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Karen Armstrong Quotes: Religion isn’t about believing things. It's ethical alchemy. It’s about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness.
         

Religion isn’t about believing things. It's ethical alchemy. It’s about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness.


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Look into your own heart, discover what it is that gives you pain and then refuse, under any circumstance whatsoever, to inflict that pain on anybody else.



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Jesus did not spend a great deal of time discoursing about the trinity or original sin or the incarnation, which have preoccupied later Christians. He went around doing good and being compassionate.



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I like silence; I'm a gregarious loner and without the solitude, I lose my gregariousness.

I like silence; I'm a gregarious loner and without the solitude, I lose my gregariousness.



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Compassion is not an option. It's the key to our survival.



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Religious people often prefer to be right rather than compassionate. Often, they don't want to give up their egotism. They want their religion to endorse their ego, their identity.



I am not interested in the afterlife. Religion is supposed to be about losing your ego, not preserving it eternally in optimum conditions.

I am not interested in the afterlife. Religion is supposed to be about losing your ego, not preserving it eternally in optimum conditions.



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Surely it's better to love others, however messy and imperfect the involvement, than to allow one's capacity for love to harden.



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The hajj is one of the five essential practices of Islam; when they make the pilgrimage to Mecca, Muslims ritually act out the central principles of their faith.





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I shall continue to exist. I may assume other disguises, other forms, but I shall try to exist.



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