We must respect the other fellow's religion,but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
H.L. Mencken

Communism, like any other revealed religion, is largely made up of prophecies.
H.L. Mencken

The fact that astronomies change while the stars abide is a true analogy of every realm of human life and thought, religion not least of all. No existent theology can be a final formulation of spiritual truth.
Harry Emerson Fosdick

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.
Anais Nin

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
George Bernard Shaw

I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.
George Bernard Shaw

I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquillity which religion is powerless to bestow.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the matter of religion, people eagerly fasten their eyes on the difference between their own creed and yours whilst the charm of the study is in finding the agreements and identities in all the religions of humanity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The tendancy of liberals is to create bodies of men and women-of all classes-detached from tradition, alienated from religion, and susceptible to mass suggestion-mob rule. And a mob will be no less a mob if it is well fed, well clothed, well housed, and well disciplined.
George Eliot

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

Religion consists of a set of things which the average man thinks he believes and wishes he was certain.
Mark Twain

In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.
Mark Twain

Religion is the monumental chapter in the history of human egotism.
William James

Religion, whatever it is, is a man's total reaction upon life.
William James

I won't take my religion from any man who never works except with his mouth.
Carl Sandburg

One's religion is whatever one is most interested in.
James Barrie

Men will wrangle for religion write for it fight for it die for it anything but--live for it.
Charles Caleb Colton

When I do good, I feel good when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.
Abraham Lincoln

I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.
Kahlil Gibran

My friends and my road-fellows, pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion. Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave, eats a bread it does not harvest, and drinks a wine that flows not from its own winepress. Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero, and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful. Pity the nation that raises not its voice save when it walks in a funeral, boasts not except among its ruins, and will rebel not save when its neck is laid between the sword and the block. Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox, whose philosopher is a juggler, and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking. Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpetings, and farewells him with hootings, only to welcome another with trumpetings again. Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation.
Kahlil Gibran

The truly religious man does not embrace a religion and he who embraces one has no religion.
Kahlil Gibran

Said Waldershare, 'Sensible men are all of the same religion.' 'And pray what is that' ... 'Sensible men never tell.'
Benjamin Disraeli

Religion is the idol of the mob it adores everything it does not understand.
Frederick the Great

One's religion is whatever he is most interested in, and yours is Success.
Joseph Addison

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love on another.
Jonathan Swift

If I had to live my life over again, I would have a different father, a different wife and a different religion.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth man's minds about to religion.
Francis Bacon

Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not but superstition dismounts all these, and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men...the master of superstition is the people and arguments are fitted to practice, in a reverse order.
Francis Bacon

You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but now, as yet, intelligent enough.
Aldous Huxley

Just a hurried line...to tell a story which puts the contrast between *our* feast of the Nativity and all this ghastly Xmas racket at it's lowest. My brother heard a woman on a 'bus say, as the 'bus passed a church with a Crib outside it, Oh Lor' They bring religion into everything. Look- they're dragging it even into Christmas now
Clive Staples Lewis

Religion is an attempt to get control over the sensory world, in which we are placed, by means of the wish-world which we have developed inside us as a result of biological and psychological necessites.
Sigmund Freud

Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
Sigmund Freud

Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.
Margaret Mead

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
Thomas Paine

The artist needs no religion beyond his work.
Elbert Hubbard

Religions are many and diverse, but reason and goodness are one.
Elbert Hubbard

Religion is the everlasting dialogue between humanity and God. Art is its soliloquy.
Franz Werfel

It is a fine thing to establish one's own religion in one's heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing.
D. H. Lawrence

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.
Thomas Jefferson

It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.
Thomas Jefferson

Difference of opinion is helpful in religion.
Thomas Jefferson

Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life if it has been honest and dutiful to society the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one.
Thomas Jefferson

Fear of things invisible in the natural seed of that which everyone in himself calleth religion.
Thomas Hobbes

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.
T. S. Eliot

Any religion...is for ever in danger of petrifaction into mere ritual and habit, though ritual and habit be essential to religion.
T. S. Eliot

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense.
Carl Sagan

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple the philosophy is kindness.
Dalai Lama

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Albert Einstein

What is the meaning of human life, or of organic life altogether To answer this question at all implies a religion. Is there any sense then, you ask, in putting it I answer, the man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unfortunate but almost disqualified for life.
Albert Einstein

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the unlimitable superior who reveals Himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
Albert Einstein

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
Albert Einstein

To attempt to be religious without practicing a specific religion is as possible as attempting to speak without a specific language.
George Santayana

Each religion, by the help of more or less myth which it takes more or less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny.
George Santayana

Matters of religion should never be matters of controversy. We neither argue with a lover about his taste, nor condemn him, if we are just, for knowing so human a passion.
George Santayana

The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.
Richard Adams

Ethical religion can be real only to those who are engaged in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement. By moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement, without limit.
Felix Adler

The true meaning of religion is thus not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.
Matthew Arnold

Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

There is no religion higher than the truth.
H Hahn Blavatsky

Religion is what keeps the poor man from murdering the rich.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Religion is excellent stuff for keeping the common people quiet.
Napoleon Bonaparte

To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.
Jorge Luis Borges

To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
Jorge Luis Borges

Religion points to that area of human experience where in one way or another man comes upon mystery as a summons to pilgrimage.
Frederick Buechner

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
Sir Richard Francis Burton

Morality, taken as apart from religion, is but another name for decency in sin. It is just that negative species of virtue which consists in not doing what is scandalously depraved and wicked. But there is no heart of holy principle in it, any more than there is in the grosser sin.
Horace Bushnell

Indeed, the Founders mentioned the pagan authors in so many heartfelt speeches, pamphlets and letters that today's sweeping references to America's 'Christian' roots and 'Judeo-Christian heritage' ought to be amended. Maybe these terms should be reserved to explain the traditional religions and morality of individuals, families, congregations, small communitities. Politically, our notions of virtue and vice have had another genesis.
Colin Campbell

In matters of religion and matrimony I never give any advice because I will not have anybody's torments in this world or the next laid to my charge.
Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Religion is confining and imprisoning and toxic because it is based on ideology and dogma. But spirituality is redeeming and universal.
Deepak Chopra

Religion is the human response to being alive and having to die.
F. Forrester Church

Cruel persecution and intolerance are not accidents, but grow out of the very essense of religion, namely, its absolute claims.
Morris Raphael Cohen

All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by...religion, whatever else it has done, has provided one of the main ways of meeting this abiding need.
Harvey Cox

Existence, as we know it, is full of sorrow. To mention only one minor point every man is a condemned criminal, only he does not know the date of his execution. This is unpleasant for every man. Consequently every man does everything possible to postpone the date, and would sacrifice anything that he has if he could reverse the sentence. Practically all religions and all philosophies have started thus crudely, by promising their adherents some such reward as immortality. No religion has failed hitherto by not promising enough the present breaking up of all religions is due to the fact that people have asked to see the securities. Men have even renounced the important material advantages which a well-organized religion may confer upon a State, rather than acquiesce in fraud or falsehood, or even in any system which, if not proved guilty, is at least unable to demonstrate its innocence. Being more or less bankrupt, the best thing that we can do is to attack the problem afresh without preconceived ideas. Let us begin by doubting every statement. Let us find a way of subjecting every statement to the test of experiment. Is there any truth at all in the claims of various religions Let us examine the question.
Aleister Crowley

Religion is a bandage that man has invented to protect a soul made bloody by circumstance.
Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser

A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.
James Feibleman

Science and religion no more contradict each other than light and electricity.
William Hiram Foulkes

Religion is not what you will get after reading all the scriptures of the world. It is not really what is grasped by the grain. It is a heart grasp.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and the state forever separate.
Ulysses S. Grant

Religions must continue to evolve to keep up with changing times, because only fittest shall survive.
B. J. Gupta

There is no logical answer to the question ' Why be moral'. Religions provide practical answers to the question.
B. J. Gupta

Man without religion is the creature of circumstances.
Augustus Hare

All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world.
John Hay

One man's religion is another man's belly laugh.
Robert Anson Heinlein

Calling Atheism a religion is like calling bald a hair color.
Don Hirschberg

People need religion. It's a vehicle for a moral tradition. A crucial role. Nothing can take its place.
Irving Kristol

I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father's religion, if they can find out what it is.
Charles Lamb

The heart of religion lies in its personal pronouns.
Martin Luther

Such evil deeds could religion prompt.
Lucretius

Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other sects
James Madison

Just as there is a lower carelessness which means death to the soul, so there is a higher carelessness which is the supreme gift of religion. We must all at length rest back upon God.
W. E. Orchard

Mortification from a self-strength, carried on by ways of self-invention, unto the end of a self-righteousness, is the soul and substnace of all false religion in the world.
John Owen

Difference of religion breeds more quarrels than difference of politics.
Wendell Phillips

Religion belongs to the realm that is inviolable before the law of causation and therefore closed to science.
Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck

All outward forms of religion are almost useless, and are the causes of endless strife . Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself, and never mind the rest.
Beatrix Potter

I believe I am not mistaken in saying that Christianity is a demanding and serious religion. When it is delivered as easy and amusing, it is another kind of religion altogether.
Neil Postman

If our religion only proclaims a high standard of ethics, then our religion is a burden heavier than we can bear.
Rolland W. Schloerb

In conclusion, there is a marvelous anecdote from the occasion of Russell's ninetieth birthday that best serves to summarize his attitude toward God and religion. A London lady sat next to him at this party, and over the soup she suggested to him that he was not only the world's most famous atheist but, by this time, very probably the world's oldest atheist. 'What will you do, Bertie, if it turns out you're wrong' she asked. 'I mean, what if--uh--when the time comes, you should meet Him What will you say' Russell was delighted with the question. His birght, birdlike eyes grew even brighter as he contempalated this possible future dialogue, and then he pointed a finger upward and cried, 'Why, I should say, 'God, you gave us insufficient evidence.' '
Al Seckel

A society like ours, which professes no one religion and has allowed all religions to decay, which indulges freedom to the point of license and individualism to the point of anarchy, needs all the support that responsible, cultivated homes can furnish. I hope your generation will provide a firmer shelter for civilized standards.
Alan Simpson

If your religion does not make you holy, it will damn you. It is simply painted pageantry to go to hell in.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Counting is the religion of this generation it is its hope and its salvation.
Gertrude Stein

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

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
Thomas Szasz

Present your religion to a little child, set him in the midst of those who profess it. If it frightens him, and freezes the smiles on his lips, then whatever sort of religion it is, it is not Christianity.
Unknown

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother.
Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Of all religions, Christianity is without a doubt the one that should inspire tolerance most, although, up to now, the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.
Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

When its a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.
Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Praising God is one of the highest and purest acts of religion. In prayer we act like men in praise we act like angels.
Thomas John Watson, Sr.

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
Steven Weinberg

Religion is what a person does in his solitariness.
Alfred North Whitehead

Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief.
Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde

We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition.
Cicero

Some people are that - more than a parent, more than a role model, more than anything less than a religion.
Margaret Cho

The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish.
Robert Jackson

Music like religion, unconditionally brings in its train all the moral virtues to the heart it enters, even though that heart is not in the least worthy.
Jean Baptiste Montegut

I conceive the essential task of religion to be to develop the consciences, the ideals, and the aspirations of mankind.
Robert Millikan

A cult is a religion with no political power.
Tom Wolfe

Acceptance without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western religion, rejection without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western science.
Gary Zukav