Quotes on God and Religion

Religion Quotes

I believe in Christianity as I believe in the rising sun; not because I see it, but by it I can see all else.
-C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) Irish author and scholar.

If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today.
-Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Preeminent leader of Indian nationalism.

Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him. -Napoleon I (1769-1821) Napoleon Bonaparte. French general.

Faith makes a Christian. Life proves a Christian. Trial confirms a Christian. Death crowns a Christian.
– Unknown Source

When you have read the Bible, you will know it is the word of God, because you have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness and your own duty.
– Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924) Twenty-eighth President of the USA.

I am my neighbor’s Bible: he reads me when we meet, today he reads me in my house, tomorrow in the street; he may be relative or friend, or slight acquaintance be; he may not even know my name, yet he is reading me. – Unknown Source

One ABC of Christianity: ”Always Be Cheerful” [1 Thessalonians 5:16]
– Unknown Source

God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.
– Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
– Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.

God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.
-Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.

Without God there is for mankind no purpose, no goal, no hope, only a wavering future, an eternal dread of every darkness.
– Jean Paul (1763-1825) German novelist and humorist.

The Bible is God’s chart for you to steer by, to keep you from the bottom of the sea, and to show you where the harbor is, and how to reach it without running on rocks or bars.
– Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politician.

The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.

I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.
– Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Albanian-born missionary.

Thinking as I do that the Creator of this world is a very cruel being, and being a worshipper of Christ, I cannot help saying: ”the Son, O how unlike the Father!” First God Almighty comes with a thump on the head. Then Jesus Christ comes with a balm to heal it. – William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.

I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about.
Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialist.

Sink the Bible to the bottom of the sea, and man’s obligation to God would be unchanged. He would have the same path to tread, only his lamp and his guide would be gone; he would have the same voyage to make, only his compass and chart would be overboard. – Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politician.

Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) British clergyman and author.

God hath entrusted me with myself. – Epictetus (50-120) Greek philosopher.

By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade.
Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) Dutch humanist and theologian.

Let none turn over books, or roam the stars in quest of God, who sees him not in man.
Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801) Swiss theologian and poet.

When you read God’s Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, ”It is talking to me, and about me.” – Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish philosopher and writer.

Yes, I see the Church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists.
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) American black leader.

You should point to the whole man Jesus and say, ”That is God.” – Martin Luther (1483-1546) German priest and scholar.

I believe in person to person. Every person is Christ for me, and since there is only one Jesus, that person is the one person in the world at that moment.
– Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Albanian-born missionary.

Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
-Martin Luther (1483-1546) German priest and scholar.

A church is a place in which gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who will never get there.
-Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist, satirist and social critic.

Men must be governed by God, or they will be ruled by tyrants.
-William Penn (1644-1718) British religious leader.

I found thee not, O Lord, without, because I erred in seeking thee without that wert within.
-Saint Augustine (354-430) Theologian.

Blessed is the man who finds out which way God is moving and then gets going in the same direction.
-Unknown Source

Religion is like holding on to a rock in the middle of a raging river; faith is learning how to swim.
-Unknown Source

Christian life consists of faith and charity. -Martin Luther (1483-1546) German priest and scholar.

If God lived on earth, people would break his windows.
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A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.
-Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Preeminent leader of Indian nationalism.

When Thomas Paine showed Benjamin Franklin the manuscript of The Age of Reason, Franklin advised him not to publish it, saying, ”The world is bad enough with the Bible; what would it be without it?”
-Unknown Source

Those who spiritualize tell spiritual lies, because they lack spiritual eyes.
-Unknown Source

I have read many books, but the Bible reads me.
-Unknown Source

The guarantee that our self enjoys an intended relation to the outer world is most, if not all, we ask from religion. God is the self projected onto reality by our natural and necessary optimism. He is the not-me personified.
-John Updike (1932-?) American writer.

Religion enables us to ignore nothingness and get on with the jobs of life.
-John Updike (1932-?) American writer.

The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.
-Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.

Every man for himself and God for us all.
-Spanish proverb

The God of this world is riches, pleasure and pride.
-Martin Luther (1483-1546) German priest and scholar.

A good test of a man’s religion is its vitality.
-Unknown Source

If you find yourself further from God than you were yesterday, you can be sure who has moved.
-Unknown Source

God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions.
-Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.

In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
-Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher

I am not a Catholic; but I consider the Christian idea, which has its roots in Greek thought and in the course of the centuries has nourished all of our European civilization, as something that one cannot renounce without becoming degraded. -Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher

We can only know one thing about God — that he is what we are not. Our wretchedness alone is an image of this. The more we contemplate it, the more we contemplate him.
-Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher

It is only the impossible that is possible for God. He has given over the possible to the mechanics of matter and the autonomy of his creatures. -Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher

Every time that I think of the crucifixion of Christ, I commit the sin of envy.
-Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher

In the faces of men and women I see God, and in my own face in the glass, I find letters from God dropped in the street, and every one is signed by God’s name. And I leave them where they are, for I know that wherever I go, others will punctually come for ever and ever.
-Walt Whitman (1819-1892) American poet.

Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of dead religions.
-Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.
-Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) American playwright.

And again: No more gods! no more gods! Man is King, Man is God! — But the great Faith is Love!
-Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French poet and adventurer.

The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas — uncertainty, progress, change — into crimes.
-Salman Rushdie (1948-?) Anglo-Indian novelist.

Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
-John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.

The root of almost every schism and heresy from which the Christian Church has suffered, has been because of the effort of men to earn, rather than receive their salvation; and the reason preaching is so commonly ineffective is, that it often calls on people to work for God rather than letting God work through them.
-John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.

Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic.
-Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British logician and philosopher.

There’s a Bible on the shelf there. But I keep it next to Voltaire-poison and antidote.
-Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British logician and philosopher.

While the womanly god demands our veneration, the godlike woman kindles our love; but while we allow ourselves to melt in the celestial loveliness, the celestial self-sufficiency holds us back in awe.
-Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805) German dramatist, poet and historian

Nothing is void of God, his work is everywhere his full of himself.
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.

We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
-George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

What is wrong with priests and popes is that instead of being apostles and saints, they are nothing but empirics who say ”I know” instead of ”I am learning,” and pray for credulity and inertia as wise men pray for skepticism and activity.
-George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

The early Christian rules of life were not made to last, because the early Christians did not believe that the world itself was going to last. -George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

To me the sole hope of human salvation lies in teaching Man to regard himself as an experiment in the realization of God, to regard his hands as God’s hand, his brain as God’s brain, his purpose as God’s purpose. He must regard God as a helpless Longing, which longed him into existence by its desperate need for an executive organ.
-George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

The Jews generally give value. They make you pay; but they deliver the goods. In my experience the men who want something for nothing are invariably Christians.
-George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

My religion? Well, my dear, I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.
-George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

All the sweetness of religion is conveyed to the world by the hands of story-tellers and image-makers. Without their fictions the truths of religion would for the multitude be neither intelligible nor even apprehensible; and the prophets would prophesy and the teachers teach in vain.
-George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
-George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

The Galilean is not a favorite of mine. So far from owing him any thanks for his favor, I cannot avoid confessing that I owe a secret grudge to his carpentership.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) English poet.

I think that the leaf of a tree, the meanest insect on which we trample, are in themselves arguments more conclusive than any which can be adduced that some vast intellect animates Infinity.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) English poet.

I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.
-Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895) Scottish essayist, poet and novelist.

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 (1667-1745) Irish-born English satirist.

It seems to me that the god that is commonly worshipped in civilized countries is not at all divine, though he bears a divine name, but is the overwhelming authority and respectability of mankind combined. Men reverence one another, not yet God.
-Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

For eighteen hundred years, though perchance I have no right to say it, the New Testament has been written; yet where is the legislator who has wisdom and practical talent enough to avail himself of the light which it sheds on the science of legislation?
-Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality.
-Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1889) French social philosopher.

I cannot see how a man of any large degree of humorous perception can ever be religious — except he purposely shut the eyes of his mind and keep them shut by force.
-Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

It is a good and gentle religion, but inconvenient.
-Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.
-Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

The Christian’s Bible is a drug store. Its contents remain the same, but the medical practice changes.
-Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
-Unknown Source

Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us.
-Unknown Source

A group touring Westminster Abbey in London heard the guide list the famous people buried within its walls. During a momentary silence a little old lady’s voice blurted out loud and clear, ”Anybody been saved here lately?”
-Unknown Source

Christianity, above all, has given a clear-cut answer to the demands of the human soul.
-Unknown Source

Don’t feel superior just because you go to church, it doesn’t make you a Christian.
-Unknown Source

It will, I believe, be everywhere found, that as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be, so are the rest of the nation.
-Jane Austen (1775-1817) English novelist, author of “Sense and Sensibility

The pencil of the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon.
-Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman and philosopher.

Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.
-Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman and philosopher.

Christianity has operated with an unmitigated arrogance and cruelty, necessarily, since a religion ordinarily imposes on those who have discovered the true faith the spiritual duty of liberating the infidels.
-James Baldwin (1924-1987) African-American writer.

A Christian is nothing but a sinful man who has put himself to school for Christ for the honest purpose of becoming better.
-Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politician.

The test of Christian character should be that a man is a joy-bearing agent to the world.
-Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politician.

The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
-Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politician.

Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
-Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story writer.

Christianity is art and not money. Money is its curse.
-William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.

The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.
-William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.

That the Jews assumed a right exclusively to the benefits of God will be a lasting witness against them and the same will it be against Christians.
-William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.

The purpose and cause of the incarnation was that He might illuminate the world by His wisdom and excite it to the love of Himself.
-Peter Abelard (1079-1142) French theologian and philosopher.

And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.
-Aeschylus (BC 525-BC 456) Greek dramatist.

Most of us spend the first six days of each week sowing wild oats; then we go to church on Sunday and pray for a crop failure.
-Fred A. Allen (1894-1956) American comedian.

The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
-Fred A. Allen (1894-1956) American comedian.

With God, what is terrible is that one never knows whether it’s not just a trick of the devil.
Jean Anouilh (1910-1987) French playwright.

Of all possible sexual perversions, religion is the only one to have ever been scientifically systematized.
-Louis Aragon (1897-1982) French poet, novelist, and essayist.

”God is Love,” we are taught as children to believe. But when we first begin to get some inkling of how He loves us, we are repelled; it seems so cold, indeed, not love at all as we understand the word.
-W. H. Auden (1907-1973) English-born poet and man of letters.

For this reason the Bible is a book of eternal and effective power; because, as long as the world lasts, no one will say: I comprehend it in the whole and understand it in the particular. Rather we must modestly say it on the whole it is venerable, and in the particular practical.
-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.

Throw away thy rod, throw away thy wrath; O my God, take the gentle path.
-George Herbert (1593-1632) British poet.

For it is with the mysteries of our religion, as with wholesome pills for the sick, which swallowed whole, have the virtue to cure; but chewed, are for the most part cast up again without effect.
-Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) British philosopher.

To the excessively fearful the chief characteristic of power is its arbitrariness. Man had to gain enormously in confidence before he could conceive an
all-powerful God who obeys his own laws.
-Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.

To know a person’s religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.
-Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.

Toleration is the best religion.
-Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet, dramatist and novelist.

We are on the side of religion as opposed to religions, and we are among those who believe in the wretched inadequacy of sermons and the sublimity of prayer.
-Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet, dramatist and novelist.

England has two books, one which she has made and one which has made her: Shakespeare and the Bible.
-Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet, dramatist and novelist.

But a priest’s life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed — a compass, not a weathercock.
-Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) British author.

The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
– Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899) American politician and orator.

Smitten as we are with the vision of social righteousness, a God indifferent to everything but adulation, and full of partiality for his individual favorites, lacks an essential element of largeness.
– William James (1842-1910) American philosopher and psychologist.

There must be something solemn, serious, and tender about any attitude which we denominate religious. If glad, it must not grin or snicker; if sad, it must not scream or curse.
– William James (1842-1910) American philosopher and psychologist.

This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
– Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

Christianity is the highest perfection of humanity.
– Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

We always believe God is like ourselves, the indulgent think him indulgent and the stern, terrible.
– Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) French moralist.

Jesus Christ, the condescension of divinity, and the exaltation of humanity.
– Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) American Episcopal clergyman.

And lips say ”God be pitiful,” who never said, ”God be praised.”
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) British poet.

I would not like to see a person who is sober, moderate, chaste and just say that there is no God. They would speak disinterestedly at least, but such a person is not to be found.
– Jean de la Bruyère (1645-1696) French satiric moralist.

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference which is, at least, half infidelity.
– Edmund Burke (1729-1797) British political writer.

If there is any moral in Christianity, if there is anything to be learned from it, if the whole story is not profitless from first to last, it comes to this: that a man should back his own opinion against the world s.
– Samuel Butler (1612-1680) British poet and satirist.

People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practiced.
– Samuel Butler (1612-1680) British poet and satirist.

If God wants us to do a thing, he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him.
– Samuel Butler (1612-1680) British poet and satirist.

I am always most religious upon a sunshiny day…
– Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.

I have a great mind to believe in Christianity for the mere pleasure of fancying I may be damned.
-Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.

What the world requires of the Christians is that they should continue to be Christians.
– Albert Camus (1913-1960) French novelist, essayist and dramatist.

The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
– Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.

I call the book of Job, apart from all theories about it, one of the grandest things ever written with the pen.
– Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.

Though God’s attributes are equal, yet his mercy is more attractive and pleasing in our eyes than his justice.
– Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, dramatist and poet.

Man appoints, and God disappoints. – Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, dramatist and poet.

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried. – Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet.

A cosmic philosophy is not constructed to fit a man; a cosmic philosophy is constructed to fit a cosmos. A man can no more possess a private religion than he can possess a private sun and moon. – Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet.

Buddhism is not a creed, it is a doubt. – Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet.

If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire. – Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British politician.

A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed.
– Emil Cioran (1911-1995) Romanian philosopher and essayist.

God: a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays.
– Emil Cioran (1911-1995) Romanian philosopher and essayist.

A religion, that is, a true religion, must consist of ideas and facts both; not of ideas alone without facts, for then it would be mere Philosophy; — nor of facts alone without ideas, of which those facts are symbols, or out of which they arise, or upon which they are grounded: for then it would be mere History.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) British poet, critic, and philosopher.

Intense study of the Bible will keep any writer from being vulgar, in point of style.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) British poet, critic, and philosopher.

The study of the Bible will keep anyone from being vulgar in style.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) British poet, critic, and philosopher.

An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches with spire steeples which point as with a silent finger to the sky and stars.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) British poet, critic, and philosopher.

He who begins by loving Christianity better than truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) British poet, critic, and philosopher.

The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
– William Cowper (1731-1800) British poet.

Religion! what treasure untold resides in that heavenly word!
– William Cowper (1731-1800) British poet.

In His will is our peace.
– Dante (1265-1321) Italian philosopher, and poet.

And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny’s the worst.
– Daniel Defoe (1661-1731) 1661-1731, British Author

The blood of Jesus Christ can cover a multitude of sins, it seems to me.
– Denis Diderot (1713-1784) French philosopher.

Christianity is completed Judaism or it is nothing.
– Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) British politician and author.

Man is made to adore and to obey: but if you will not command him, if you give him nothing to worship, he will fashion his own divinities, and find a chieftain in his own passions. – Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) British politician and author.

God does not play dice with the universe.
– Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-Swiss-U.S. scientist.

God is clever, but not dishonest.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-Swiss-U.S. scientist.

God is subtle, but He is not malicious. I cannot believe that God plays dice with the world. – Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-Swiss-U.S. scientist.

The sons of Judah have to choose that God may again choose them. The divine principle of our race is action, choice, resolved memory. – George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.

The dice of God are always loaded. – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

There is a crack in everything God has made.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

‘Tis the old secret of the gods that they come in low disguises. – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide. – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Men have always need of god! A god to defend them against other men.. – Francis Picabia (1878-1953) French painter, and poet.

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just keeps on trying other things. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter.

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 (1809-1845) American poet, critic, and short-story writer

The scripture in times of disputes is like an open town in times of war, which serves in differently the occasions of both parties. – Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English poet and satirist.

The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972) American poet, critic and intellectual.

Mass ought to be in Latin, unless you could do it in Greek or Chinese. In fact, any abracadabra that no bloody member of the public or half-educated ape of a clargimint could think he understood. – Ezra Pound (1885-1972) American poet, critic and intellectual.

A heroic figure… not wholly to blame for the religion that’s been foisted on him. – Ezra Pound (1885-1972) American poet, critic and intellectual.

Religion, oh, just another of those numerous failures resulting from an attempt to popularize art.
– Ezra Pound (1885-1972) American poet, critic and intellectual.

Man does what he can, God does what he will. – Proverb

A maker of idols is never an idolater. – Chinese Proverb

God is closest to those with broken hearts. – Jewish proverb

Archbishop — A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ. – Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist, satirist and social critic.

God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos: He will set them above their betters. – Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist, satirist and social critic.

Who hates the Jews more than the Jew?
– Henry Miller (1891-1980) American author.

To honor him whom we have made is far from honoring him that hath made us.
– Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592) French philosopher and essayist.

Oh senseless man, who cannot possibly make a worm, and yet will make Gods by dozens.
– Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592) French philosopher and essayist.

Christians are rare people on earth. – Martin Luther (1483-1546) German priest and scholar.

The mantram becomes one’s staff of life and carries one through every ordeal. Each repetition has a new meaning, carrying you nearer and nearer to God. – Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Preeminent leader of Indian nationalism.

The priesthood is a marriage. People often start by falling in love, and they go on for years without realizing that love must change into some other love which is so unlike it that it can hardly be recognized as love at all. – Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) British novelist and philosopher.

Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity. – Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

Christianity makes suffering contagious. – Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer

I fear we are not getting rid of God because we still believe in grammar. – Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

There is in general good reason to suppose that in several respects the gods could all benefit from instruction by us human beings. We humans are — more humane. – Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

Is man one of God’s blunders or is God one of man’s blunders? – Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

The word ”Christianity” is already a misunderstanding — in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross. – Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands. – Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church. – Thomas Paine (1737-1809) English intellectual.

My own mind is my own church. – Thomas Paine (1737-1809) English intellectual.

Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.
– Thomas Paine (1737-1809) English intellectual.

All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
– Thomas Paine (1737-1809) English intellectual.

Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind. – Thomas Paine (1737-1809) English intellectual.

If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then without hesitation, that He exists.
– Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French mathematician, physicist and philosopher.

Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair. – Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French mathematician, physicist and philosopher.

Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true. – Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French mathematician, physicist and philosopher.

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
– Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) Protestant preacher and author.

To be like Christ is to be a Christian. – William Penn (1644-1718) British religious leader.

It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
– William Penn (1644-1718) British religious leader.

First I shake the whole [Apple] tree, that the ripest might fall. Then I climb the tree and shake each limb, and then each branch and then each twig, and then I look under each leaf.
– Martin Luther (1483-1546) German priest and scholar.

The real security of Christianity is to be found in its benevolent morality, in its exquisite adaptation to the human heart, in the facility with which its scheme accommodates itself to the capacity of every human intellect, in the consolation which it bears to the house of mourning, in the light with which it brightens the great mystery of the grave.
– Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859) English politician, essayist and poet.

A church is disaffected when it is persecuted, quiet when it is tolerated, and actively loyal when it is favored and cherished.
-Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859) English politician, essayist and poet.

The English Bible: a book which, if everything else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power.
– Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859) English politician, essayist and poet.

From the outset, the Christian was the theorizing Jew, the Jew is therefore the practical Christian, and the practical Christian has become a Jew again.
– Karl Marx (1818-1883) German philosopher and political economist.

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 (1818-1883) German philosopher and political economist.

Religion is the opium of the masses.
– Karl Marx (1818-1883) German philosopher and political economist.

No egoism is so insufferable as that of the Christian with regard to his soul.
– W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) British novelist and playwright.

When a culture feels that its end has come, it sends for a priest.
– Karl Kraus (1874-1936) Austrian satirist.

Call a truce, then, to our labors — let us feast with friends and neighbors, and be merry as the custom of our caste; for if ”faint and forced the laughter,” and if sadness follow after, we are richer by one mocking Christmas past.
– Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) British writer.

The Three in One, the One in Three? Not so! To my own Gods I go. It may be they shall give me greater ease than your cold Christ and tangled Trinities.
– Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) British writer.

When a culture feels that its end has come, it sends for a priest.
– Karl Kraus (1874-1936) Austrian satirist.

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
– C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) Irish author and scholar.

Talk to me about the truth of religion and I’ll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I’ll listen submissively. But don’t come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don’t understand.
– C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) Irish author and scholar.

There were honest people long before there were Christians and there are, God be praised, still honest people where there are no Christians. It could therefore easily be possible that people are Christians because true Christianity corresponds to what they would have been even if Christianity did not exist.
– Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels he is worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.
– Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Politician. President of the United States.

I cannot be a materialist — but Oh, how is it possible that a God who speaks to all hearts can let Belgravia go laughing to a vicious luxury, and Whitechapel cursing to a filthy debauchery — such suffering, such dreadful suffering — and shall the short years of Christ’s mission atone for it all?
– D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) English writer.

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