision painfully arrived at after much, much thought.”

― Kabir Bedi

“I cannot live on myths; somehow, science convinces me more easily. I am prone to lean towards science, ethics, and philosophy rather than myth, religion, and rituals.”

― Kamal Haasan

“Wrestling is a lot like any other workplace. You don’t really talk religion or politics. But we are all independent contractors, so we pay our taxes quarterly. And we talk about taxes.”

― Kane

“All these walls that keep us from loving each other as one family or one race – racism, religion, where we grew up, whatever, class, socioeconomic – what makes us be so selfish and prideful, what keeps us from wanting to help the next man, what makes us be so focused on a personal legacy as opposed to the entire legacy of a race.”

― Kanye West

“The Hindu nationalists see a religion near perfection save for the tampering of Muslims and Christians. So they fall upon these groups, rather than try to reform their own practices by drawing on India’s sophisticated philosophical traditions.”

― Karan Mahajan

“Religious people often prefer to be right rather than compassionate. Often, they don’t want to give up their egotism. They want their religion to endorse their ego, their identity.”

― Karen Armstrong

“Religion is a search for transcendence. But transcendence isn’t necessarily sited in an external god, which can be a very unspiritual, unreligious concept.”

― Karen Armstrong

“I am not interested in the afterlife. Religion is supposed to be about losing your ego, not preserving it eternally in optimum conditions.”

― Karen Armstrong

“After I left the convent, for 15 years I was worn out with religion, I wanted nothing whatever to do with it. I felt disgusted with it. If I saw someone reading a religious book on a train, I’d think, how awful.”

― Karen Armstrong

“Every fundamentalist movement I’ve studied in Judaism, Christianity and Islam is convinced at some gut, visceral level that secular liberal society wants to wipe out religion.”

― Karen Armstrong

“Islam is a religion of success. Unlike Christianity, which has as its main image, in the west at least, a man dying in a devastating, disgraceful, helpless death.”

― Karen Armstrong

“Now I think one of the reasons why religion developed in the way that it did over the centuries was precisely to curb this murderous bent that we have as human beings.”

― Karen Armstrong

“There are some forms of religion that are bad, just as there’s bad cooking or bad art or bad sex, you have bad religion too.”

― Karen Armstrong

“Compassion is not a popular virtue. Very often when I talk to religious people, and mention how important it is that compassion is the key, that it’s the sine-qua-non of religion, people look kind of balked, and stubborn sometimes, as much to say, what’s the point of having religion if you can’t disapprove of other people?”

― Karen Armstrong

“Zionism was originally a rebellion against religious Judaism and the PLO Charter was essentially secularist. But because the conflict was allowed to fester without a resolution, religion got sucked into the escalating cycle of violence and became part of the problem.”

― Karen Armstrong

“When violence becomes imbedded in a region, then this affects everything. It affects your dreams, your fantasies and relationships, and your religion becomes violent, too.”

― Karen Armstrong

“I love my religion, I love everything about it, but at the same time, I love my career, and I want to do it with the same love and compassion.”

― Karen Civil

“Being a Southerner, I’m interested in sex, violence, religion and all the things that make life interesting.”

― Karin Slaughter

“Religion is the possibility of the removal of every ground of confidence except confidence in God alone.”

― Karl Barth

“Jesus does not give recipes that show the way to God as other teachers of religion do. He is himself the way.”

― Karl Barth

“Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand.”

― Karl Marx

“The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.”

― Karl Marx

“Religion is the opium of the masses.”

― Karl Marx

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.”

― Karl Marx

“In the world of language, or in other words in the world of art and liberal education, religion necessarily appears as mythology or as Bible.”

― Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

“Religion is absolutely unfathomable. Always and everywhere one can dig more deeply into infinities.”

― Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

“Plato’s philosophy is a dignified preface to future religion.”

― Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

“He who has religion will speak poetry. But philosophy is the tool with which to seek and discover religion.”

― Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

“Set religion free, and a new humanity will begin.”

― Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

“The difference between religion and morality lies simply in the classical division of things into the divine and the human, if one only interprets this correctly.”

― Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

“Religion must completely encircle the spirit of ethical man like his element, and this luminous chaos of divine thoughts and feelings is called enthusiasm.”

― Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

“Religion can emerge in all forms of feeling: here wild anger, there the sweetest pain; here consuming hatred, there the childlike smile of serene humility.”

― Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

“Religion is not only a part of education, an element of humanity, but the center of everything else, always the first and the ultimate, the absolutely original.”

― Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

“Religion is inwardly focused and driven only to sustain itself.”

― Kary Mullis

“Muslim women deplore misogyny just as western women do, and they know that Islamic societies also oppress them; why wouldn’t they? But liberation, for them does not encompass destroying their identity, religion, or culture, and many of them want to retain the veil.”

― Katharine Viner

“To this day I do not know whether the power which has inspired my works is something related to religion, or is indeed religion itself.”

― Kathe Kollwitz

“I still love the theology of the Mormon religion and think it is a wonderful way to grow up.”

― Katherine Heigl

“For many people religion can be so easy they stumble right over it.”

― Kathie Lee Gifford

“When I was almost 13 I was ripe for religion. I was actually just plain ripe.”

― Kathie Lee Gifford

“I do not believe that the people of Ontario judge their leaders on the basis of race, sexual orientation, colour or religion. I don’t believe they hold that prejudice in their hearts.”

― Kathleen Wynne

“I am perfectly capable of writing things about myself that one doesn’t discuss in polite company, but I was raised by people who said you don’t discuss politics, you don’t discuss religion, and you certainly don’t discuss people’s sex lives.”

― Kathryn Harrison

“Cartels south of the border actually have a lot in common with ISIS. In fact, ISIS could learn a thing or two from their gruesome tactics. The biggest differences between the two are motive and religion.”

― Katie Pavlich

“I’m not defined by where I came from. I never took part in the rules and hatred that sometimes go along with religion. But if my parents are happy with what they believe, then I’m happy to stay out of their way. We agree to disagree.”

― Katy Perry

“I never took part in the rules and hatred that sometimes go along with religion. But if my parents are happy with what they believe, then I’m happy to stay out of their way. We agree to disagree.”

― Katy Perry

“I wasn’t going to great schools, because my parents didn’t believe in public education. They wanted the education to be influenced by their religion, so I was going to these halfway education-slash-Christian schools that were like pop-up shop-style education.”

― Katy Perry

“I mean, I went to a Catholic boys’ school for a year, but that was to play hockey. Religion class was quite contentious for me.”

― Keanu Reeves

“You approach faith with humility. You can have some idea, but it boils down to do you see religion as a club, or do you see religion as a path? Do you see it as a wall that separates you or do you see it as a bridge that connects you to God and other people? When you see it as a bridge, you aren’t so worried about bringing others over to your side.”

― Keith Ellison

“Faith really should be a bridge, not a wall. Because at the end of the day, we should be focusing on what you believe, not what your religion is.”

― Keith Ellison

“People will politicize religion; we see it in every faith, in every religion. We see it with Pat Robertson, in my opinion, and we see it with the Taliban.”

― Keith Ellison

“When voters know what Democrats stand for, we can improve the lives of all Americans, no matter their race, religion or sexual orientation.”

― Keith Ellison

“Perhaps more than ever before, there is that aggressive secularism and there are those who would indeed try to destroy our Christian heritage and culture and take God from the public square. Religion must not be taken from the public square.”

― Keith O’Brien

“Surfing is my religion, if I have one.”

― Kelly Slater

“Gosh, I think faith is a wonderful thing. And I even think religion’s a wonderful thing. I know a lot of people want to say, ‘Religion’s the only reason that man has had any trouble at all,’ but you know what? World War I and World War II were not fought because of religious reasons.”

― Kelsey Grammer

“While we have a Constitution that is very strong in the sense that we are not gonna have a religion that’s sanctioned by the government, it doesn’t mean that we need to have a separation between government and religion.”

― Ken Buck

“I have quite a few different Bibles. Having rejected my parents’ religion, I still think the King James Bible is the most important work of literature in English. None of us can help being influenced by it.”

― Ken Follett

“Our public schools arbitrarily define science as explaining the world by natural processes alone. In essence, a religion of naturalism is being imposed on millions of students. They need to be taught the real nature of science, including its limitations.”

― Ken Ham

“The Grateful Dead are our religion. This is a religion that doesn’t pay homage to the God that all the other religions pay homage to.”

― Ken Kesey

“I do explicitly see Jewish people as a people – not either a religion or an ethnicity but a people.”

― Ken Livingstone

“Any suggestion that science and religion are incompatible flies in the face of history, logic, and common sense.”

― Kenneth R. Miller

“All too often, the word ‘religion’ has become identified with those promoting a frankly anti-scientific view of nature and of our place in the natural world.”

― Kenneth R. Miller

“Christianity is usually called a religion. As a religion it has had a wider geographic spread and is more deeply rooted among more peoples than any other religion in the history of mankind.”

― Kenneth Scott Latourette

“Christianity emerged from the religion of Israel. Or rather, it has as its background a persistent strain in that religion. To that strain Christians have looked back, and rightly, as the preparation in history for their faith.”

― Kenneth Scott Latourette

“I think the church and the religion right now have a lot more to be worried about than SLAYER.”

― Kerry King

“If organized religion is the opium of the masses, then disorganized religion is the marijuana of the lunatic fringe.”

― Kerry Thornley

“As for the Devil – that is somebody our religion tried to do without for a long time.”

― Kerry Thornley

“Organized religion preaches Order and Love but spawns Chaos and Fury. Why?”

― Kerry Thornley

“To me, film is a religion. I don’t expect to get paid to make it, but I do expect total dedication.”

― Kevin Brownlow

“I did study religion for a little while. I studied the Torah and the Holy Koran, Helios Biblos, which is considered by most people to be the Holy Bible. I just wanted to know, even with Buddhism and the Dalai Llama.”

― Kevin Gates

“Haven’t two hundred years of failed missionary work overseas taught anybody anything? You can’t convert people to anything – whether religion, or something as inane as our flicks.”

― Kevin Smith

“I know America is very nice and very good people. I’m a professional athlete. I come here. I never have a problem with somebody about my religion, about my name. I am happy. I’m always comfortable because I never do anything wrong. All the time I do something right. I follow all the rules.”

― Khabib Nurmagomedov

“Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.”

― Khalil Gibran

“I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.”

― Khalil Gibran

“If the grandfather of the grandfather of Jesus had known what was hidden within him, he would have stood humble and awe-struck before his soul.”

― Khalil Gibran

“I was raised a black child in the South, where you’re indoctrinated into a religion that an oppressor gave you.”

― Killer Mike

“One day, I found this book at a used bookstore with ‘Satanic Bible’ written on the cover, and I thought maybe I should read it and see what it is. I thought it was like a religion, but then I read the book, and what was in it was pure life philosophy – and it was a life philosophy that described how I felt at that point.”

― King Diamond

“One of the great benefits of organised religion is that you can be forgiven your sins, which must be a wonderful thing. I mean, I carry my sins around with me, there’s nobody there to forgive them.”

― Kingsley Amis

“I believe that freedom of speech and freedom of religion go hand-in-hand in America.”

― Kirk Cameron

“I think religion has caused so much catastrophe in the world.”

― Kirk Douglas

“My four sons all knew I was a Jew, but they were allowed to be whatever they wanted to be. The only thing important to me was that they be good people who help other people, because all religion should try to make you a better person and a more caring person. Whenever religion does that for you, it’s a good religion.”

― Kirk Douglas

“I have studied religion, and I have concluded that there is some power. We don’t understand it.”

― Kirk Douglas

“I studied Judaism a lot. I studied religion in general, and I have never imposed my Judaism on my kids. They are what they want to be. I think… you must care for others. That’s the correct religion, I think.”

― Kirk Douglas

“When push comes to shove, it ain’t the science that’s going to lift you up – it’s the belief, the spiritual side of life, that’s going to lift you up, no matter what religion you are.”

― Kirstie Alley

“Through history, people look for something spiritual. The greatest scientists in the world were men of religion and faith, too.”

― Kirstie Alley

“The thing about me is, I don’t care what religion you are. If someone is attacking your religion, I will have your back, and I will defend you. I think that is the most repulsive thing a person can do, attack another person’s faith.”

― Kirstie Alley

“The engine of ancient society was religion but the engine of contemporary society, as I see it, is advertising.”

― Kit Williams

“Unfortunately, religion, like patriotism, is easy to misuse for political purposes.”

― Kjell Magne Bondevik

“It is with this as with religion: one usually believes what he has been taught.”

― Knute Nelson

“In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United Nations will be defined by a new, more profound awareness of the sanctity and dignity of every human life, regardless of race or religion.”

― Kofi Annan

“For many people who were never religious or who leave the religion of their childhood behind, it’s the experience of having children of your own that brings an urgency to the question of what you believe.”

― Krista Tippett

“I saw what religion did to people when I grew up, and I certainly didn’t want any part of it. That turned me off it.”

― Kristian Nairn

“The songs keep on writing themselves, and I really love them. It’s as close as I get to a religion.”

― Kristin Hersh

“I wasn’t raised with a specific religion. I wasn’t raised to judge people in any way.”

― Kristin Kreuk

“The truth is nobody was a Muslim until Public Enemy came out. Then, everybody was Muslim this and Muslim that. It’s a bandwagon thing. Islam is a way of life… it’s a religion. It’s not just something you put on a record.”

― KRS-One

“The Temple of HipHop has declared HipHop its own religion. We believe HipHop is divine. HipHop proves the existence of God.”

― KRS-One

“Religion and God are totally separate. Religion is created by government. God is God.”

― KRS-One

“I love video games. I love, love, love them! I also love ‘Star Wars.’ I wish Jedi was a true religion.”

― Kunal Nayyar

“My religion, that’s who I am.”

― Kurt Warner

“I don’t think Arizonans are interested in having the Mormon religion dictate public policy to them.”

― Kyrsten Sinema

“My grandad’s a gospel singer, and his children were singers, too. But I don’t believe in God in the same way… not religion; it breaks us up too much. The same with musical styles – it breaks people up. I believe they are all one thing – why not put them together?”

― Labrinth

“For if the honour paid to Him is shared by others, He altogether ceases to be worshipped, since His religion requires us to believe that He is the one and only God.”

― Lactantius

“Music is one of the most powerful things the world has to offer. No matter what race or religion or nationality or sexual orientation or gender that you are, it has the power to unite us.”

― Lady Gaga

“Don’t say I hate institutionalised religion – rather than saying I hate those things, which I do not, what I’m saying is that perhaps there is a way of opening more doors, rather than closing so many.”

― Lady Gaga

“Is woman a religion? Well, perhaps you will have the chance of judging for yourselves if you go to America. There you will find men treating women with just the same respect formerly accorded only to religious dignitaries or to great nobles.”

― Lafcadio Hearn

“The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.”

― Lamar S. Smith

“It doesn’t matter what color, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, etc., everyone should have the same freedoms and liberties.”

― Lance Bass

“Coming out involves varying degrees of difficulty that are affected by class, race, religion, and geography.”

― Lance Loud

“Religion doesn’t play any part in my life in terms of how I live my life. But I don’t think I’ve ever gone through a day in my life without hearing someone say the word ‘Jew’ or saying it myself.”

― Larry David

“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

“We take people to the threshold of religion. Our aim is to induce immediate experience that is beyond the odd, beyond the strange, and beyond the weird. It verges on the wholly other.”

― Larry Harvey

“They become the keepers of the mystery. They place themselves between the communicants of the religion, and the immediate experience. And then they dictate the terms on which you can have contact with this wonderful mystery. We don’t dictate those terms.”

― Larry Harvey

“Religion is a complex and often contradictory force in our world. It fosters hope and comfort but also doubt and guilt. It creates both community and exclusion. It brings societies together around shared belief and tears them apart through war. However, what unites the faithful, whatever their religion, is the unshakeable force of generosity.”

― Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

“What role should religion play in the American public school classroom? My own knee-jerk response would be, ‘none whatsoever,’ but the Constitution isn’t quite so direct on the subject.”

― Laura Moser

“We need a new religion.”

― Lauren Hutton

“Growing up in Scotland and living in Glasgow, you see the heritage that religion has had and how something that, in theory, is about kindness and community and caring for each other is used to persecute people.”

― Lauren Mayberry

“You won’t see Christians violently attacking people for criticising their religion like you do with Islam, things like the Charlie Hebdo attack.”

― Lauren Southern

“It is the sincerest thing I have written, caught by the drama of a soul struggling in the contrary toils of love and religion – death brought them into harmony.”

― Laurence Housman

“I was just then going through a healthy reaction from the orthodoxy of my youth; religion had become for me not so much a possession as an obsession, which I was trying to throw off, and this iconoclastic tale of an imaginary tribe was the result.”

― Laurence Housman

“Religion which lays so many restraints upon us, is a troublesome companion to those who will lay no restraints upon themselves.”

― Laurence Sterne

“Real religion is no religion at all.”

― Lauryn Hill

“Organized religion, wielding power over the community, is antithetical to the process of what modern democracy should define as liberty. The sooner we are without it, the better.”

― Lawrence M. Krauss

“Whatever the evolutionary basis of religion, the xenophobia it now generates is clearly maladaptive.”

― Lawrence M. Krauss

“Keeping religion immune from criticism is both unwarranted and dangerous.”

― Lawrence M. Krauss

“Craziness doesn’t have anything to do with how successful a religion might be.”

― Lawrence Wright

“If you look at Mormonism, it’s a very appealing community. It takes care of itself; there are active charities. It’s got a successful work ethic. Whatever you might think about the authenticity of their theology or their history, it’s immaterial in terms of how the religion itself actually functions.”

― Lawrence Wright

“IRS is very poorly equipped to make a distinction between what is a religion and what is not.”

― Lawrence Wright

“Scientology is probably the most stigmatized religion in America already.”

― Lawrence Wright

“Gandhi said it; Frederick Douglass said it. A lot of people have probably said ‘It’s not Christ that I have a problem with, it’s his people.’ And that was my struggle: it’s God’s people. I felt disenfranchisement. I felt so much abuse from organized religion because I’m walking in a direction that a lot of them couldn’t fathom and can’t understand.”

― Lecrae

“In our society, which is multiracial and multi-religious, giving offence to another religious or ethnic group, race, language, or religion is always a very serious matter.”

― Lee Hsien Loong

“Overall, we think religion is a good thing. I mean, if we were godless society, we would have many other problems; the communists found that out.”

― Lee Hsien Loong

“As an East Asian looking at America, I find attractive and unattractive features. I like, for example, the free, easy and open relations between people regardless of social status, ethnicity or religion.”

― Lee Kuan Yew

“Every ‘Oprah Winfrey Show’ has about it the aura of Oprah’s own life, just as the rituals and sacraments of a religion are suffused with the life of the religion’s founder. Above the testimony of Oprah’s guests hovers what viewers know about Oprah’s experience.”

― Lee Siegel

“I have always been interested in religion, especially in forms of ecstatic religion, where people are touched directly by the Spirit and go completely out of themselves.”

― Lee Smith

“Christianity is a very historical religion – it makes specific claims that are open to testing.”

― Lee Strobel

“That’s what religion teaches: that life is a temporary thing which is going to dissolve one day.”

― Leila Aboulela

“I’m concerned that Islam has not just been politicised but that it’s becoming an identity. This is like turning religion into a football match; it’s a distraction from the real thing.”

― Leila Aboulela

“My grandmother studied medicine in the Forties, which was very rare in Egypt, and my mother was a university professor, so my idea of religion wasn’t about a woman not working or having to dress in a certain way; it was more to do with the faith.”

― Leila Aboulela

“I’m against any religion, and Communism and Nazism – they’re both equally religions. They’re just replacement gods.”

― Lemmy

“I dislike religion quite intensely. It’s been the cause of all the grief in the world ever since they discovered the first stone to worship.”

― Lemmy

“Religion is no more the parent of morality than an incubator is the mother of a chicken.”

― Lemuel K. Washburn

“There are even more statues of Robert Burns than of any other figure in world literature. Indeed if we discount figures of religion, then only Christopher Columbus has more statues than he worldwide.”

― Len G. Murray

“When you go further and further into starvation you chose yourself, your mind becomes totally obsessed with not eating. It’s like a religion where everything is sinful, and there is a heaven at the end where you are thin and don’t need energy anymore.”

― Lena Andersson

“Neither of my parents are involved in politics or anything like that, but my dad is political, certainly, and we would have always talked about politics and religion and money, and all those things that you’re not supposed to talk about at the dinner table, we did.”

― Leo Varadkar

“At first, laws evolved out of religious doctrines. It followed that they were recognized only when advantageous to those who practiced the same religion and who appeared equals under the protection of the same gods. For the members of all other cults, there was neither law nor mercy.”

― Leon Bourgeois

“Movements such as the Pan-Germanic, Pan-Islamic, or Pan-Negro justify themselves on the basis of their common language, or their common religion, or their color. But since the undefined masses involved in these movements lack the essential and real unity of background or community of purpose, they become a grave danger to general peace.”

― Leon Bourgeois

“Judaism is a brilliant religion, and the main function of Judaism is to learn and read.”

― Leon Charney

“The first canon of my religion is that you shouldn’t try to convince anybody to believe like you do.”

― Leon Russell

“I do not value religion chiefly for its morality.”

― Leon Wieseltier

“Whether or not evolution is compatible with faith, science and religion represent two extremely different worldviews, which, if they coexist at all, do so most uncomfortably.”

― Leonard Susskind

“Women have been the most persecuted people throughout all of recorded history, more than any race or religion.”

― Leonardo DiCaprio

“I have always felt that a man’s religion was his personal and private affair.”

― Leverett Saltonstall

“The earth is the Lord’s fullness thereof: this is no longer a hollow dictum of religion, but a directive for economic action toward human brotherhood.”

― Lewis Mumford

“Religion is all good, but we are almost back to medieval times now, where we are obsessed with going into religious wars and electing our politicians based on their religious statements.”

― Lexi Alexander

“I always miss any kind of constant, especially now that I’m a film-maker who travels all the time. I’m always tempted to go to Catholic churches, although I despise the religion. But you want to go there just because it’s the one thing in your life that’s never changed.”

― Lexi Alexander

“If anyone gets arrogant about their religion, that’s when the religion isn’t effective anymore. Any decent religion or any decent philosophy is always about tolerance and individual freedom, not about harm.”

― Liam Cunningham

“But let’s just say, I’m Irish. I grew up in the 1950s. Religion had a very tight iron fist.”

― Liam Neeson

“Science may eventually explain the world of How. The ultimate world of Why may remain for contemplation, philosophy, religion.”

― Liberty Hyde Bailey

“I think my politics are just inclined to be empathetic and humanistic. I grew up with so many different kinds of people with different politics, different religion, no religion, no politics, education, no education, and I was infatuated with all of them.”

― Lily Tomlin

“Neither the wording of the amendment itself nor common practice challenged the widely held belief that government guaranteed freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.”

― Linda Chavez

“In the 16th and 17th centuries, most people in Britain lived in small village communities. They knew all their neighbours. They dressed alike, and almost all were white. The vast majority belonged to the same religion and spoke much the same language.”

― Linda Colley

“Acts of violence against one’s own countrymen that are legitimated by religion are not new. Nor have such acts been unique to Islam.”

― Linda Colley

“Historically, religion has often proved a more lethal and more divisive force than any secular ideology. It has also often been a more divisive force than race.”

― Linda Colley

“If you woke up this morning and you are breathing, and you are Muslim, then you are political. You have no choice but to be political in a country that has politicized you and politicized your religion.”

― Linda Sarsour

“But I don’t believe in organised politics, organised religion, organised music, organised anything.”

― Link Wray

“The Christian use of religion as a personal love affair both shocked me, and attracted me.”

― Lionel Blue

“For some years I deserted religion in favour of Marxism. The republic of goodness seemed more attainable than the Kingdom of God.”

― Lionel Blue

“Early on I saw the repression and idolatry of Stalinism, and when it cracked, I was open to religion again.”

― Lionel Blue

“My mother was a modern woman with a limited interest in religion. When the sun set and the fast of the Day of Atonement ended, she shot from the synagogue like a rocket to dance the Charleston.”

― Lionel Blue

“I travel around the world, experiencing every language, every religion… some places where there’s just no reason to smile, because their lives are so difficult.”

― Lionel Richie

“Both of my parents would say they were atheists, so where I inherited my connection to God I don’t know. But it’s natural. No Bible, no Torah, just the love religion.”

― Lisa Bonet

“The thing is, in the dating profiles it says ‘spiritual,’ but not with a specific religion. And so I pretty much try to meditate, but I have a very hard time concentrating on things other than me.”

― Lisa Lampanelli

“Both religions and musicals work best with energetic and committed believers. Cynicism or detachment would have destroyed the magic – something true of religion, too.”

― Lisa Randall

“Religion can have psychological and social roles, but in terms of really explaining how things work, science works differently. Science is based on material elements at the core.”

― Lisa Randall

“Organized religion and musicals present tenets to live by that don’t entirely make sense but, on the whole, make people who believe them secure, thus giving an appearance of inclusiveness.”

― Lisa Randall

“People who dismiss science in favor of religion sometimes confuse the challenge of rigorously understanding the world with a deliberate intellectual exclusion that leads them to mistrust scientists and, to their detriment, what they discover.”

― Lisa Randall

“I’m Christian. Growing up in Ethiopia, it’s half-Christian and half-Muslim. You grow up with Muslim kids. I’m very much aware of their religion.”

― Liya Kebede

“From a young age, I saw and placed importance on spirituality within religion.”

― Lizzo

“For a person who is very much involved with the institution of religion but has lost the religious spirit, the ‘religion’ label is the real threat to liberty.”

― Lobsang Tenzin

“A religion must be instrumental in spiritualising the individual into a boundless and holistic nature.”

― Lobsang Tenzin

“Every religion or every philosophy is an outcome of the human search for liberation.”

― Lobsang Tenzin

“I do not think any religion encourages intolerance. Intolerance is the biggest mental defilement, and every religion tries to remove this defilement. So we must understand that whenever there is intolerance, this comes from an irreligious mind. It is not created by religion, and it is not in the mind of the religious person.”

― Lobsang Tenzin

“We live in a society that wants to label you with a color, sexuality, religion, or ethnicity. It divides us, but it also allows us to find pride in our identity.”

― Logan Browning

“I’m literally fighting for the equality of every man, woman and child regardless of race, religion, color, creed, and sexual orientation and here to spread a message of peace, love, and positivity.”

― Logic

“All polling places should be safe, without discrimination against any religion.”

― Lois Frankel

“Shelley is truth itself and honour itself notwithstanding his out-of-the-way notions about religion.”

― Lord Byron

“There’s naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.”

― Lord Byron

“The introduction of religious passion into politics is the end of honest politics, and the introduction of politics into religion is the prostitution of true religion.”

― Lord Hailsham

“Soccer is the main sport in Mexico; it’s very important for the Mexican people. It’s their passion – it’s their religion – and Mexican football was always one of the best in the world.”

― Lothar Matthaus

“I’m always going back to one thing – my family… It’s my family, my religion, my fighters. Put them in any order you want.”

― Lou Duva

“The most important part of my religion is to play guitar.”

― Lou Reed

“It’s OK to burn a Bible, that’s OK. OK to burn a flag, OK, that’s all right. But just, you know, for heaven’s sake, don’t say anything that might offend someone of the Islamic religion.”

― Louie Gohmert

“I think we need to do some deep soul searching about what’s important in our lives and renew our spirit and our spiritual thinking, whether it’s through faith-based religion or just through loving nature or helping your fellow man.”

― Louie Schwartzberg

“Of all possible sexual perversions, religion is the only one to have ever been scientifically systematized.”

― Louis Aragon

“The residue of religion in my work appears as a modified transcendentalism, and the positivist scientific side of my thought appears as concreteness and realism. The effort to reconcile the two is at the core of all my poetry.”

― Louis Dudek

“It therefore become essential for the future of Judaism itself that its advancement should be correlated with a similar effort to advance the cause of religion generally.”

― Louis Finkelstein

“From the long range point of view, I do not know of anything we can do more important than to make some contribution to the preservation of religion as a vital force in America.”

― Louis Finkelstein

“For as Jews, the problem happens to be more urgent and vital than for others; because the destruction of religion on America will involve the destruction also of the religious training of freedom; and with that our civil liberties.”

― Louis Finkelstein

“There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behave.”

― Louis Kronenberger

“There is no religion that has a monopoly on bigotry.”

― Louis Theroux

“Not counting the brand of Sunni Islam practised by the so-called Islamic State, there is probably no religion in the world that comes in for more flak than Scientology.”

― Louis Theroux

“I’m not embarrassed about the novels I wrote when I was younger, but I couldn’t write them today because of my religion.”

― Louise Mensch

“I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.”

― Lucille Ball

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

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Such are the heights of wickedness to which men are driven by religion.”

― Lucretius

“So potent was religion in persuading to evil deeds.”

― Lucretius

“My dad doesn’t like religion much, but I grew up very close to the Baptist tradition. God isn’t this distant thing. God is right here with you all the time. He’s your buddy, and you can talk about everything.”

― Lucy Alibar

“Religion is life inspired by Heavenly Love; and life is something fresh and cheerful and vigorous.”

― Lucy Larcom

“Not every religion has to have St. Augustine’s attitude to sex. Why even in our culture marriages are celebrated in a church, everyone present knows what is going to happen that night, but that doesn’t prevent it being a religious ceremony.”

― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“I believe God is a poet; every religion in our history was made of poems and songs, and not a few of them had books attached.”

― Luis Alberto Urrea

“I did not want to reject religion as nonsense because life seemed to have no ultimate purpose without it, and most of the good people I knew were Christians.”

― Luke Ford

“I decided to take God and organized religion seriously, and to reject the secular life which in my teens had looked attractive because it allowed me to act in any way that I wanted.”

― Luke Ford

“I’m not really a fan of organized religion.”

― Luke Grimes

“For me, I never wore my religion on my sleeve, you know what I’m saying? I never put myself out there as Lupe Fiasco, he’s Muslim, he’s from Chicago, he likes to ride a skateboard.”

― Lupe Fiasco

“Alabama has a history of safeguarding our freedom of religion.”

― Luther Strange

“If Oak Flat were a Christian holy site or, for that matter, Jewish or Muslim, no senator who wished to remain in office would dare to sneak a backdoor deal for its destruction into a spending bill – no matter what mining-company profits or jobs might result. But this is Indian religion.”

― Lydia Millet

“Religion is not a conclusion of the reason.”

― Lyman Abbott

“No great advance has been made in science, politics, or religion without controversy.”

― Lyman Beecher

“One does not become an atheist out of a desire for hassle-free Sunday mornings. People come to atheism because they have a problem with organized religion – usually a problem they consider to be of moral urgency.”

― Lynn Coady

“I’m no atheist – I’m lazy. I really do like hassle-free Sunday mornings. I have a problem with organized religion, so I’ve simply opted out. Live and let live, I figure.”

― Lynn Coady

“Martyrdom is evidence only of a man’s honesty – it is no evidence that he is not mistaken. Men have suffered martyrdom for all sorts of opinions in politics and in religion; yet they could not therefore have all been in the right; although they could give no stronger evidence that they believed themselves in the right.”

― Lysander Spooner

“The stability and peace which seemed to be so firmly established by the brilliant monarchy of Francis I vanished with the terrible outbreak of the Wars of Religion.”

― Lytton Strachey

“We don’t dip our toe into religion or politics, because you can’t win.”

― Lzzy Hale

“I never pigeonhole myself into any religion, but I feel it has found me. I am trying to make sense of it… the essence of the Mathangi concept.”

― M.I.A.

“The conclusion that I have come to is that actually, no religion, whether it’s Islam, Christianity or any idea based on scripture or texts, is a religion of ‘anything,’ really.”

― Maajid Nawaz

“I say I haven’t lost my religion. I’ve lost my ideology.”

― Maajid Nawaz

“I am a Muslim. I am born to Muslim parents. I have a Muslim son. I have been imprisoned and witnessed torture for my previous understanding of my religion.”

― Maajid Nawaz

“My view on music and the way that it’s portrayed is that it’s a religion.”

― Machine Gun Kelly

“Religion is induced insanity.”

― Madalyn Murray O’Hair

“Religion has caused more misery to all of mankind in every stage of human history than any other single idea.”

― Madalyn Murray O’Hair

“We had South African accents. I was a vegan. I was raised without religion. I was just the weirdest kid in this small town, so I got made fun of a lot for it.”

― Madelaine Petsch

“If you look at U.S. history through religious history, there is very much a motif that shows the importance religion has played in the U.S. We’re a very religious country and it affects the way we look at various political issues.”

― Madeleine Albright

“It’s one thing to be religious, but it’s another thing to make religion your policy.”

― Madeleine Albright

“Any smart executive understands that to find the best talent she has to explore new territory that lies beyond familiar geography. That applies not only to gender, but also to race, religion, background and age.”

― Madeleine M. Kunin

“Catholicism is not a soothing religion. It’s a painful religion. We’re all gluttons for punishment.”

― Madonna Ciccone

“I have a funny relationship with religion. I’m a big believer in ritualistic behavior as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody. But I’m not a big fan of rules. And yet, we cannot live in a world without order.”

― Madonna Ciccone

“I wear the Jewish star, but I’m not – I haven’t converted to Judaism, and I’m not – I’m not – I’m not Jewish in the conventional sense because the Kaballah is a belief system that predates religion and predates Judaism as an organized religion.”

― Madonna Ciccone

“I studied English literature; I took 2 independent religion classes, but I wasn’t a religion major really.”

― Maggie Gyllenhaal

“What we have done, the result of that comes to us whenever it comes, either today, tomorrow, hundred years later, hundred lives later, whatever, whatever. And so, it’s our own karma. That is why that philosophy in every religion: Killing is sin. Killing is sin in every religion.”

― Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

“The constitution of the universe is total natural law. ‘Natural law,’ we say from the field of science. ‘Will of God,’ we say from the field of religion. It’s the same thing.”

― Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians – you are not like him.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Fear of death makes us devoid both of valour and religion. For want of valour is want of religious faith.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Religion is a matter of the heart. No physical inconvenience can warrant abandonment of one’s own religion.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Religion is more than life. Remember that his own religion is the truest to every man even if it stands low in the scales of philosophical comparison.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“If a man reaches the heart of his own religion, he has reached the heart of the others, too. There is only one God, and there are many paths to him.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“My religion teaches me that whenever there is distress which one cannot remove, one must fast and pray.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“One’s own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one’s Maker and no one else’s.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“I personally feel that religion should be kept private.”

― Mahesh Bhatt

“My mother was a Muslim and dad a Hindu. I got the best upbringing that anyone could. Never did I see any angst in my family owing to that: each practiced their own religion. My existence is the harmony that these two communities can achieve if they try.”

― Mahesh Bhatt

“He, however, who begins with Metaphysics, will not only become confused in matters of religion, but will fall into complete infidelity.”

― Maimonides

“Do not imagine that what we have said of the insufficiency of our understanding and of its limited extent is an assertion founded only on the Bible: for philosophers likewise assert the same, and perfectly understand it,- without having regard to any religion or opinion.”

― Maimonides

“There should be no discrimination against languages people speak, skin color, or religion.”

― Malala Yousafzai

“Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“Sex is the ersatz or substitute religion of the 20th Century.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, even eaten with people who in America would have been considered ‘white,’ but the ‘white’ attitude had been removed from their minds by the religion of Islam.”

― Malcolm X

“There is nothing in our book, the Koran, that teaches us to suffer peacefully. Our religion teaches us to be intelligent.”

― Malcolm X

“I believe in a religion that believes in freedom. Any time I have to accept a religion that won’t let me fight a battle for my people, I say to hell with that religion.”

― Malcolm X

“Religion cannot be the agenda of any government.”

― Mamata Banerjee

“I want to learn about a different religion. I grew up Catholic, but my grandfather was Jewish. Knowledge about other religions can help you understand your own better. I think it’s kind of hypocritical to believe one thing and don’t know about any others.”

― Mandy Moore

“I went to Catholic high school for half a year and religion wasn’t the cool thing to talk about even at a catholic high school. It never came up.”

― Mandy Moore

“My sense of religion is Einstein’s sense of relativity. I don’t believe in God. I believe that energy never dies. So the possibility exists that you might be breathing in some other form of Moses or Buddha or Muhammad or Bobby Kennedy or Roosevelt or Martin Luther King or Jesus.”

― Mandy Patinkin

“I come from a family where we were taught to love and respect every community and religion.”

― Manisha Koirala

“My schools were quite diverse – those who serve their country come from every race and religion – and so the military schools I attended were a wonderful melting pot.”

― Marcia Gay Harden

“You know what the fastest growing religion in America is? Statism. The growing reliance on government.”

― Marco Rubio

“When people ask me what my religion is, I say it’s the Arsenal.”

― Marcus du Sautoy

“In my opinion, you start messing with what this country was founded on, and our baseline is what we call it, it opens up too many – too many doors. You start messing with that, people can say religion kills people. So, let’s start messing with that.”

― Marcus Luttrell

“Just as the soul fills the body, so God fills the world. Just as the soul bears the body, so God endures the world. Just as the soul sees but is not seen, so God sees but is not seen. Just as the soul feeds the body, so God gives food to the world.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“If I were going to convert to any religion I would probably choose Catholicism because it at least has female saints and the Virgin Mary.”

― Margaret Atwood

“Some people are that – more than a parent, more than a role model, more than anything less than a religion.”

― Margaret Cho

“Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.”

― Margaret Mead

“History shows the power-grab in every religion once it gets organised. And then it’s people making you do things that you don’t agree with and setting the rules. But it does mean something to me to believe that we are not alone – the human animal is quite a scary thing, left on its own.”

― Margrethe Vestager

“Ours was a never a ‘religious’ religious home because my parents thought of religion as something you do: it’s the way you engage in the local community. That has meant a lot to me.”

― Margrethe Vestager

“Superstition is only the fear of belief, while religion is the confidence.”

― Marguerite Gardiner

“Some people talk of morality, and some of religion, but give me a little snug property.”

― Maria Edgeworth

“All around me insisted that my doubts proved only my own ignorance and sinfulness; that they knew by experience they would soon give place to true knowledge, and an advance in religion; and I felt something like indecision.”

― Maria Monk

“Religion has nothing to do with spirituality.”

― Marianne Jean-Baptiste

“At their peak, religion and psychotherapy become one.”

― Marianne Williamson

“Religion is like a map. The route isn’t important. It’s the destination that matters.”

― Marianne Williamson

“In a sense, terrorism blossomed in the advent of television. Television promotes terrorism in religion and in politics.”

― Marilyn Manson

“My first memories of religion were being taken to Episcopal church. My father was Catholic, but my mother, I believe, was Episcopal. So I sort of veered off into the watered-down version of Catholicism.”

― Marilyn Manson

“My first dissatisfaction has always been with religion.”

― Marilyn Manson

“I’m a great admirer of secularism. At its best, I think it’s one of the best things that we have. I don’t believe in insinuating religion into conversation. I don’t believe in excluding it from conversation. I enjoy the fact that people’s innermost thoughts are their own.”

― Marilynne Robinson

“A lot of Christian extremism has done a great deal to discredit religion; the main religious traditions have abandoned their own intellectual cultures so drastically that no one has any sense of it other than the fringe.”

― Marilynne Robinson

“I do not have the slightest bit of racism in me. I do not judge people with regards to the colour of their skin, their origin, or their religion. I defend them all, because I defend French people. And, of course, I defend the interests of France, the interests of French people.”

― Marine Le Pen

“I don’t judge people based on their religion. But I judge them based on how they respect the French constitution.”

― Marine Le Pen

“The Catholic religion doesn’t have conspicuous symbols.”

― Marine Le Pen

“I do not stop repeating it to French Jews… Not only is the National Front not your enemy, but it is without a doubt the best shield to protect you. It stands at your side for the defense of our freedoms of thought and of religion against the only real enemy: Islamist fundamentalism.”

― Marine Le Pen

“Religion is extremely important in this democracy – so important that it occupies a prime position in the Bill of Rights.”

― Mario Cuomo

“Organized belief in spirituality – that’s what a religion is.”

― Mario Cuomo

“If men disappeared tomorrow, we’d still be having the abortion debate. If men disappeared tomorrow, there would still be racism and conflicts over religion.”

― Marjorie Liu

“I’ve always been interested in what passes for what we call religion, what other cultures call their spiritual life.”

― Mark Frost

“Religion without morality is a superstition and a curse, and morality without religion is impossible.”

― Mark Hopkins

“Religion is a big problem in Israel and the Arab world, but again, the problem isn’t religion but political leaders who want to use the religion.”

― Mark Kurlansky

“Spirituality in Washington can be more of a – I don’t want to say it – but, a networking opportunity. Religion is often used opportunistically in the political conversation.”

― Mark Leibovich

“In a way, I think science is the modern religion, and at times, I despise it as much as I despise other religions because it really will only accept stuff that fits its masculine ability to define the world.”

― Mark Rylance

“India has 2,000,000 gods and worships them all. In religion, all other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire.”

― Mark Twain

“The American free enterprise system is the greatest tool to lift people out of poverty ever created in human history and when applied properly, does not discriminate by race, religion, or skin color.”

― Markwayne Mullin

“The fundamentals that founded our great nation included the freedom of speech and religion.”

― Markwayne Mullin

“When I was in college, I majored in comparative religion because I really wanted to figure out if there was God and how I should live my life.”

― Marshall Curry

“Western democracies exalt the ideal of social equality, but our economic system arguably emerged from 16th-century Calvinism, a religion whose members believed that God showed favor by bestowing wealth and other forms of success on what they called ‘the chosen.’”

― Martha Beck

“America has a long history of pride in the military uniform, and the Army has a 362-page directive on proper uniform wear. Included are guidelines that accommodate freedom of religion by outlining what religious attire or jewelry can be worn with the uniform.”

― Martha McSally

“If God existed, and if He cared for humankind, He would never have given us religion.”

― Martin Amis

“Organised religion, organised anything, requires commitment and requires an engagement with something. A lot of the time, we don’t want to commit.”

― Martin Freeman

“God knows why – no pun intended – but every time I write a song, I feel a need to touch on religion.”

― Martin Gore

“Only a god can save us.”

― Martin Heidegger

“The two ethnic groups that remain fundamentally different from the Han Chinese – in terms of history, culture, language, religion and physical appearance – are the Uighurs and Tibetans. In these two groups, the Han Chinese come face to face with difference.”

― Martin Jacques

“Human beings are fascinating with religion and stories about not dying. Or dying and being brought back to life. I think it’s just part of our make up.”

― Martin Landau

“Every man lives in two realms: the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live.”

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial.”

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

“War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity, it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it.”

― Martin Luther

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”

― Martin Luther

“I would support peaceful co-existence between religion and science because they concern different domains. Anyone who takes theology seriously knows that it’s not a matter of using it to explain things that scientists are mystified by.”

― Martin Rees

“Campaigning against religion can be socially counter-productive. If teachers take the uncompromising line that God and Darwinism are irreconcilable, many young people raised in a faith-based culture will stick with their religion and be lost to science.”

― Martin Rees

“The scientists who attack mainstream religion, rather than striving for peaceful coexistence with it, damage science, and also weaken the fight against fundamentalism.”

― Martin Rees

“My whole life has been movies and religion. That’s it. Nothing else.”

― Martin Scorsese

“Eradicating a religion of kindness is, I think, a terrible thing for the Chinese to attempt.”

― Martin Scorsese

“In human history, we are going from knowledge to omniscience, from potence to omnipotence, from ethics and religion to righteousness. So, in my view, God comes at the end of this long process. This may not happen in our lifetimes or even in the lifetime of our species.”

― Martin Seligman

“I never felt I had anything to hide. I never felt being gay was anything to be ashamed of, so I never felt apologetic. I didn’t have issues with it, didn’t grow up with any religion, so I didn’t have any religious, you know, issues to deal with as far as homosexuality is concerned. So, I accepted it very easily. For me, it wasn’t that big a deal.”

― Martina Navratilova

“I don’t know of any cases where as a result of religious precepts a population have found themselves enjoying less food than they would have if they didn’t follow this particular religion.”

― Marvin Harris

“Certain I am, that Christian Religion does no where allow Rebellion.”

― Mary Astell

“I would no more quarrel with a man because of his religion than I would because of his art.”

― Mary Baker Eddy

“Almost everything has been stolen from us by the patriarchy. Our creativity has been stolen, our creative energies, our religion. I want it back.”

― Mary Daly

“Just in our lifetime our society has become looser and more private, it becomes extremely difficult to hold to any permanent commitment whatever, least of all to organized religion.”

― Mary Douglas

“Religion can make it worse. Are you supposing that if people were encouraged to believe in a transcendent reality, and to be encouraged by grand rituals and music and preaching, to love their neighbors, then they would put jealousy and frustration aside?”

― Mary Douglas

“I have increasingly, over the years, felt that religion today does our civilization more harm than good.”

― Mary Douglas

“It is very reasonable to worry about the harm done by organized religion, and to prefer looser and more private arrangements.”

― Mary Douglas

“It is only partly true that religion does more harm than good in society. The community makes God into the image it wants, vengeful, or milky sweet, or scrupulously just, and so on.”

― Mary Douglas

“Krishna children were taught that in the spiritual world there were no parents, only souls and hence this justified their being kept out of view from others, cloistered in separate buildings and sheltered from the evil material world.”

― Mary Garden

“Because sports are a religion, it’s difficult to imagine a world without the Olympics, and to be sure, they have given us many glorious moments.”

― Mary Pilon

“I love reading all kinds of books. I usually have about ten books going at any one time – books about the past, the present, novels, non-fiction, poetry, mythology, religion, etc. Reading is my favorite thing to do.”

― Mary Pope Osborne

“Nobody can deny but religion is a comfort to the distressed, a cordial to the sick, and sometimes a restraint on the wicked; therefore whoever would argue or laugh it out of the world without giving some equivalent for it ought to be treated as a common enemy.”

― Mary Wortley Montagu

“When people feel a certain religion claims to have all the answers, that’s what turns them off.”

― Matisyahu

“I’m not a Buddhist, or a card-carrying member of any religion.”

― Matt Dillon

“I don’t really like the word ‘religion.’ To me, that’s like rules and regulations and paying money to send up prayers. That kind of all weirds me out, honestly.”

― Matt Lanter

“I think for us – and for a lot of people in the Church of Satan – we definitely like ruffling people’s feathers and poking fun at organized religion a little bit.”

― Matt Skiba

“We’ve had kids come to our shows and ask us why we hate Jesus. It’s like, ‘Well, we don’t hate Jesus at all. We just think religion is silly, and it’s a really popular thing, but that doesn’t mean we have to agree with it.’”

― Matt Skiba

“With religion I was always like, ‘Does it matter if it’s true if it makes you happy?’”

― Matt Stone

“The problem of the Muslim presence is increasingly worrying. There are more and more clashes, more and more demands. And I doubt the compatibility of Italian law with Muslim law, because it’s not just a religion but a law.”

― Matteo Salvini

“The problem with Islam is that it’s a law, not a religion, and it’s incompatible with our values, our rights, and our freedoms.”

― Matteo Salvini

“In my opinion, Islam is an outdated religion. It’s not modern. And therefore, there’s too much space for violence.”

― Matteo Salvini

“The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.”

― Matthew Arnold

“My working day usually lasts from 9 A.M. to 7 P.M., then two hours of viewing time for myself. It’s like a religion.”

― Maurizio Sarri

“The Rosicrucians teach that all great religions have been given to the people among whom they are found, by Divine Intelligences who designed each system of worship to suit the needs of the race or nation to whom it was given. A primitive people cannot respond to a lofty and sublime religion, and vice versa.”

― Max Heindel

“Religion has been terribly tarnished in the course of time, its pristine purity has long since vanished under the regime of creed, and it is no longer Catholic, that is to say, Universal.”

― Max Heindel

“In all religions, we hear of the Seven Planetary Genii: the Hindu tells of Seven Rishi, the Parsi of Seven Ameskaspentas, the Mohammedan of Seven Archangels, and our Christian religion has its Seven Spirits before the Throne.”

― Max Heindel

“We can do much to help our communities loosen their boundaries and begin to welcome a multitude of ways of being to make sure that individuals of mixed race, religion, or ethnicities don’t feel the need to choose one or the other but see their layers as a gift, something that adds beauty.”

― Maya Soetoro-Ng

“I think religion is very personal. I definitely identify as Muslim. I consider myself practicing, but I don’t think people who observe me from the outside would think of me as devout, and that doesn’t bother me because one of the beauties of Islam is the fact that it is personal: you read the Koran, and what you believe is what you believe.”

― Maysoon Zayid

“Religion is simply one of a multitude of factors – economic political, cultural, social, tribal, racial – which shape and drive human action and reaction and often is the least important of those factors.”

― Mehdi Hasan

“The reality is that religion, across the board, and in and of itself, neither provokes war nor promotes peace – and it is childish and naive, not to mention utopian, to believe otherwise.”

― Mehdi Hasan

“The state exists to serve and protect every citizen, regardless of colour, creed, race or religion – and the welfare state should exist to and protect the populace in the same non-discriminatory and universal manner.”

― Mehdi Hasan

“Homophobia is not the monopoly of any one country, culture, or religion.”

― Mehdi Hasan

“The essence of a religion can be discovered by asking its adherents one question: ‘What, to your mind, was the seminal moment in the history of the world?’”

― Meir Soloveichik

“I’m rather secular. I’m basically Jewish. But I think I’m Jewish not because of the Jewish religion at all.”

― Mel Brooks

“Well, I think any time you delve into this sort of religion, politics, as you well know, you’re going to, you know, touch a few nerves. I wasn’t – now – and this is the honest truth.”

― Mel Gibson

“I’ve never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality – period.”

― Mel Gibson

“Religion and politics hit nerves. There’s a lot of anger about a lot of things. It’s not easily resolved. I guess that’s what wars are about. Wars are about prejudice and fear. Hit first before you get hit. Believe me, I know.”

― Mel Gibson

“I got none. I mean, I have no religion. I like the quote unquote ‘Virgin Mary,’ but no Catholicism.”

― Melissa Leo

“According to some Eastern religion, there is a belt that goes across the world, and I’ve heard that Minnesota is right in the heart of this spiritual-creative belt of energy.”

― Melody Beattie

“Twelve-step promotes spirituality, not religion. It gives a practical, day-to-day spirituality that tells me what I can and cannot control. There is room to be imperfect and to be someone who struggles to find God.”

― Melody Beattie

“To give religion two minutes a day, in its own space, isn’t exactly selling general morality or atheism short.”

― Melvyn Bragg

“With increasing poverty, welfare dependency and violence in the United States, religion and religious organizations have an important role to play combating societal problems.”

― Mercedes Schlapp

“’Greenleaf’ never mocks religion. It reminds us that people in churches are human, and no one is perfect.”

― Merle Dandridge

“The point here is that physics followed the data where it seemed to lead, even though some thought the model gave aid and comfort to religion.”

― Michael Behe

“If your religion is better than mine and your opinion, you have a real problem.”

― Michael Berryman

“And religion causes most of the problems, war, and economics of course, and study your history or you’re going to repeat it; and if you’re burning a Harry Potter book you need some serious counseling, you don’t get it, you’re missing the whole point.”

― Michael Berryman

“Whatever you may think of the proposed mosque and community center, lost in the heat of the debate has been a basic question: Should government attempt to deny private citizens the right to build a house of worship on private property based on their particular religion?”

― Michael Bloomberg

“I think one of the great dangers here is going and categorizing anybody from one religion as a terrorist. That’s not true… That would let the terrorists win. That’s what they want us to do.”

― Michael Bloomberg

“Sadly, in the highest levels of economic thought in government, questions are not tolerated. It is as if we’re dealing with the binary thinking of a fundamentalist religion.”

― Michael Burry

“But the whole point of the Sixties was that you had to take people as they were. If you came in with us you left your class, and colour, and religion behind, that was what the Sixties was all about.”

― Michael Caine

“Religion has certainly been shoved down my throat.”

― Michael Douglas

“The methodologies of examining hip hop are borrowed from sociology, politics, religion, economics, urban studies, journalism, communications theory, American studies, transatlantic studies, black studies, history, musicology, comparative literature, English, linguistics, and other disciplines.”

― Michael Eric Dyson

“Art, like religion, arises from the spirit, but alas, the formalizing of spiritual life all too often ends in hypocrisy.”

― Michael Leunig

“I never had a spirit-breaking, soul-destroying religion drummed into me.”

― Michael Leunig

“We try to promote the Christmas season and remind people that it is a season of peace. That’s what the season’s real meaning is about. No matter what religion you are, there is that point in time where we should celebrate that idea of peace and humanity.”

― Michael McDonald

“I grew up in the Midwest and had a lot of exposure to big religion. I went to church every Sunday – my mother even sang in the choir – and most families I knew where practicing Christians.”

― Michael McMillian

“I come from an almost wholly secular background and have no quarrel with religion.”

― Michael Moorcock

“There’s a gullible side to the American people. They can be easily misled. Religion is the best device used to mislead them.”

― Michael Moore

“Government needs to stay out of the religion business altogether.”

― Michael Newdow

“The Constitution says that government isn’t supposed to be infusing religion into our society, and so I asked to have that upheld.”

― Michael Newdow

“This issue is whether or not our government should be infusing religion into (schools).”

― Michael Newdow

“I believe in the Constitution. The Constitution says that government isn’t supposed to be infusing religion into our society, and so I asked to have that upheld.”

― Michael Newdow

“Wagner had a terrific understanding of politics. In 1829, he was a Marxist revolutionary who wanted to bring down the establishment. He hated religion and churches, which he said enslaved people. But he later developed different views that put art at the centre of the life of the state.”

― Michael Portillo

“I grew up in a Jewish family, and we have raised our children in a Jewish tradition. Religion gives a framework for moral enquiry in young minds and points us to questions beyond the material.”

― Michael Sandel

“I say you don’t need religion, or political ideology, to understand human nature. Science reveals that human nature is greedy and selfish, altruistic and helpful.”

― Michael Shermer

“Scientific prayer makes God a celestial lab rat, leading to bad science and worse religion.”

― Michael Shermer

“The Orthodox believe in Jewish literacy, and most of the rest of us couldn’t care less. Rabbis and other creatures have a monopoly on Judaism. This is a turnoff in a world that is increasingly secular and that has turned away from religion. Jews are simply turning away from Judaism.”

― Michael Steinhardt

“What we need to do is we need to come to grips with this cancerous form of the Islamic religion that is breaking down the Arab world order, and that is very clear.”

― Michael T. Flynn

“We are in a global war with a radical and violent form of the Islamic religion, and it is irresponsible and dangerous to deny it.”

― Michael T. Flynn

“In France, it’s really different the way you live. It’s a non-religious country. The public space is not religious; religion is a private thing.”

― Michel Hazanavicius

“Islam is a dangerous religion.”

― Michel Houellebecq

“The most stupid religion is Islam.”

― Michel Houellebecq

“I think it’s more difficult to live without a religion, definitely.”

― Michel Houellebecq

“I found it amazing people can think that art must be connected to religion. Religion may give art themes, but there would still be art without religion. Bach is not proof that art exists.”

― Michel Onfray

“Religion is like magic. It is all about tricks.”

― Michel Onfray

“Religion is an irrational construct.”

― Michel Onfray

“Religion is a reassurance – in fact, that’s its only purpose.”

― Michel Onfray

“Violence against women in all its forms is a human rights violation. It’s not something that any culture, religion or tradition propagates.”

― Michelle Bachelet

“9/11 was a deliberate, carefully planned evil act of the long-waged war on the West by Koran-inspired soldiers of Allah around the world. They hated us before George W. Bush was in office. They hated us before Israel existed. And the avengers of the religion of perpetual outrage will keep hating us.”

― Michelle Malkin

“You think that religion is a thing that is there to help you and to see you through life, and then you wake up one morning and find the entire Irish situation, the civil war that’s based on religion.”

― Midge Ure

“I’m fascinated by religion, but I’m not particularly religious.”

― Mika

“Where do we invest our trust now? In politicians? Most people would say not. In banks, in religion, in a sense of nationhood? In each other? Even that has been complicated. It feels like there’s a total collapse of trust, but without trust, it’s impossible to have any sense of who one is.”

― Mike Bartlett

“In the process of writing ’13,’ friends were asking if I was OK because I was saying things about religion or about intervening in other countries militarily that I wouldn’t normally spout over dinner. In the moment of writing the play, I genuinely changed what I thought.”

― Mike Bartlett

“I find it unnecessary, useless and frankly a bit unnecessary to get into all sorts of debates over President Obama’s religion or the authenticity of his birth. I know for some people that it is an obsession. It is not with me.”

― Mike Huckabee

“The United States cannot and should not discriminate on the basis of religion. The free exercise of religion is at the very heart of our constitutional guarantee for all persons of this country.”

― Mike Pence

“For me, what’s the old expression, ‘Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,’ that’s really what religion is good at when it is done right. And the truth is, so is television.”

― Mike Rowe

“I don’t think I can get into my deep inner thoughts about hitting. It’s like talking about religion.”

― Mike Schmidt

“I’m a Muslim, but I think Jesus would have a drink with me. He would be cool. He would talk to me.”

― Mike Tyson

“You should always take what I say about religion with a grain of salt, because the 7 deadly sins are more like my seven daily activities. I try to check them all off at least once a day. All of them except gluttony; my trainer keeps that under control.”

― Milo Yiannopoulos

“The only real shaming I’ve ever experienced has been from other gay people when I reveal my politics or my religion.”

― Milo Yiannopoulos

“The difference between a saint and a hypocrite is that one lies for his religion, the other by it.”

― Minna Antrim

“I’m not particularly into the formal, political side of faith, although I am spiritual and I do have a faith. But ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ is my religion.”

― Miranda Hart

“Whether religion is man-made is a question for philosophers or theologians. But the forms are man-made. They are a human response to something. As a historian of religions, I am interested in those expressions.”

― Mircea Eliade

“Every religion implies that it treats the problem of being and nonbeing, life and death. Their languages are different, but they speak about the same things.”

― Mircea Eliade

“I don’t like religion.”

― Miriam Margolyes

“Everyone who has ever asked for asylum in Slovakia was granted asylum if that person met the conditions. There was never any discrimination based on religion.”

― Miroslav Lajcak

“Freedom. Freedom of religion. Freedom to speak their mind. Freedom to build a life. And yes, freedom to build a business. With their own hands. This is the essence of the American experience.”

― Mitt Romney

“Since Castro took power, the Cuban people have been denied basic human freedoms. No freedom of religion, no freedom of the press, no political freedom. And the regime uses brutality and violence to suppress these freedoms and impose its will.”

― Mitt Romney

“Whether one believes in evolution, intelligent design, or Divine Creation, one thing is certain. Since the beginning of history, human beings have been at war with each other, under the pretext of religion, ideology, ethnicity and other reasons. And no civilization has ever willingly given up its most powerful weapons.”

― Mohamed ElBaradei

“There is no religion that was founded on intolerance – and no religion that does not value the sanctity of human life.”

― Mohamed ElBaradei

“We want, as the Saudi people, to enjoy the coming days and concentrate on developing our society and developing ourselves as individuals and families while retaining our religion and customs.”

― Mohammad bin Salman

“We want to lead normal lives, lives where our religion and our traditions translate into tolerance, so that we coexist with the world and become part of the development of the world.”

― Mohammad bin Salman

“The biggest danger of this terrorism and extremism is the tarnishing of the reputation of our beloved religion… We will not allow this to happen.”

― Mohammad bin Salman

“I think if you say that art and politics, or religion and politics, mustn’t mix, don’t mix, that is itself a political statement. Even if you are writing a 19th-century novel where the money comes from a plantation in the Caribbean and you don’t talk about that, that itself is a political thing.”

― Mohsin Hamid

“My grandparents used to pray five times a day, but they were quiet about their own thing. Completely liberal day by day; my grandmother was a social worker and my grandfather was an engineer, but they never talked about religion. My entire life I couldn’t remember one conversation I had with them about religion.”

― Mohsin Hamid

“Most Muslims do not ‘choose’ Islam in the way that they choose to become doctors or lawyers, nor even in the way that they choose to become fans of Coldplay or Radiohead. Most Muslims, like people of any faith, are born into their religion.”

― Mohsin Hamid

“Lived religion is a very different thing from strict textual analysis. Very few people of any faith live their lives as literalist interpretations of scripture.”

― Mohsin Hamid

“I can’t understand people calling themselves religious and being hateful. If a preacher is preaching hate, to fear God that’s not religion, that’s not helping humanity, that’s organizing an army to defeat somebody.”

― Mojo Nixon

“I like to call the Republicans the Christian Brotherhood of the U.S. so that my fellow Americans recognise the line that connects their mix of religion and politics with their Muslim equivalent in Egypt.”

― Mona Eltahawy

“I left my husband a year after 9/11. Not because he was an American and I an Egyptian, nothing to do with culture or religion, nothing to do with 9/11. We brought out the worst in each other. But before we separated, we visited N.Y.C. one more time together for a friend’s engagement, and we went to pay our respects at the site of the attacks.”

― Mona Eltahawy

“Good riddance, Bin Laden – an unwelcome squatter in the house of my religion who tore down all the walls and was prepared to throw them on a fire to keep himself warm.”

― Mona Eltahawy

“To write about the hijab is to step into a minefield. Even among those who share my cultural and faith background, opinions veer from those who despise it as a symbol of backwardness to those for whom religion begins and ends with that piece of cloth.”

― Mona Eltahawy

“I can write about my culture and religion because I am a product of both. Even when I’m accused of giving ammunition to the Islamophobic right, in the struggle between ‘community’ and ‘women,’ I always choose the women.”

― Mona Eltahawy

“I come from a Catholic religion, but I’m not Catholic.”

― Monica Bellucci

“Christmas is a Christian holiday, and any self-respecting person of another religion should not celebrate a holiday that they don’t believe in. Clearly, Christ is in the name of the holiday, so there should be a belief in Him.”

― Monica Johnson

“Why do people get upset when Christians say there is only one way to Heaven? Shouldn’t those who follow a particular religion believe its doctrine to be true?”

― Monica Johnson

“Religious wars are not caused by the fact that there is more than one religion, but by the spirit of intolerance… the spread of which can only be regarded as the total eclipse of human reason.”

― Montesquieu

“Do you think that God will punish them for not practicing a religion which he did not reveal to them?”

― Montesquieu

“People here argue about religion interminably, but it appears that they are competing at the same time to see who can be the least devout.”

― Montesquieu

“Cruel persecutions and intolerance are not accidents, but grow out of the very essence of religion, namely, its absolute claims.”

― Morris Raphael Cohen

“If religion cannot restrain evil, it cannot claim effective power for good.”

― Morris Raphael Cohen

“Judaism boasts of no exclusive revelation of eternal truths that are indispensable to salvation, of no revealed religion in the sense in which that term is usually understood.”

― Moses Mendelssohn

“Revealed religion is one thing, revealed legislation, another.”

― Moses Mendelssohn

“The state has physical power and uses it when necessary; the power of religion is love and beneficence.”

― Moses Mendelssohn

“Beside all this I think there was something personal, being Muslim myself who lived in the west I felt that it was my obligation my duty to tell the truth about Islam. It is a religion that has a 700 million following, yet it’s so little known about it which surprised me.”

― Moustapha Akkad

“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed – that has nothing to do with the business of the State.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

“Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.”

― Muhammad Ali

“I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.”

― Muhammad Ali

“If faith is lost, there is no security and there is no life for him who does not adhere to religion.”

― Muhammad Iqbal

“Yet higher religion, which is only a search for a larger life, is essentially experience and recognized the necessity of experience as its foundation long before science learnt to do so.”

― Muhammad Iqbal

“Indeed, in view of its function, religion stands in greater need of a rational foundation of its ultimate principles than even the dogmas of science.”

― Muhammad Iqbal

“Art and religion first; then philosophy; lastly science. That is the order of the great subjects of life, that’s their order of importance.”

― Muriel Spark

“There are strengths in Islamic tradition. Islam actually, as a monotheistic religion, which defined man as a responsible agent by itself, created the idea of the individual in the Middle East and saved it from the communitarianism, the collectivism of the tribe.”

― Mustafa Akyol

“I have no religion, and at times I wish all religions at the bottom of the sea. He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government; it is as if he would catch his people in a trap.”

― Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

“When man fell from grace, he lost a kingdom, not a religion. He lost dominion over the earth; He did not lose Heaven. Therefore, mankind’s search is not for a religion or for Heaven but for his kingdom.”

― Myles Munroe

“Young people all over the world are very frustrated. They are very disillusioned. Many of them are turning their backs on religion. They are walking away from the faith of their parents, and most of this is because religion has failed them.”

― Myles Munroe

“Religion is a very delicate subject in Lebanon. You have to know how to say things in a very delicate way in order to be accepted.”

― Nadine Labaki

“In a perfect world, there would be freedom of religion and freedom for all religions to exercise their religion everywhere.”

― Naftali Bennett

“Factually, the Temple Mount is the precise location of the Temple. It’s the holiest place in the world for Jews. It’s the third holiest place for Muslims. And we need to respect each others’ rights, freedom of religion.”

― Naftali Bennett

“Today’s interpretations of religion are often backward and contradict the needs of civilization.”

― Naguib Mahfouz

“God did not intend religion to be an exercise club.”

― Naguib Mahfouz

“If you want to move people, you look for a point of sensitivity, and in Egypt nothing moves people as much as religion.”

― Naguib Mahfouz

“We know that if religion is allowed into schools, pupils will sometimes begin to question the teaching they receive.”

― Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

“In spite of the huge diversity in Malaysia in terms of religion, culture, race, ethnicity and so forth, we’ve really gone very far in developing this country.”

― Najib Razak

“We all are Indians, and that should be our only religion. What is the need to be called a Hindu, Muslim, or Christian? Does anybody have any religion or caste at the time of birth?”

― Nana Patekar

“I suppose the idea about all Orthodox religion is that it’s a kind of submission, obedience.”

― Naomi Alderman

“I still pray a lot. I still believe in God. I just don’t believe in any set religion.”

― Naomie Harris

“Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.”

― Napoleon Bonaparte

“Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.”

― Napoleon Bonaparte

“If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.”

― Napoleon Bonaparte

“All religions and all communities have the same rights, and it is my responsibility to ensure their complete and total protection. My government will not tolerate or accept any discrimination based on caste, creed and religion.”

― Narendra Modi

“So far as the government is concerned, there is only one holy book, which is the constitution of India. My government will not tolerate or accept any discrimination based on caste, creed and religion.”

― Narendra Modi

“I believe that a government has only one religion – India first. A government has only one holy book – our Constitution. A government has only one kind of devotion – towards nation.”

― Narendra Modi

“We should pass the U.N.’s Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. At least it will clearly establish whom you view as a terrorist and whom you don’t. We need to delink terrorism from religion – to isolate terrorists who use this interchange of arguments between terrorism and religion.”

― Narendra Modi

“In my life, my religion comes first, and obviously, my family comes second.”

― Naseem Hamed

“Being good or evil has nothing to do with religion.”

― Naseeruddin Shah

“Hindi cinema has only one religion, and that’s money.”

― Naseeruddin Shah

“I’m in favour of religion as a tamer of arrogance. For a Greek Orthodox, the idea of God as creator outside the human is not God in God’s terms. My God isn’t the God of George Bush.”

― Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“I select a very small number of things to be sceptical about, such as markets, and on these I am hypersceptic. But I want to be fooled by randomness in art. I want the ceremonial of religion; we are made for it.”

― Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“To a mind like mine, restless, inquisitive, and observant of everything that was passing, it is easy to suppose that religion was the subject to which it would be directed; and, although this subject principally occupied my thoughts, there was nothing that I saw or heard of to which my attention was not directed.”

― Nat Turner

“Well, right now, I’m very fascinated with 1920s Berlin. I mean, probably the more interesting thing would be to go to the beginning of civilization or precivilization – like polytheistic times. It would be interesting to see what came before modern religion and culture – what circumstances created the environment or the need for it.”

― Natalie Portman

“You know, I get much more Jewish in Israel because I like the way that religion is done there.”

― Natalie Portman

“I was brought up by a Marxist rationalist stepfather, so I don’t believe in the supernatural or religion or horoscopes, and the absolute nature of death is quite helpful for me. My husband was there, then he wasn’t.”

― Natascha McElhone

“I’m not religious. I was as a child, and like lots of people, I suppose, rapidly became very disillusioned with the whole thing. I also feel that organised religion has caused far more problems than it has solved.”

― Natascha McElhone

“In politics, religion and other areas of culture, people disagree on the worth of competing ideas. There is no equivalent to the scientific method that can determine in a robust way which ideas match the real world, and which ones can be ruled out. So conflicting ideologies persist indefinitely.”

― Nathan Myhrvold

“Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers.”

― Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Nation states that are used to imposing capital controls will face a quandary: ban cryptocurrencies and live in the technology dustbin; enable them, and this virus – this religion, this protocol – will enable the free flow of money and language, along with packets, around the globe.”

― Naval Ravikant

“Our rights are interconnected and inseparable. When freedom of expression is threatened, the rights to freedom of association and assembly, of thought, conscience and religion, are also compromised.”

― Nazanin Boniadi

“The people of Iran have had to endure repressive laws that have stifled their freedom of speech and religion for too long.”

― Nazanin Boniadi

“Religion is all-too-often a refuge for scoundrels.”

― Neal Boortz

“In our Constitution, our bedrock principle, you know – indeed, what the nation was founded on – is an idea of freedom of religion: that we don’t single out people because of their religion.”

― Neal Katyal

“Nothing has done more to separate and divide human beings one from another than exclusivist organized religion.”

― Neale Donald Walsch

“I was told to challenge every spiritual teacher, every world leader to utter the one sentence that no religion, no political party, and no nation on the face of the earth will dare utter: ‘Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way.”

― Neale Donald Walsch

“Any time scientists disagree, it’s because we have insufficient data. Then we can agree on what kind of data to get; we get the data; and the data solves the problem. Either I’m right, or you’re right, or we’re both wrong. And we move on. That kind of conflict resolution does not exist in politics or religion.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“What people are really after is, what is my stance on religion or spirituality or God? And I would say, if I find a word that came closest, it would be agnostic.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Most religious people in America fully embrace science. So the argument that religion has some issue with science applies to a small fraction of those who declare that they are religious. They just happen to be a very vocal fraction, so you got the impression that there are more of them than there actually is.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Live shows were always religion for us. We never played a show – whether it was in front of 15 people or 15,000 – where it wasn’t everything we had that night.”

― Neil Peart

“TV serves us most usefully when presenting junk-entertainment; it serves us most ill when it co-opts serious modes of discourse – news, politics, science, education, commerce, religion.”

― Neil Postman

“I’d be perfectly happy with a mathematically precise description of how time began. I see science and religion as being two completely different things. I don’t see science as relevant to the question of whether or not there’s a God.”

― Neil Turok

“I’m not into organized religion. I’m into believing in a higher source of creation, realizing we’re all just part of nature.”

― Neil Young

“A Christian people who have for two hundred years kept a race in bondage, deprived of the advantages of civilization and religion, owe them a debt of gratitude which it would seem ungenerous to withhold.”

― Nelson A. Miles

“There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt.”

― Niccolo Machiavelli

“Every high school and college graduate in America should, I think, have some familiarity with statistics, economics and a foreign language such as Spanish. Religion may not be as indispensable, but the humanities should be a part of our repertory. They may not enrich our wallets, but they do enrich our lives. They civilize us. They provide context.”

― Nicholas Kristof

“Anybody looking at the history even of the 20th century would not single out Islam as the bloodthirsty religion; it was Christian/Nazi/Communist Europe and Buddhist/Taoist/Hindu/atheist Asia that set records for mass slaughter.”

― Nicholas Kristof

“The caricature of Islam as a violent and intolerant religion is horrendously incomplete. Remember that those standing up to Muslim fanatics are mostly Muslims.”

― Nicholas Kristof

“The concept of God in America is very different than it is in England. Because we see the horrendous outcome of religion as being an American thing, in which the name of God has been hijacked by a gang of psychopaths and bullies and homophobes, and the name of God has been used for their own twisted agendas.”

― Nick Cave

“I’m a believer. I don’t go to church. I don’t belong to any particular religion, but I do believe in God. I couldn’t write what I write about and be creative without a certain form of belief.”

― Nick Cave

“This sounds really hokey, but I think Buddhism is the only religion that is genuinely peaceful, so I’d try to promote it in a contemporary society.”

― Nick Love

“I believe that the Framers of the Constitution made their intent clear when they wrote the First Amendment. I believe they wanted to keep the new government from endorsing one religion over another, not erase the public consciousness or common faith.”

― Nick Rahall

“Although religion was around me my whole life I never felt it was forced upon me. It is my centring, my grounding, the soul of me. I feel I’m nothing without it.”

― Nicole Scherzinger

“The NHS is the closest thing the English have to a religion.”

― Nigel Lawson

“We must fix our broken immigration system. That means stopping illegal immigration. And it means welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of their race or religion. Just like we have for centuries.”

― Nikki Haley

“I think that we are at a point in our country where we’re trying to decide what role should religion play in the political arena.”

― Nikki Haley

“I’ve always felt like there are certain politicians that wear their religion on their sleeve in a way that you almost feel is disingenuous. I think that your faith has to be first personal. I struggle with those people that preach something and go back behind closed doors and live differently.”

― Nikki Haley

“I don’t think we should ever ban anyone based on their religion. That is un-American. It is not good. What the president is doing, everybody needs to realize that what he’s doing is saying, ‘Let’s take a step back. Let’s temporarily pause.’”

― Nikki Haley

“My dad’s Jewish and my mum is Christian, so I grew up with no religion. Just whatever religion I wanted.”

― Nikki Reed

“We were raised as Christians, and religion plays an important role for us.”

― Niko Kovac

“There is no conflict between the ideal of religion and the ideal of science, but science is opposed to theological dogmas because science is founded on fact. To me, the universe is simply a great machine which never came into being and never will end. The human being is no exception to the natural order. Man, like the universe, is a machine.”

― Nikola Tesla

“How can you have the religion of the sovereign be the religion of the state if the sovereign belongs to many religions? And it’s at that point, I think, historically, that you start to see people saying maybe the state should not associate itself with any religion. Maybe there shouldn’t be any official religion.”

― Noah Feldman

“I have a 2-year-old son, and I know I’m dealing with a big, grand word when I can’t point to the thing when I define it. Right? If he wants to know what a chair is, I can point to the chair. If he wants to know what religion is, I can’t point to anything in particular. The same is true of the state.”

― Noah Feldman

“For Mitt Romney, the complex question of anti-Mormon bias boils down to the practical matter of how he can make it go away. Facing a traditional American anti-Catholicism, John F. Kennedy gave a speech during the 1960 presidential campaign declaring his private religion irrelevant to his qualifications for public office.”

― Noah Feldman

“Mormonism was born amid secrecy, and throughout its existence as a religion it has sustained a close yet complex relationship to the arts of silence.”

― Noah Feldman

“From a constitutional standpoint, the religion of a candidate is supposed to make no difference. Even before the founding fathers dreamed up the First Amendment, they inserted a provision in the Constitution expressly prohibiting any religious test for office.”

― Noah Feldman

“No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”

― Noah Webster

“It is the sincere desire of the writer that our citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the bible, particularly the New Testament or the Christian religion.”

― Noah Webster

“In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed.”

― Noah Webster

“The ecclesiastical establishments of Europe which serve to support tyrannical governments are not the Christian religion but abuses and corruptions of it.”

― Noah Webster

“For a start-up company, it is all about the religion of the product’s excellence – the success of the product – while for a large corporation, it is the brand. We chose to maintain our start-up image.”

― Noam Bardin

“It doesn’t make any difference what religion you are, or how young you are or how old you are-if they go to these abortion mills and stand there and pray-that would make a lot of difference.”

― Norma McCorvey

“Conversion and zealotry, just like revelation and apostasy, are flip sides of the same coin, the currency of a political culture having more in common with religion than rational discourse.”

― Norman Finkelstein

“Judaism is an intellectually based religion, and the single most important theme is that of study.”

― Norman Lamm

“Culture’s essential service to a religion is to destroy intellectual idolatry, the recurrent tendency in religion to replace the object of its worship with its present understanding and forms of approach to that object.”

― Northrop Frye

“The religion of the name of the seas will triumph against the sect of the son of Adaluncatif; The obstinate, lamented sect will be fearful of the two wounded by Aleph and Aleph.”

― Nostradamus

“Religion kept some of my relatives alive, because it was all they had. If they hadn’t had some hope of heaven, some companionship in Jesus, they probably would have committed suicide, their lives were so hellish.”

― Octavia E. Butler

“Religion is everywhere. There are no human societies without it, whether they acknowledge it as a religion or not.”

― Octavia E. Butler

“If you come out of the gate with a finger pointed, then you really aren’t opening the door to any sort of resolution to whatever the problem may be. Whether it’s about race or sexual orientation or religion, if you can’t empathize with the opposing party, then you can’t really meet in the middle.”

― Octavia Spencer

“Women become the objects of rules; they are repressed and lose their rights in the name of religion, or they lose their freedom in the name of tradition, while the state legitimates this foolishness with laws.”

― Okky Madasari

“I would like to reconcile the church and the circus. I wanted to transform the theatre… to get my message across that there is only one God – the living man – the person sitting next to you. That is my religion. I believe that there is a sense to life.”

― Oleg Kulik

“The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men – from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.”

― Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

“Unlike many Californians or New Yorkers, college football is a religion down south.”

― Omari Hardwick

“Civility is the recognition that all people have dignity that’s inherent to their person, no matter their religion, race, gender, sexuality, or ability.”

― Opal Tometi

“The secularists in Turkey haven’t underestimated religion, they just made the mistake of believing they could control it with the power of the army alone.”

― Orhan Pamuk

“I am known for a life spent in the struggle for freedom, and freedom includes the freedom of religion.”

― Oriana Fallaci

“If all things were made through Him, clearly so must the splendid revelations have been which were made to the fathers and prophets, and became to them the symbols of the sacred mysteries of religion.”

― Origen

“We are obliged, therefore, to say that whoever speaks that which is foreign to religion is using many words, while he who speaks the words of truth, even should he go over the whole field and omit nothing, is always speaking the one word.”

― Origen

“Religion is a tool to stamp out oppression, repression, and tyranny. It’s to save the oppressed. That’s what religion is for.”

― Orlando Jones

“The Godhead consists of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father is a material being.”

― Orson Pratt

“I have a great love and respect for religion, great love and respect for atheism. What I hate is agnosticism, people who do not choose.”

― Orson Welles

“Beyond any question, the way the American founders consistently linked faith and freedom, republicanism and religion, was not only deliberate and thoughtful, it was also surprising and anything but routine.”

― Os Guinness

“Terrorism should be seen in the light of the country’s security and not from the narrow perspective of caste, creed and religion.”

― Oscar Fernandes

“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.”

― Oswald Chambers

“The First Amendment only says ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.’ It can disrespect all it wants.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“I think it’s been hard for people to understand how Islam can be a good religion, and yet the Islamists are evil. Those of us who have had experience with Islam understand this, just as we understand the difference between snake handlers and people going to church on Sunday morning.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“There are two factors in American politics that may seem strange to Europeans: race and religion.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“Oh, there’s going to be debate because you’re dealing with the Bible and religion is supposed to be separate from state and that to me is already a conflict before it even hits the gay issue.”

― Pam Grier

“Indonesia is hardly immune to catastrophic breakdowns, as the anti-Communist pogrom showed. But, like India, it has been relatively fortunate in evolving a mode of politics that can include many discontinuities – of class, region, ethnicity, and religion.”

― Pankaj Mishra

“It should be no surprise that religion in the non-western world has failed to disappear under the juggernaut of industrial capitalism, or that liberal democracy finds its most dedicated saboteurs among the new middle classes.”

― Pankaj Mishra

“As the spiritual leader of six million people, the Dalai Lama can be credited with a significant renunciation of the authority of tradition – of the conventional politics of national self-interest as well as of religion.”

― Pankaj Mishra

“Though there are laws against blasphemy and insult to religion in many European countries, France has institutionalised its anti-clerical past by proscribing religion from public life.”

― Pankaj Mishra

“America’s freedom of religion, and freedom from religion, offers every wisdom tradition an opportunity to address our soul-deep needs: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, secular humanism, agnosticism and atheism among others.”

― Parker Palmer

“So obviously, any religion embodies some form of rules and expectations for behavior, and even sometimes consequences, and they don’t want to hear any of that.”

― Pat Boone

“From America’s schools, religion has been relentlessly purged. No prayers, no Bibles, no Christian symbols, no Ten Commandments.”

― Pat Buchanan

“Religion can be both good and bad – it is spirituality that counts.”

― Pat Buckley

“I hold that religion and faith are two different things.”

― Pat Buckley

“Islam is a violent, I was going to say religion, but it’s not a religion. It’s a political system. It’s a violent political system bent on the overthrow of the governments of the world and world domination. That is the ultimate aim.”

― Pat Robertson

“Religion and political cartoons, as you may have heard, make a difficult couple, ever since that day of 2005, when a bunch of cartoonists in Denmark drew cartoons that had repercussions all over the world – demonstrations, fatwa, they provoked violence. People died in the violence.”

― Patrick Chappatte

“The Bible is worth all the other books which have ever been printed.”

― Patrick Henry

“It is a debt we owe to the purity of our religion to show that it is at variance with that law which warrants slavery.”

― Patrick Henry

“This is all the inheritance I give to my dear family. The religion of Christ will give them one which will make them rich indeed.”

― Patrick Henry

“I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian religion.”

― Patrick Henry

“I almost got a psychology degree, I almost got a philosophy degree. I kept changing it so they couldn’t make me graduate. I studied anthropology and eastern religion, epistomology, and astronomy… I took every interesting course I could find for nine years.”

― Patrick Rothfuss

“There are a lot of Christian fundamentalists; there are a lot of Muslim extremists. Every religion – Mormonism – has something way on the side that’s completely using the religion as some weird backbone for their twisted faith. It has nothing to do with their religion.”

― Patrick Wilson

“I am fascinated with religion or things that people believe in and question that. I think it’s interesting.”

― Patrick Wilson

“I’m still very much an atheist, except that I don’t necessarily see religion as being a bad thing. So, that’s a weird thing that I’m struggling with that seems to be offending both atheists and people that are religious.”

― Patton Oswalt

“Like, my feelings on religion are starting to morph. I’m still very much an atheist, except that I don’t necessarily see religion as being a bad thing. So, that’s a weird thing that I’m struggling with that seems to be offending both atheists and people that are religious.”

― Patton Oswalt

“It’s not about superheroes. This is the method of universal storytelling that all people have… To me, they’re the same as the Greek myths or the Roman myths or religious figures of every religion. These are common characters that we use to express stories about being a better person or what you would do when faced with various things.”

― Patty Jenkins

“I’m really trying to dredge up what one might call intellectual and moral material. For example, when do you realize that you are an American? What age does that happen to you? When do you realize what religion your parents practice? When does it all become conscious? I was interested in exploring all of that.”

― Paul Auster

“It is clear that rituals and sacrifices can bring people together, and it may well be that a group that does such things has an advantage over one that does not. But it is not clear why a religion has to be involved. Why are gods, souls, an afterlife, miracles, divine creation of the universe, and so on brought in?”

― Paul Bloom

“If you look within the United States, religion seems to make you a better person. Yet atheist societies do very well – better, in many ways, than devout ones.”

― Paul Bloom

“Any simple claim that you need religion to be good is flat wrong.”

― Paul Bloom

“I ask you to pray for me, for once age has overtaken us, we find consolation only in religion.”

― Paul Cezanne

“In science, a healthy skepticism is a professional necessity, whereas in religion, having belief without evidence is regarded as a virtue.”

― Paul Davies

“Science, we are repeatedly told, is the most reliable form of knowledge about the world because it is based on testable hypotheses. Religion, by contrast, is based on faith. The term ‘doubting Thomas’ well illustrates the difference.”

― Paul Davies

“Imagine a civilisation that’s way in advance of us wants to communicate with us, and assist us in our development. The information we provide to them must reflect our highest aspirations and ideals, and not just be some crazy person’s bizarre politics or religion.”

― Paul Davies

“Science fiction is a literary field crowded with strong opinions, and no SF novelist delivered himself more memorably of his views – on politics, sexuality, religion, and many other contentious topics – than Robert Heinlein.”

― Paul Di Filippo

“Religion features more now in my life than it did when I was a kid – my dad rejected the Catholic church as a young man. I had no religious upbringing, but certainly, Dad was a kind of secular humanist. I don’t know if he was an atheist or agnostic. I regret I didn’t talk to him about it.”

― Paul Giamatti

“I never looked at ECW as wrestling. I always considered it more of a theology. I don’t know whether I had or didn’t have a messianic complex during that time. But I bought into the movement as much as, if not more than, anybody else. If I sold anyone on the religion of extreme, I was its number-one customer.”

― Paul Heyman

“Marxism, Freudianism, global warming. These are proof – of which history offers so many examples – that people can be suckers on a grand scale. To their fanatical followers they are a substitute for religion. Global warming, in particular, is a creed, a faith, a dogma that has little to do with science.”

― Paul Johnson

“Islam is not a religion. It’s a political system. It has a different set of rules.”

― Paul Nehlen

“It was during my time at secondary school that I abandoned religion.”

― Paul Nurse

“In course of time, religion came with its rites invoking the aid of good spirits which were even more powerful than the bad spirits, and thus for the time being tempered the agony of fears.”

― Paul P. Harris

“If there ever was a militant religion, it was that of early New England.”

― Paul P. Harris

“One’s religion is one’s own possession and he has a right to it.”

― Paul P. Harris

“In the Orthodox religion, you don’t draw the human figure. It’s against the rules.”

― Paul Rand

“Freedom of religion is a fundamental Constitutional principle. It’s a founding principle of this country.”

― Paul Ryan

“Hey, I’m a Catholic deer hunter, I am happy to be clinging to my guns and my religion.”

― Paul Ryan

“Religion is the state of being grasped by an ultimate concern, a concern which qualifies all other concerns as preliminary and which itself contains the answer to the question of a meaning of our life.”

― Paul Tillich

“Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt.”

― Paul Tillich

“Let us not seek to bring religion to others, but let us endeavor to live it ourselves.”

― Paul Tournier

“Recounting of a life story, a mind thinking aloud leads one inevitably to the consideration of problems which are no longer psychological but spiritual.”

― Paul Tournier

“God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.”

― Paul Valery

“I don’t have a religion, but I respect them.”

― Paul Watson

“Islam does not believe in democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, or freedom of assembly. It does not separate religion and politics. It is partly a religion, but it is much more than that. It has a political agenda that goes far outside the realm of religion.”

― Pauline Hanson

“Religion, like water, may be free, but when they pipe it to you, you’ve got to help pay for piping. And the Piper!”

― Pauline Phillips

“We want to answer this classical question, who am I? So I think that most of our works are for art, or whatever we do, including science or religion, tried to answer that question.”

― Paulo Coelho

“It may be that religion is dead, and if it is, we had better know it and set ourselves to try to discover other sources of moral strength before it is too late.”

― Pearl S. Buck

“I am an atheist, and I believe that religion should not be in the classrooms; it has to be in the churches. In the classrooms, you have to form citizenship, not people with religious beliefs, that corresponds to the private sphere.”

― Pedro Sanchez

“Religion cannot and should not be replaced by atheism. Religion needs to go away and not be replaced by anything. Atheism is not a religion. It’s the absence of religion, and that’s a wonderful thing.”

― Penn Jillette

“Behaving morally because of a hope of reward or a fear of punishment is not morality. Morality is not bribery or threats. Religion is bribery and threats. Humans have morality. We don’t need religion.”

― Penn Jillette

“The one kind of person I have a lot of trouble understanding is the kind of person that says the existence of God or religion doesn’t matter, it’s not an important decision. I think it’s vitally important; it’s what all our lives are based on.”

― Penn Jillette

“In reality, many people let go of religion later in life.”

― Penn Jillette

“Religion is faith. Faith is belief without evidence. Belief without evidence cannot be shared. Faith is a feeling. Love is also a feeling, but love makes no universal claims. Love is pure.”

― Penn Jillette

“Religion is often just tribalism: pride in a group one was born into, a group that is often believed to have ‘God’ on its side.”

― Penn Jillette

“I’m really happy with all the art that was inspired by religion, and I think I’d be tickled to little tiny pieces if art in the future was inspired by other things.”

― Penn Jillette

“TV networks are dying. The death throes of religion give us jihads. The death throes of television give us reality shows.”

― Penn Jillette

“When I was a kid, politicians wanted to avoid talking about religion if they could. John F. Kennedy couldn’t duck the issue, being Catholic and all. So how did he address it? By reminding Americans that religion shouldn’t be an issue, that he was concentrating on big things like poverty and hunger and leading the space race.”

― Penn Jillette

“Twin-sister of Religion, Selfishness.”

― Percy Bysshe Shelley

“You’re not free if you can’t marry the person you love because a county clerk is imposing his or her interpretation of religion on you.”

― Pete Buttigieg

“I think there’s an opportunity hopefully for religion to be not so much used as a cudgel but invoked as a way of calling us to higher values.”

― Pete Buttigieg

“Gadhafi was a monster who ruled his country for 42 years with an iron fist and became an international pariah as a result. However, he found religion once he recognized his perilous position when the U.S. adopted an uncompromising response to international terrorism following 9/11.”

― Pete Hoekstra

“Religion often is very embarrassing, and I totally get it. So I am sort of sometimes burdened with the fact that I love talking about it with anybody. Not just religious people.”

― Pete Holmes

“It’s not my place to tell you whom to vote for, to take any political stand, to tell you what religion to believe in. I’m an athlete. I can influence certain things, but when I see other athletes and celebrities telling you whom to vote for, I actually get a bit offended.”

― Pete Sampras

“I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience, no matter what religion or color of their skin, or situation in life.”

― Pete Seeger

“In order to have faith, or follow any other organized religion, I’d have to suspend a degree of disbelief.”

― Pete Townshend

“Open your newspaper – any day of the week – and you will find a report from somewhere in the world of someone being imprisoned, tortured or executed because his opinions or religion are unacceptable to his government.”

― Peter Benenson

“Religion is there to say, ‘Hey, you don’t have to worry – there’s an afterlife.’”

― Peter Greenaway

“Think about all the great leaders. Think about Obama. Think about Clinton. Think about Nelson Mandela. Think about all the people that we know who are very successful in business, in politics and religion. What are they? They tell purposeful stories. They move people to action by aiming at the heart.”

― Peter Guber

“I am sensitive to the value of faith and religion and spirituality in people’s lives because I’m a journalist.”

― Peter Jennings

“Don’t be confused that my interest in religion, faith, and spirituality is driven by any sense of faith or spirituality of my own.”

― Peter Jennings

“I am utterly struck how, 300 years after his execution, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.”

― Peter Jennings

“I think you can be cynical about religion on occasion, and certainly skeptical about the degree to which some people use religion to manipulate other people.”

― Peter Jennings

“I think what I and most other sociologists of religion wrote in the 1960s about secularization was a mistake. Our underlying argument was that secularization and modernity go hand in hand. With more modernization comes more secularization.”

― Peter L. Berger

“We ministers have undoubtedly failed to connect and apply Christianity to the practical everyday problems of the average man. In this, we have failed to follow in Christ’s footsteps. For the religion which He taught and revealed in His own life and ministry was an intensely practical and down-to-earth affair.”

― Peter Marshall

“So, basically, my view is I don’t want to support the exploitation of animals, and within reason, I will do what I can to avoid it, but it’s not like it’s a religion for me. It’s not like I consider I’m polluted if somehow some bit of milk or cheese or something passes my lips.”

― Peter Singer

“The Muslims have, as everyone else says, the right to practice their religion and they have the right to construct a mosque at ground zero if they wish. What I am saying, though, is that they should listen to public opinion, they should listen to the deep wounds and anguish that this is causing to so many good people.”

― Peter T. King

“The habit of religion is oppressive, an easy way out of thought.”

― Peter Ustinov

“Even though you can’t expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make the attempt. That’s morality, that’s religion, that’s art, that’s life.”

― Phil Ochs

“Prayer is the spirit speaking truth to Truth.”

― Philip James Bailey

“Religion was quite a thing in our house – we were Baptists. Some Sundays I went to church three times. If there was a talk on missionary work in the afternoon, I could be there all bloody day. But religion took its first big knock after Dad died.”

― Philip Kerr

“The living Church of the redeemed is his book. He founded a religion of the living spirit, not of a written code, like the Mosaic law. Yet his words and deeds are recorded by as honest and reliable witnesses as ever put pen to paper.”

― Philip Schaff

“To the first class belong the Gospels and Acts; to the second, the Epistles; to the third, the Revelation.”

― Philip Schaff

“One person’s religion is another person’s cult.”

― Philip Seymour Hoffman

“In matters of religion and matrimony I never give any advice; because I will not have anybody’s torments in this world or the next laid to my charge.”

― Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

“The restriction of religion to private life therefore does not necessarily threaten the vital interests of the majority religion, if there is one, and it protects minority religions from tyranny of the majority.”

― Phillip E. Johnson

“Christianity helps us face the music even when we don’t like the tune.”

― Phillips Brooks

“I’ve never meditated in my life. I don’t practice yoga nor any religion. I’m a tourist on the realm of stillness.”

― Pico Iyer

“As long as I don’t write about the government, religion, politics, and other institutions, I am free to print anything.”

― Pierre Beaumarchais

“For me sport was a religion… with religious sentiment.”

― Pierre de Coubertin

“It’s my only religion to work hard, and then I’m not under any pressure because I know I’ve done the work on the character.”

― Pierre Niney

“A Religion of Evolution: that, when all is said and done, is what Man needs ever more explicitly if he is to survive and ‘superlive,’ as soon as he becomes conscious of his power to ultra-hominize himself and of his duty to do so.”

― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“Religion and science are the two conjugated faces or phases of one and the same complete act of knowledge – the only one which can embrace the past and future of evolution and so contemplate, measure and fulfil them.”

― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“Religion, born of the earth’s need for the disclosing of a god, is related to and co-extensive with not the individual man, but the whole of mankind.”

― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“Health food shops can make people feel very important; it’s like a brand new religion with people trying to convert you to quinoa.”

― Pippa Evans

“There is all the difference in the world between teaching children about religion and handing them over to be taught by the religious.”

― Polly Toynbee

“An important function of theology is to keep religion tied to reason and reason to religion. Both roles are of essential importance for humanity.”

― Pope Benedict XVI

“A just laicism allows religious freedom. The state does not impose religion but rather gives space to religions with a responsibility toward civil society, and therefore it allows these religions to be factors in building up society.”

― Pope Benedict XVI

“There are those who would advocate that the voice of religion be silenced, or at least relegated to the purely private sphere.”

― Pope Benedict XVI

“If one has the answers to all the questions – that is the proof that God is not with him. It means that he is a false prophet using religion for himself. The great leaders of the people of God, like Moses, have always left room for doubt. You must leave room for the Lord, not for our certainties; we must be humble.”

― Pope Francis

“Since many of you do not belong to the Catholic Church and others are non-believers, from the bottom of my heart I give this silent blessing to each and every one of you, respecting the conscience of each one of you but knowing that each one of you is a child of God.”

― Pope Francis

“Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person.”

― Pope Francis

“I believe that Catholics involved in politics carry the values of their religion within them, but have the mature awareness and expertise to implement them. The Church will never go beyond its task of expressing and disseminating its values, at least as long as I’m here.”

― Pope Francis

“Politics is the most important of the civil activities and has its own field of action, which is not that of religion.”

― Pope Francis

“Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.”

― Pope John Paul II

“The Coptic Church respects the law but it does not accept rulings that go against the Bible and our freedom of religion.”

― Pope Shenouda III

“Civil disobedience is not accepted by religion and the state does not accept it and there are many verses in the Holy Book that talk of following the ruler.”

― Pope Shenouda III

“Two things in India are religion – one is cricket, and one is movies – these are two things.”

― Preity Zinta

“The role of the federal government should be neutral toward culture just as it is toward religion.”

― Preston Manning

“Though I believe in God, I don’t believe in religion for everybody. Some people who are a little weak and don’t want to shoulder any responsibility need Catholicism. For people at the other extreme, there is Christian Science… I think a powerful conscience is worth all the religions put together.”

― Preston Sturges

“Most people don’t want to talk about politics and religion. They say, ‘Let’s talk about something else.’”

― Prince

“It’s fun being in Islamic countries, to know there’s only one religion. There’s order. You wear a burqa. There’s no choice. People are happy with that.”

― Prince

“Religion and modernity are not necessarily mutually exclusive.”

― Queen Rania of Jordan

“Movies are my religion and God is my patron. I’m lucky enough to be in the position where I don’t make movies to pay for my pool. When I make a movie, I want it to be everything to me; like I would die for it.”

― Quentin Tarantino

“In Lebanon, there are completely different opinions and values in one country in terms of religion, modernity, tradition, East and West – which allows for a kind of intellectual development not available anywhere else.”

― Rabih Alameddine

“I was aware, in those early days of motherhood, that my behaviour was strange to the people who knew me well. It was as though I had been brainwashed, taken over by a cult religion. And yet this cult, motherhood, was not a place where I could actually live. Like any cult, it demanded a complete surrender of identity to belong to it.”

― Rachel Cusk

“As long as I can remember, I saw myself as black. I was socially conditioned to discard that. It was an all-white town. I was very unhappy. I felt like I was constantly self-sabotaging in order to conform to religion, culture dynamics. I was censoring myself. I was shutting down inside.”

― Rachel Dolezal

“People still kill in the name of religion. We haven’t evolved to the point where we’re one tribe called humans.”

― Rachel Weisz

“What I found particularly fascinating and satisfying about the Hindu tradition was its spirit of inclusiveness. In Sanatan Dharma, or what is commonly called Hinduism, I discovered the basic truths of all religions in a way that the oneness of God and religion is comprehensively understood.”

― Radhanath Swami

“When people unfortunately use religion to facilitate their envy, arrogance and hate, communalism surfaces.”

― Radhanath Swami

“In religion, there’s a certain type of fear that if somebody believes differently from me, that it’s a threat. Because I’m right, and there cannot be two ways that are right, so if I’m right, anything different than this must be wrong; and we attack those things and it’s really due to insecurity, ego and fear.”

― Radhanath Swami

“The tension between the essence of spiritual teachings and the harmful fundamentalism that often arises in the name of religion is an issue that has engaged my mind practically as far back as I can remember.”

― Radhanath Swami

“When you write about faith, people will be upset with you no matter what. I’ve heard from readers who were disgusted with the depiction of monotheistic religion. I’ve also heard from readers who were upset because my portrayal of faith did not adhere to their specific doctrines. Fortunately, I have high risk tolerance.”

― Rae Carson

“I have tremendous respect for teens who navigate the quagmire that is modern religion. If there is any message in my books, I want it to be that it’s okay to ask questions, and it’s okay to come up with a belief system all your own. Teens who change their worldviews in the face of tremendous social pressure are heroes to me.”

― Rae Carson

“You can promote fights – of course, you have to – you can say ‘I’ll beat you’ or whatever, but you cannot put family, religion, anything like that in the mix. You need to separate things. That is a line a lot of fighters cross.”

― Rafael dos Anjos

“So much about religion has to do with rigid, sacrosanct preciousness. I don’t live my life that way, and I don’t feel that’s what Baha’u’llah teaches.”

― Rainn Wilson

“Spiritual government means a pure government that doesn’t discriminate on the lines of caste, creed, or religion.”

― Rajinikanth

“In countries like China and Indonesia, badminton is like a religion. Players get mobbed in the street. In China, it is a national sport, and Lin Dan, their star player, is treated like David Beckham.”

― Rajiv Ouseph

“Religion is man-made. Every religion says my ‘God is the best.’”

― Rajkumar Hirani

“I have the highest respect for the concept of ‘Advait’ – the oneness of all humans – that is central to Indian culture, thought, and religion.”

― Rajkumar Hirani

“Someday I want to really talk about religion and blind faith. I explored astrologers, palmistry etcetra at length till I believed it was a scam. Even in ‘3 Idiots’ I take a dig at them.”

― Rajkumar Hirani

“The government is opposed to all statements/speeches which divide the country on the basis of religion, caste, and creed.”

― Rajnath Singh

“I have never, ever in my life practised politics on the basis of caste, sect, or religion.”

― Rajnath Singh

“BJP’s ideology doesn’t permit discrimination on the basis of caste, sect, or religion. Everyone born in India is equal for us.”

― Rajnath Singh

“We have freedom of religion in our country, yet we must guard against forcible conversions or through pecuniary enticements.”

― Rajnath Singh

“My people. I have given them a sense of individuality, integrity. I have not made them slaves of any god or any religion. Nor of any holy book or any priest. I have certainly not replaced their god. They are all a part of what I call my traveling circus.”

― Rajneesh

“What I am teaching is religiousness, a quality. Religion is a dead dogma, fixed principles, frozen fossils. What I am teaching to you is a living, flowing religiousness – an experience like love.”

― Rajneesh

“Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion.”

― Ralph W. Sockman

“I have always said that often the religion you were born with becomes more important to you as you see the universality of truth.”

― Ram Dass

“It is easy to talk on religion, but difficult to practice it.”

― Ramakrishna

“Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious.”

― Ramakrishna

“The Law of God in the Christian religion is the schoolmaster that leads us to Christ.”

― Randall Terry

“The enemies of the Christian religion and the Law of God confuse law with faith.”

― Randall Terry

“For us to think we can enjoy, understand and practice the Christian religion with just Matthew to Revelation is foolishness.”

― Randall Terry

“I have chosen to keep my personal life separate from my music, as the two are exclusive from each other, and I want to remain that way. I’ll talk music, production, writing songs, touring with anyone but keep religion, politics and world affairs off the table, as my expertise is in songs and music.”

― Randy Bachman

“French laicite is probably aggressive and antagonistic to the religion, but there are other models of secularism in the world where there could be reconciliation between religion and secularism.”

― Rashid al-Ghannushi

“We in Tunisia have no problem with respecting other people’s religion, and we have a long tradition of that.”

― Rashid al-Ghannushi

“When will the world start believing that the biggest religion of all is humanity?”

― Raveena Tandon

“I have always marveled that so many religions exact such revenge against dissenters. It only weakens the appeal of their faith and contradicts any claims they might have made that ‘all religions are basically the same.’ If all religions were indeed the same, why not let someone be ‘converted’ to another religion?”

― Ravi Zacharias

“To be born in India is to arrive into the world swimming in religion.”

― Ravi Zacharias

“My religion encompasses all religions. I believe in God, I believe in the universe. I believe you are god, I believe I am god; I believe the earth is god and the universe is god. We’re all god.”

― Ray Bradbury

“One of Dawkins’ major gripes is against religion. I am in total agreement on that one. I abhor religion.”

― Ray Comfort

“The Bar Room has a corner table placed strategically at a point diagonally across from the entrance. the table of tables in the setting of settings in the building of buildings. In the religion of lunch, this is the holy of holies.”

― Raymond Sokolov

“It was part of your religion to hate the British.”

― Rebecca Harding Davis

“Islam is a religion. It is not an ideology. For a Muslim, there is no such thing as to be against modernity. Why should a Muslim not be a modern person? I, as a Muslim, fulfill all the requirements of my religion, and I live in a democratic, social state.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“A political party cannot have a religion. Only individuals can. Otherwise, you’d be exploiting religion, and religion is so supreme that it cannot be exploited or taken advantage of.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“As a politician who cherishes religious conviction in his personal sphere, but regards politics as a domain belonging outside religion, I believe that this view is seriously flawed.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“I should like to repeat what I stated recently in the Jeddah Economic Forum in Saudi Arabia: It won’t be the religion, but rather the world-view of some of its followers that shall be made current.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“Before anything else, I’m a Muslim. As a Muslim, I try to comply with the requirements of my religion. I have a responsibility to God, who created me, and I try to fulfill that responsibility. But I try now very much to keep this away from my political life, to keep it private.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“To play June, I had an immediate connect with her background and culture. We grew up with the same religion and shared a lot of the same values of family and spirituality. But I was really so inspired by what a modern woman she was.”

― Reese Witherspoon

“I feel like ‘Leftovers’ is dealing with subject matter that’s kind of taboo when you’re talking about religion and faith. They found a way to make it mysterious and intriguing without making people upset.”

― Regina King

“I have no message of hate. I do not attack any religion. I just preach Jesus.”

― Reinhard Bonnke

“There is no cure for the pride of a virtuous nation but pure religion.”

― Reinhold Niebuhr

“I am fundamentally an anthropologist and a rationalist. What I say is that human societies are very different from what specialists call ‘animal society’ because the former have religion.”

― Rene Girard

“Paradoxically, we have become so ethnocentric in our relativism that we feel it is only okay for others – not us – to think their religion is superior!”

― Rene Girard

“Humanity is the child of religion.”

― Rene Girard

“We must stand up and fight for an America that welcomes young doers and dreamers instead of categorically denying entry to so many simply based on their religion or country of origin.”

― Reshma Saujani

“Jerusalem is the united capital of Israel. Since 1967, anyone can practice his religion according to his own conscience and complete free will.”

― Reuven Rivlin

“Religion doesn’t make people bigots. People are bigots and they use religion to justify their ideology.”

― Reza Aslan

“Religion is never going to go away, and anyone who thinks it will doesn’t understand what religion is. It is a language to describe the experience of human nature, so for as long as people struggle to describe what it means to be alive, it will be a ready-made language to express those feelings.”

― Reza Aslan

“The truth of the matter is that when you write about religion like I do, you’re writing about something that people take very seriously.”

― Reza Aslan

“Mike Huckabee and indeed many of the Christian conservatives in the U.S. have far more in common with the Muslim Brotherhood than they’d like to admit, in that all of them very much want to see a role of religion in society.”

― Reza Aslan

“Our kids are not Jewish, and they’re not Catholic. They’re not Episcopalian. They’re not Buddhist. They’re not anything. We do all the holidays to keep the traditions and the culture going, but I truly don’t have a great feeling about any particular organized religion, and I don’t think it’s right to impose one on my kids.”

― Rhea Perlman

“The obligation of the state is to guarantee freedom of religion, and that implies dealing with all of them on an equal footing.”

― Ricardo Alarcon

“We fully support the strikes against terrorist targets, not against the country, not against the culture, not against a religion, but against an enemy of them all.”

― Ricardo Lagos

“I found enormous opposition to my religion. It’s like if you want to strengthen your biceps, you lift heavy weight, as heavy as you can handle, and work your muscles against resistance until it grows strong. I had to do that with my religion.”

― Ricardo Montalban

“I have long believed that celebrity, the way we worship and package and sell our pop stars, is what filled the need for gods that was once filled by the pictures in stained glass. Hollywood is post-Christian Venice – in other words, a pantheon of saints without the hassle and heartache of religion.”

― Rich Cohen

“The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.”

― Richard Adams

“Rock n’ roll is like a religion.”

― Richard Ashcroft

“The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.”

― Richard Burton

“I consider myself a religious person. God is something very personal with me and I don’t flaunt religion in conversation with others.”

― Richard Chamberlain

“Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where’s the harm? September 11th changed all that.”

― Richard Dawkins

“One of the things that is wrong with religion is that it teaches us to be satisfied with answers which are not really answers at all.”

― Richard Dawkins

“To fill a world with religion, or religions of the Abrahamic kind, is like littering the streets with loaded guns. Do not be surprised if they are used.”

― Richard Dawkins

“Secularism is categorically not saying that the religious may not speak out publicly or have a say in public life. It is about saying that religion alone should not confer a privileged say in public life, or greater influence on it. It really is as simple as that.”

― Richard Dawkins

“Religion is capable of driving people to such dangerous folly that faith seems to me to qualify as a kind of mental illness.”

― Richard Dawkins

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

― Richard Dawkins

“To an honest judge, the alleged marriage between religion and science is a shallow, empty, spin-doctored sham.”

― Richard Dawkins

“It would be intolerant if I advocated the banning of religion, but of course I never have.”

― Richard Dawkins

“A universe with a God would look quite different from a universe without one. A physics, a biology where there is a God is bound to look different. So the most basic claims of religion are scientific. Religion is a scientific theory.”

― Richard Dawkins

“You can’t understand European history at all other than through religion, or English literature either if you can’t recognise biblical allusions.”

― Richard Dawkins

“People really, really hate their religion being criticized. It’s as though you’ve said they had an ugly face; they seem to identify personally with it.”

― Richard Dawkins

“Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.”

― Richard Dawkins

“Religion teaches you to be satisfied with nonanswers. It’s a sort of crime against childhood.”

― Richard Dawkins

“If saying that religion should be a private matter and should not have special influence in public life is illiberal, then 74% of U.K. Christians are illiberal, too.”

― Richard Dawkins

“We’ve all been brought up with the view that religion has some kind of special privileged status. You’re not allowed to criticise it.”

― Richard Dawkins

“It is immoral to brand children with religion. ‘This is a Catholic child.’ ‘That is a Muslim child.’ I want everyone to flinch when they hear such a phrase, just as they would if they heard, ‘That is a Marxist child.’”

― Richard Dawkins

“The very idea that we get a moral compass from religion is horrible. Not only should we not get our moral compass from religion, as a matter of fact we don’t.”

― Richard Dawkins

“I get the feeling more and more that religion is being left behind.”

― Richard Dawkins

“If there is a God, it’s going to be a whole lot bigger and a whole lot more incomprehensible than anything that any theologian of any religion has ever proposed.”

― Richard Dawkins

“Disagreements between incompatible beliefs cannot be settled by reasoned argument because reasoned argument is drummed out of those trained in religion from the cradle.”

― Richard Dawkins

“I grew up with the idea that someone might hate you if they knew what religion you were; being afraid to open my mouth because my accent might make people think something about me. Or even if they didn’t, would they understand me?”

― Richard Dormer

“Kidnapping is always a threat in this life of reporting on men hurting one another because of religion and politics.”

― Richard Engel

“The Muslim Prophet Mohammed was a big believer in charity and firmly established helping those in need as a basis of the religion.”

― Richard Engel

“Billions of people don’t practice a religion at all.”

― Richard Gere

“I think most of our religious institutions are pretty corrupt, so they’re not reliable. I think the Christian religion that I was brought up with has very little to do with Christ, really, and more an institutions that have built up around the church.”

― Richard Gere

“Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion.”

― Richard John Neuhaus

“Religion as a human phenomenon is as riddled through with potential for both good and evil as any other phenomenon.”

― Richard John Neuhaus

“All religions have periods in their history which are looked back to with retrospective fear and trembling as eras of persecution, and each religion has its own book of martyrs.”

― Richard Le Gallienne

“The spiritual element, the really important part of religion, has no concern with Time and Space, temporary mundane laws, or conduct.”

― Richard Le Gallienne

“Let the professors of Christianity recommend their religion by deeds of benevolence – by Christian meekness – by lives of temperance and holiness.”

― Richard Mentor Johnson

“I am confident in saying that Oberlin did more for me than vice versa. I took a fantastic class in religion, which led me to archaeology, which got me to the Middle East, which led me to international relations, which launched me on my career.”

― Richard N. Haass

“We are not going to be keeping a registry of Muslims in America, we are not going to be deporting Muslims, we are not going to be barring people from coming into our country because of their religion.”

― Richard Painter

“In my opinion, most organized religion does neither agentic service nor relational nurturance very well.”

― Richard Rohr

“What manner of thing this ‘public opinion’ is, should be best known to those who have its name forever in their mouths and erect the regard for it into a positive article of religion. Its self-styled organ in our times is the ‘Press.’”

― Richard Wagner

“I love it when the left and when the president say, ‘Don’t try to impose your values on us, you folks who hold your Bibles in your hand and cling to your guns.’ They have values too. Our values are based on religion, based on life. Their values are based on a religion of self.”

― Rick Santorum

“My religion is very important to me.”

― Rick Scott

“I believe in the separation of church and state, but I do not believe in the separation of politics from religion.”

― Rick Warren

“I don’t know what Trump has to do to lose his supporters. It’s like a religion. He’s a school bully.”

― Ricky Gervais

“Honestly, I never needed a mask to go onstage. It was me who was there, and it was always what I felt, based on what I had learned at home, in my religion, and from society. I clung to that: ‘This is me, it has to be me.’ And if I had an encounter with someone of the same sex, I looked away.”

― Ricky Martin

“I think religion is a bunch of hooey, and I think that the holidays are an opportunity for people to get stressed out, getting their rush to shop. It’s so conformist.”

― Ricky Martin

“It was really intense for me to start having conversations with God, when according to the man-made laws in my religion – to be homosexual is evil.”

― Ricky Martin

“The word ‘religion’ is only a label. What lies behind that, the most important thing of all, is the word ‘faith’. You either have faith, or you don’t have faith, or you have degrees of faith – and if you have degrees of faith, then you become agnostic. You’re kind of in-between, or you’re on the fence.”

― Ridley Scott

“If you believe, you believe; if you’re faithful, you’re faithful. I don’t care what your religion is. The same if you’re agnostic. That should be accepted, too.”

― Ridley Scott

“I’m Miss USA, not Miss Religion USA.”

― Rima Fakih

“I honor religion except when it gets into shedding blood.”

― Rip Torn

“Since I am as evil as can be, I do need religion to offset my evilness!”

― Rishi Kapoor

“If everyone’s on the same page, doesn’t matter what race, what background, what religion you are, if everyone comes together like a good, solid football team, baseball team… that’s how you win games. It’s easy.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.”

― Robert A. Heinlein

“To the man who reads ‘Scouting for Boys’ superficially, there is a disappointing lack of religion in the book. But to him who tries it in practice, the basic religion underlying it soon becomes apparent.”

― Robert Baden-Powell

“The major obstacle to a religious renewal is the intellectual classes, who are highly influential and tend to view religion as primitive superstition. They believe that science has left atheism as the only respectable intellectual stance.”

― Robert Bork

“Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure.”

― Robert Browning

“Science has nothing in common with religion. Facts and miracles never did and never will agree.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“You need not go back four thousand years for heroines. The world is filled with them today. They do not belong to any nation, nor to any religion, nor exclusively to any race. Wherever woman is found, they are found.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“Every religion in the world has denounced every other religion as a fraud. That proves to me that they all tell the truth – about others.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“Our fathers founded the first secular government that was ever founded in this world. Recollect that. The first secular government – the first government that said every church has exactly the same rights and no more; every religion has the same rights, and no more.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“No system of religion should go in partnership with barbarism. Neither should any Christian feel it his duty to defend the savagery of the past.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“Let us put theology out of religion. Theology has always sent the worst to heaven, the best to hell.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“Religion is not theory – it is life. It is not intellectual conviction – it is divine humanity, and nothing else.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“The religion that has to be supported by law is without value, not only, but a fraud and a curse. The religious argument that has to be supported by a musket is hardly worth making.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“There’s a couple things you don’t talk about in life, and that’s race, religion and politics. I try to make sure I don’t talk about politics at all.”

― Robert Griffin III

“I have a reputation worldwide of being tolerant of all people and their views. I’m too well-educated to criticize a certain religion or group of people for what they believe in. It’s called freedom.”

― Robert H. Schuller

“If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act.”

― Robert Jackson

“The day that this country ceases to be free for irreligion, it will cease to be free for religion.”

― Robert Jackson

“Any candidate who claims his religion has no influence on his decisions is either a dishonest politician or a shallow follower of his faith.”

― Robert Jeffress

“Any false religion ultimately is a deception of Satan, to try and keep people from the only way to Heaven, which is through faith in Jesus Christ.”

― Robert Jeffress

“Commodities such as gold and silver have a world market that transcends national borders, politics, religions, and race. A person may not like someone else’s religion, but he’ll accept his gold.”

― Robert Kiyosaki

“Religion and science look at reality differently.”

― Robert Lanza

“Perhaps, if science is clever enough to see, it will realize that religion may not be too far off with its concrete imagery; and that relative to the supreme creator, we humans are much like the microorganisms we scrutinize under the microscope.”

― Robert Lanza

“Finding that no religion is based on facts and cannot be true, I began to reflect what must be the condition of mankind trained from infancy to believe in error.”

― Robert Owen

“The advent of a new religion, making serious and impressive claims to embody a new revelation from on high, is not a frequent occurrence.”

― Robert Rainy

“Before the rise of the nation-state, between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, the world was mostly tribal. Tribes were united by language, religion, blood, and belief. They feared other tribes and often warred against them.”

― Robert Reich

“In the middle ages people were tourists because of their religion, whereas now they are tourists because tourism is their religion.”

― Robert Runcie

“To reject even one major tenet of the religion or to violate one major rule of behavior is enough to get one kicked out – or worse.”

― Robert Shea

“Organized religion provides a model of the way all organizations, from the state down to the village garden club, end a price in terms of a member’s freedom of thought and action.”

― Robert Shea

“God expects from men something more than at such times, and that it were much to be wished for the credit of their religion as well as the satisfaction of their conscience that their Easter devotions would in some measure come up to their Easter dress.”

― Robert South

“Religion is many things, but one of them, surely, is a way for adults to indulge in uncritical hero worship.”

― Robert Webb

“While nobody has identified any gene for religion, there are certainly some candidate genes that may influence human personality and confer a tendency to religious feelings. Some of the genes likely to be involved are those which control levels of different chemicals called neurotransmitters in the brain.”

― Robert Winston

“Although religion might be useful in developing a solid moral framework – and enforcing it – we can quite easily develop moral intuitions without relying on religion.”

― Robert Winston

“Religion has endured since the dawn of human consciousness precisely because it encompasses so much of being human. No idea has endured so long, gathered up so many disparate needs and wants and feelings, and inspired so many different paths towards understanding it.”

― Robert Winston

“In reality, both religion and science are expressions of man’s uncertainty. Perhaps the paradox is that certainty, whether it be in science or religion, is dangerous.”

― Robert Winston

“Whatever your religion, you have to find internal happiness, which I found.”

― Roberto Baggio

“One idea I explore in my stand-up show is whether, if you try looking at the universe rationally and avoid coping mechanisms like mysticism or religion, you can still be happy knowing you are going to die after a brief time on this spinning ball.”

― Robin Ince

“Feminism is for all women and girls, not a privileged few or one ethnicity, religion, age, sexual preference, ability, region or hemisphere.”

― Robin Morgan

“I’m not a practice religion freak. I didn’t grow up in a religious family, but I have a faith.”

― Robin Wright

“In every religion I can think of, there exists some variation on the theme of abandoning the settled life and walking one’s way to godliness. The Hindu sadhu, the pilgrims of Compostela walking past their sins, the circumambulators of the Buddhist kora, the haj.”

― Robyn Davidson

“The new soft totalitarianism that is advancing on the left wants to have a state religion It is an atheist, nihilistic religion – but it is a religion that is obligatory for all.”

― Rocco Buttiglione

“My mother’s a very spiritual woman, and I think Pentecostal religion, Bible religion, was very important to her because it gave her a context for a very spiritual approach to life.”

― Rodney Crowell

“The great myth that many social scientists want to encourage is that there is an incompatibility between modern technology and traditional religion. This is absolute nonsense. If anything, it’s the reverse.”

― Rodney Stark

“Many people who say they have no religion are simply saying they have no official religious affiliation. They may actually have strong personal beliefs.”

― Rodney Stark

“For the record, I believe in God, but I do not believe in religion, period.”

― Rodrigo Duterte

“God does not discriminate against people, regardless of color, religion, social class, or gender and sexual preferences.”

― Rodrigo Duterte

“I have this deep and abiding faith in God. But this does not mean that you have to have a religion or follow somebody.”

― Rodrigo Duterte

“I want clean water and clean air and conservation… that’s not what extreme environmentalists are all about. For them, it is a religion. They believe in trees and animals, not God.”

― Roger Ailes

“We’re losing our freedom of speech. We are losing freedom of religion. We are losing freedom of the press.”

― Roger Ailes

“Parents and schools should place great emphasis on the idea that it is all right to be different. Racism and all the other ‘isms’ grow from primitive tribalism, the instinctive hostility against those of another tribe, race, religion, nationality, class or whatever. You are a lucky child if your parents taught you to accept diversity.”

― Roger Ebert

“If your religion doesn’t respect the rights of other religions, it is lacking something.”

― Roger Ebert

“It’s funny that there was so much disturbance about having a Catholic in the White House with Kennedy, and when we finally get a religion in the White House that’s causing a lot of conflicts, and concerns, and disturbances for a lot of people, it’s in the Bush Administration.”

― Roger Ebert

“It doesn’t seem Shakespeare works if you turn him into a religion.”

― Roger Rees

“The more I learned about religion in Africa, the more intrigued I became. It was as if the continent was gripped with religious fervor. And the center of it was Uganda.”

― Roger Ross Williams

“When I was filming ‘Prudence’ in Zimbabwe, I noticed the hold fundamentalist Christianity had on sub-Saharan Africa. So I thought I’d like to make a film about religion in Africa because the prosperity gospel is big business where people are desperate, poor, and sick.”

― Roger Ross Williams

“I went to church every Sunday and sang in the choir. But for all that the church gave me – for all that it represented belonging, love and community – it also shut its doors to me as a gay person. That experience left me with the lifelong desire to explore the power of religion to transform lives or destroy them.”

― Roger Ross Williams

“God requireth not a uniformity of religion.”

― Roger Williams

“The Church controlled so much in Ireland for so long. I’m not going to get into whether or not religion per se is a bad thing, but my point is the political aspect in Ireland was way out of kilter, and it wasn’t right.”

― Roisin Murphy

“If we allow the consideration of heathen morality and heathen religion to absolve us from the duty of preaching the gospel we are really deposing Christ from His throne in our own souls.”

― Roland Allen

“Freedom of religion is a principle that is central to our Nation’s Declaration of Independence. Congress has taken this positive step to protect our freedom to express allegiance to America’s flag and the ideals it represents.”

― Ron Lewis

“Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.”

― Ronald Reagan

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.”

― Ronald Reagan

“To criticize a person for their race is manifestly irrational and ridiculous, but to criticize their religion, that is a right. That is a freedom.”

― Rowan Atkinson

“The first amendment makes it clear that we are free to practice religion without government interference. The Constitution also establishes the separation of church and state so that the laws we live by our never guided by religious zeal.”

― Roxane Gay

“I try to understand faith and religion. I was raised by wonderful Catholic parents who were deeply faithful and taught us that God is a God of love.”

― Roxane Gay

“I’ve taken a stand against religion for as long I’ve been able to write and think.”

― Roy Harper

“This is my religion. I take long breaks now when I don’t perform and I am not myself when I am not performing.”

― Roy Haynes

“Indeed, the acknowledgement of God is not synonymous with religion.”

― Roy Moore

“But aesthetics is not religion, and the origins of religion lie somewhere completely different. They lie anyway, these roses smell too sweet and the deep roar of the breaking waves is too splendid, to do justice to such weighty matters now.”

― Rudolf Otto

“To see this place would truly be worth a trip to India in itself, and from the spirit of the religion that lived here one can learn more in an hour of viewing than from all the books ever written.”

― Rudolf Otto

“When you objectively observe the most spiritual area to which modern people devote themselves, the religions, ask yourself if the basis of modern culture, particularly in religion, is not human self-interest. It is typical of modern sermons that the preacher criticizes people for their selfishness.”

― Rudolf Steiner

“As Americans, we’re not sure we share values. We’re sometimes even afraid to use the word ‘values.’ We talk about teaching ethics in schools – people say, ‘What ethics? Whose ethics? Maybe we can’t.’ And they confuse that with teaching of religion.”

― Rudy Giuliani

“Bad religion is arrogant, self-righteous, dogmatic and intolerant. And so is bad science. But unlike religious fundamentalists, scientific fundamentalists do not realize that their opinions are based on faith. They think they know the truth.”

― Rupert Sheldrake

“In both religion and science, some people are dishonest, exploitative, incompetent and exhibit other human failings.”

― Rupert Sheldrake

“From a young kid, I was quite interested in religion.”

― Russell Crowe

“It just seems like a religion that is perfect for people who feel like they need a grounding, who feels that the world has run off on them. I’ve discussed this with Scientologists, and they don’t disagree. So, for a certain type of person, that’s great.”

― Russell Crowe

“One of the most important concepts of revealed religion is that of a sacred covenant.”

― Russell M. Nelson

“Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ can be bolstered as we learn about Him and live our religion. The doctrine of Jesus Christ was designed by the Lord to help us increase our faith.”

― Russell M. Nelson

“In this world filled with challenges, we do need help from time to time. Religion, eternal truth, and our missionaries are vital parts of that help.”

― Russell M. Nelson

“To overturn orthodoxy is no easier in science than in philosophy, religion, economics, or any of the other disciplines through which we try to comprehend the world and the society in which we live.”

― Ruth Hubbard

“I never was religious, really, but I’m very interested in religion.”

― Ruth Rendell

“I didn’t come from a very rigid background, where there’s a clan or a tribe or a religion.”

― Ry Cooder

“There are several reasons why Russians view the oppressive state positively. First, in the Russian Orthodox religion, there is an understanding of authority as something sent by God.”

― Ryszard Kapuscinski

“As long as humans have existed, we have always desired to live longer. Every society, every religion, every culture. Of course, they all failed at dramatic life extension.”

― S. Jay Olshansky

“I am a firm believer. I don’t follow any particular religion. That’s the way I was brought up.”

― S. Sreesanth

“The way I look at things, every religion is the same.”

― S. Sreesanth

“My father insisted that I and my sisters not be indoctrinated into any religion at any age.”

― S. T. Joshi

“I see no conflict whatsoever between Christianity and good business practices. People say you can’t mix business with religion. I say there’s no other way.”

― S. Truett Cathy

“We have a diverse population and have to maintain that and keep religion away from politics.”

― Saad Hariri

“My mother and father were born and raised in Pakistan, where religion is entrenched in the culture and the culture is explicitly unyielding.”

― Sabaa Tahir

“Religion is very important to me. I respect the rules of Islam, and I pray five times a day, always.”

― Sadio Mane

“Islam is misunderstood by many. The extremists grab the headlines; those of us who want to practise our religion and live under this country’s laws do not make the news.”

― Sadiq Khan

“As a British Muslim, I am no stranger to prejudice. I know what it’s like to be discriminated against just because of your background or religion.”

― Sadiq Khan

“As an ethnically Asian Muslim, born and bred in this country, I am British. I have never felt a conflict between my country, my religion, and my background.”

― Sadiq Khan

“Too often, customary practices and discrimination on the basis of gender, ethnicity, race, religion, social status, or class are the root sources of pervasive inequality in many countries.”

― Said Musa

“Establish with all of your powers a union with your fellows and brothers in religion that is stronger than the union of the worldly!”

― Said Nursi

“There is nothing evil save that which perverts the mind and shackles the conscience.”

― Saint Ambrose

“The same thing which is now called Christian religion existed among the ancients. They have begun to call ‘Christian’ the true religion which existed before.”

― Saint Augustine

“Teach us to give and not to count the cost.”

― Saint Ignatius

“We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can – namely, surrender our will and fulfill God’s will in us.”

― Saint Teresa of Avila

“Something happens in school sometimes where you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m not an expert, and I have to defer to people who are.’ And it happens not just in school: it happens in religion, too. Defer to the experts. A printing press is a big deal – they got the Bible, and all of a sudden they could read it for themselves.”

― Sal Khan

“Last week I did a piece for Style on advice to Laura Bush about how to help her husband. This week it’s religion. It just depends on what I find interesting at the moment.”

― Sally Quinn

“It is often said by religious people that without its framework, there is no sense of right or wrong. My view is that religion comes after ethics.”

― Salman Rushdie

“If I were asked for a one-sentence sound bite on religion, I would say I was against it.”

― Salman Rushdie

“I was 21 in 1968, so I’m as much a child of the ’60s as is possible to be. In those years the subject of religion had really almost disappeared; the idea that religion was going to be a major force in the life of our societies, in the West anyway, would have seemed absurd in 1968.”

― Salman Rushdie

“I would argue that religion comes from a desire to get to the questions of, ‘Where do we come from?’ and ‘How shall we live?’ And I would say I don’t need religion to answer those questions.”

― Salman Rushdie

“The answer to religion is not no religion, but another way of thinking of it. Another way of being in it.”

― Salman Rushdie

“There is nothing intrinsic linking any religion with any act of violence. The crusades don’t prove that Christianity was violent. The Inquisition doesn’t prove that Christianity tortures people. But that Christianity did torture people.”

― Salman Rushdie

“I never thought of myself as a writer about religion until a religion came after me.”

― Salman Rushdie

“We Americans can be rightly proud of the fact that the right to the free and unfettered exercise of religion is a primary principle in the vision and founding of our country. It defines us as a people, and has uniquely contributed to making this nation great.”

― Salvatore J. Cordileone

“I would not, under any circumstances, try to impose my personal faith and belief on the rest of the country. I don’t think that’s right. I don’t think that’s appropriate. But freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom from religion. And I think that anything we can do to promote the idea that people should express their faith is a good thing.”

― Sam Brownback

“Religion provides the only story that is fundamentally consoling in the face of the worst possible experiences – the death of a parent, for instance. In fact, many religions take away the problem entirely, because their adherents ostensibly believe that they’re going to be reunited with everyone they love, and death is an illusion.”

― Sam Harris

“My concern with religion is that it allows us by the millions to believe what only lunatics or idiots could believe on their own. That’s not to say that all religious people are lunatics or idiots. It’s anything but that.”

― Sam Harris

“It’s not so much religion per se, it’s false certainty that worries me, and religion just has more than its fair share of false certainty or dogmatism. I’m really concerned when I see people pretending to know things they clearly cannot know.”

― Sam Harris

“The problem is that religion tends to give people bad reasons to be good.”

― Sam Harris

“Religion has convinced us that there’s something else entirely other than concerns about suffering. There’s concerns about what God wants, there’s concerns about what’s going to happen in the afterlife.”

― Sam Harris

“To speak specifically of our problem with the Muslim world, we are meandering into a genuine clash of civilizations, and we’re deluding ourselves with euphemisms. We’re talking about Islam being a religion of peace that’s been hijacked by extremists. If ever there were a religion that’s not a religion of peace, it is Islam.”

― Sam Harris

“The conflict between religion and science is inherent and (very nearly) zero-sum. The success of science often comes at the expense of religious dogma; the maintenance of religious dogma always comes at the expense of science.”

― Sam Harris

“It’s simply untrue that religion provides the only framework for a universal morality.”

― Sam Harris

“People in love don’t see gender, colour or religion. Or age. It’s about the other person, the one that you love and who loves you. You don’t think of them in terms of a label. You just go with your heart.”

― Sam Taylor-Johnson

“The seven deadly sins: Want of money, bad health, bad temper, chastity, family ties, knowing that you know things, and believing in the Christian religion.”

― Samuel Butler

“People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practiced.”

― Samuel Butler

“Religion is of general and public concern, and on its support depend, in great measure, the peace and good order of government, the safety and happiness of the people.”

― Samuel Chase

“By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon the same equal footing, and are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty.”

― Samuel Chase

“It is a very great mistake, and a very common one, even for well-read persons, to adopt the idea that the progress of the human race in the science of government, in the arts of civilization and refinement, and in the establishment of morality and religion, has been constantly and steadily towards improvement and perfection.”

― Samuel Freeman Miller

“To me, the good thing about living in L.A. is diversity in lifestyle choices, color, and religion.”

― Sandra Bullock

“The Establishment Clause prohibits government from making adherence to a religion relevant in any way to a person’s standing in the political community.”

― Sandra Day O’Connor

“If you look at any of the big companies, whether it is IBM or L’Oreal, they have a corporate religion and corporate self-image that makes it very difficult for them to execute in different areas.”

― Sandra Lerner

“Politics are wack – it’s mostly about the characters instead of the issues, like how religion is about religion instead of spirituality.”

― Santigold

“Honestly, I’m not a big person in terms of religion, but I really believe in nature. I feel like anytime you see anything beautiful in nature that’s the closest I’m ever going to get to God or a sense of a higher power.”

― Sara Rue

“Itjtawy was ancient Egypt’s capital for over four hundred years, at a period of time called the Middle Kingdom about four thousand years ago. The site is located in the Faiyum of Egypt, and the site is really important because in the Middle Kingdom there was this great renaissance for ancient Egyptian art, architecture and religion.”

― Sarah Parcak

“I have no religion, but I can’t escape being extremely Jewish ethnically – that is, culturally. In other words, I’m not religious, but I worry and I’m neurotic. And I’m very good with money.”

― Sarah Silverman

“I mean, I talk about being Jewish a lot. It’s funny because I do think of myself as Jewish ethnically, but I’m not religious at all. I have no religion.”

― Sarah Silverman

“I just think of myself as a comedian, really. I mean, I talk about being Jewish a lot. It’s funny because I do think of myself as Jewish ethnically, but I’m not religious at all. I have no religion.”

― Sarah Silverman

“I am fascinated in religion and theology and what people believe.”

― Sarah Wayne Callies

“One was a book I read by Mahatma Gandhi. In it was a passage where he said that religion, the pursuing of the inner journey, should not be separated from the pursuing of the outer and social journey, because we are not isolated beings.”

― Satish Kumar

“The truth is our country, our people, our liberties, and our way of life are under attack by radical Islamic terrorists who kill and destroy in the name of religion.”

― Saxby Chambliss

“As I see it, religion shouldn’t interfere in a relationship.”

― Sayed Kashua

“Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs. This is the principle behind lotteries, dating, and religion.”

― Scott Adams

“Corporate America limits the world to consumerism. Science can limit it to the material world. Even religion limits it to a lot of theories that can explain everything. I think we need cinema to break that apart and remind us that we’re not in control, and we don’t understand as much as we think do.”

― Scott Derrickson

“I love the horror genre for how cinematic it is. I gravitated, I think, initially, toward the horror genre because, of all the genres, I think it is the genre that is most friendly to the subject matter of faith and belief in religion.”

― Scott Derrickson

“I think religion is as flawed an enterprise as any other human endeavor, but the interests and ambitions of religion are the right interests and ambitions.”

― Scott Derrickson

“I have friends who are scientists, strict materialists, who don’t think science and religion are compatible, but I just think most of us – unless you’re a strict atheist materialist, which there aren’t many of – most of us believe in something outside the material world. And if you do believe that, I don’t know how you’re not obsessed with it.”

― Scott Derrickson

“My understanding of religion and science is that they’re both arrogant schools of thought, and whether they acknowledge it or not they continually broadcast the idea that they have the world figured out. And what they don’t know, they have a theory for which is probably correct. It feels like that shrinks the world, rather than expands it.”

― Scott Derrickson

“I think regardless of what your religion is or what you believe, you try to treat people in a positive way, and that’s all you can do in life.”

― Scott Eastwood

“Where I think people are being offensive to religion in this country – whichever religion that might be, but particularly the one I and many other Christians subscribe to – well, we will just call it out, and we will demand the same respect that people should provide to all religions.”

― Scott Morrison

“Few things are as sacred and as fundamental to Oklahomans as the constitutional rights of free speech and the free exercise of religion.”

― Scott Pruitt

“The Constitution forbids states from banning all religion from public spaces and from making churches the ghettos of religion where all manifestations of faith are kept separate from public life. Religious people have an equal right to participate in the public square and to have their contributions to Oklahoma history and society recognized.”

― Scott Pruitt

“The inviolability of the seal of confession is so fundamental to the very nature of the sacrament that any proposal which undermines that inviolability is a challenge to the rights of every Catholic to freedom of religion and conscience.”

― Sean Brady

“Sports teams, people who follow sports teams, religion, churches, work – any company, I find that people just generally have a need to belong to something larger than themselves.”

― Sean Durkin

“I don’t think we should proselytize a particular religion.”

― Sean Hannity

“Religion is constantly being talked about, debated, pondered, worried about.”

― Sean Hayes

“There’s no reason to bring religion into it. I think we ought to have as great a regard for religion as we can, so as to keep it out of as many things as possible.”

― Sean O’Casey

“The religion I know most about, which is the Christian one, would simply say that it’s not really for one man or woman to know fully and to understand the nature of our brief human existence.”

― Sebastian Faulks

“There are no grounds for discrimination in Europe, regardless of whether on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, or religion. On the other hand, there is equally no place for radical thought and political Islam.”

― Sebastian Kurz

“In the case of ‘Disobedience,’ the very secretive way of life and religion and tradition that the North London Orthodox Jewish community has was a huge invitation to explore an unknown world. And also a possible trap, and I tried to overcome that by portraying it, hopefully, with great nuance and detail and texture.”

― Sebastian Lelio

“I went to church as a boy, and then I quite quickly stepped away from religion. But I remained fascinated by the need people have for religion.”

― Sebastian Lelio

“I have a strong belief in God… I find religion to be a very personal thing… I am also very spiritual.”

― Sela Ward

“It is very important that football can see beyond religion but FIFA does not just ignore its impact.”

― Sepp Blatter

“In my childhood, America was like a religion. Then, real-life Americans abruptly entered my life – in jeeps – and upset all my dreams.”

― Sergio Leone

“We first fought… in the name of religion, then Communism, and now in the name of drugs and terrorism. Our excuses for global domination always change.”

― Serj Tankian

“We first fought the heathens in the name of religion, then Communism, and now in the name of drugs and terrorism. Our excuses for global domination always change.”

― Serj Tankian

“The split between religion and science is relatively new. Isaac Newton, who first worked out the laws by which gravity held the planets and even the stars in their traces, was sufficiently impressed by the scale and regularity of the universe to ascribe it all to God.”

― Seth Shostak

“I know it’s very idealistic and utopian, but I believe we need to just let everyone not be judged in terms of religion, groups or nations or region.”

― Shah Rukh Khan

“I’ve lived the American Dream and had a great life. Immigration and religion and racial tolerance are the foundation of this country.”

― Shahid Khan

“You can’t confuse safety with religion or national origin.”

― Shahid Khan

“Mormonism is a male religion, a dream of prophets and patriarchs.”

― Shana Alexander

“The majority of Utah’s citizens do not merely approve the death penalty, they demand it – the state religion demands it.”

― Shana Alexander

“I don’t go by my caste, creed or religion. My works speak for me.”

― Shashi Tharoor

“I’m not a big fan of religion for that reason. But I am a true believer in God, and I have great faith, and I think that a spiritual connection with something is a really important part of our experience. That doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the church.”

― Shaun Cassidy

“As long as I did the good things associated with religion, I thought I was in good shape spiritually, too.”

― Shawn Michaels

“No human being, religion, nation, and sect can deny respect to mother.”

― Shehbaz Sharif

“Terrorists have no religion, belief, or race. Having been a target of a number of terrorist attacks myself, I personally empathize with the victims of terrorism and appreciate their need for protection.”

― Sheikh Hasina

“I want to ask those who are aiding terror, what do you get by taking innocent lives? Islam is a religion of peace; you are maligning its name.”

― Sheikh Hasina

“I have grown to understand that no matter where we come from, human beings, at heart, are the same. Defining ourselves based on race, religion, and ethnicity is like betraying that.”

― Shenaz Treasury

“I’m fascinated with all kinds of religion, but I’m not committed to any specific one.”

― Sheryl Lee

“We need to build resilience together, rooted in religion, rooted in schools, rooted in our health care institutions.”

― Sheryl Sandberg

“I know, in India, cricket is a religion, but I haven’t had the time to follow it.”

― Shilpa Shinde

“Human rights is a universal standard. It is a component of every religion and every civilization.”

― Shirin Ebadi

“We must not enable anyone to impose his personal view regarding religion on others by force, oppression, or pressure.”

― Shirin Ebadi

“Major forces that have contributed to the evolution of philanthropy in India in the pre-modern era have mainly been driven by religion, family, and society. The Hindu teaching of ‘daan’ or ‘giving’ is present in different ways in almost every celebration or ritual.”

― Shiv Nadar

“My religion means so much to me and to my career. It helps me so much.”

― Shkodran Mustafi

“Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.”

― Sigmund Freud

“I don’t practise any religion but I am deeply interested in the answers that mankind has come up with to explain the human situation.”

― Simon Callow

“In examining the evidence of the Christian religion, it is essential to the discovery of truth that we bring to the investigation a mind freed, as far as possible, from existing prejudice, and open to conviction.”

― Simon Greenleaf

“In requiring this candor and simplicity of mind in those who would investigate the truth of our religion, Christianity demands nothing more than is readily conceded to every branch of human science.”

― Simon Greenleaf

“Our religion, then, rests on the credit due to these witnesses.”

― Simon Greenleaf

“The foundation of our religion is a basis of fact – the fact of the birth, ministry, miracles, death, resurrection by the Evangelists as having actually occurred, within their own personal knowledge.”

― Simon Greenleaf

“There should be a readiness, on our part, to investigate with candor to follow the truth wherever it may lead us, and to submit, without reserve or objection, to all the teachings of this religion, if it be found to be of divine origin.”

― Simon Greenleaf

“I know of no wars started by anyone to impose lack of religion on someone else. We have lethal Sunni v Shia, Catholic against Protestant, but no agnostic suicide bombers attack crowded atheist pubs.”

― Simon Hoggart

“There is a religion around ‘Star Wars’ that is different than even the fanaticism around comic books and other media.”

― Simon Kinberg

“The Jews invented a portable religion in the shape of the Bible, the Torah, and eventually the Talmud, and with other portable forms of writing. So it’s now possible to carry the religion, that is embedded in that writing, away from the ruins of political and military power.”

― Simon Schama

“The notion that religion can actually be something… attached to progressivism seems so bizarre. But all you have to say is that Abolition wouldn’t have happened without it. The way in which African Americans managed to achieve a degree of self-determination was through the church.”

― Simon Schama

“I would want the British reader to feel that religion in America isn’t an absurd thing – a sign of a pin head athwart a gigantic body.”

― Simon Schama

“Growing up in Britain as a rather loose Jew, the two things that didn’t belong together were freedom and religious intensity. In America, they do. The Founding Fathers made a bet that if you didn’t force everyone to profess religion in their own particular way, you could protect intellectual freedom, and religion would flourish.”

― Simon Schama

“In Mesopotamia or Egypt, for example, the monarch had a god-like religious status. But this is not the case in Judaism. So that notion that religion can go on, when all the markers of power and trappings of monarchy disappear, ultimately serves the endurance of Judaism very well.”

― Simon Schama

“I don’t think Jerusalem should be controlled 100% by religious people of any denomination, sect, or religion – even my own.”

― Simon Sebag Montefiore

“I think ‘The Searcher’ is a departure from my first because it’s less grounded in religion and is far more rooted in the mythic tradition: more of an existential thriller where the main character is actually the central mystery, and his journey is all about trying to figure himself out.”

― Simon Toyne

“I think there’s a difference between God and religion.”

― Sinead O’Connor

“One should not encourage division on the basis of religion, region, caste, or creed if one wants India to truly rise as one of the greatest nations of the world.”

― Smriti Irani

“Religion without humanity is very poor human stuff.”

― Sojourner Truth

“When I got religion, I found some work to do to benefit somebody.”

― Sojourner Truth

“I like potential in people. If I find someone who has lot of potential and can do something with life, then I don’t see bank balance, which family he comes from, or his religion.”

― Sonam Kapoor

“Now I am just focusing on my daughter, my wife, religion, and training.”

― Sonny Bill Williams

“I’m the dirtiest of the dirty. I mess up all the time. I suck as a Christian. I can’t stand religion. But I love Jesus, and I’m trying.”

― Sonny Sandoval

“Equality for all is what we should all want, between race, religion, gender, sexuality… it doesn’t matter.”

― Sonya Deville

“There are fundamentalist psychopaths in every religion in the world. Every single one.”

― Sophia Bush

“I am spiritual but not massively religious, and I don’t go to church. If someone said ‘What religion are you?’ I would say ‘Christian.’ But I don’t practice.”

― Sophia Myles

“I’ve never had a mental break-down, where I’ve grappled with my own sense of religion, but I’ve definitely had my heart broken and fancied people I probably shouldn’t have fancied and all that stuff.”

― Sophie Rundle

“Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.”

― Soren Kierkegaard

“India is the meeting place of the religions and among these Hinduism alone is by itself a vast and complex thing, not so much a religion as a great diversified and yet subtly unified mass of spiritual thought, realization and aspiration.”

― Sri Aurobindo

“Indian religion has always felt that since the minds, the temperaments and the intellectual affinities of men are unlimited in their variety, a perfect liberty of thought and of worship must be allowed to the individual in his approach to the Infinite.”

― Sri Aurobindo

“That which we call the Hindu religion is really the Eternal religion because it embraces all others.”

― Sri Aurobindo

“Mysticism, poor mysticism! When it is underestimated and oversimplified, it comes down from its original sphere and stands beside religion.”

― Sri Chinmoy

“When you go after someone who has a deep ideological belief set that is contradictory with your own, it’s conversion. Conversion is hard. Conversion is miraculous. We have entire religions built around the idea of conversion. Politics is not a religion. Politics is about persuasion.”

― Stacey Abrams

“It’s totally irrational, patently insane to condemn an entire race – to despise an entire nation – to vilify an entire religion.”

― Stan Lee

“From the point of view of many scientists, gods represent an explanation for the unknown. Scientists are focused on trying to understand the unknown, so there is a fundamental conflict. That said, some scientists find religion useful and perhaps even fulfilling.”

― Stanley B. Prusiner

“We Protestants automatically assume that the Pharisees are the Catholics. They are the self-righteous people who have made Christianity a form of legalistic religion, thereby destroying the free grace of the Gospel. We Protestants are the tax collectors, knowing that we are sinners and that our lives depend upon God’s free grace.”

― Stanley Hauerwas

“Civil religion is the attempt to empower religion, not for the good of religion, but for the creation of the citizen.”

― Stanley Hauerwas

“Most people are defined by their titles, their cars, their house, where they came from, their color, their race, their religion. And so it’s up to you to take control of your own life and define you. As long as you understand who you are and you have a solid foundation of understanding what your talents are, what your skills are.”

― Stedman Graham

“Disability informs almost every part of my life. It’s as important, if not more so, than my gender and sexuality. It’s certainly a great deal more important to me than my religion or whether or not I caught a tram, ferry or bus to work.”

― Stella Young

“We have this idea in our minds that there’s this separation of church and state in America, which I think is a good thing. And we extend that to our politics – not just church and state, but it’s also there’s a separation of religion and politics. But of course there isn’t.”

― Stephen Colbert

“After all, enforced national bilingualism in this country isn’t mere policy. It has attained the status of a religion. It’s a dogma which one is supposed to accept without question.”

― Stephen Harper

“As a religion, bilingualism is the god that failed. It has led to no fairness, produced no unity, and cost Canadian taxpayers untold millions.”

― Stephen Harper

“Science is increasingly answering questions that used to be the province of religion.”

― Stephen Hawking

“Schubert, Franck, and Liszt were all Roman Catholics who questioned or doubted or lived in different ways, and religion was certainly part of all their lives.”

― Stephen Hough

“The movement toward choosing religion, rampant as it is, shouldn’t be surprising. Ours is an era marked by the desire to define – or redefine – ourselves.”

― Stephen J. Dubner

“Religion is a way to make order from chaos, and I think economics is not dissimilar. In religion and in economics, you’re trying to figure out the way we perceive the world and move through it, and that’s what I like to learn.”

― Stephen J. Dubner

“Turkey is immersed in a profound social and political conflict between secularists, who have been in power since the republic was founded, and an insurgent Islamic-based movement that seeks to increase the role of religion in public life.”

― Stephen Kinzer

“Religion stands, the Church blocking the sun.”

― Stephen Spender

“I do not believe that any particular religion has any monopoly on salvation.”

― Sterling K. Brown

“Islam is not a religion of peace. Islam is a religion of submission. Islam means submit.”

― Steve Bannon

“To me, religion is an agreement between a group of people about what God is. Spirituality is a one-on-one relationship.”

― Steve Earle

“Fundamentalism, as practiced by the Taliban, is the enemy of real thought, and religion too.”

― Steve Earle

“Religion deals in certainties and philosophy deals more in un-answered questions.”

― Steve Hackett

“One tech-related concern with religion is that it appears to be a positive feedback loop to the accelerating rich-poor gap, as the disenfranchised opt out of modernity.”

― Steve Jurvetson

“Black Consciousness seeks to infuse the black community with a new-found pride in themselves, their efforts, their value systems, their culture, their religion and their outlook to life.”

― Steven Biko

“Needless to say, oftentimes a ‘religion’ is not needed to breed extremism. People breed it all by themselves, oftentimes with the subjective morality of modern secularism breeding the worst kind.”

― Steven Crowder

“Broadly speaking, the Southern and Western desert and mountain states will vote for the candidate who endorses an aggressive military, a role for religion in public life, laissez-faire economic policies, private ownership of guns and relaxed conditions for using them, less regulation and taxation, and a valorization of the traditional family.”

― Steven Pinker

“I think students should know something about religion as a historical phenomenon, in the same way that they should know something about socialism and humanism and the other great ideas that have shaped political philosophies and therefore the course of human events.”

― Steven Pinker

“The European wars of religion were more deadly than the First World War, proportionally speaking, and in the range of the Second World War in Europe. The Inquisition, the persecution of heretics and infidels and witches, they racked up pretty high death tolls.”

― Steven Pinker

“Violence and religion have often gone together, but it’s not a perfect correlation, and it doesn’t have to be a permanent connection, because religions themselves change.”

― Steven Pinker

“My philosophy is that the most important aspect of any religion should be human kindness. And to try to ease the suffering of others. To try to bring light and love into the lives of mankind.”

― Steven Seagal

“Rock n’ roll is our religion, and we will continue to lose disciples as we go, but we pick up the fallen flag and keep moving forward, bringing forth the good news that our heroes have helped create, their bodies lost, but their spirits and their good work everlasting.”

― Steven Van Zandt

“I think one of the great historical contributions of science is to weaken the hold of religion. That’s a good thing.”

― Steven Weinberg

“In my experience, many Americans think of religion as important and want to do whatever they can to support it. But if you ask them what they themselves believe, you’ll find they’re very uncertain about their religious beliefs. They don’t actually accept the theology of their official church.”

― Steven Weinberg

“Certainly good causes have sometimes been mobilized under the banner of religion, but you find the opposite, I think, more often the case.”

― Steven Weinberg

“The Indians may have in their religion and culture a reverence for the land. But then they get into the pressures created by modern society. Unless they are reasonably well-educated, they can’t deal with them.”

― Stewart Udall

“There’s no religion but sex and music.”

― Sting

“Religion obviously played a role in this book and the previous book, too.”

― Studs Terkel

“It has been established that most Indians have the same DNA profile irrespective of caste, religion, or region. Yet we find our text books talking about India being multiethnic.”

― Subramanian Swamy

“I think I’d really like to live in Israel. Even for someone like myself who is not that into religion, you go to Israel, and it’s breathtaking in a lot of ways.”

― Sue Bird

“In the early 1800s, religion was often used as a way to keep slavery in place. Slaves were forced to attend the church of their owners, listen to selective dogma that kept them obedient and subservient.”

― Sue Monk Kidd

“I was sort of born into a Subud cult that has ties to Islam and Indonesia and Middle Eastern spiritualism. My parents were kind of trial-and-error when it came to religion.”

― Sufjan Stevens

“As for my religion, I worship Jesus.”

― Sun Yat-sen

“It was tremendously exciting to discover that science was not destroying religion, as people popularly believe, but that it could cast light on theism and Christianity.”

― Susan Howatch

“We need a new order of ministers to stand in pulpits. It’s not enough to sing and praise God in worship services. Any religion that doesn’t encourage us to work together to end the needless suffering all around us is godless.”

― Susan L. Taylor

“I don’t value authority. I don’t value the systems. I don’t value patriarchal religion. I don’t value the things that diminish you when you do tell the truth. So I’m not scared of the end result, and that is the biggest asset I have.”

― Susan Powter

“There isn’t a religion on earth that isn’t damaging to the human race because every one of them is patriarchal and every one eliminates more than half of the human race – women. They are all oppressors of women.”

― Susan Powter

“Terrorism and extremism bear different names and labels. It uses diverse causes. But in each case, it is driven by distortion of religion and a misguided belief in its power to succeed.”

― Sushma Swaraj

“The fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion.”

― Sushma Swaraj

“Just as ‘Islam’ literally means ‘peace,’ none of the 99 names of Allah mean violence. Similarly, every religion in the world stands for peace, compassion, and brotherhood.”

― Sushma Swaraj

“Moral values, and a culture and a religion, maintaining these values are far better than laws and regulations.”

― Swami Sivananda

“Go beyond science, into the region of metaphysics. Real religion is beyond argument. It can only be lived both inwardly and outwardly.”

― Swami Sivananda

“God is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life.”

― Swami Vivekananda

“Contradictory to my religion, I think, is journalism.”

― Sydney Schanberg

“What a pity it is that we have no amusements in England but vice and religion!”

― Sydney Smith

“The ‘Crossfire’ demographic is all-encompassing. Age, gender, religion, culture… it doesn’t matter.”

― Sylvia Day

“Science has killed religion. There’s no hope for the future with seven billion of us on the planet, and the only thing you can do is to laugh in the face of it all.”

― T. C. Boyle

“I’m still a person, a human being, no matter what religion I am.”

― T-Pain

“We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.”

― T. S. Eliot

“I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics.”

― T. S. Eliot

“Religion has to stay in the heart, not in politics. It is private.”

― Tahar Ben Jelloun

“When I was little, my parents belonged to a cult, a big Buddhist sect called Soka Gakkai. I didn’t have any particular sentiment for or against religion, but I did feel bad about my parents’ poverty and how it made them depend on that cult.”

― Takashi Murakami

“Skip the religion and politics, head straight to the compassion. Everything else is a distraction.”

― Talib Kweli

“Although my family attended the same church as everyone in our town, our religion was not the same. I could stand with my family or with the gentiles… but there was no foothold in between.”

― Tara Westover

“Exploiters and manipulators have always used religion self-righteously to further their own selfish ends.”

― Tariq Ali

“There are, of course, deeply sincere people of religion in different parts of the world who genuinely fight on the side of the poor, but they are usually in conflict with organised religion themselves.”

― Tariq Ali

“The Enlightenment attacked religion – Christianity, mainly – for two reasons: that it was a set of ideological delusions, and that it was a system of institutional oppression, with immense powers of persecution and intolerance.”

― Tariq Ali

“The 21st century – and the atheists – needs the presence of religion, just as religion must deal with the real challenges and the thinkers of the day in order to sharpen the conscience and the intelligence of those who study the timeless sacred texts in a spirit of responding to the questions of their time.”

― Tariq Ramadan

“Muslims must speak out and explain who they are, what they believe in, what they stand for, what is the meaning of their life. They must have the courage to denounce what is said and done by certain Muslims in the name of their religion.”

― Tariq Ramadan

“Women are oppressed in the east, in the west, in the south, in the north. Women are oppressed inside, outside home, a woman is oppressed in religion, she is oppressed outside religion.”

― Taslima Nasrin

“I write against the religion because if women want to live like human beings, they will have to live outside the religion and Islamic law.”

― Taslima Nasrin

“The fundamentalists are increasing. People, afraid to oppose those fundamentalists, shut their mouths. It is really very difficult to make people move against a sensitive issue like religion, which is the source of fundamentalism.”

― Taslima Nasrin

“I discovered that wearing the veil is not suitable for a woman who wants to work in activism and the public domain. People need to see you, to associate and relate to you. It is not stated in my religion to wear the veil; it is a traditional practice, so I took it off.”

― Tawakkol Karman

“I played pretty darn competitive-level hockey. Then the good old knee injury. Obviously, it’s a blessing in disguise, but growing up Canadian, that’s our religion, that’s our football.”

― Taylor Kitsch

“I paint. I still do it every day. I never neglected it. It’s a gift. It’s almost like religion for me. It’s the quickest way for me to become still.”

― Taylor Negron

“My parents taught me never to judge others based on whom they love, what color their skin is, or their religion.”

― Taylor Swift

“Religion is close to theatre; much of its power comes from the effects of staging and framing.”

― Teju Cole

“It is my firm belief that the highest value must be placed on the virtue of each individual, regardless of gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.”

― Tennys Sandgren

“I don’t think you need religion.”

― Terry Jones

“I feel like the way I was raised was to be able to see through all the titles in this world – from religion to race.”

― The Weeknd

“We have convinced over one billion members of the Islamic faith that we are prejudiced against their religion, that we would deny them freedom of religion, that we want suppress their culture and invade their governments.”

― Theodore C. Sorensen

“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

“Politics in America is the binding secular religion.”

― Theodore White

“Religion is all bunk.”

― Thomas A. Edison

“If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way.”

― Thomas Aquinas

“The king is so subtle with his words that he would confound the apostolic religion itself. He will find the weak points of the pope’s character and will trip him up to his destruction.”

― Thomas Becket

“Religion united its influence with those of loyalty and love, and the order of knighthood, endowed with all the sanctity and religious awe that attended the priesthood, became an object of ambition to the greatest sovereigns.”

― Thomas Bulfinch

“Wonder is the basis of worship.”

― Thomas Carlyle

“The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion.”

― Thomas Carlyle

“In the New Testament, religion is grace and ethics is gratitude.”

― Thomas Erskine

“The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.”

― Thomas Hardy

“Fear of things invisible in the natural seed of that which everyone in himself calleth religion.”

― Thomas Hobbes

“Teach a child what is wise, that is morality. Teach him what is wise and beautiful, that is religion!”

― Thomas Huxley

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”

― Thomas Jefferson

“It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.”

― Thomas Jefferson

“Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor – over each other.”

― Thomas Jefferson

“O blessed Saviour, give me grace like Thee, to make Religion my first, and chiefest care, and devoutly to observe, all solemn times, and all holy Rites, which relate to Thy worship.”

― Thomas Ken

“So I remember both medicine, because I frequently sick, particularly with asthma for which there was no proper treatment then, and in religion I had a strong sense of there being a patriarchy.”

― Thomas Keneally

“Those among them that have not received our religion do not fright any from it, and use none ill that goes over to it, so that all the while I was there one man was only punished on this occasion.”

― Thomas More

“The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”

― Thomas Paine

“Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed religion, when we see in it such contradictions and absurdities.”

― Thomas Paine

“Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law.”

― Thomas Paine

“My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”

― Thomas Paine

“Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true.”

― Thomas Paine

“Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.”

― Thomas Paine

“Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.”

― Thomas Paine

“Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.”

― Thomas Szasz

“Buddhism has become a socially recognized religious philosophy for Americans, whereas it used to be considered an exotic religion.”

― Thurston Moore

“Our nation and those of the developed world must offer our own resistance to despot leaders who seek to commit murder on the basis of religion or race.”

― Tim Bishop

“If I wouldn’t offend my religion or God, why would I want to offend an audience because in effect those people are being watched over by the same person.”

― Tim Conway

“There’s a generation of people I think without a strong connection to family, to religion, to civic duty. They have a real disassociation from the problems of the world.”

― Tim Heidecker

“I understand what justice is, and I understand what freedom is, and all of my friends do. It’s always been that way. I love freedom of speech. I love freedom of religion. I want my neighbor to be totally fine, for him to be a completely flaming gay guy with his new husband.”

― Tim Kennedy

“I’ve been atheist since I became aware of the term, but my material is not all about religion – not by a long shot – and when I do address the topic, it is to point out where religiosity meets discrimination.”

― Tim Minchin

“The thing we should all be looking for are people who want to make a difference. I’m a big believer in the Silicon Valley religion of the power of markets. But I also believe in our obligation to give back, and to give back in the way we do business, to create more value than we capture for ourselves.”

― Tim O’Reilly

“There is a group of individuals who are radical jihadists. We need to call them by name. They believe it is OK to kill people in the name of their religion. It is not all of Islam. It is not all Muslims. But there is a subgroup who believe it is OK. In fact, it is their plan and design to kill people.”

― Tim Pawlenty

“If you love your neighbor and are compassionate, are you automatically a Christian? Practicing present-moment awareness does not entail joining any religion or accepting any belief system.”

― Tim Ryan

“As a Catholic, I find mindfulness helps me participate in my religion more wholeheartedly. If you are praying the rosary, participating in the rituals at Mass, or listening to the priest preach, you will actually be paying attention! Whatever your religion is, it can enhance the experience of participating in that religion.”

― Tim Ryan

“Unfortunately, of course, guilt is an artifact of agricultural-age religion and is designed specifically to prevent humans from thinking and operating on a collective level.”

― Timothy Morton

“I never close a door on any other religion. Most of the time, some part of it makes sense to me. I don’t believe everyone has to chant just because I chant. I believe all religion is about touching something inside of yourself.”

― Tina Turner

“I think it’s imperative to have faith or religion, because it’s good to have morals, to be kind to others.”

― Tinie Tempah

“The belief in something bigger and supernatural is not the same thing as linear religion.”

― Tobias Forge

“I was born and raised Catholic, so it’s in my blood. I don’t go to church… I was born and raised Catholic, which is about the extent of my religion. My parents made one request: that I have my first Holy Communion.”

― Tom Araya

“We are pre-disposed for fantasy, there is a natural impulse for human beings to want to get off their heads or out of their heads in something in a substance or a drink or an idea or a religion which will comfort them and make life exciting.”

― Tom Baker

“If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is high church.”

― Tom Brokaw

“The doctor didn’t want me to play golf anymore and was worried about me fly-fishing. Golf is something I enjoy, but fly-fishing is a different thing: That’s religion. Hunting is religion for me. I didn’t want to give those up.”

― Tom Brokaw

“In the relationship between man and religion, the state is firmly committed to a position of neutrality.”

― Tom C. Clark

“If I don’t talk about my religion, if I say I’m not discussing it or different humanitarian things I’m working on, they’re like, ‘He’s avoiding it.’ If I do talk about it, it becomes, ‘Oh, he’s proselytizing.’”

― Tom Cruise

“I don’t want to make fun of somebody because of the way they look, where they’re from, or their religion.”

― Tom Green

“I’ve been a little bit obsessed with religion, without being a religious person, for about a decade.”

― Tom Perrotta

“I think I’m fascinated by the power of religion in our culture. Like a lot of secular, liberal people, I ignored it for a long time. Lately, of course, just from a political perspective, it’s impossible to ignore.”

― Tom Perrotta

“Religion is not merely the opium of the masses, it’s the cyanide.”

― Tom Robbins

“America faces very real challenges. The climate crisis, inequality, stagnant wages, student debt – the list goes on. Rather than address these serious problems, Trump uses hate-filled rhetoric to divide America by race, religion, and ancestry.”

― Tom Steyer

“I have my own religion. I’m sort of one-quarter Baptist, one-quarter Catholic, one-quarter Jewish.”

― Tom T. Hall

“Religion is a strange, wonderful thing. More crimes have been committed in the name of righteousness than any other notion.”

― Tom T. Hall

“The first guy who came up with the concept of religion was sitting out under a tree. I’m sure of that.”

― Tom T. Hall

“My theory is if you have a religion, it’s a good one. Because some people don’t have any at all.”

― Tom T. Hall

“No migrant of any religion has a constitutional right to come to the United States.”

― Tom Tancredo

“I believe that what we are fighting here is not just a small group of people who have hijacked a religion, but it is a civilization bent on destroying ours.”

― Tom Tancredo

“A cult is a religion with no political power.”

― Tom Wolfe

“The institution of religion is important.”

― Tomi Lahren

“Religion is run by thought police. ‘Obey. Listen. This is what you do. Don’t ask questions. Go die for your country.’ The spirituality says, ‘Okay, you can die for your country, but know what you’re doing while you’re doing it.’”

― Tommy Chong

“And what is religion, you might ask. It’s a technology of living.”

― Toni Cade Bambara

“It’s been mentioned or suggested that Paradise will not be well studied, because it’s about this unimportant intellectual topic, which is religion.”

― Toni Morrison

“But in terms of how people live together, how we minimize the prospects of conflict and maximize the prospects of peace, the place of religion in our society today is essential.”

― Tony Blair

“What is especially important is addressing the question of how religion can be enforced through political means and what can be done to create a political environment that, on the one hand, acknowledges the role of religion in society, while on the other hand does not impose one religion on the populace at the expense of all others.”

― Tony Campolo

“Religion, for better or for worse, has been politicized in blatant ways that have seldom been equaled in American elections.”

― Tony Campolo

“There is no doubt that religion had already waned under the onslaught of the Enlightenment, but it was Freud who provided the radically new understanding of human nature that made any religious explanation of the whats and whys of our personhood seem naive.”

― Tony Campolo

“Who’s to say that there is any more support for Freud’s psychoanalytic concept of the superego than there is for that old time religion that asserted that there is a God who ordains what is right and wrong, and that His righteousness endures for all generations?”

― Tony Campolo

“Religious programs, activities have often blurred and sidelined the centrality of the cross – causing religion to be empty of its core.”

― Tony Evans

“I was a creative kid; I wasn’t really into sports, and sports in the South are a pretty big deal. It’s like a religion down there.”

― Tony Hale

“I believe more in the power of drama than in the power of religion.”

― Tony Harrison

“Energy, energy? Energy is, is, it’s nothing more than a lot of new age hokum masquerading as religion.”

― Tony Wilson

“The fact that religion plays such a part in how people vote troubles me, troubles me as a minister’s daughter. Because I always felt that the separation of church and state was what our forefathers and foremothers really fought for.”

― Tori Amos

“I’m not sure about anything as far as religion and spirituality go.”

― Tracy Chapman

“I don’t know – I’m not sure about anything as far as religion and spirituality go.”

― Tracy Chapman

“I think religion played a huge part in Bush’s re-election.”

― Tracy Chapman

“I’m really passionate about God and religion, and I thought maybe I’m supposed to be a pastor.”

― Trai Byers

“Religion is such a path with people.”

― Travis Fimmel

“It is my sincere hope that every person in India will experience true freedom of faith, regardless of religion.”

― Trent Franks

“What I thought was fascinating about comparative religion was that these were the stories that humans have told themselves about where they come from, who they are and where they’re going, and what it means to be alive on the planet.”

― Trevor Paglen

“Before Christianity became the Roman Empire’s official religion in the 4th Century, ‘mystery religions,’ organized around a central canon of secret knowledge, were widespread. Membership in such religions was limited to people who had passed through secret initiation rituals and had begun to learn a body of hidden knowledge.”

― Trevor Paglen

“In religion, symbols have always played a iconographic and ritualistic role. Different symbols might represent different theological ideas.”

― Trevor Paglen

“I think there’s an awful lot of noise about the Church being persecuted but there is a more real issue that the conventional churches face – that the people who are really driving their revival and success believe in an old-time religion which, in my view, is incompatible with a modern, multi-ethnic, multicultural society.”

― Trevor Phillips

“The most likely victim of actual religious discrimination in British society is a Muslim, but the person who is most likely to feel slighted because of their religion is an evangelical Christian.”

― Trevor Phillips

“I grew up with the religion of ‘Star Wars,’ frankly. That’s when I realized there is something bigger out there… and it’s called The Force.”

― Trey Parker

“Most people I know are not hard-core religious people. They are what I would call ‘lightly religious.’ So I don’t buy the notion that we can’t laugh about religion in America.”

― Trey Parker

“Out of all the ridiculous religion stories – which are greatly, wonderfully ridiculous – the silliest one I’ve ever heard is, ‘Yeah, there’s this big, giant universe, and it’s expanding, and it’s all going to collapse on itself, and we’re all just here, just ‘cuz. Just ‘cuz.’ That to me, is the most ridiculous explanation ever.”

― Trey Parker

“I’m married to the street; I ain’t gonna switch over. I ain’t gonna go religion on nobody. I believe in God – God is for the thugs too – but the streets are in the most trouble. So I’mma keep it focused on the streets and the struggle. That’s what I’m mainly about.”

― Trick Daddy

“You can’t dictate to a country or a religion about how they handle things, but having said that, WWE is at the forefront of a women’s evolution in the world, and what you can’t do is effect change anywhere by staying away from it.”

― Triple H

“It’s easy to mock a man who has founded a religion based on John Coltrane, who considers ‘A Love Supreme,’ whatever its merits as a jazz album, to be holy scripture.”

― Tucker Carlson

“We need to stop judging individuals based on their race, profession, gender, religion, or anything other than their own individual behavior and character.”

― Tulsi Gabbard

“I am a very firm believer in the Aloha spirit – respect and love for everyone, irrespective of their religion, race, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.”

― Tulsi Gabbard

“The divisiveness that threatens the fabric of our nation – whether due to race, religion, political ideology, gender, sexual orientation, or other – must end.”

― Tulsi Gabbard

“When a person thinks, I am a Christian, this other person is a Muslim, therefore he is my enemy, or I am a Muslim, this other person is a Hindu, therefore she is my enemy, they reveal their own lack of spiritual depth. No religion teaches this, and any understanding of any religion that adopts this divisive attitude proves itself false by doing so.”

― Tulsi Gabbard

“One reason I’m grateful to call Hawai’i home is that the people of these islands embrace diversity and celebrate the colorful fabric of race, ethnicity, and religion that make up our people, place, and culture.”

― Tulsi Gabbard

“Nothing is more important to me, and nothing was more important to our founding fathers, than freedom of religion.”

― Tulsi Gabbard

“When I deployed to Iraq with my fellow soldiers, putting our lives on the line for our country, no one in the media questioned our patriotism because of our religion.”

― Tulsi Gabbard

“I had a multicultural exposure; that’s why I don’t believe in a particular religion. I have respect for most because I grew up surrounded by so many. I don’t judge people by that, and I feel extremely offended when people categorise based on race, religion, or gender.”

― Twinkle Khanna

“I’m not really any religion. I still study with Jehovah’s Witnesses, so I say I’m Apostolic Pentecostal Jehovah’s Witness Seventh-Day Adventist Jew.”

― Tyka Nelson

“Often, economists spend their energies squabbling with one another, but arguably the more important contrast is between our broadly liberal economic worldview and the various alternatives – common around the globe – that postulate natural hierarchies of religion, ethnicity, caste and gender, often enforced by law and strict custom.”

― Tyler Cowen

“For the record, I don’t worship the devil. I just hate religion.”

― Tyler, The Creator

“When it comes to matters of religion and state, Bayit Yehudi is more extreme than the ultra-Orthodox.”

― Tzipi Livni

“All theory of modernity in sociology suggests that the more modernity there is, the less religion. In my theory we can realize that this is wrong: atheism is only one belief system among many.”

― Ulrich Beck

“The basic assumption of the secular society is that modernity overcomes religion.”

― Ulrich Beck

“Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.”

― Ulysses S. Grant

“When asked if I consider myself Buddhist, the answer is, Not really. But it’s more my religion than any other because I was brought up with it in an intellectual and spiritual environment. I don’t practice or preach it, however.”

― Uma Thurman

“It is psychologically very hard to go through life without the justification, and the hope, provided by religion.”

― Umberto Eco

“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”

― Unknown

“I have been trolled for my name, my marriage, my religion, even for my mother.”

― Urmila Matondkar

“We grew up going to church, and I believe in God. I don’t know that I have the ability to define what or who or how God is. You know, I think that religion kind of messes people up in that regard. That’s just my own personal philosophy.”

― Uzodinma Iweala

“Nevertheless, there is another threat on the horizon. I see this threat in environmentalism which is becoming a new dominant ideology, if not a religion. Its main weapon is raising the alarm and predicting the human life endangering climate change based on man-made global warming.”

― Vaclav Klaus

“Martial arts, for me, is not just some kind of job to gain some money or whatever. No, martial arts, for me, is my lifestyle, my religion, my philosophy… Martial arts are everything for me.”

― Valentina Shevchenko

“I don’t care if you’re Muslim or Christian or Buddhist or whatever your religion is, when you listen to a spiritual song and you really open your heart, you can feel it. You can feel the message of it. Just a simple story.”

― Valerie June

“These days politics, religion, media seem to get all mixed up. Television became the new religion a long time back and the media has taken over.”

― Van Morrison

“I’m a Christian, but I don’t believe in religion or anything like that.”

― Vanilla Ice

“Atheism is a religion itself complete with fanatics and bigots.”

― Vanna Bonta

“I know too much about religion to be religious, so to speak, and I am not that stupid, either.”

― Varg Vikernes

“Someone once told me that religion is like a knife: You can stab someone with it, or you can slice bread with it.”

― Vera Farmiga

“I just hate one-dimensional portrayals of religion; it’s too cheap and easy to do, and ignores the nuances that go into having a belief system.”

― Vera Farmiga

“Whether we call it religion or faith, we all battle for a balanced integrated soul.”

― Vera Farmiga

“It’s a very different thing, religion and faith. Religion is man-made, it’s man-regulated. And faith, you can define God as you wish. But I think they’re two different things.”

― Vera Farmiga

“We’re all sick of holy wars and bloodshed because religion is supposed to give us life and a better life and is supposed to bring out our best self. When it results in mass destruction and hatred and anxiety, it’s the antithesis I think of what religion was designed to do.”

― Vera Farmiga

“In my own life, my science and my religion are separate.”

― Vera Rubin

“I’m Jewish, and so religion, to me, is a kind of moral code and a kind of history.”

― Vera Rubin

“We grew up Amish, but my parents left the religion when I was a child. The Amish have lots of rules, and my dad thought many people in the faith were hypocritical because they’d tell others not to do something and then do it themselves.”

― Verne Troyer

“I’m religiously opposed to religion.”

― Victor Hugo

“Toleration is the best religion.”

― Victor Hugo

“My three obsessions are mental illness, horror and religion.”

― Victor LaValle

“Religion is man’s attempt to bind himself back to a relationship with God.”

― Victoria Jackson

“Religion is the search for ultimate meaning.”

― Viktor E. Frankl

“Even at school I studied ethics instead of religion.”

― Ville Valo

“I think people have a misinterpretation of Method acting, because Method acting is a wonderful thing. The thing is, if you take it too seriously, it’s like religion. You start to think it’s the truth. But it’s not the truth. It’s just a way to get somewhere.”

― Vincent Cassel

“When I have a terrible need of – shall I say the word – religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.”

― Vincent Van Gogh

“I think quite a bit of organized religion has become big business. Jesus Christ never sold the word of God. He never gave a sermon and then said, ‘For $8.99, you can buy the CD.’”

― Ving Rhames

“I do not know what got me interested in technology. What was very clear to me very early on was that I was not interested in religion and that naturally increased my curiosity about science and technology, and I fundamentally believe the two are conflicting.”

― Vinod Khosla

“Religion asks you to believe things without questioning, and technology and science always encourage you to ask hard questions and why it is important in science and technology. So I was always interested in science and technology.”

― Vinod Khosla

“All religions worthy of the name are now making great efforts to purify their doctrines and return to their original standpoint, all except Christianity! You surely know that the nineteenth century Christianity is not the religion taught by Christ. Christ’s religion has been changed and corrupted.”

― Virchand Gandhi

“In Western lands there is a distinct division between the religious and the secular life. There is one rule of conduct for laymen and another for clergymen. This distinction has never found its place in the life of the people of India. There, all of life is included in the word ‘religion.’”

― Virchand Gandhi

“Terrorism has no nationality or religion.”

― Vladimir Putin

“Wherever there is a settled society, religion is necessary; the laws cover manifest crimes, and religion covers secret crimes.”

― Voltaire

“Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.”

― Voltaire

“When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.”

― Voltaire

“Religion was instituted to make us happy in this life and in the other. What must we do to be happy in the life to come? Be just.”

― Voltaire

“The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.”

― Voltaire

“Such is the feebleness of humanity, such is its perversity, that doubtless it is better for it to be subject to all possible superstitions, as long as they are not murderous, than to live without religion.”

― Voltaire

“There’s no religion in this country that is more misunderstood, mis-categorized, and misidentified than Islam.”

― W. Kamau Bell

“If someone doesn’t have a reason to not like you in America, they talk politics or religion. Then they get to hate you and we get to be enemies.”

― Wale

“Intolerance respecting other people’s religion is toleration itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people’s art.”

― Wallace Stevens

“When state and religion are one, religion becomes a means for the powerful to remain in power.”

― Walter Jon Williams

“When Hegel later became a man of influence’ he insisted that the Jews should be granted equal rights because civic rights belong to man because he is a man and not on account of his ethnic origins or his religion.”

― Walter Kaufmann

“Religious tolerance is something we should all practice; however, there have been more persecution and atrocities committed in the name of religion and religious freedom than anything else.”

― Walter Koenig

“No account of the Renaissance can be complete without some notice of the attempt made by certain Italian scholars of the fifteenth century to reconcile Christianity with the religion of ancient Greece.”

― Walter Pater

“Every sect is a moral check on its neighbour. Competition is as wholesome in religion as in commerce.”

― Walter Savage Landor

“Even the weakest disputant is made so conceited by what he calls religion, as to think himself wiser than the wisest who think differently from him.”

― Walter Savage Landor

“There is a vulgar incredulity, which in historical matters, as well as in those of religion, finds it easier to doubt than to examine.”

― Walter Scott

“How can we educators claim credit for understanding, let alone teaching, the ‘global mind’ without a single course on the impact of religion on every day life?”

― Warren Bennis

“Science attempts to analyze how things and people and animals behave; it has no concern whether this behavior is good or bad, is purposeful or not. But religion is precisely the quest for such answers: whether an act is right or wrong, good or bad, and why.”

― Warren Weaver

“My purpose is to help people look at themselves and begin to shift their concepts. Remember, we are not our country, our race, or religion. We are eternal spirits. Seeing ourselves as spiritual beings without label is a way to transform the world and reach a sacred place for all of humanity.”

― Wayne Dyer

“Difference of religion breeds more quarrels than difference of politics.”

― Wendell Phillips

“Then my extended family, there are preachers and evangelists, former priests. So I have quite a bit of history with Church, religion and spirituality.”

― Wes Bentley

“I wasn’t raised a Catholic, but Yolanthe was, and I wanted to get more involved in her religion.”

― Wesley Sneijder

“Religion has given me a new drive in life. Life feels a lot easier than it ever did before.”

― Wesley Sneijder

“The knife of historical relativism… which has cut to pieces all metaphysics and religion must also bring about healing.”

― Wilhelm Dilthey

“What is normally called religion is what I would tend to call music – participating in music, listening to music, making records and singing.”

― Will Oldham

“Themes of redemption, temptation, and faith don’t necessarily apply directly to religion. A lot of people find faith in their lives outside of God and still deal with notions of temptation and redemption that aren’t religious.”

― Will Poulter

“I don’t necessarily believe in organized religion.”

― Will Smith

“I’m a student of world religion, so to me, it’s hugely important to have knowledge and to understand what people are doing.”

― Will Smith

“The first act of religion, therefore, concerns those things which are communicated to us from God. The other concerns those things which we yield to God.”

― William Ames

“Religion fails if it cannot speak to men as they are.”

― William Barclay

“Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion.”

― William Blake

“What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? are they two and not one? Can they exist separate? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride!”

― William Blake

“The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.”

― William Blake

“America’s state religion, is patriotism, a phenomenon which has convinced many of the citizenry that ‘treason’ is morally worse than murder or rape.”

― William Blum

“Primitive societies without religion have never been found.”

― William Dean Howells

“While my mother lived, I always felt to a certain degree as if I had somebody who was my superior and who exercised a mysterious protection over me. I belonged to something – I hung to something – there is nothing that has so much reverence and religion in it as affection to parents.”

― William Godwin

“Religion is the most important of all things: the great point of discrimination that divides the man from the brute. It is our special prerogative that we can converse with that which we cannot see and believe in that the existence of which is reported to us by none of our senses.”

― William Godwin

“There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.”

― William Hazlitt

“We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.”

― William Inge

“To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.”

― William Inge

“True religion… is giving and finding one’s happiness by bringing happiness into the lives of others.”

― William J. H. Boetcker

“A dislike of death is no proof of the want of religion. The instincts of nature shrink from it, for no creature can like its own dissolution. But though death is not desired, the result of it may be, for dying to the Christian is the way to life eternal.”

― William Jay

“If we have to give up either religion or education, we should give up education.”

― William Jennings Bryan

“Things are coming to a pretty pass when religion is allowed to invade private life.”

― William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

“After that his Majesty was beheaded, the Parliament for some years effected nothing either for the publick peace or tranquillity of the nation, or settling religion as they had formerly promised.”

― William Lilly

“We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.”

― William O. Douglas

“Our Father and Our God, unto thee, O Lord we lift our souls.”

― William Pennington

“Even the highest forms of sacrificial worship present much that is repulsive to modern ideas, and in particular it requires an effort to reconcile our imagination to the bloody ritual which is prominent in almost every religion which has a strong sense of sin.”

― William Robertson Smith

“In all the antique religions, mythology takes the place of dogma; that is, the sacred lore of priests and people… and these stories afford the only explanation that is offered of the precepts of religion and the prescribed rules of ritual.”

― William Robertson Smith

“But, strictly speaking, this mythology was no essential part of ancient religion, for it had no sacred sanction and no binding force on the worshippers.”

― William Robertson Smith

“In better times the religion of the tribe or state has nothing in common with the private and foreign superstitions or magical rites that savage terror may dictate to the individual.”

― William Robertson Smith

“Religion did not exist for the saving of souls but for the preservation and welfare of society, and in all that was necessary to this end every man had to take his part, or break with the domestic and political community to which he belonged.”

― William Robertson Smith

“The dissolution of the nation destroys the national religion, and dethrones the national deity.”

― William Robertson Smith

“Thus a man was born into a fixed relation to certain gods as surely as he was born into a relation to his fellow-men; and his religion… was simply one side of the general scheme of conduct prescribed for him by his position as a member of society.”

― William Robertson Smith

“We are so accustomed to think of religion as a thing between individual men and God that we can hardly enter into the idea of a religion in which a whole nation in its national organisation appears as the religious unit.”

― William Robertson Smith

“You must learn to exist with no religion, no country, no allies. You must learn to live alone in silence.”

― William S. Burroughs

“I don’t subscribe to organised religion. I’ve travelled enough to see that adherents of organised religion often attack adherents of other religions.”

― William T. Vollmann

“My father hates organized religion, probably because he hates the God who killed his little girl back in 1968. I find religions variously bemusing.”

― William T. Vollmann

“If I or my soldiers have plundered or done injury to the houses or ministers of religion, I repent me of my sin; but it is not of Edward of England I shall ask pardon.”

― William Wallace

“If I or my soldiers have plundered or done injury to the houses or to the ministers of religion, I repent me of my sin – but it is not of Edward of England that I shall ask pardon.”

― William Wallace

“A religion so cheerless, a philosophy so sorrowful, could never have succeeded with the masses of mankind if presented only as a system of metaphysics. Buddhism owed its success to its catholic spirit and its beautiful morality.”

― William Winwood Reade

“I had a somewhat religious upbringing. Not strict, but it was there, and I’m kind of thankful for that. If you grow up just watching MTV, that’s its own form of religion, and it’s not even based on happiness or communal responsibility. I mean, try to construct a worldview out of that.”

― Win Butler

“Trading and religion have always been aligned together in the history of the world, and especially on the African continent.”

― Wole Soyinka

“I cannot belong to a nation which permits such barbarities as stoning to death and amputation – I don’t care what religion it is.”

― Wole Soyinka

“Those nations that say it’s a crime to preach your religion are making a terrible mistake. All they’re doing is driving underground other forms of spiritual intuitions and practices.”

― Wole Soyinka

“There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.”

― Woodrow Wilson

“I like finding that common point between another song and my music. It’s like between people; you can be of religion or another, from this country or from another country, but we’re all basically the same. It’s just the same with songs.”

― Yael Naim

“Then if your movie clicks with real audiences, you’ll be sucked into some sort of Hollywood orbit. It’s a devil of a place where the only religion that really counts is box office.”

― Yahoo Serious

“The liberals will surely argue that every person has the right to fall in love with no regard to religion, creed or gender, but I am not that liberal.”

― Yair Lapid

“Israel can’t be the only country in the Western world not to have freedom of religion.”

― Yair Lapid

“How do you live with evil? Art is traditionally – certainly with my secular background – the answer, but art is very self-referential, whereas religion claims to go beyond the bounds of human existence.”

― Yann Martel

“There are many positive values that come with a Muslim upbringing. But when religion becomes about rules and hierarchies, when it starts to feel like a prison, I’m not interested.”

― Yasmine Hamdan

“I’m Muslim but not really. My family did not care. And I always managed to skip religion classes when I was living in the Gulf, even when they were obligatory.”

― Yasmine Hamdan

“I was a very religious child – I went to synagogue at least once, sometimes twice, a day. And I remember my religiousness as good – I think religion is good for children, especially educated children, because it allows for imagination, a whole imaginative world apart from the practical world.”

― Yehuda Amichai

“The world of religion isn’t a logical world; that’s why children like it. It’s a world of worked-out fantasies, very similar to children’s stories or fairy tales.”

― Yehuda Amichai

“It is not our sexual preferences, the color of our skin, the language we speak, nor the religion we practice that creates friction, hatred and wars amongst in society. It is our words and the words of our leaders that can create that disparity.”

― Yehuda Berg

“Religion is a comprehensive concept. According to our learned people, our scholars, to pave the path for public welfare in worldly life and to provide spiritual uplift is part of religion. I think a yogi can do both things quite easily. And I manage to balance both worldly and spiritual concerns.”

― Yogi Adityanath

“Recall when the Congress-led government was in power; then-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had talked about who had rights to the country’s resources. He had, taking the name of a religion, planted the seed of appeasement politics in the country. The result of Congress’ appeasement policy is terrorism.”

― Yogi Adityanath

“I have said it previously and saying it again… my government will work for betterment of all, irrespective of caste or religion.”

― Yogi Adityanath

“Religion is a very sensitive subject and reason for wars all over the world.”

― Yolanda Hadid

“There used to be a time – it isn’t so much the case now – that vegetarianism was some kind of religion, and either you belong or you don’t belong.”

― Yotam Ottolenghi

“Religion provides us with a puritanical dream, which can never be realized because it goes against human nature.”

― Youssef Ziedan

“I’m a modern Muslim. I pray, and if I have a question, I ask someone who is more educated in the religion than me.”

― Youssou N’Dour

“I think that Sufism fits all over the world. The concept is not anything that fits standard Western ideas – it’s always related to culture, to music, to religion. It is a dominant religion in Senegal.”

― Youssou N’Dour

“Islam is a peaceful religion.”

― Youssou N’Dour

“If you don’t like the word ‘religion,’ you can replace it with ‘ideology’ – it’s largely the same thing. At the heart of both religion and ideology is the question of authority and where authority is coming from.”

― Yuval Noah Harari

“I grew up Catholic, so I had a more traditional relationship with religion.”

― Yvonne Orji

“A lot of people have done things in the name of Christianity and religion and faith in a not-so-nice way.”

― Yvonne Orji

“Some of the world’s most appalling abuses have been justified by religion because it is possible for people to find vindication in their scriptures for any of their prejudices.”

― Zac Goldsmith

“Religion is something we don’t talk about, and it is used by uneducated people as a weapon to divide us as opposed to connect with each other.”

― Zach Anner

“Religion is such an important part of so many people’s lives, and I don’t understand it at all.”

― Zach Anner

“People don’t talk about religion a lot in Hollywood because it’s not an incredibly safe place to do it.”

― Zachary Levi

“I don’t know if any specific religion is the one to subscribe to. I’m not saying, one way or the other. I don’t want to get involved in that. But, I think having faith in this experience we are having as a group of people on Earth helps a lot.”

― Zal Batmanglij

“I believe that your religion should be between you and whoever your belief is in.”

― Zayn Malik

“Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion. It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers.”

― Zbigniew Brzezinski

“In the schools of the Western countries, there is always the subject ‘Religion.’ The Classics are China’s religion.”

― Zhang Zhidong

“We would here state that there are now three things necessary to be done in order to save China from revolution. The first is to maintain the reigning Dynasty; the second is to conserve the Holy Religion; and the third is to protect the Chinese race.”

― Zhang Zhidong

“Sincerity is the norm of Heaven and the law of our nature. China and the West agree on this point, for without sincerity, no human prince could ever found a state, and no earthly teacher could ever establish a religion.”

― Zhang Zhidong

“Religion has become so many different things. Religion is an economic thing for some people. Religion is a gun.”

― Ziggy Marley

“The people who are teaching religion and not teaching love are missing the message.”

― Ziggy Marley
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