Religion is a temper, not a pursuit.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters.
I cannot imagine myself without religion. I could as easily fancy a living body without a heart.
Religion, oh, just another of those numerous failures resulting from an attempt to popularize art.
The spirit's foe in man has not been simplicity, but sophistication.
But the thing that I saw in your face/ No power can disinherit:/ No bomb that ever burst/ Shatters the crystal spirit.
But those rare souls whose spirit gets magically into the hearts of men, leave behind them something more real and warmly personal than bodily presence, an ineffable and eternal thing. It is everlasting life touching us as something more than a vague, recondrite concept. The sound of a great name dies like an echo; the splendor of fame fades into nothing; but the grace of a fine spirit pervades the places through which it has passed like the haunting loveliness of mignonette.
Once spirit was God, then it became man, and now it is even becoming mob.
Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous.
With prophecies the commentator is often a more important man than the prophet.
- Harriet Martineau, Society in America (1837)
- Albert Einstein, Out of My Later Years (1950)
- Isaac Bashevis Singer, New York Times (Dec. 1978)
- Helen Keller, My Religion (1927)
- Ezra Pound (undated letter to his finance, Mary Moore)
- George Santayana, The Life of Reason (1905-6)
- George Orwell, England Your England (1953)
- James Thurber, Collecting Himself (1923)
- Friedrich Nietzche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1883)
- George Elliot, Middlemarch (1972)
- C.G. Lichtenberg, Aphorisms (1765-99)