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Religion Fanaticism Quotes By David Cecil

It is often said that mankind needs a faith if the world is to be improved. In fact, unless the faith is vigilantly and regularly checked by a sense of man's fallibility, it is likely to make the world worse. From Torquemada to Robespierre and Hitler the men who have made mankind suffer the most have been inspired to do so have been inspired to do so by a strong faith; so strong that it led them to think their crimes were acts of virtue necessary to help them achieve their aim, which was to build some sort of an ideal kingdom on earth. — David Cecil

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Swami Vivekananda

Christianity was preached just on the basis of the fascination of this fanaticism, and that is what made it so attractive to the Greek and the Roman slaves. They believed that under the millennial religion there would be no more slavery, that there would be plenty to eat and drink; and, therefore, they flocked round the Christian standard. Those who preached the idea first were of course ignorant fanatics, but very sincere. In modern times this millennial aspiration takes the form of equality--of liberty, equality, and fraternity. This is also fanaticism. True — Swami Vivekananda

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Austin Farrer

'Knowledge, without common sense,' says Lee, is 'folly; without method, it is waste; without kindness, it is fanaticism; without religion, it is death.' But with common sense, it is wisdom with method, it is power; with charity, it is beneficence; with religion, it is virtue, and life, and peace. — Austin Farrer

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Nirmala Srivastava

Pure faith in the benevolece of the Divine can also degenerate into destructive forms of religion like othodoxy, fundamentalism, sectarianism, fanaticism, black magic and witchcraft. — Nirmala Srivastava

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By R.A. Torrey

Before one can correctly understand the work of the Holy Spirit, he must first of all know the Spirit himself. A frequent source of error and fanaticism about the work of the Holy Spirit is the attempt to study and understand His work without, first of all, coming to know Him as a person. — R.A. Torrey

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Edwin Percy Whipple

Everybody knows that fanaticism is religion caricatured; bears, indeed, about the same relation to it that a monkey bears to a man; yet, with many, contempt of fanaticism is received as a sure sign of hostility to religion. — Edwin Percy Whipple

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Bangambiki Habyarimana

A fanatic is a deeply religious man with no love in his heart — Bangambiki Habyarimana

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Richard Rohr

If change and growth are not programmed into your spirituality, if there are not serious warnings about the blinding nature of fear and fanaticism, your religion will always end up worshiping the status quo and protecting your present ego position and personal advantage as if it were God. — Richard Rohr

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Salman Rushdie

If I were asked for a one-sentence sound
bite on religion, I would say I was against it. — Salman Rushdie

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Mercedes Lackey

Make someone a devout, fanatical anything, and his brain turns to mulch. — Mercedes Lackey

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Tony Blair

Fanaticism is not a state of religion but a state of mind. — Tony Blair

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Winston S. Churchill

That religion, which above all others was founded and propagated by the sword - the tenets and principles of which are instinct with incentives to slaughter and which in three continents has produced fighting breeds of men - stimulates a wild and merciless fanaticism. The love of plunder, always a characteristic of hill tribes, is fostered by the spectacle of opulence and luxury which, to their eyes, the cities and plains of the south display. A code of honour not less punctilious than that of old Spain is supported by vendettas as implacable as those of Corsica. — Winston S. Churchill

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Ernest Renan

Muslims are the first victims of Islam. Many times I have observed in my travels in the Orient that fanaticism comes from a small number of dangerous men who maintain the others in the practice of religion by terror. To liberate the Muslim from his religion is the best service one can render him. — Ernest Renan

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Lesslie Newbigin

Since total skepticism about ultimate beliefs is strictly impossible, in that no belief can be doubted except on the basis of some other belief, indifference is always in danger of giving place to some sort of fanaticism that can be as intolerant as any religion has ever been. — Lesslie Newbigin

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Sri Aurobindo

The aggressive and quite illogical idea of a single religion for all mankind, a religion universal by the very force of its narrowness, one set of dogmas, one cult, one system of ceremonies, one ecclesiastical ordinance, one array of prohibitions and injunctions which all minds must accept on peril of persecution by men and spiritual rejection or eternal punishment by God, that grotesque creation of human unreason which has been the parent of so much intolerance, cruelty and obscurantism and aggressive fanaticism, has never been able to take firm hold of the Indian mentality. — Sri Aurobindo

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Zakir Naik

People who change their religion should face the death penalty. — Zakir Naik

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Victor Hugo

To crush fanaticism and to venerate the infinite, such is the law. Let us not confine ourselves to prostrating ourselves before the tree of creation, and to the contemplation of its branches full of stars. We have a duty to labor over the human soul, to defend the mystery against the miracle, to adore the incomprehensible and reject the absurd, to admit, as an inexplicable fact, only what is necessary, to purify belief, to remove superstitions from above religion; to clear God of caterpillars. — Victor Hugo

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Paul Henri Thiry D'Holbach

It is thus religion infatuates man from his infancy, fills him with vanity and fanaticism: if he has a heated imagination it drives him on to fury; if he has activity, it makes him a madman, who is frequently as cruel to himself, as he is dangerous and incommodious to others: if, on the contrary, he be phlegmatic or of a slothful habit, he becomes melancholy and is useless to society. — Paul Henri Thiry D'Holbach

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Voltaire

Theological religion is the source of all imaginable follies and disturbances. It is the parent of fanaticism and civil discord; it is the enemy of mankind. — Voltaire

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Victor Hugo

To crush out fanaticism and revere the infinite, such is the law. Let us not confine ourselves to falling prostrate beneath the tree of creation and contemplating its vast ramifications full of stars. We have a duty to perform, to cultivate the human soul, to defend mystery against miracle, to adore the incomprehensible and to reject the absurd; to admit nothing that is inexplicable excepting what is necessary, to purify faith and obliterate superstition from the face of religion, to remove the vermin from the garden of God. — Victor Hugo

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Ezra Pound

Two mystic states can be dissociated: the ecstatic-beneficent-and-benevolent, contemplation of the divine love, the divine splendour with goodwill toward others.
And the bestial, namely the fanatical, the man on fire with God and anxious to stick his snotty nose into other men's business or reprove his neighbour for having a set of tropisms different from that of the fanatic's, or for having the courage to live more greatly and openly.
The second set of mystic states is manifest in scarcity economists, in repressors etc.
The first state is a dynamism. It has, time and again, driven men to great living, it has given them courage to go on for decades in the face of public stupidity. It is paradisical and a reward in itself seeking naught further ... perhaps because a feeling of certitude inheres in the state of feeling itself. The glory of life exists without further proof for this mystic. — Ezra Pound

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Sam Brower

I believe that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior when it comes to religious fanaticism. — Sam Brower

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Michael Crichton

You would think that people who had experienced injustice would be loath to inflict it on others, and yet they do so with alacrity. The victims become victimizers with a chilling righteousness. This is the nature of fanaticism, to attract and provoke extremes of behavior. And this is why fanatics are all the same, whatever specific form their fanaticism takes. — Michael Crichton

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Lord Acton

Fanaticism in religion is the alliance of the passions she condemns with the dogmas she professes. — Lord Acton

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Richard Dawkins

Out of all of the sects in the world, we notice an uncanny coincidence: the overwhelming majority just happen to choose the one that their parents belong to. Not the sect that has the best evidence in its favour, the best miracles, the best moral code, the best cathedral, the best stained glass, the best music: when it comes to choosing from the smorgasbord of available religions, their potential virtues seem to count for nothing, compared to the matter of heredity. This is an unmistakable fact; nobody could seriously deny it. Yet people with full knowledge of the arbitrary nature of this heredity, somehow manage to go on believing in their religion, often with such fanaticism that they are prepared to murder people who follow a different one. — Richard Dawkins

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Calvin Coolidge

Under our institutions the only way to perfect the Government is to perfect the individual citizen. It is necessary to reach the mind and soul of the individual. I know of no way that this can be done save through the influence of religion and education. By religion I do not mean fanaticism or bigotry; by education I do not mean the cant of the schools, but a broad and tolerant faith, loving thy neighbor as thyself, and a training and experience that enables the human mind to see into the heart of things. — Calvin Coolidge

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Jon Krakauer

Although the far territory of the extreme can exert an intoxicating pull on susceptible individuals of all bents, extremism seems to be especially prevalent among those inclined by temperament or upbringing toward religious pursuits. Faith is the very antithesis of reason, injudiciousness a crucial component of spiritual devotion. And when religious fanaticism supplants ratiocination, all bets are suddenly off. — Jon Krakauer

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

It is precisely that requirement of shared worship that has been the principal source of suffering for individual man and the human race since the beginning of history. In their efforts to impose universal worship, men have unsheathed their swords and killed one another. They have invented gods and challenged each other: Discard your gods and worship mine or I will destroy both your gods and you! — Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Michael Bassey Johnson

Fanatics are like debris following the course of the wind, they are swept around like sand, and convinced to believe in what they do not understand. — Michael Bassey Johnson

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Voltaire

What can you say to a man who tells you he prefers obeying God rather than men, and that as a result he's certain he'll go to heaven if he cuts your throat? — Voltaire

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Margaret Atwood

There were a lot of gods. Gods always come in handy, they justify almost anything. — Margaret Atwood

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Thomas Jefferson

If the freedom of religion, guaranteed to us by law in theory, can ever rise in practice under the overbearing inquisition of public opinion, [then and only then will truth]prevail over fanaticism. — Thomas Jefferson

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Religion without philosophy is sentiment, or sometimes fanaticism, while philosophy without religion is mental speculation. — A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Frances Wright

It is not that religion is merely useless, it is mischievous. It is mischievous by its idle terrors; it is mischievous by its false morality; it is mischievous by its hypocrisy; by its fanaticism; by its dogmatism; by its threats; by its hopes; by its promises. — Frances Wright

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Salman Rushdie

From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable. — Salman Rushdie

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Stephen R. Harrison

Faith has no use for the sword, because those who ride with the sword to defend their faith ride with the devil by their side. — Stephen R. Harrison

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Thaddeus Stevens

There can be no fanatics in the cause of genuine liberty. Fanaticism is excessive zeal. There may be, and have been fanatics in false religion - in the bloody religions of the heathen. — Thaddeus Stevens

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Voltaire

Fanaticism is a monster that pretends to be the child of religion — Voltaire

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Jerome Lawrence

Can't you understand? That if you take a law like evolution and you make it a crime to teach it in the public schools, tomorrow you can make it a crime to teach it in the private schools? And tomorrow you may make it a crime to read about it. And soon you may ban books and newspapers. And then you may turn Catholic against Protestant, and Protestant against Protestant, and try to foist your own religion upon the mind of man. If you can do one, you can do the other. Because fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy, and needs feeding. And soon, your Honor, with banners flying and with drums beating we'll be marching backward, BACKWARD, through the glorious ages of that Sixteenth Century when bigots burned the man who dared bring enlightenment and intelligence to the human mind
-Henry Drummond, a character in Inherit The Wind — Jerome Lawrence

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Denis Diderot

Philosophy is as far separated from impiety as religion is from fanaticism. — Denis Diderot

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By John Calvin

The Fanaticism which discards the Scripture, under the pretense of resorting to immediate revelations is subversive of every principle of Christianity. For when they boast extravagantly of the Spirit, the tendency is always to bury the Word of God so they may make room for their own falsehoods. — John Calvin

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Bart D. Ehrman

There are few things more dangerous than inbred religious certainty. — Bart D. Ehrman

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Carl Sagan

A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. — Carl Sagan

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Wole Soyinka

The fault, of course, is not in religion, but in the fanatic of every religion. Fanaticism remains the greatest carrier of the spores of fear, and the rhetoric of religion, with the hysteria it so readily generates, is fast becoming the readiest killing device of contemporary times. — Wole Soyinka

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Sri Aurobindo

All fanaticism is false, because it is a contradiction of the very nature of God and of Truth. Truth cannot be shut up in a single book, Bible or Veda or Koran, or in a single religion. The Divine Being is eternal and universal and infinite and cannot be the sole property of the Mussulmans or of the Semitic religions only, - those that happened to be in a line from the Bible and to have Jewish or Arabian prophets for their founders. — Sri Aurobindo

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Anthony De Mello

Everybody was talking about the religious man who committed suicide.
While no one in the monastery approved of the man's action, some say they admired his faith.
Faith?" said the Master.
He had the courage of his convictions, didn't he?"
That was fanaticism, not faith. Faith demands a greater courage still: to reexamine one's convictions and reject them if they do not fit the facts. — Anthony De Mello

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Elie Wiesel

Fanaticism is the greatest threat today. Literally, the 21st century threatened by fanatics, and we have fanatics in every religion, unfortunately, and what can we do against them? Words nothing else, I'm against violence but only words. — Elie Wiesel

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Marie Sexton

What's your pick?"
"Jesus Camp"
"Never heard of it, Is it a slasher flick?"
'It's a documentary." We all laughed but he didn't seem to be joking. "I'm telling you, if that movie doesn't scare you, nothing will."
Jared looked at hi in astonishment. "A documentary about religion?"
"It's not about religion. It's about fanaticism. Not the same thing."
Angelo was looking thoughtful, and I knew we'd have a copy by the end of the month. — Marie Sexton

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Chandrakant Kaluram Mhatre

Religion only helps; until and unless it degenerates into either ritualism or fanaticism, or worse the both! — Chandrakant Kaluram Mhatre

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Tina Beattie

Religious fanaticism is not the only clear and present danger in our world. The greatest dangers confronting human kind are still those ancient enemies of war, poverty, ignorance and disease. These create the breeding grounds in which religious extremism flourishes, because people who have been betrayed by the world's political and economic systems often seek refuge in the alternatives offered by religion.

It is often said that the most dangerous person in the world is the person with nothing to lose. The more people in our world who have nothing to lose, the greater the danger of extremism is likely to become. If we are committed to struggling against religious fanaticism, and if we really do stand in awe of human potential, then we need to cultivate a much more intelligent debate about the role religion plays in nurturing that human potential through its shaping of ideas and through the hope and meaning it gives to many millions of lives. — Tina Beattie

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Guy De Maupassant

Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched.
[My Uncle Sosthenes] — Guy De Maupassant

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Abhijit Naskar

Forget organized religions. Forget scriptures. Forget Gods, Fathers, Sons and Spirits. Forget all dogmas taught by the representatives of theoretical religion, and then only you shall be able to visualize the true core of religion. — Abhijit Naskar

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Farah Diba

Fanaticism exists in every religion, whether Christian, Jewish, or Muslim. — Farah Diba

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Robert Graves

Religious fanaticism is the most dangerous form of insanity. — Robert Graves

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Anna Jameson

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

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Sam Harris

People have been murdered over cartoons. End of moral analysis. — Sam Harris

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Thomas Paine

One would think that a system loaded with such gross and vulgar absurdities as Scripture religion is could never have obtained credit; yet we have seen what priestcraft and fanaticism can do, and credulity believe. — Thomas Paine

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Jose Rizal

Pure intuitive faith differs as much from fanaticism as fire from smoke, or music from mere noise; those who confuse the two are like the deaf. — Jose Rizal

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Mercedes Lackey

Fanatics can justify practically any atrocity to themselves. The more untenable their position becomes, the harder they hold to it, and the worse the things they are willing to do to support it. — Mercedes Lackey

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Umberto Eco

Fear prophets, Adso, and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them. — Umberto Eco

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Gregory David Roberts

Fanaticism is the opposite of love,' I said, recalling one of Khaderbhai's lectures. A wise man once told me - he's a Muslim, by the way - that he has more in common with a rational, reasonable-minded Jew than he does with a fanatic from his own religion. He has more in common with a rational, reasonable-minded Christian or Buddhist or Hindu than he does with a fanatic from his own religion. In fact, he has more in common with a rational, reasonable-minded atheist than he does with a fanatic from his own religion. I agree with him, and I feel the same way. I also agree with Winston Churchill, who once defined a fanatic as someone who won't change his mind and can't change the subject. — Gregory David Roberts

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By James Parton

E.P. Whipple calls fanaticism "religion caricatured," which is a full definition in a word. — James Parton

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Daniel Dennett

I don't think the 9/11 attacks taught us anything we didn't already know about religion. It has long been obvious - even to the deeply religious - that religious fanaticism is an extremely dangerous deranger of otherwise sane and goodhearted people. — Daniel Dennett

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Umberto Eco

People are never so completely and enthusiastically evil as when they act out of religious conviction. — Umberto Eco

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Will Rogers

Fanatical religion driven to a certain point is almost as bad as none at all, but not quite. — Will Rogers

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Thomas Jefferson

I had no idea, however, that in Pennsylvania, the cradle of toleration and freedom of religion, it [fanaticism] could have arisen to the height you describe. This must be owing to the growth of Presbyterianism. The blasphemy of the five points of Calvin, and the impossibility of defending them, render their advocates impatient of reasoning, irritable, and prone to denunciation. — Thomas Jefferson

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Umberto Eco

In that face, deformed by hatred of philosophy, I saw for the first time the portrait of the Antichrist, who does not come from the tribe of Judas, as his heralds have it, or from a far country. The Antichrist can be born from piety itself, from excessive love of God or of the truth, as the heretic is born from the saint and the possessed from the seer. Fear prophets, Adso, and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them. Jorge did a diabolical thing because he loved his truth so lewdly that he dared anything in order to destroy falsehood. — Umberto Eco

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By Robert L. Park

Society, in fact, often holds it to be a virtue to adhere to certain beliefs in spite of evidence to the contrary. Belief in that which reason denies is associated with steadfastness and courage, while skepticism is often identified with cynicism and weak character. The more persuasive the evidence against a belief, the more virtuous it is deemed to persist in it. We honor faith. Faith can be a positive force, enabling people to persevere in the face of daunting odds, but the line between perseverance and fanaticism is perilously thin. Carried to extremes, faith becomes destructive - the residents of Jonestown for example, or the Heaven's Gate cult. In both cases, the faith of the believers was tested; in both cases, they passed the test. — Robert L. Park

Religion Fanaticism Quotes By George Berkeley

There being in the make of an English mind a certain gloom and eagerness, which carries to the sad extreme; religion to fanaticism; free-thinking to atheism; liberty to rebellion. — George Berkeley