There is a justifiable reaction against a type of religion which imposed rigid restrictions on any kind of rational enjoyment, while it left men free to exploit one another and to make life hideous in the race for wealth.
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
By God, when you see your beauty you will be the idol of yourself.
My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta, where folk music meets the blues.
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.
Not only does God play dice, but... he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen.
The body of man is a limitation. Only the spirit opens onto the infinite.
There is only one Christ, Jesus, one faith. All else is a dispute over trifles.
On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.
Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain.
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.
As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree' - probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
Here is God's purpose - for God, to me, it seems, is a verb not a noun, proper or improper.
Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do
- then do it with all your strength.
To you I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition.
How can the heart travel to God, when it is chained by its desires?
Let one who has become wealthy reign, and let one who has power renounce
Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand