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  The Torah can be interpreted in 49 different ways. Gold told Moses, 'Decide according to the majority.'  
 -  Jewish proverb
  

  Religion is the best armor in the world, but the worst cloak.  
 -  American proverb
  

  A good example is the best sermon.  
 -  English proverb
  

  A man without religion is a horse without a bridle.  
 -  English proverb
  

  When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  So many men are deprived of grace. How can one live without grace? One has to try it and do what Christianity never did: Be concerned with the damned.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Religious creeds encourage some of the craziest kinds of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and favor severe manifestations of neurosis, borderline personality states, and sometimes even psychosis.  
 -  Albert Ellis
  

  There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  Pray, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.  
 -  Ambrose Bierce
  

  Christian, n. One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. One who follows the teachings of Christ so long as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin.  
 -  Ambrose Bierce
  

  Christians talk as though goodness was their idea but good behavior doesn't have any religious origin. Our prisons are filled with the devout.  
 -  Andy Rooney
  

  The gods too are fond of a joke.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The statement that God created man in his own image is ticking like a time bomb in the foundations of Christianity.  
 -  Arthur C. Clarke
  

  Where knowledge ends, religion begins.  
 -  Benjamin Disraeli
  

  Whoever shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.  
 -  Blaise Pascal
  

  I didn't go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don't recommend Christianity.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Of all bad men religious bad men are the worst.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  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.  
 -  Carl Sagan
  

  All religions are the same: Religion is basically guilt, with different holidays.  
 -  Cathy Ladman
  

  For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us.  
 -  Charles Bukowski
  

  I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my father, brother and almost all of my friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine.  
 -  Charles Darwin
  

  Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion.  
 -  Charlotte Bronte
  

  If Chuck Norris looks at you and even thinks about Jesus, you are immediately converted to Christianity.  
 -  Chuck Norris jokes
  

  We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition.  
 -  Cicero
  

  Buddhism does not accept a theory of God, or a creator. According to Buddhism, one's own actions are the creator, ultimately. Some people say that, from a certain angle, Buddhism is not a religion but rather a science of mind.  
 -  Dalai Lama
  

  Religion is like going out to dinner with friends. Everyone may order something different, but everyone can still sit at the same table.  
 -  Dalai Lama
  

  The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness.  
 -  Dalai Lama
  

  I give great thanks to God that he has created a Dalai Lama. Do you really think, as some have argued, that God will be saying: You know, that guy, the Dalai Lama, is not bad. What a pity he's not a Christian? I don't think that is the case - because, you see, God is not a Christian.  
 -  Desmond Tutu
  

  Religion is like a knife: You can either use it to cut bread, or stick in someone's back.  
 -  Desmond Tutu
  

  The goal of all civilization, all religious thought, and all that sort of thing is simply to have a good time. But man gets so solemn over the process that he forgets the end.  
 -  Don Marquis
  

  You talk to God, you're religious. God talks to you, you're psychotic.  
 -  Doris Egan
  

  All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.  
 -  Edmund Burke
  

  The basis of world peace is the teaching which runs through almost all the great religions of the world. 'Love thy neighbor as thyself.' Christ, some of the great Jewish teachers, Buddha, all preached it. Their followers forgot it. What is the trouble between capital and labor, what is the trouble in many of our communities, but rather a universal forgetting that this teaching is one of our first obligations.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  If the gods listened to the prayers of men, all humankind would quickly perish since they constantly pray for many evils to befall one another.  
 -  Epicurus
  

  There are things about organized religion which I resent. Christ is revered as the Prince of Peace, but more blood has been shed in His name than any other figure in history. You show me one step forward in the name of religion and I'll show you a hundred retrogressions. Remember, they were men of God who destroyed the educational treasures at Alexandria, who perpetrated the Inquisition in Spain, who burned the witches at Salem.  
 -  Frank Sinatra
  

  Whoever seeks to set one religion against another seeks to destroy all religion.  
 -  Franklin D. Roosevelt
  

  The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.  
 -  Friedrich Nietzsche
  

  Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.  
 -  G. K. Chesterton
  

  You can tell more about a person's true spirituality from the way he or she treats his or her partner than you ever could from tallying that person's church attendance.  
 -  Gay Hendricks
  

  All religions are branches of one big tree. It doesn't matter what you call Him just as long as you call. Just as cinematic images appear to be real but are only combinations of light and shade, so is the universal variety a delusion. The planetary spheres, with their countless forms of life, are naught but figures in a cosmic motion picture. One's values are profoundly changed when he is finally convinced that creation is only a vast motion picture and that not in, but beyond, lies his own ultimate reality.  
 -  George Harrison
  

  One cannot really be a Catholic and grown up.  
 -  George Orwell
  

  Most mens anger about religion is as if two men should quarrel for a lady that neither of them care for.  
 -  George Savile
  

  The eleventh commandment: thou shalt not be found out.  
 -  George Whyte-Melville
  

  The Christian church, in its attitude toward science, shows the mind of a more or less enlightened man of the Thirteenth Century. It no longer believes that the earth is flat, but it is still convinced that prayer can cure after medicine fails.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  I've always believed that religion is something to live by and not to talk about it.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up - they have no holidays.  
 -  Henry Youngman
  

  What religion am I? I'm the one with all the well-meaning rules that don't work out in real life, uh, Christianity.  
 -  Homer Simpson
  

  You can tell more about a person's true spirituality from the way he or she treats his or her partner than you ever could from tallying that person's church attendance.  
 -  Gay Hendricks
  

  All religions are branches of one big tree. It doesn't matter what you call Him just as long as you call. Just as cinematic images appear to be real but are only combinations of light and shade, so is the universal variety a delusion. The planetary spheres, with their countless forms of life, are naught but figures in a cosmic motion picture. One's values are profoundly changed when he is finally convinced that creation is only a vast motion picture and that not in, but beyond, lies his own ultimate reality.  
 -  George Harrison
  

  One cannot really be a Catholic and grown up.  
 -  George Orwell
  

  Most mens anger about religion is as if two men should quarrel for a lady that neither of them care for.  
 -  George Savile
  

  The eleventh commandment: thou shalt not be found out.  
 -  George Whyte-Melville
  

  The Christian church, in its attitude toward science, shows the mind of a more or less enlightened man of the Thirteenth Century. It no longer believes that the earth is flat, but it is still convinced that prayer can cure after medicine fails.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  I've always believed that religion is something to live by and not to talk about it.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up - they have no holidays.  
 -  Henry Youngman
  

  What religion am I? I'm the one with all the well-meaning rules that don't work out in real life, uh, Christianity.  
 -  Homer Simpson
  

  Once, when a religionist denounced me in unmeasured terms, I sent him a card saying, 'I am sure you believe that I will go to hell when I die, and that once there I will suffer all the pains and tortures the sadistic ingenuity of your deity can devise and that this torture will continue forever. Isn't that enough for you? Do you have to call me bad names in addition?'  
 -  Isaac Asimov
  

  Only barbarians are not curious about where they come from, how they came to be where they are, where they appear to be going, whether they wish to go there, and if so, why, and if not, why not.  
 -  Isaiah Berlin
  

  The practical effect of a belief is the real test of its soundness.  
 -  James A. Froude
  

  Here is a good prayer: 'Help me to see it as it is, and help me to see it better as it is, and then inspire me to act.' Facts and faith and action - what a combination for personal progress! And action puts fear to flight!  
 -  Jim Rohn
  

  I don't need to go to church. I respect churches because of the sacredness that's been put on them over the years by people who do believe. But I think a lot of bad things have happened in the name of the church and in the name of Christ. Therefore I shy away from church, and as Donovan once said, 'I go to my own church in my own temple once a day.' We're all God. I'm not a god or the God, but we're all God and we're all potentially divine - and potentially evil. We all have everything within us and the Kingdom of Heaven is nigh and within us, and if you look hard enough you'll see it.  
 -  John Lennon
  

  Christianity will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that - I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now.  
 -  John Lennon
  

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

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

  The Buddhist, the Christian, the Moslem, and the Hebrew all may get answers to their prayers, not because of the particular creed, religion, affiliation, ritual, ceremony, formula, liturgy, incantation, sacrifices, or offerings, but solely because of belief or mental acceptance and receptivity about that for which they pray. The law of life is the law of belief, and belief could be summed up briefly as a thought in your mind. As a man thinks, feels, and believes, so is the condition of his mind, body, and circumstances.  
 -  Joseph Murphy
  

  One's own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one's Maker and no one else's.  
 -  Kahlil Gibran
  

  I'm an atheist, and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for people.  
 -  Katharine Hepburn
  

  When people tell you what a devout Christian they are, especially more than once, they are usually anything but.  
 -  Larry Winget
  

  Everyday people are straying away from the church and going back to God.  
 -  Lennie Bruce
  

  God has no religion.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  Religion which takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  Religion deals with the science of the soul.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  The church is always trying to get other people to reform; it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little by way of example.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  Religion had its share in the changes of civilization and national character, of course. What share? The lion's.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals. They are complementary.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Do you think Jesus would love me? I'm a Muslim, but do you think Jesus would love me... I think Jesus would have a drink with me and discuss... why you acting like that? Now, he would be cool. He would talk to me. No Christian ever did that and said in the name of Jesus even... They'd throw me in jail and write bad articles about me and then go to church on Sunday and say Jesus is a wonderful man and he's coming back to save us. But they don't understand that when he comes back, that these crazy, greedy, capitalistic men are gonna kill him again.  
 -  Mike Tyson
  

  The man who is always worrying about whether or not his soul would be damned generally has a soul that isn't worth a damn.  
 -  Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
  

  Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  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 Tillich
  

  It may be that religion is dead, and if it is, we had better know it and set ourselves to try to discover other sources of moral strength before it is too late.  
 -  Pearl S. Buck
  

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

  If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane.  
 -  Robert G. Ingersoll
  

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

  All good moral philosophy is but the handmaid to religion.  
 -  Sir Francis Bacon
  

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

  The universal longing for heaven is not about immortality so much as the wish for a world in which everyone is always kind.  
 -  Susan Cain
  

  In Buddhism, the word 'suchness' is used to mean 'the essence or particular characteristics of a thing or a person, its true nature.' Each person has his or her suchness. If we want to live in peace and happiness with a person, we have to see the suchness of that person.  
 -  Thich Nhat Hanh
  

  The person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches.  
 -  Thomas Aquinas
  

  In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to liberty.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the sun, in which they put a man called Christ in the place of the sun, and pay him the adoration originally payed to the sun.  
 -  Thomas Paine
  

  My belief is that the truth is a truth until you organize it, and then becomes a lie. I don't think that Jesus was teaching Christianity. Jesus was teaching kindness, love, concern, and peace. What I tell people is don't be Christian, be Christ-like. Don't be Buddhist, be Buddha-like.  
 -  Wayne Dyer
  

  Real religion is a way of life, not a white cloak to be wrapped around us on the Sabbath and then cast aside into the six-day closet of unconcern.  
 -  William Arthur Ward
  

  But what is the use of preaching the Gospel to men whose whole attention is concentrated upon a mad, desperate struggle to keep themselves alive?  
 -  William Booth
  

  I did not marry the first girl that I fell in love with, because there was a tremendous religious conflict, at the time. She was an atheist, and I was an agnostic.  
 -  Woody Allen
  

  If Jesus came back and saw what was being done in his name, he'd never stop throwing up.  
 -  Woody Allen