Quotes for
the Journey:

Religion 2

If your religion does not
change you, then you had
better change your religion.

Elbert Hubbard


I am for religion, against religions.       -Victor Hugo

Our religious institutions have far too often become handmaidens of the status quo, while the genuine religious experience is anything but that.  True religion is by nature disruptive of what has been, giving birth to the eternally new.
-Marianne Williamson
"Religion" can no more be equated with what goes on in churches than "education" can be reduced to what happens in schools or "health care" restricted to what doctors do to patients in clinics.  The vast majority of healing and learning goes on among parents and children and families and friends, far from the portals of any school or hospital.  The same is true for religion.  It is going on around us all the time.  Religion is larger and more pervasive than churches.       -Harvey Cox
The historical religions have the tendency to become ends in themselves, and, as it were, to put themselves in God's place, and, in fact, there is nothing that is so apt to obscure God's face as a religion.       -Martin Buber
Religion, wherever it exists, spreads over the whole of life.  One cannot take it up as one takes up golf--by giving it a couple of afternoons a week.  That kind of amateur religion is not religion.  Religion is either the whole of one's life, or else it is not religion, no matter how much fuss is made over it.     -Gregory Vlastos

Religion is a bridge to the spiritual--but the spiritual lies beyond religion.  Unfortunately, in seeking the spiritual we may become attached to the bridge rather than crossing over it.     -Prabhushri
Religion, in one way or another, has always been with us.  Religion will continue to always be with us.  What needs to be discarded and thrown away is the ecclesiastical rubbish which binds us to religion instead of God.     -Shantidasa
Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people; before you tell me how much you love your God, show me in how you love all His children; before you preach to me of your passion for your faith, teach me about it through your compassion for your neighbors.  In the end I'm not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as in how you choose to live and give.     -Cory Booker
Many souls fail to find God because they want a religion which will remake society without remaking themselves.     -Fulton J. Sheen
The religious need of the human mind remains alive, never more so, but it demands a teaching which can be understood.  Slowly an apprehension of the intimate, usable power of God is growing among us, and a growing recognition of the only worth-while application of that power—in the improvement of the world.       -Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Every major religion has similar ideas of love, the same goal of benefiting through spiritual practice, and the same effect of making its followers into better human beings.  All religions teach moral precepts for perfecting the functions of the mind, body, and speech.  All teach us not to lie or steal or take others' lives, and so on.  The common goal of all moral precepts laid down by the great teachers of humanity is unselfishness.  Those teachers wanted to lead their followers away from the paths of negative deeds caused by ignorance and to introduce them to paths of goodness.  All religions can learn from one another; their ultimate goal is to produce better human beings who will be more tolerant, more compassionate, and less selfish.       -The Dalai Lama

The religious searcher should be a diver through the deeps of ancient wisdom, seeking to bring up to the surface those concepts that can illuminate life today.  Not all truth will be discovered in what is to come; some must be recalled from what has been forgotten.       -David J. Wolfe
If your religion is of the kind that can be easily hidden, it can be easily lost.       -Martha Lupton
If you hold your religion lightly you are sure to let it slip.       -Martha Lupton
When people ask the Dalai Lama, "Is Buddhism a religion?" he answers, "Yes, it is."  Then they ask, "What kind of religion is it?"  He responds, "My religion is kindness."
   You might think, "Everyone's is."  Everyone's is.  That's true.  It's not complicated to describe the goal of a spiritual life.  It's easier than you think to explain it.  It's more difficult than you can imagine to do it.       -Sylvia Boorstein
If we submit everything to reason, our religion will have nothing in it mysterious or supernatural.  If we violate the principles of reason, our religion will be absurd and ridiculous.        -Blaise Pascal
The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state.       -Martin Luther King, Jr.
There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to person and beast, it is all a sham.       -Anna Sewell
Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt.        -Paul Tillich
Science and religion, religion and science, put it as I may, they are two sides of the same glass, through which we see darkly until these two, focusing together, reveal the truth.       -Pearl Buck


Religion should be our steering wheel, not our spare tire.       -Charles L. Wheeler
I have gone back--well, I was about to say that I had gone back to religion; but that would not be accurate.  I have gone forward to a new concept of religion.  I no longer have the faintest interest in the differences in creeds that divide the churches.  But I am tremendously interested in what religion does for me, just as I am interested in what electricity and good food and water do for me.  They help me to lead a richer, fuller, happier life.  But religion does far more than that.  It brings me spiritual values.  It gives me, as William James puts it, "a new zest for life. . . more life, a larger, richer, more satisfying life."  It gives me faith, hope, and courage.  It banishes tensions, anxieties, fears, and worries.  It gives purpose to my life--and direction.  It vastly improves my happiness.  It gives me abounding health.  It helps me to create for myself "an oasis of peace amidst the whirling sands of life."        -Dale Carnegie

I would not say I believe.  I know!  I have had the experience of being gripped by something that is stronger than myself, something that people call God.       -Carl Jung
You think religion is what's inside a little building filled with pretty lights from stained glass windows.  But it's not. It's wings!  Wings!       -Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Religion exists not to answer all questions, or to clear up all mysteries; if that were its purpose, it could never be accomplished, for life grows, not less, but more mysterious as the intellect enters more fully into its truth. . . Religion leaves a million questions unanswered and apparently unanswerable.  Its purpose and object is not to make people certain and cock-sure about everything, but to make them certain about those things of which they must be certain if they are to live a human life at all. Religion does not relieve us from the duty of thought; it makes possible for a person to begin thinking.        -G.A. Studdert-Kennedy

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