A Quote by G. K. Chesterton on philosophy, habit, weak, cosmos, religion, private, sun, and moon

"The modern habit of saying, 'Every man has a different philosophy; this is my philosophy and it suits me'--the habit of saying this is mere weak mindedness.  A cosmic philosophy is not constructed to fit a man; a cosmic philosophy is constructed to fit a cosmos.  A man can no more possess a private religion than he can possess a private sun and moon."

G. K. Chesterton

Source: foreward to an edition of the Book of Job (1907)

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A Quote by Henri Frederic Amiel on test, religion, politics, systems, conscience, injury, and character

The test of every religious, political, or educational system, is the man which it forms.  If a system injures the intelligence it is bad.  If it injures the character it is vicious.  If it injures the conscience it is criminal.

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821 - 1881)

Source: Heart Failure: Diary Of A Third Year Medical Student

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A Quote by e. e. cummings on spring, spontaneity, philosophy, science, religion, beauty, life, death, and lovers

O sweet spontaneous
earth how often have

     fingers of
prurient philosophers pinched

,has the naughty thumb
of science prodded

     beauty     .how
often have religions taken
thee upon their scraggy knees
squeezing and

buffeting thee that thou mightest conceive

to the incomparable
couch of death thy

     thou answerest

them only with


e.e. cummings (1894 - 1962)

Source: E.E. Cummings: Complete Poems 1904-1962, Pages: 58

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on kindness, mind, and religion

This is my simple religion.  There is no need for temples, no need for complication.  One's own mind, one's own heart is the temple, and loving-kindness is the philosophy.

Dalai Lama

Source: The Tao of Dad: The Wisdom of Fathers Near & Far

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on religion, desire, civilization, ethics, progress, reason, and superego

Our knowledge of the historical worth of certain religious doctrines increases our respect for them, but does not invalidate our proposal that they should cease to be put forward as the reasons for the precepts of civilization. On the contrary! Those historical residues have helped us to view religious teachings, as it were, as neurotic relics, and we may now argue that the time has probably come, as it does in an analytic treatment, for replacing the effects of repression by the results of the rational operation of the intellect.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: The Future of an Illusion.

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on religion, civilization, and meaning

If one wishes to form a true estimate of the full grandeur of religion, one must keep in mind what it undertakes to do for men. It gives them information about the source and origin of the universe, it assures them of protection and final happiness amid the changing vicissitudes of life, and it guides their thoughts and motions by means of precepts which are backed by the whole force of its authority.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: A Philosophy Of Life (lecture)

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on simple, religion, temples, complicated, philosophy, brain, heart, temple, kindness, and simplicity

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.

Dalai Lama

Source: Tibetan Buddhism and Modern Physics: Toward a Union of Love and Knowledge‎ - Page 60

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A Quote by unknown on work, society, religion, trabalho, religiao, sociedade, filosofia, and politica

É preciso distinguir trabalho, sociedade e religião porque são todos clusters importantes no desenvolvimento de uma civilização mas simultaneamente são também perigos emergentes quando não são controlados e direccionados no sentido de canalizar os seus beneficios na direcçao correcta.
André Aroso Dias


Source: André Aroso Dias

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A Quote by Kedar on love, religion, doubt, faith, and devotion

True love is like religion. It is full of devotion and free of doubt.

Kedar Joshi

Source: Superultramodern Science and Philosophy

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A Quote by Karen Armstrong on religion, spirituality, and ethics

I say that religion isn't about believing things. It's ethical alchemy. It's about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness.

Karen Armstrong


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