“Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car.”
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”
“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
“When his life was ruined, his family killed, his farm destroyed, Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens, “Why god? Why me?” and the thundering voice of God answered, There’s just something about you that pisses me off.”
“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..”
“Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time!
But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money!”
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
“God has no religion.”
“In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.”
“Hate the sin, love the sinner.”
“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”
“Knock, And He’ll open the door
Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He’ll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He’ll turn you into everything.”
“I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.”
“God can’t give us peace and happiness apart from Himself because there is no such thing.”
“Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning…”
“A truth that’s told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.”
“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”
“Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee
And I’ll forgive Thy great big one on me.”
“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”
“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”
“No sight so sad as that of a naughty child,” he began, “especially a naughty little girl. Do you know where the wicked go after death?”
“They go to hell,” was my ready and orthodox answer.
“And what is hell? Can you tell me that?”
“A pit full of fire.”
“And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?”
“What must you do to avoid it?”
I deliberated a moment: my answer, when it did come was objectionable: “I must keep in good health and not die.”
“He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.”
“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard, are sweeter”
“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)… There are just some kind of men who – who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.”
“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”
“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.”
“The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.”
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
-Dalai Lama XIV
When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.
When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad, and that’s my religion.
You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.