Great Throughts Treasury

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Nathanial Culverwell, also spelled Nathaniel Culverwell

See, then, how powerful religion is; it commands the heart, it commands the vitals. Morality - that comes with a pruning-knife, and cuts off the sproutings, all wild and luxuriances; but religion lays the axe to the root of the tree. Morality looks that the skin of the apple be fair; but religion searcheth to the very core.

Heart | Looks | Morality | Religion | Wisdom |

Hermann Cohen

Ethics is the vital principle of Judaism. Its religion aims to be, and is, moral doctrine. Love of God is knowledge of God, and that is knowledge of the ultimate moral purpose of mankind.

Aims | Doctrine | Ethics | God | Knowledge | Love | Mankind | Purpose | Purpose | Religion | Wisdom | God |

Theodore Cuyler, fully Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

Let your religion be seen. Lamps do not talk, but they do shine. A light house sounds no drum, it beats no gong; yet, far over the waters, its friendly light is seen by the mariner.

Light | Religion | Wisdom |

John Dewey

The future of religion is connected with the possibility of developing a faith in the possibilities of human experience and human relationships that will create a vital sense of the solidarity of human interests and inspire action to make that sense a reality.

Action | Experience | Faith | Future | Reality | Religion | Sense | Will | Wisdom |

Frances Power Cobbe

Morality may exist in an atheist without any religion, and in a theist with a religion quite unspiritual.

Morality | Religion | Wisdom |

Cyril Connolly, fully Cyril Vernon Connolly

In my religion there would be no exclusive doctrine; all would be love, poetry and doubt.

Doctrine | Doubt | Love | Poetry | Religion | Wisdom |

Henry P. Van Dusen

Religion is the reaching out of one's whole being - mind, body, spirit, emotions, intuitions, affections, will - for completion, for inner unity, for true relation with those about us, for right relation to the universe in which we live. Religion is life, a certain kind of life, life as it should and could be, a life of harmony within and true adjustment without - life, therefore, in harmony with the life of God himself.

Body | Emotions | God | Harmony | Life | Life | Mind | Religion | Right | Spirit | Unity | Universe | Will | Wisdom | God |

Albert Einstein

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the unlimitable superior who reveals Himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.

Admiration | God | Power | Religion | Universe | Wisdom |

Tyron Edwards

Temperance is to the body what religion is to the soul, the foundation and source of health and strength and peace.

Body | Health | Peace | Religion | Soul | Strength | Wisdom |

Harold Willis Dodds

Be sure to find a place for intellectual and cultural interests outside your daily occupation. It is necessary that you do so if this business of living is not to turn to dust and ashes in your mouth. Moreover, do not overlook the claims of religion as the explanation of an otherwise unintelligible world. It is not the fast tempo of modern life that kills but the boredom, a lack of strong interest and failure to grow that destroy. It is the feeling that nothing is worth while that makes men ill and unhappy.

Business | Destroy | Failure | Life | Life | Men | Nothing | Occupation | Religion | Wisdom | World | Worth | Failure | Business |

Albert Einstein

The development from a religion of fear to moral religion is a great step in a nation's life.

Fear | Life | Life | Religion | Wisdom |

Albert Einstein

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

Religion | Science | Wisdom |

Albert Einstein

To make clear fundamental ends and valuations, and to set them for the fast in the emotional life of an individual, seems to me precisely the most important function which religion has to perform in the social life of a man... They come into being not through demonstration but through revelation, through the medium of powerful personalities.

Ends | Important | Individual | Life | Life | Man | Religion | Revelation | Wisdom |

Tyron Edwards

True religion extends alike to the intellect and the heart. Intellect is in vain if it lead not to emotion, and emotion is vain if not enlightened by intellect; and both are vain if not guided by truth and leading to duty.

Duty | Heart | Religion | Truth | Wisdom | Intellect |

Fazang, also Fa-Tsang or Fāzàng NULL

The universal of an atom containing emptiness and existence. This means that the atom has no intrinsic nature, so it is empty; yet its illusory characteristics are evident, so it is existent. Indeed, because illusory form has no essence, it must be no different from emptiness, and real emptiness contains qualities permeating to the surface of existence. Seeing that form is empty produces great wisdom and not dwelling in birth-and-death; seeing that emptiness is form produces great compassion and not dwelling in nirvana. When form and emptiness are nondual, compassion and wisdom are not different; only this is true seeing.

Birth | Compassion | Death | Existence | Means | Nature | Qualities | Wisdom |