Supreme serenity still remains the Ideal of great Art. The shapes and transitory forms of life are but stages toward this Ideal, which Christ's religion illuminates with His divine light.
All religion is nothing but that: an effort to become more conscious, an effort to become more aware,an effort to bring more alertness, more attentiveness to your life.
But let's just say, I'm Irish. I grew up in the 1950s. Religion had a very tight iron fist.
The sad part about our past is that religions, ironically enough, are responsible for creating the most destructive idea that has ever been visited upon the human race: the idea that there is such a thing as 'better.'
I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind - that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking.
I'm religiously opposed to religion.
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
I ask you to pray for me, for once age has overtaken us, we find consolation only in religion.
In earlier religions the spirit of the time was expressed through the individual and confirmed by miracles. In modern religions the spirit is expressed through the many and confirmed by reason.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religion - I have shuddered at it. I shudder no more - I could be martyred for my religion - Love is my religion - I could die for that.
When asked if I consider myself Buddhist, the answer is, Not really. But it's more my religion than any other because I was brought up with it in an intellectual and spiritual environment. I don't practice or preach it, however.
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
A man has no religion who has not slowly and painfully gathered one together, adding to it, shaping it; and one's religion is never complete and final, it seems, but must always be undergoing modification.
There is a vulgar incredulity, which in historical matters, as well as in those of religion, finds it easier to doubt than to examine.
If I were asked for a one-sentence sound bite on religion, I would say I was against it.
Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed.
The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.
Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.
Love is my religion - I could die for it.
To have dominion by religion, is to have dominion over men's souls, thus over their very spiritual life, and to use the Divine things, which are in their religion, as the means.
To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
Religion was nearly dead because there was no longer real belief in future life; but something was struggling to take its place - service - social service - the ants creed, the bees creed.
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.
Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.