“ As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker. ”

- Annie Dillard

“ When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator. ”

- Mahatma Gandhi

“ It doesn't matter what color, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, etc., everyone should have the same freedoms and liberties. ”

- Lance Bass

“ Whereas religious prayers sing of peace and harmony, religion has divided human beings through an atrocious history of enmity and bloodshed. Yet, behind the veil of superficiality and hypocrisy, I always believed in the inherent beauty of God that lies at the essence of all true spiritual paths. ”

- Radhanath Swami

“ Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent. ”

- Mahatma Gandhi

“ I'm just sick of the way things are. We're in an age in which we can't live without accepting the logic of the market. Contemporary politics is all about short-term pragmatism. We have abandoned religion and philosophy... What we have left is the automatisation of doing what the market tells us. ”

- Jose Mujica

“ Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful. ”

- Margaret Mead

“ From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion: I know no other religion I cannot enter into the idea of any other sort of religion religion, as a mere sentiment, is to me a dream and a mockery. ”

- John Henry Newman

“ We have been educated into believing someone else's concept of the deity, and someone else's standard of beauty. You have the right to practice any religion and politics in a way that best suits your freedom, your dignity, and your understanding. And once you do that, you don't apologize. ”

- John Henrik Clarke

“ The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background, is that we all believe we are above-average drivers. ”

- Dave Barry

“ It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ I ask you to pray for me, for once age has overtaken us, we find consolation only in religion. ”

- Paul Cezanne

“ Religion is the best antidote to the individualism of the consumer age. The idea that society can do without it flies in the face of history and, now, evolutionary biology. ”

- Jonathan Sacks

“ Not until the human heart is stolid to poetry, the human eye blind to beauty, not until the intellect ceases its quest for truth and conscience finds its quietus either in universal defeat or in triumphant success, will organized religion cease to be. ”

- Jenkin Lloyd Jones

“ The cinema has done more for my spiritual life than the church. My ideas of fame, success and beauty all originate from the big screen. Whereas Christian religion is retreating everywhere and losing more and more influence film has filled the vacuum and supports us with myths and action-controlling images. ”

- John Updike

“ India is the meeting place of the religions and among these Hinduism alone is by itself a vast and complex thing, not so much a religion as a great diversified and yet subtly unified mass of spiritual thought, realization and aspiration. ”

- Sri Aurobindo

“ You must learn to exist with no religion, no country, no allies. You must learn to live alone in silence. ”

- William S. Burroughs

“ My mom's a Catholic, and my dad's a Jew, and they didn't want anything to do with anything. ”

- Isabelle Huppert

“ Secularism is categorically not saying that the religious may not speak out publicly or have a say in public life. It is about saying that religion alone should not confer a privileged say in public life, or greater influence on it. It really is as simple as that. ”

- Richard Dawkins

“ Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs. This is the principle behind lotteries, dating, and religion. ”

- Scott Adams