“For me a dogma is only a gateway to contemplation and is an instrument of freedom and not of restriction.”
Flannery O’Connor on dogma, belief, and the difference between religion and faith – beautiful read, especially for those of us uneasy with the word “God”:
The sinister and sublime, reconciled in transcendent watercolors.
“If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from, we will have failed.”
Carl Sagan on science and “God,” a timeless must-read:
“Everything is naturally related and interconnected.”
Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, on science and religion:
“The human race … sits up nine nights in the week to admire its own originality.”
Mark Twain on religion and our human egotism:
How the word “meme” was born – legendary atheist Richard Dawkins’s surprising religious inspiration
“The soft bonds of love are indifferent to life and death.”
Religion vs. Humanism – Isaac Asimov on science and spirituality
“To me a heaven would be a big bull ring with me holding two barrera seats and a trout stream outside that no one else was allowed to fish in and two lovely houses in the town.”
Hemingway’s ideas of heaven and hell – the 26-year-old author’s letter to young F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of man. In this way the pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling of a special sort, which is surely quite different from the religiosity of someone more naive."
Einstein’s beautiful letter to a little girl who asked him whether scientists pray. Read the full correspondence at the link:
"Love is metaphysical gravity."
Bucky Fuller’s scientific revision of The Lord’s Prayer – a secular definition of divinity as a curiosity-driven love of truth bent through the prism of our subjective experience
“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. … The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.”
Carl Sagan on science and spirituality, a timelessly fantastic read:
"To the dumb question ‘Why me?’ the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply: Why not?"
“What can be analyzed in my work, or criticized, are the questions.” ~ John Cage
A remarkable new intellectual, creative, and spiritual biography of Cage — one of the most influential composers in modern history, whose impact reaches beyond the realm of music and into art, literature, cinema, and just about every other aesthetic and conceptual expression of curiosity about the world, yet also one of history’s most misunderstood artists — fifteen years in the making.
“If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.”
Originally published in 1993, this gem explores what’s arguably the most important dimension of what it means to be human — our inherent imperfection — and the many ways in which we violate it daily, delivering a constellation of wisdom and practical insight on how to live in a way that enables, rather than disempowers, our humanity.