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The World's Religions
Huston Smith
Chapters on Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity, plus chapters on primal religions such as native traditions of the Americas, Australia, Africa and Oceania, with expanded sections on the inner dimensions of these great religions.

1 "Every human being, simply by virtue of his or her humanity, is a child of God and therefore in possession of rights that even kings must respect."

2 "I saw my Lord with the eye of the Heart. I said: 'Who are you?' He answered: 'You.'" Al-Hallaj

3 "Life being one,…our duty to our fellows is to understand them as extensions, other aspects, of ourselves – fellow facets of the same Reality." Christmas Humphreys, 'Buddhism'

4 "God is being, awareness, and bliss. Utter reality, utter consciousness, and utterly beyond all possibility of frustration."

5 "Locked in every human being is a store of love that partakes of the divine – the 'imago dei', image of God, it is sometimes called."

6 "One has lived from an endless past and will live into an endless future. At this very moment one partakes of Eternal Life – blissful, luminous, pure." Ruth Fuller Sasaki, 'Zen – A Religion'

7 "The prerequisite of political stability is social justice, for it is in the nature of things that injustice will not endure."

8 "The Supreme Being is…everything in his creation. The various forms of creation have some of his spirit within them." Carl Gorman, Navajo (Native American) artist

9 "Seen in perspective, the world is ultimately benign."

10 "All of us dwell on the brink of the infinite ocean of life's creative power. We carry it within us: supreme strength, the fullness of wisdom, unquenchable joy. It is never thwarted and cannot be destroyed."

11 "The various religions are but different languages through which God speaks to the human heart. 'Truth is one; sages call it by different names.' [the Vedas]"

12 "In the context of wholeness, the opposites appear as no more than phases in an endless cycling process, for each turns incessantly into its opposite, exchanging places with it. Life…bends back upon itself to come, full circle, to the realization that all is one and all is well."

13 "When a heart is illumined by true knowledge, it knows that above all these wars of sects and sectarians presides the one indivisible, eternal, all-knowing bliss." Ramakrishna

14 "The career of a soul as it threads its course…is guided by its choices, which are controlled by what the soul wants and wills at each stage of the journey."

15 "Reality is in fact one and perfect."

16 "If we could really understand life, if we could really understand ourselves, we would find neither a problem. Humanistic psychology proceeds on the same assumption. When 'awareness of experience is fully operating', Carl Rogers writes, 'human behavior is to be trusted, for in these moments the human organism becomes aware of its delicacy and tenderness towards others.'"

17 "It is a myth, not a mandate, a fable, not a logic by which people are moved." Irwin Edman

18 "There is but one reality, like a brimming ocean, boundless as the sky, indivisible, absolute."

19 "Everything is prepared for the good of human beings." Yi-Pao Mei, ancient Chinese philosopher, 'Motse'

20 "The integrating principle of the whole – the Spirit, as it were, of the universe – instinct without contrivance, flows with purpose." George Romanes, Charles Darwin's colleague

21 "Every religion mixes universal principles with local peculiarities. The former, when lifted out and made clear, speak to what is generically human in us all."

22 "The overwhelming thrust of the Koran is to proclaim the unity, omnipotence, omniscience, and mercy of God."

23 "The will remains free. The lawfulness of things makes the present state the product of prior acts, but within the present the will is influenced but not controlled. People remain at liberty to shape their destinies."

24 "All life down to its smallest element, can, if rightly approached, be seen as a reflection of the infinite source of holiness, which is God."

25 "Human bodies are of course separate, but on a deeper level we are joined like icebergs in a common floe."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite