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"The gods too are fond of a joke."
-- Aristotle

"It is convenient that there be gods, and, as it is convenient, let us believe there are."
-- Ovid

"We can know what God is not, but we cannot know what He is."
-- Saint Augustine

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."
-- Galileo Galilei

"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads."
-- Henry David Thoreau

"A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles."
-- Washington Irving

"Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters."
-- Isaac Bashevis Singer

"If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home."
-- James Michener

"It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God but to create him."
-- Arthur C. Clarke

"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."
-- Buddha

"So many religions, so many paths to reach the one and the same goal."
-- Ramakrishna



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