Different statements resonate at different times. These shimmered today.
A person has no religion who has not slowly and painfully gathered one together, adding to it, shaping it, and one’s religion is never complete and final, it seems, but must always be undergoing modification.
— D.H. Lawrence
It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.
— Hubert H. Humphrey
The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love.
— Jonathan Swift
The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.
— Stanley Milgram
Christianity, with its doctrine of humility, of forgiveness, of love, is incompatible with the State, with its haughtiness, its violence, its punishment, its wars.
— Leo Tolstoy
Christianity has been buried inside the walls of churches and secured with the shackles of dogmatism. Let it be liberated to come into the midst of us and teach us freedom, equality and love.
— Minna Canth
The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference.
— Audre Lorde
A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Fundamentalism isn’t about religion. It’s about power.
— Salman Rushdie
I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good … if a Christian voted for Clinton, he sinned against God. It’s that simple. Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a biblical duty, we are called by God to conquer this country.
— Randall Terry, former leader of Operation Rescue
Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other sects?
— James Madison
Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.
— Ulysses S. Grant
When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.
— Anais Nin
The Press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of the government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people.
— Justice Hugo L. Black
The people of this country, not special interest big money, should be the source of all political power.
— Paul Wellstone
In politics, strangely enough, the best way to play your cards is to lay them face upwards on the table.
— H. G. Wells
There is no reason to accept the doctrines crafted to sustain power and privilege, or to believe that we are constrained by mysterious and unknown social laws. These are simply decisions made within institutions that are subject to human will and that must face the test of legitimacy. And if they do not meet the test, they can be replaced by other institutions that are more free and more just, as has happened often in the past.
— Noam Chomsky
Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice.
— Alexander Solzhenitsyn