Nelson Mandela Page

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

- Nelson Mandela

Source/Notes: Long Walk to Freedom (1995)
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Page

“My religion is truth, love and service to God and humanity. Every religion that has come into the world has brought the message of love and brotherhood. Those who are indifferent to the welfare of their fellowmen, whose hearts are empty of love, they do not know the meaning of religion.”

- Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan

Source/Notes: Quoted from the Progressive February 2002
Thomas Jefferson Page

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”

- Thomas Jefferson

Source/Notes: The Real Thomas Jefferson (1983 edition), Natl Center for Constitutional
Dalai Lama Page

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”

- Dalai Lama

Source/Notes: His Holiness the Dalai Lama: the oral biography (2005 edition), Wiley
Dalai Lama Page

“We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.”

- Dalai Lama


William Booth Page

“In answer to your inquiry, I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.”

- William Booth

Edgar Allan Poe Page

“All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.”

- Edgar Allan Poe

Source/Notes: Attributed. Variant: "all religion is simply evolved out of chicanery, fear, greed, imagination and poetry". Quoted in: "Edgar Allan Poe" by John Alexander Joyce, F.T. Neely Company, 1901
Napoleon Bonaparte Page

“Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.”

- Napoleon Bonaparte

Source/Notes: Paraphrased. Original: "I do not see in religion the mystery of the incarnation so much as the mystery of the social order. It introduces into the thought of heaven an idea of equalization, which saves the rich from being massacred by the poor." - From: "Napoleon: In His Own Words" (1916)
Arthur C. Clarke Page

“The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.”

- Arthur C. Clarke

Source/Notes: Credo (1991); also in Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds! : Collected Essays, 1934-1998 (1999), p. 360
Taslima Nasrin Page

“Religion is against women's rights and women's freedom. In all societies women are oppressed by all religions.”

- Taslima Nasrin


Bertrand Russell Page

“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

Source/Notes: Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization? (1930)
Elijah Muhammad Page

“Knowledge of one's identity, one's self, community, nation, religion, and God, is the true meaning of resurrection, while ignorance of it signifies hell.”

- Elijah Muhammad

Thomas Paine Page

“My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”

- Thomas Paine

Source/Notes: The Rights of Man, Part 2 (1792)
Albert Einstein Page

“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”

- Albert Einstein

Source/Notes: As quoted in: The Private Albert Einstein (1992) by Peter A. Bucky and Allen G. Weakland, p. 86
Sukarno Page

“This country, the Republic of Indonesia, does not belong to any group, nor to any religion, nor to any ethnic group, nor to any group with customs and traditions, but the property of all of us from Sabang to Merauke!”

- Sukarno

Source/Notes: Speech in Surabaya, September 24, 1955


Leonid Feodorov Page

“If the Soviet Government orders me to act against my conscience, I do not obey. As for teaching the Catechism, the Catholic Church holds that children must be taught their religion, no matter what the law says. Conscience is above the law. No law which is against the conscience can bind.”

- Leonid Feodorov

Anna Sewell Page

“There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham.”

- Anna Sewell