Quotes about religion, truth seeking

Beware any ‘Spiritual Path’ that claims to be the one true path to Enlightenment. (Ashlynn)

My heart is open to all the winds… Wherever God’s caravans turn, The religion of love shall be my religion and my faith. (Aribi, 13th century Sufi traveler and mystic)

God has made different religions to suit different aspirations, times and countries…one can reach God if one follows any of the paths with wholehearted devotion. (Ramakrishna)

Trouble no one about their religion, respect all in their views, and demand that they respect yours.(Chief Tecumseh)

There are many paths up the Mountain, but the view of the moon from the top is the same. (Ancient Japanese saying)

There will be peace on earth when there is peace among the world religions. (Hans Kang)

I believe that love, kindness, compassion, tolerance, and peace can be implanted in the psyche of man only when fear, paranormal illusion and ignorance are removed. We can then shift our attention more to matters of peace, rather than to matters of war. (Peter Retzinger)

When the unreal is taken for the real, the real becomes unreal. (Tsao Hsueh-chin)

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. (Galileo Galilei)

Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels. (Goya)

I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved — the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced! (John Adams, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson)

The worst thing you can do to a dogma is give it an empire. (Anon)

People consider themselves to be orthodox, and everyone else to be a heretic. (Anon)

And it came to pass that in the hands of the ignorant, the words of the holy books were used to beat plowshares into swords. (Anon)

The more I study religions, the more I am convinced that man never worshiped anything but himself. (Sir Richard F. Burton)

I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it. (Benjamin Franklin)

A glance at history, or at the pages of any newspaper, reveals that ideas which divide one group of human beings from another, only to unite them in slaughter, generally have their roots in religion. (Sam Harris)

I never told my own religion, nor scrutinized that of another. I never attempted to make a convert, nor wished to change another’s creed. I have judged others’ religions by their lives, for it is from our lives and not our words that our religions must be read. …it is in our lives, and not from our words, that our religion must be read. But this does not satisfy the priesthood. They must have a positive, a declared assent to all their interested absurdities. My opinion is that there would never have been an infidel, if there had never been a priest. (Thomas Jefferson)

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. (His Holiness the Dalai Lama)

NOTE: Most of these quotes about religion and truth seeking were found online at sites like ReligiousTolerance.org, and excellent & relatively objective resource.