Quotes on various aspects of religion,
authors with names
with the letter Q to Z.
Religious quotes, authors with names beginning with Q to Z:
- "My conclusion is that there is no reason
to believe any of the dogmas of traditional theology and, further, that
there is no reason to wish that they were true. Man, in so far as he is
not subject to natural forces, is free to work out his own destiny. The
responsibility is his, and so is the opportunity."
- Religion is something left over from the infancy of our
intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as
- "Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder
if cruelty and religion have gone hand-in-hand. It is because fear
is at the basis of those two things. In this world we can now begin
a little to understand things, and a little to master them by the
help of science, which has forced its way step by step against the
Christian religion, against the churches, and against the opposition
of all the old precepts."
- "And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence."
- "In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion."
- "Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or acts of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both."
||Seneca: "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by
the wise as false, and by rulers as useful."
||Mitch Sharp, posting a comment to an article on AddictingInfo.org: "Religion is a construct of man created to assuage the fear of the unknown (death) and control the masses. It still serves no other purpose."
||Jesse Ventura: Governor of Minnesota, 1999, in an interview with Playboy: "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."
Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet [1694-1778]):
- "If there
were only one religion in England, there would be danger of tyranny; if
there were two, they would cut each other's throats; but there are
thirty, and they live happily together in peace." from "On the
Church of England"
- "God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere."
Neal Donald Walsch:
- "It is religion which has filled the hearts of men with fear
of God, where once man loved that which is in all its splendor. It
is religion which has ordered men to bow down before God where once
man rose up in joyful outreach. It is religion which has burdened
man with worries about God's wrath where once man sought God to
lighten his burden. It is religion which told man to be ashamed of
his body and its most natural functions where once man celebrated
those functions as the greatest gifts of life."
- "Everywhere religion has gone it has created disunity."
Alan Watts: from "The Essence of Alan Watts series - GOD:"
- "Many people think that the Bible is the authentic word of God and they
worship the Bible, making it an idol..."
- "Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun."
||Steven Weinberg, Nobel Laureate: "Religion is an insult to
human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good
things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil
things, it takes religion."
||WhatMormonsDontTell.com: "Belief without proof is faith;
Belief in spite of proof is folly."
||Israel Zangwill: "Scratch a Christian, and you find the pagan -- spoiled."
- John Shelby Spong, "Q&A on biblical criticism," weekly mailing, 2005-JUN-15.
- John Shelby Spong, "Q&A on The Parliament of the World's
Religions," weekly mailing, 2007-SEP-05.
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Last updated and reviewed: 2016-JAN-24
Compiled by: B.A. Robinson