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Faith II

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. -- Albert Einstein

Every man is as God made him, ay, and often worse. -- Miguel de Cervantes

To make God laugh, tell him your plans.

Stop searching forever. Happiness is just next to you.

Meekness is uncommon patience in planning a worthwhile revenge.

You will pay for your sins. If you have already paid, please disregard this message.

Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.

Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company. -- Mark Twain

In the next world, you're on your own.

Paradise was unendurable, otherwise the first man would have adapted to it; this world is no less so, since here we regret paradise or anticipate another one. What to do? where to go? Do nothing and go nowhere, easy enough. -- E. M. Cioran, The Trouble with Being Born

Coincidences are spiritual puns. -- G.K. Chesterton

Biblical higher criticism is preserved in the particular enclave of academic Christian scholarship and is thought to be too unfruitful to share with the average pew-sitter, for it raises more questions than the church can adequately answer. So the leaders of the church would protect the simple believers from concepts they were not trained to understand. In this way that ever-widening gap between academic Christians and the average pew-sitter made its first appearance. -- Bishop John Shelby Spong, Resurrection: Myth or Reality?

The difference between a Miracle and a Fact is exactly the difference between a mermaid and a seal. -- Mark Twain

A major function of fundamentalist religion is to bolster deeply insecure and fearful people. This is done by justifying a way of life with all of its defining prejudices. It thereby provides an appropriate and legitimate outlet for one's anger. The authority of an inerrant Bible that can be readily quoted to buttress this point of view becomes an essential ingredient to such a life. When that Bible is challenged, or relativized, the resulting anger proves the point categorically. -- Bishop John Shelby Spong, Rescuing the Bible From Fundamentalism

Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds. -- Albert Einstein

When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, "Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?" -- Quentin Crisp

People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

There is no sin but ignorance. -- Christopher Marlowe

Karma's only justice without the satisfaction, and I don't believe in justice. -- James Caan, The Way of the Gun

Even more amazing was the realization that God has Internet access. I wonder if He has a full newsfeed? -- Matt Welsh (?)

Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. -- H. L. Mencken

We are, in fact, a nation of evangelists; every third American devotes himself to improving and lifting up his fellow-citizens, usually by force; the messianic delusion is our national disease. -- H. L. Mencken, Prejudices, First Series

It's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing everyone he didn't exist -- Verbal Kint (?)

It is so stupid of modern civilisation to have given up believing in the devil when he is the only explanation of it. -- Ronald Knox (1888-1957), Let Dons Delight

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything. -- Nietzsche (?)

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