Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Miscellaneous Quotes (Religion/Morals)

Thomas Paine:
"Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good."

Laurence Le Shan
"The physicist would say he was using "a different metaphysical system", a different explanation of reality. The mystic would say he was in an altered state of consciousness."The only difference between the two is describing, analyzing intellectually, and examining the implications of this other view of reality; the mystic is perceiving and reacting to it. The first is talking about something, the second is living it."

Stephen F. Roberts:
"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."

Dalai Lama:
"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."

I Samuel 16:7
"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the heart."

"Do not look at the faults of what others have done or not done; observe what you yourself have done or not done."
"Never in the world does hatred cease by hatred; hatred ceases by love."

Woody Allen:
"If Jesus came back and saw what was being done in his name, he wouldn't be able to stop throwing up."

Sir Richard Burton:
"The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshiped anything but himself."

Ferdinand Magellan:
"The Church says that the Earth is flat, but I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow on the moon and I have more faith in the Shadow than in the Church."

Henry David Thoreau:
"Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something."

Matthew 6:34
"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day."

Dante Rossetti:
"The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank."

James Madison:
"What has been the fruits of Christianity? ...Superstition, bigotry and persecution."

St. Francis of Assisi:
"Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words."

Irish Proverb:
"A scholar's ink lasts longer than a martyr's blood."

Native American Proverb:
"Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors; we borrow it from our Children."

Thomas Jefferson:
"And the day will come, when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as His Father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva, in the brain of Jupiter."

"Religions are alike -- founded upon fables and mythologies"

"Christianity us the most perverted system that ever shone on man."

"The Christian God is a being of terrific character -- cruel, vindictive, capricious, and unjust"

"The authors of the gospels were unlettered and ignorant men and the teachings of Jesus have come to us mutilated, misstated, and unintelligible."

William Shakespeare:
"The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."

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

Stephen Colbert:
"Atheism: the religion devoted to the worship of one's own smug sense of superiority."

Mother Teresa:
"God doesn't look at how much we do, but with how much love we do it."

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."

Benjamin Franklin:
"I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it."

"Sure God created man before woman.. but then you always make a rough draft before The Final Masterpiece."
"Once there was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time is called the Dark Ages."

"For believers no explanation is needed, for unbelievers no explanation can be given."

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