More Witty Quotes On mindfulness, God, and Enlightenment
It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.
The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
It is easier to stay out than get out.
Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.
My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.
Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.
The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.
Who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?
The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
A man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.
It is wiser to find out than suppose.
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.
I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won’t.
[On fundamentalists’ barbaric idea of God:] Strange… a God who could make good children as easily as bad, yet preferred to make bad ones; who made them prize their bitter life, yet stingily cut it short; mouths Golden Rules and forgiveness multiplied seventy times seven and invented Hell; who mouths morals to other people and has none himself; who frowns upon crimes yet commits them all; who created man without invitation, then tries to shuffle the responsibility for man’s acts upon man, instead of honorably placing it where it belongs, upon himself; and finally with altogether divine obtuseness, invites this poor, abused slave to worship him!
Man is the religious animal. He is the only religious animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion-– several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn’t straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother’s path to happiness and heaven.
Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.
The report of my death was an exaggeration.