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Religions are the cradles of despotism.
Marquis de Sade
I am thankful I can see much to admire in all religions.
Alfred Russel Wallace
India is a curious place that still preserves the past, religions, and its history. No matter how modern India becomes, it is still very much an old country.
It is not classified as a pagan religion. The so-called New Age activities and this are not called religions and therefore don't come under the prohibition of mingling church and state that we have in this country.
Dixie Lee Ray
I always say that people should not rush to change religions. There is real value in finding the spiritual resources you need in your home religion.
Buddhism has had a major effect on who I am and how I think about the world. What I have learned is that I like all religions, but only parts of them.
A just laicism allows religious freedom. The state does not impose religion but rather gives space to religions with a responsibility toward civil society, and therefore it allows these religions to be factors in building up society.
Pope Benedict XVI
Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic.
All religions must be tolerated... for every man must get to heaven in his own way.
Bosnia is a complicated country: three religions, three nations and those 'others'. Nationalism is strong in all three nations; in two of them there are a lot of racism, chauvinism, separatism; and now we are supposed to make a state out of that.
The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law.
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
God did not burden the United States with a diversity of backgrounds, ideas and religions, He blessed America with them.
All of the religions are looking after the poor. At least leave me alone to look after the rich. I am the rich man's guru.
I think we are evolving rapidly into one world culture. It's certainly one world economy. With billions of people online, I think we'll appreciate the wisdom in many different traditions as we learn more about them. People were very isolated and didn't know anything about other religions 100 years ago.
There should be resolutions adopted in top international institutions, which are binding on all states and governments in the world, to forbid the defamation of religions.
I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.
Religions do a useful thing: they narrow God to the limits of man. Philosophy replies by doing a necessary thing: it elevates man to the plane of God.
Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution, and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction.
My religion encompasses all religions. I believe in God, I believe in the universe. I believe you are god, I believe I am god; I believe the earth is god and the universe is god. We're all god.
Aggression and forced redistribution of wealth has nothing to do with the teachings of the world's great religions.
All religions must be made child-proof. Our teachers' unions have done good work in this field, K through 12. Delaying first communions and bar mitzvahs until age 21 would be another positive step.
P. J. O'Rourke
All religions develop, become exclusive, become divisive and quarrelsome.
Religions get lost as people do.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
C. S. Lewis
Leonardo da Vinci
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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