“God is a concept by which we measure our pain” – John Lennon

Through the ages mankind has defined and redefined its concept of God. Mine has its roots in western Christianity, and through this site I'd like to examine it and other world religions - past and present. By studying the history and roots of religious beliefs I hope to gain a better understanding of their place in my world today – and what life and the concept of God means to me.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Quotes About God

As a post script to yesterday’s article, I thought it would be interesting to read what others have said about God and religion.

When I do good, I feel good, when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), attributed

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; Unbelief, in denying them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Live among men as if God beheld you; speak to God as if men were listening.
Seneca (5 BC-65 AD)

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)

Every day, people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
Lenny Bruce (1925-1966)

Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

The best way to know God is to love many things.
Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)

I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious theories of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God.
Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.
Stephen R. Covey (1932- )

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.
The Dalai Lama (1935- )

If I were personally to define religion I would say that it is a bandage that man has invented to protect a soul made bloody by circumstance.
Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945) attributed

Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis.
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)

The intention of the Holy Ghost is to teach us how one goes to heaven, not how heaven goes.
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God.
Mary Daly (1928- )

Religion, whatever it is, is a man’s total reaction upon life.
William James (1842-1910)

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

Unless you believe, you will not understand.
Saint Augustine (354 AD-430 AD)

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959)

Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart.
Mother Theresa (1910-1997)

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1

The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the Supreme Being in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.
James Feibleman (1904- )

I could prove God statistically.
George Gallop (1901-1984)

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.
Voltaire (1694-1778)

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