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Paul Rasor

“Liberals want to create a strong and inclusive community, but we often want to do it without giving up anything, without letting down the barriers we erect around ourselves in the name of individual autonomy.”  — Rev. Paul Rasor, in the book Soul Work

Sophia Lyon Fahs

“One of the tragic ironies of history is that such original and creative geniuses as Buddha and Jesus have been extolled as perfect patterns for all to emulate. In the very struggle to be like someone else rather than to be one’s own true self, or to do one’s own Read more →


“Before creation, a presence existed: self-contained, complete, formless, voiceless, mateless, changeless, which yet pervaded itself with unending motherhood.”

Chris Buice

“When you blame all your problems on some minority group, then everyone else is exonerated. We exonerate ourselves. We don’t have to look at ourselves to see what sort of ways we contribute to the problems of the world. We don’t have to examine ourselves, to see what we are Read more →

Anwar Sadat

“There are only two places in the world where a man cannot escape from himself — the battlefield and the prison cell.”


“Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.”

Kenneth Cragg

“The first task in approaching another people, another culture, another religion is to take off our shoes, for the place we are approaching is holy. Else we find ourselves treading on people’s dreams. Worse, we may forget that God was there before our arrival.”

Pema Chodron

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

James Freeman Clarke

“JESUS came to show that religion was made for man, not man for religion ; that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath; that the Bible was made for man, not man for the Bible; that the church was made for man, not man for the Read more →

James Freeman Clark

“GOD has placed us here to grow, just as he placed the trees and flowers. The trees and the flowers grow unconsciously, and by no effort of their own. Man, too, grows unconsciously, and is educated by circumstances. But he can also control those circumstances, and direct the course of Read more →

James Freeman Clarke

“THE wonderful works, knowledge, character of Jesus are not unnatural, but natural : they are not exceptional, but prophetic. What he was all men may become. He is the type of humanity, the example of its fully unfolded condition. Jesus came to help others to become what he was. So Read more →

Dionysius the Aeropagite

“Leave behind you everything perceived and understood, everything perceptible and understandable, all that is not and all that is, and, with your understanding laid aside, strive upwards as much as you can toward union with him who is beyond all being and knowledge.”– from Mystical Theology

James Freeman Clark

“THE worst of hells is doubting the love of God, and we turn away from the face of our Father when we do wrong. But, if hell is always near, heaven is equally near.”– from “Messages” for March 14th.

Thomas Merton

“Christ our Lord did not come to bring peace to the world as a kind of spiritual tranquilizer. He brought to his disciples a vocation and a task – to struggle in the world of violence to establish his peace not only in their own hearts but in society itself.”

Dave Grossman

“The degree to which we control our anger is the degree to which we have mastered ourselves as human beings.”

George Amoitte

“A Warrior loves life so much that they would give their own life in defending it.”

Friederich Nietzsche

“Every doer loves his deed much more than it should be loved; and the best deeds are born out of such an excess of love that they could not be worthy of it, even though their worth be very great.”

Flavius Josephus

“Everyone ought to worship God according to his own inclinations, and not to be constrained by force.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.”

Bertrand Russell

“The essence of the Liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.”

Mother Teresa

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”

Bird Wilson

“The founders of our nation were nearly all Infidels, and that of the presidents who had thus far been elected, Washington; Adams; Jefferson; Madison; Monroe; Adams; Jackson] not a one had professed a belief in Christianity….  Among all our presidents from Washington downward, not one was a professor of religion, Read more →

Benjamin Franklin

“Some volumes against Deism fell into my hands. They were said to be the substance of sermons preached at Boyle’s Lecture. It happened that they produced on me an effect precisely the reverse of what was intended by the writers; for the arguments of the Deists, which were cited in Read more →

Benjamin Franklin

“The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.”

Ulysses S. Grant

“Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church and the private school supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.”

Abraham Lincoln

“It will not do to investigate the subject of religion too closely, as it is apt to lead to Infidelity.”

George Washington

“If I could conceive that the general government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded, that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of Read more →

Susan B. Anthony

“What you should say to outsiders is that a Christian has neither more nor less rights in our Association than an atheist. When our platform becomes too narrow for people of all creeds and of no creeds, I myself shall not stand upon it.”

Clara Barton

“I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.”

Carl Jung

“The drama of the archetypal life of Christ describes in symbolic images the events in the conscious life — as well as in the life that transcends consciousness — of a man who has been transformed by his higher destiny”.  — From “A Psychological Approach to the Trinity” Psychology and Read more →

The Dalai Lama

“Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us.”

Barack Obama

“We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope. But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.”

Clinton Lee Scott

“God’s laws have not been given exclusively to any church. God’s laws are the ways of living found to be good for us. Truths are derived from the experiences of men and women living, not apart from the world, but within it–in all the temptations, problems, and perplexities of the Read more →

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece Read more →

Edward Everett Hale

“I am only one, but still, I am one. I cannot do everything but I can do something. And, because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do what I can.”


“Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both the means and the end.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

“Our own life is the instrument with which we experiment with truth.”

G.K. Chesterton

“You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.”


“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”

G.K. Chesterton

“The reason angels can fly is that they take themselves so lightly.”


“Should you desire the great tranquility, prepare to sweat white beads.”

H.L. Mencken

“We are here and it is now. Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The mystical is not how the world is, but that it is.”

Shunryu Suzuki

“When you understand one thing through and through, you understand everything.”

Walt Whitman

“I believe a work of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.”

St. Anthony

“The prayer of the monk is not perfect until he no longer recognizes himself or the fact that he is praying.”

Kahlil Gibran

“Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.”

Jacob Bronowski

“We have to understand that the world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is more important than the eye… The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.”