The More The Fruits Of Knowledge Become Accessible To Men, The More Widespread Is The Decline Of Religious Belief.
~ Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion (1927)
Life Becomes Religious Whenever We Make It So When Some New Light Is Seen, When Some Deeper Appreciation Is Felt, When Some Larger Outlook Is Gained, When Some Nobler Purpose Is Formed, When Some Task Is Well Done.
~ Sophia Blanche Lyon Fahs
The Only Religious Way To Think Of Death Is As A Part And Parcel Of Life To Regard It, With The Understanding And The Emotions, As The Inviolable Condition Of Life.
~ Thomas Mann
What Do I Believe As An American I Believe In Generosity, In Liberty, In The Rights Of Man. These Are Social And Political Faiths That Are Part Of Me, As They Are, I Suppose, Part Of All Of Us. Such Beliefs Are Easy To Express. But Part Of Me Too Is My Relation To All Life, My Religion. And This Is Not So Easy To Talk About. Religious Experience Is Highly Intimate And, For Me, Ready Words Are Not At Hand.
~ Adlai Ewing Stevenson
Men Never Do Evil So Completely And Cheerfully As When They Do It From A Religious Conviction.
~ Blaise Pascal
It Was, Of Course, A Lie What You Read About My Religious Convictions, A Lie Which Is Being Systematically Repeated. I Do Not Believe In A Personal God And I Have Never Denied This But Have Expressed It Clearly. If Something Is In Me Which Can Be Called Religious Then It Is The Unbounded Admiration For The Structure Of The World So Far As Our Science Can Reveal It.
~ Albert Einstein, Letter, 24 March 1954. Quoted in "Albert Einstein: The Human Side, " edited by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman
To Know That What Is Impenetrable To Us Really Exists, Manifesting Itself As The Highest Wisdom And The Most Radiant Beauty, Which Our Dull Facilities Can Comprehend Only In The Most Primitive Forms--this Knowledge, This Feeling, Is At The Center Of True Religiousness. In This Sense, And In This Sense Only, I Belong To The Ranks Of The Devoutly Religious Men.
~ Albert Einstein
For I Do Not Believe God Means Us Thus To Divide Life Into Two Halves - To Wear A Grave Face On Sunday, And To Think It Out-of-place To Even So Much As Mention Him On A Week-day. Do You Think He Cares To See Only Kneeling Figures And To Hear Only Tones Of Prayer - And That He Does Not Also Love To See The Lambs Leaping In The Sunlight, And To Hear The Merry Voices Of The Children, As They Roll Amoung The Hay? Surely Their Innocent Laughter Is As Sweet In His Ears As The Grandest Anthem That Ever Rolled Up From The Dim Religious Light Of Some Solemn Cathedral?
~ Lewis Carroll
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
My Generation, Faced As It Grew With A Choice Between Religious Belief And Existential Despair, Chose Marijuana. Now We Are In Our Cabernet Stage.
~ Peggy Noonan
People May Say What They Like About The Decay Of Christianity The Religious System That Produced Green Chartreuse Can Never Really Die.
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