I'm not a big fan of religion for that reason. But I am a true believer in God, and I have great faith, and I think that a spiritual connection with something is a really important part of our experience. That doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the church.
Perhaps these Ten Commandments cases will be the turning point in the legal war against religion.
Religion brings to man an inner strength, spiritual light, and ineffable peace.
Religion is as effectually destroyed by bigotry as by indifference.
There can be no truce between science and religion.
The religions are obsolete when the reforms do not proceed from them.
Today is another sad reminder that terror knows no borders and respects no religion, ... These acts are made more heinous in that they deliberately targeted innocent civilians preparing for holiday celebrations.
Men can be attracted but not forced to the faith. You may drive people to baptism, (but) you won't move them one step further in religion.
I conceive of a world without poverty, without classes, without nations, without religions, without any kind of discrimination. I conceive of a world which is one, a humanity which is one, a humanity which shares everything -- outer and inner -- a deep spiritual brotherhood.
I confess that there is nothing to teach no religion, no science, no body of information which will lead your mind back to the Tao. Today I speak in this fashion, tomorrow in another, but always the Integral Way is beyond words and beyond mind.
I should like to repeat what I stated recently in the Jeddah Economic Forum in Saudi Arabia: It won't be the religion, but rather the world-view of some of its followers that shall be made current.
If I were going to convert to any religion I would probably choose Catholicism because it at least has female saints and the Virgin Mary.
Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.
That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every 'superstar,' every 'supreme leader,' every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
In the middle ages people were tourists because of their religion, whereas now they are tourists because tourism is their religion.
The hand is not so well adorned by ornaments as by charitable offerings one does not become clean by smearing sandalwood paste upon the body as by taking a bath one does not become so much satisfied by dinner as by having respect shown to him and salvation is not attained by self-adornment as by cultivation of spiritual knowledge.
There is a spiritual strength derived from the subjecting of the physical appetite to the will of the individual. 'He who reigns within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than king.' If there were no other virtues in fasting but gaining strength of character, that alone would be sufficient justification for its universal acceptance.
You think that religion is a thing that is there to help you and to see you through life, and then you wake up one morning and find the entire Irish situation, the civil war that's based on religion.
Happiness is a mystery like religion, and it should never be rationalized.
Religion fails if it cannot speak to men as they are.
I am and have always been a strong proponent of public education. But by the virtue of its very nature - publicly funded schools cannot offer the type of spiritual education that Catholic schools have long provided.
Men have to descend from their pedestal and learn how to be more broadminded and spiritual.
I call this my church house trilogy. Souls' Chapel really was music from the Mississippi Delta, which to me is a church within itself. The Delta is the church of American Roots music. The Badlands is a cathedral without a top on it. And the Ryman has been called the Mother Church of Country Music, but to me it's the Mother Church of American Music. If you can think it up, it's been done there. In my mind, this is kind of a spiritual odyssey as much as anything else, and I had the settings of three churches to make it in.
Language is clumsy, understanding is subjective, religion is obstructive. We must rise above these obstacles to achieve complete being.
Business is religion, and religion is business. The man who does not make a business of his religion has a religious life of no force, and the man who does not make a religion of his business has a business life of no character.
If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
History does not record anywhere at any time a religion that has any rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help. But, like dandruff, most people do have a religion and spend time and money on it and seem to derive considerable pleasure from fiddling with it.
Too austere a philosophy makes few wise men too rigorous politics, few good subjects too hard a religion, few persons whose devotion is of long continuance.
It's an opportunity to reach more people with the message -- especially a generation that isn't into organized religion, God, the Jesus thing.
I find it hard to believe that the machine would go into the creative artist's hand even were that magic hand in true place. It has been too far exploited by industrialism and science at expense to art and true religion.