What we are, how we got here, whether or not we have a purpose in life and what it is, why we die … All these questions have troubled us and provoked our reflection since ancient times. One of the ways that human beings have tried to answer these questions is through religion.
Faith has been a very important element throughout history the principles have helped shape the way we think about and understand the world. And many have been historical figures who have led different reflections based on their faith.
In this article we will see some of the religious or religion-based phrases spoken or written by various important historical figures.
Forty religious and spiritual phrases
Below we present different phrases and statements made by different historical figures and based on their religious and / or spiritual beliefs.
1. All major religions are basically the same as they all seek peace of mind and goodness, but it is very important to practice this in our daily life. Not just in the church or the temple
The Dalai Lama expresses in this sentence that all religions seek to give hope, but that believers must not only trust their precepts at the time of prayer, but also in everyday life.
2. What you don’t want for yourself, don’t want for your brothers
This sentence is part of the Jewish Talmud, Expressing that we should behave with others as we would like them to behave with us.
3. Every work of love, carried out wholeheartedly, will always succeed in bringing people closer to God.
Mary Teresa of Calcutta would utter this phrase, expressing that faith and love go or should go hand in hand.
4. Men who condemn because they do not understand
Coming from the Quran, this phrase expresses that we must understand ourselves and not condemn others for thinking or acting differently.
5. Pray as if everything depended on God. It works like it’s all up to you
Saint Augustine is the author of this sentence, which reflects that we do not expect to receive everything, but that we must work to achieve our goals.
6. It is time to call for a truce in the war between science and the mind. God does not threaten science, he improves it. God is not threatened by science. He made it possible
This sentence was uttered by Francis Collins, director of the Human Genome Project, in an attempt to show that faith and science are not opposites.
7. Religion is in the heart and not in the knees
This sentence by Douglas William Jerrold expresses that religion does not pretend or express repentance or practice certain rituals. What matters is what we really believe.
8. I no longer understand by religion a set of rites and customs, but what is at the origin of all religions, bringing us face to face with the Creator.
This phrase from Mahatma Gandhi reflects that what matters is not the way in which religious sentiment is given or expressed but its basis, shared by all religions.
9. You will know the truth and the truth will set you free
This phrase is part of the Bible and reflects how knowledge and wisdom allow us to be free.
10. Both the believer and the unbeliever are human beings. We must have great respect for each other
In this sentence of the Dalai Lama it is expressed that no matter whether or not we believe in the precepts of any religion, we have to respect each other, that our ideas do not correspond or even differ greatly from others.
11. Man does not pray to guide God, but to guide himself correctly
Again, the author of this sentence was Saint Augustine, Expressing the true function of the sentence.
12. Faith: this is what is most necessary for man
Victor Hugo is the author of this sentence, which expresses that human beings need something to believe in.
13. No religion is worth a single drop of blood
This phrase is attributed to the Marquis de Sade who, despite his fame, considered religion as something that should not cause death.
14. Love others as yourself
This well-known verse from the Bible expresses the need to love others.
15. If believers of different religions today strive to think, judge and act in the spirit of the founders of those religions, then there would be no faith-based hostility among these believers. . And furthermore, the differences of faith would become insignificant
These Albert Einstein quotes make us think on the fact that the conflicts between different religions and non-religions are only the product of the dogmatic and biased interpretation that they want to give it, and not of the religion itself.
16. We ask for miracles, as if the most obvious miracle is not what we ask of them.
Miguel de Unamuno emphasizes that there is no greater miracle than to be alive.
17. In-depth knowledge of religions enables the barriers that separate them to be broken down.
Gandhi suggests that understanding what each religion means allows others to understand it better by deepening its basis, which is generally shared among all beliefs.
18. All paths of kindness lead to enlightenment and awakening
Attributed to Buddha, this phrase emphasizes that it is kindness that leads us to wholeness. It is one of the representative religious expressions of Buddhism.
19. The religious fact, the religious dimension, is not a subculture, it is part of the culture of every people and every nation.
This phrase from Pope Francis expresses if you think that religious beliefs are part of the culture of different peoples.
20. The winds of the spirit are blowing. It’s you who needs to raise the sails
Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore left us sentences like these, in which he highlights the search for spirituality as a means of achieving peace.
21. He who knows himself knows God
This sentence of Muhammad Ali reflects the need to know oneself. Each of us is part of the world and the universe.
22. A misunderstood religion is a fever that can lead to delirium
Voltaire warns us in this sentence against the risk of fanaticism or deformation of faith.
23. If we are not at peace with ourselves, we cannot guide others in the search for peace.
This sentence from Confucius reflects that we must be able to love and accept ourselves if we are to help others successfully.
24. Just as a tree has one root and many branches and leaves, there is also one true and perfect religion, but it has been diversified into many branches by the intervention of men.
Gandhi explained that all existing religions share an intentionality and a common basis, differing only in the interpretation and approach given to them.
25. The soul has its illusions, like the bird its wings: they are what sustains them.
Victor Hugo expresses his conviction that it is illusions and dreams, hopes, which allow us to struggle and to live.
26. Serve, love, give, purify, meditate, achieve
The Hindu yogi Swami Sivananda expresses the different actions to be taken to make life a positive and complete thing. One of the religious phrases focused on the indication of maxims of life.
27. Don’t judge others if you don’t want to be judged. For of the same judgment which you judge, you will be judged; and with what measure you will measure, it will be measured to you again.
Phrase attributed to Jesus Christ in the Bible, Expresses that we should not judge and treat others differently from ourselves.
28. The best of men is he who does best to his fellows
Phrase attributed to Muhammad in which the need to do good to others is expressed.
29. Do don’t think that nothing is happening just because you can’t see your growth … great things grow in silence
Phrase attributed to Buddha in which we are told that we are continually growing even though we do not perceive it. Every moment is important and contributes to our development.
30. You are your deepest desire. Just as it is your desire, so is your intention. Just as it is your intention, so is your will. Just like your will, so are your actions. Just like your actions are, so is your fate
These sentences belong to the Upanishads, ancient texts written in Sanskrit which they contain some of the philosophical foundations of Hinduism. In this case, they reflect that it is our desires that ultimately lead us to take action and forge our destiny.
31. The heart of a man is a mill wheel that works without stopping. If you find something to grind, the mail may crash
Martin Luther is the author of this sentence, in which he exposes the need to believe and to live from what we feel within us.
32. Take the first step in faith. You don’t need to see the whole scale. Just go up the first step
Faith was a very important element for Martin Luther King, allowing us to move forward and dare to fight without knowing what might come next.
33. Evil is something that circumstances, environment or education instill in men: it is not innate
Nelson Mandela proposes that evil can be learned, So this can be avoided.
34. I believe in the God of Spinoza, who reveals to us a harmony of all living beings. I don’t believe in a God who cares about the fate and actions of human beings
Not all religions believe in one God. Some believe him, but they don’t understand him as a deity in the form of a conscious being. An example can be found in this sentence from Albert Einstein, which referred to Spinoza’s concept of divinity. They consider that if there is a God, it is the union of all that exists or the order of the universe.
35. Agnosticism simply means that a person will not say that they know or believe what they have no basis to support that they believe.
Aldous Huxley expresses with this sentence what it means to be agnostic.
36. Religions, like worms of light, need darkness to shine
Most religions have arisen and / or acquired special importance in order to help the population in times of doubt, worry and pain. This sentence is by Arthur Schopenhauer.
37. There are many paths to enlightenment. Make sure you follow one with heart
Lao Tzu points out to us that we must follow the path we believe is rightIt doesn’t matter if others are pushing us in other directions.
38. Man has two spiritual needs: one is forgiveness, the other is kindness.
This quote from Billy Graham highlights two virtues that are necessary in our lives and which at the same time are part of most religions.
39. Faith is the antiseptic of the soul
This quote from Walt Whitman expresses that people’s beliefs help protect their beliefs and value systems in situations that challenge them.
40. Rivers, lakes, lagoons and streams all have different names but all contain water. These are religions: they all contain truths
Muhammad Ali indicated with this sentence that all religions have an element of truth.