„The theology of the average colored church is basing itself far too much upon 'Hell and Damnation'—upon an attempt to scare people into being decent and threatening them with the terrors of death and punishment..
„Should the church be trying to erect a spiritual reign of terror over people by threatening earthly and eternal punishment on its own authority and commanding everything a person must believe and do to be saved?“
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi 1906 - 1945
Context: Should the church be trying to erect a spiritual reign of terror over people by threatening earthly and eternal punishment on its own authority and commanding everything a person must believe and do to be saved? Should the church's word bring new tyranny and violent abuse to human souls? It may be that some people yearn for such servitude. But could the church ever serve such a longing? When holy scripture speaks of following Jesus, it proclaims that people are free from all human rules, from everything which presumes, burdens, or causes worry and torment of conscience. In following Jesus, people are released from the hard yoke of their own laws to be under the gentle yoke of Jesus Christ. … Jesus' commandment never wishes to destroy life, but rather to preserve, strengthen, and heal life. "Preface", as translated by Barbara Green and Reihhard Krauss (2001). <!-- Edited by Geffrey B. Kelly and John D. Godsey -->
„They were very much the same, each attempting to force his picture of reality upon me and neither giving a hoot in hell for how things looked to me.“
— Ralph Ellison American novelist, literary critic, scholar and writer 1914 - 1994
— Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995
„Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.“
— Harry Emerson Fosdick American pastor 1878 - 1969
Statement made in 1935 or earlier, as quoted in The Home Book of Quotations, Classical and Modern (1937) by Burton Egbert Stevenson
— Alfred, Lord Tennyson British poet laureate 1809 - 1892
To the Queen, st. 9 (1851)
— Edward Young English poet 1683 - 1765
„The color blue is no less beautiful because it exists along side the other colors of a rainbow, and "blueness" itself depends upon the existence of the other colors, for if there were no color but blue, we would never be able to see it.“
— Ken Wilber American writer and public speaker 1949
Context: An argument can be legitimately sustained only if the participants are speaking about the same level. Argumentation would — for the most part — be replaced with something akin to Niels Bohr's principle of complementarity. Information from and about the different vibratory levels of bands of consciousness — although superficially as different as X-Rays and radio waves — would be integrated and synthesized into one spectrum, one rainbow. … Each band or level, being a particular manifestation of the spectrum, is what it is only by virtue of the other bands. The color blue is no less beautiful because it exists along side the other colors of a rainbow, and "blueness" itself depends upon the existence of the other colors, for if there were no color but blue, we would never be able to see it. In this type of synthesis, no approach, be it Eastern or Western, has anything to lose — rather, they all gain a universal context. The Spectrum of Consciousness (1993), Prologue, p. 6
„Twitter, as I understand it, is a sort of "Hell" that I was banished to upon death in my previous life.“
— Dril Twitter user
Context: Twitter, as I understand it, is a sort of "Hell" that I was banished to upon death in my previous life. In this abstract realm, the only thing I am certain of is that my cries are awarded "Favs" or "RTs" when they are particularly miserable or profane. These ethereal merits do nothing to ease my suffering, but I have deliriously convinced myself that gathering enough of them will impress my unseen superiors and grant me a promotion to a higher plane of existence. This is my sole motivation.
„Nothing in the world delights a truly religious people so much, as consigning them to eternal damnation.“
— James Hogg British writer 1770 - 1835
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 2001) p. 193.
— John Wayne American film actor 1907 - 1979
„In too many modern churches there is no emphasis on theology at all. There is a kind of justification by works or by keeping up with modern trends — anything that will drag in a few more people.“
— Robertson Davies Canadian journalist, playwright, professor, critic, and novelist 1913 - 1995
"Author Says Messiah Could Be a Woman".