Our Contest Is Not Only Whether We Ourselves Shall Be Free, But Whether There Shall Be Left To Mankind An Asylum On Earth For Civil And Religious Liberty.
~ Samuel Adams
When I Was Young I Had An Elderly Friend Who Used Often To Ask Me To Stay With Him In The Country. He Was A Religious Man And He Read Prayers To The Assembled Household Every Morning. But He Had Crossed Out In Pencil All The Passages That Praised God. He Said That There Was Nothing So Vulgar As To Praise People To Their Faces And, Himself A Gentleman, He Could Not Believe That God Was So Ungentlemanly As To Like It.
~ W. Somerset Maugham
Do Not Believe In Anything Simply Because You Have Heard It. Do Not Believe In Anything Simply Because It Is Spoken And Rumored By Many. Do Not Believe In Anything Simply Because It Is Found Written In Your Religious Books. Do Not Believe In Anything Merely On The Authority Of Your Teachers And Elders. Do Not Believe In Traditions Because They Have Been Handed Down For Many Generations. But After Observation And Analysis, When You Find That Anything Agrees With Reason And Is Conducive To The Good And Benefit Of One And All, Then Accept It And Live Up To It.
~ The Buddha
Without Cultural Sanction, Most Or All Our Religious Beliefs And Rituals Would Fall Into The Domain Of Mental Disturbance.
~ John Schumake
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 Johannes Tillich
The Three Most Important Parts A Man Has Are, Briefly, His Private Parts, His Money And His Religious Beliefs.
~ Samuel Butle
I Have Never Seen The Slightest Scientific Proof Of The Religious Idea Of Heaven And Hell, Of Future Life For Individuals, Or Of A Personal God.
~ Thomas A. Edison
You Are Never Dedicated To Something You Have Complete Confidence In. No One Is Fanatically Shouting That The Sun Is Going To Rise Tomorrow. They Know It Is Going To Rise Tomorrow. When People Are Fanatically Dedicated To Political Or Religious Faiths Or Any Other Kinds Of Dogmas Or Goals, Its Always Because These Dogmas Or Goals Are In Doubt.
~ Robert M. Pirsig
The Opposite Of The Religious Fanatic Is Not The Fanatical Atheist But The Gentle Cynic Who Cares Not Whether There Is A God Or Not.
~ Eric Hoffe
America Has Begun A Spiritual Reawakening. Faith And Hope Are Being Restored. Americans Are Turning Back To God. Church Attendance Is Up. Audiences For Religious Books And Broadcasts Are Growing. And I Do Believe That He Has Begun To Heal Our Blessed Land.
~ President Ronald Reagan, to the National Association of Evangelicals, Columbus, Ohio
The Beauty Of Religious Mania Is That It Has The Power To Explain Everything. Once God Or Satan Is Accepted As The First Cause Of Everything Which Happens In The Mortal World, Nothing Is Left To Chance... Logic Can Be Happily Tossed Out The Window.
~ Stephen King
A Legal Or Religious Ceremony By Which Two Persons Of The Opposite Sex Solemnly Agree To Harass And Spy On Each Other... Until Death Do Them Join.
~ Elbert Hubbard