Quotes with religion
And even in the matter of religion there was a growing feeling that there might be something in it after all, something vaguely akin to method in overwhelming madness.
Things Fall Apart
The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.
Things Fall Apart
For poetry the idea is everything; the rest is a world of illusion, of divine illusion. Poetry attaches its emotion to the idea; the idea is the fact. The strongest part of our religion today is its unconscious poetry.
Introduction to Ward's English Poets (1880).
I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.
If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is high church.
In International Heral Tribune, September 10, 1991.
The religion of the future, Einstein had predicted, will be a cosmic religion. It will transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology.
The Lost Symbol
Religious and philosophical beliefs are, indeed, as dangerous as fire, and nothing can take from them that beauty of danger. But there is only one way of really guarding ourselves against the excessive danger of them, and that is to be steeped in philosophy and soaked in religion.
Much of our modern difficulty, in religion and other things, arises merely from this: that we confuse the word "indefinable" with the word "vague."
Charles Dickens (1906)
It is the test of a good religion whether you can make a joke about it.
All Things Considered (1908)
There remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms-this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
This is what I found out about religion: It gives you courage to make the decisions you must make in a crisis, and then the confidence to leave the result to a higher Power. Only by trust in God can a man carrying responsibility find repose.
What the church should be telling the worker is that the first demand religion makes on him is that he should be a good workman. If he is a carpenter he should be a competent carpenter. Church by all means on Sundays-but what is the use of church if at the very center of life a man defrauds his neighbor and insults God by poor craftsmanship.
As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker.
Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed.
Atheism is more than just the knowledge that gods do not exist, and that religion is either a mistake or a fraud. Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature.
Atheism: An Affirmative View (1980)
What religion needs today is not more flying with God, or leaping with God, or jumping up and down with God, or going into spasms and convulsions and epileptic fits with God. What religion needs today is more walking with God.
The difference between faith and superstition is that the first uses reason to go as far as it can, and then makes the jump; the second shuns reason entirely — which is why superstition is not the ally, but the enemy, of true religion.
Strictly Personal (1953)
Fear of things invisible in the natural seed of that which everyone in himself calleth religion.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.
There can be no compromise with atheistic Communism - no half-way in the preservation of freedom and religion.
There is a region in which science and religion do not conflict. That is the region of the unknowable.
The American Mercury (May 1926)
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. You are like a pebble thrown into water; you become wet on the surface, but are never part of the water.
In "Good Advice," ed. Wm. Safire & Leonard Safire, 1982.
In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
My God is rock’n’roll. It’s an obscure power that can change your life. The most important part of my religion is to play guitar.
A sense of humor, properly developed, is superior to any religion so far devised.
Jitterbug Perfume (1984)
The generality of friends puts us out of conceit with friendship; just as the generality of religious people puts us out of conceit with religion.
I condemn false prophets, I condemn the effort to take away the power of rational decision, to drain people of their free will — and a hell of a lot of money in the bargain. Religions vary in their degree of idiocy, but I reject them all. For most people, religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain.
I do not think that the real reason why people accept religion has anything to do with argumentation. They accept religion on emotional grounds. One is often told that it is a very wrong thing to attack religion, because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it.
Why I Am Not a Christian (1927)
I regard [religion] as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.
Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization? (1930)
A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge.
Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training,for it trains people as to how they shall think
I cannot approve of monarchs who want to rule over the conscience of the people, and take away their freedom of choice and religion.
In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue, but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.
Mark Twain's Autobiography (1924)
...the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little political direction. To this consideration we ought to ascribe the absence of any regulation respecting religion from the Magna Charta of our country. To the guidance of the Ministers of the Gospel, this important object is, perhaps, more properly committed. It will be your care to instruct the ignorant, and to reclaim the devious: And in the progress of morality and science, to which our Government will give every furtherance, we may confidently expect the advancement of true religion, and the completion of our happiness.
Letter to the leaders of the Presbyterian Church, in Massachusetts Centinel, December 5, 1789, quoted in 1 Church and State in the United States, at 536-37 (Anson Phelps Stokes 1950). Responding to clergy complaints that the Constitution lacked mention of Jesus Christ.
Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason. It is our part, by religion and reason joined, to counteract them all we can.
Letter to John Benson (October 5, 1770)
Religion has ended another life.
House. By Dr. Gregory House.