Ahmad Shah Massoud Page

“Afghans want to regain their right to self-determination through a democratic or traditional mechanism acceptable to our people.… We are willing to move toward this noble goal. We consider this as part of our duty to defend humanity against the scourge of intolerance, violence and fanaticism.”

- Ahmad Shah Massoud

Source/Notes: Message to the people of the United States of America (1998)
Jack Kevorkian Page

“Am I a criminal? The world knows I'm not a criminal. What are they trying to put me in jail for? You've lost common sense in this society because of religious fanaticism and dogma.”

- Jack Kevorkian

Source/Notes: Quoted in Jail: An Inmates Survival Guide - Page 24 - by Panama Publishing, Inc. - 2007
Denis Diderot Page

“From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.”

- Denis Diderot

Source/Notes: Essai sur le Mérite et la Vertu (1745)
Robertson Davies Page

“Fanaticism is overcompensation for doubt.”

- Robertson Davies

Abdullah of Saudi Arabia Page

“Fanaticism and extremism cannot grow on an earth whose soil is embedded in the spirit of tolerance, moderation, and balance. Good governance can eliminate injustice, destitution and poverty.”

- Abdullah of Saudi Arabia


Lord Byron Page

“The French courage proceeds from vanity — the German from phlegm — the Turkish from fanaticism and opium — the Spanish from pride — the English from coolness — the Dutch from obstinacy — the Russian from insensibility — but he Italian from anger — so you will see that they will spare nothing.”

- Lord Byron

Elie Wiesel Page

“If someone had told us in 1945 that in our lifetime religious wars would rage on virtually every continent, that thousands of children would once again be dying of starvation, we would not have believed it. Or that racism and fanaticism would flourish once again, we would not have believed it.”

- Elie Wiesel

Source/Notes: Hope, Despair, and Memory (1986)
Reinhold Niebuhr Page

“The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan values and ends is... the source of all religious fanaticism.”

- Reinhold Niebuhr

Georges Bizet Page

“As a musician I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery, fanaticism, crime, evil, the supernatural, there would no longer be the means for writing one note.”

- Georges Bizet

Lionel Blue Page

“It is not possible to unknow what you do know - the result of that is fanaticism.”

- Lionel Blue


Hans Frank Page

“In my own sphere I did everything that could possibly be expected of a man who believes in the greatness of his people and who is filled with fanaticism for the greatness of his country, in order to bring about the victory of Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist movement.”

- Hans Frank

Edward Gibbon Page

“Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity.”

- Edward Gibbon

Jurgen Habermas Page

“Today's Islamic fundamentalism is also a cover for political motifs. We should not overlook the political motifs we encounter in forms of religious fanaticism.”

- Jurgen Habermas

Anna Jameson Page

“In morals what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil.”

- Anna Jameson

Tahar Ben Jelloun Page

“The mistake we make is to attribute to religions the errors and fanaticism of human beings.”

- Tahar Ben Jelloun


Arthur Miller Page

“The closer a man approaches tragedy the more intense is his concentration of emotion upon the fixed point of his commitment, which is to say the closer he approaches what in life we call fanaticism.”

- Arthur Miller

Source/Notes: Collected Plays (1958) Introduction, Section 1
Reinhold Niebuhr Page

“The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism.”

- Reinhold Niebuhr