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Karen Armstrong Quotes and Sayings

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Every fundamentalist movement I've studied in Judaism,
Christianity and Islam is convinced at some gut,
visceral level that secular liberal society wants to wipe out religion.
- Karen Armstrong

At the beginning of the twentieth century,
every single leading Muslim intellectual was in love with the west,
and wanted their countries to look just like Britain and France.
- Karen Armstrong

There are some forms of religion that are bad,
just as there's bad cooking or bad art or bad sex,
you have bad religion too.
- Karen Armstrong

Compassion is not a popular virtue.
- Karen Armstrong

 

Mohammed was not an apparent failure.
He was a dazzling success, politically as well as spiritually,
and Islam went from strength to strength to strength.
- Karen Armstrong

It's a great event to get outside and enjoy nature.
I find it very exciting no matter how many times I see bald eagles.
- Karen Armstrong

The values of Islam are expressed by Muslims clearly.
September 11 changed the world, and put Muslims on the spotlight.
- Karen Armstrong

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Fundamentalists are not friends of democracy.
And that includes your fundamentalists in the United States.
- Karen Armstrong

Islam is a religion of success.
Unlike Christianity, which has as its main image,
in the west at least, a man dying in a devastating,
disgraceful, helpless death.
- Karen Armstrong

Now I think one of the reasons why religion developed
in the way that it did over the centuries was precisely
to curb this murderous bent that we have as human beings.
- Karen Armstrong

After I left the convent, for 15 years I was worn out with religion,
I wanted nothing whatever to do with it.
I felt disgusted with it.
If I saw someone reading a religious book on a train,
I'd think, how awful.
- Karen Armstrong

The problem with Bush is that yes, he's religious in
a fundamentalist sort of way,
they read the Old Testament as a sort of charter for
the chosen people to do what they like.
- Bruce Kent

I had the fortunate experience to play with people
from different schools of music.
Sam Rivers is from the fundamentalist school of music.
- Kevin Eubanks

I don't worry too much about the fundamentalist principles
that are in almost any discussion about jazz.
- Pat Metheny

Confidence and superiority: It's the usual fundamentalist stuff:
I've got the truth,
and you haven't.
- Jeanette Winterson

Fundamentalist governments and organizations endanger stability in the world.
- Moshe Katsav

Although raised on the farm - my grandfather was an
unsuccessful fundamentalist preacher turned farmer -
my father and his brother both became professors.
- Philip Warren Anderson

I'm a Catholic, but I used to love going to Vacation
Bible School with my fundamentalist friends.
- Paul Begala

Well, I think a lot of people only hear about the extreme,
fundamentalist kind of polygamists, because they're
always in the news being brought up on charges.
- Jeanne Tripplehorn

It is only in the fundamentalist religions that women
are relegated to second class.
Radical Evangelicals, Muslims, and Jews all have the same view of women.
- Sally Quinn

I am concerned about how to reverse the process by
which a fundamentalist right and a corporate elite
were able to seize power in the United States.
- Todd Gitlin

When I did Inherit the Wind, I learned about teaching school.
I also found out what a fundamentalist was.
- Dick York

An intellectual is going to have doubts,
for example, about a fundamentalist religious doctrine that admits no doubt,
about an imposed political system that allows no doubt,
about a perfect aesthetic that has no room for doubt.
- Antonio Tabucchi

Unless one is a religious fundamentalist and believes
that man was created in the image and likeness of God,
it is foolish to believe that human beings are exempt
from biological classification and the laws of evolution
that apply to all other life forms.
- J. Philippe Rushton

Predicting has a spotty record in science fiction.
I've had some failures.
On the other hand, I also predicted the fall of the
Berlin Wall and the rise of fundamentalist Islam...
and I'm not happy to be right in all of those cases.
- David Brin

And now when we hear that Iran and Iraq plan to cooperate
more closely and that a fundamentalist is coming to power in Tehran -
a man about whom we cannot be sure that he is absolutely averse to terrorism -
it is very worrisome.
- Otto Schily

It is, of course, further indication that a fundamentalist
right has really taken over much of the Republican Party,
People might cite George Bush as proof that you can
be totally impervious to the effects of Harvard and Yale education.
- Barney Frank

Today, the theory of evolution is an accepted fact
for everyone but a fundamentalist minority,
whose objections are based not on reasoning but on
doctrinaire adherence to religious principles.
- James D. Watson

If the problem can be solved,
there is no use worrying about it.
If it can't be solved,
worrying will do no good.
- Tibetan proverb

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today;
it is rather the vital necessity of action today
to ensure our strength tomorrow.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

All progress is precarious, and the solution
of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

When I am working on a problem,
I never think about beauty,
but when I have finished,
if the solution is not beautiful,
I know it is wrong.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

Problem: attitude.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

The acceptance of oneself is
the essence of the whole moral problem
and the epitome of a whole outlook on life.
- Carl Jung

You can never solve a problem on the level
on which it was created.
- Albert Einstein

Through violence, you may 'solve' one problem,
but you sow the seeds for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution.
If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds.
- Norman Vincent Peale

If we don't see a failure as a challenge to modify our approach,
but rather as a problem with ourselves, as a personality defect,
we will immediately feel overwhelmed.
- Anthony Robbins

The difference between what we do
and what we are capable of doing
would suffice to solve most of the world's problem.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

No problem can be solved from the same level
of consciousness that created it.
- Albert Einstein

The secret of success is to find a need and fill it,
to find a hurt and heal it,
to find somebody with a problem
and offer to help solve it.
- Robert H. Schuller

Resistance creates suffering.
Stress happens when your mind resists what is.
The only problem in your life
is your mind's resistance to life as it unfolds.
- Dan Millman

Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man.
And man can be as big as he wants.
No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
- John F. Kennedy

If the only tool you have is a hammer,
you tend to see every problem as a nail.
- Abraham Maslow

We cannot solve a problem by saying,
"It's not my problem."
We cannot solve a problem by hoping that
someone else will solve it for us.
I can solve a problem only when I say,
"This is my problem and it's up to me to solve it.
- M. Scott Peck

If your only tool is a hammer,
you tend to see every problem as a nail.
- Abraham Maslow

No problem is so formidable that
you can't walk away from it.
- Charles M. Schulz' cartoon Peanuts

One of the true tests of leadership is the ability
to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.
- Arnold H. Glasow

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize
a problem before it becomes an emergency.
- Arnold H. Glasow

It is a common experience that a problem difficult
at night is resolved in the morning after the committee
of sleep has worked on it.
- John Steinbeck

For every complex problem,
there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.
- H.L. Mencken

The problem with cats is that they get the exact same
look on their face whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer.
- Paula Poundstone

Each problem that I solved became a rule,
which served afterwards to solve other problems.
- Rene Descartes

A perfection of means,
and confusion of aims,
seems to be our main problem.
- Albert Einstein

The whole problem with the world is that
fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves,
but wiser people so full of doubts.
- Bertrand Russell

You know what your problem is, it's that you haven't seen enough movies -
all of life's riddles are answered in the movies.
- Steve Martin

Possession isn't nine-tenths of the law.
It's nine-tenths of the problem.
- John Lennon

If you owe the bank $100 that's your problem.
If you owe the bank $100 million, that's the bank's problem.
- J. Paul Getty

I love my attitude problem.
- Anonymous

Once in a while I'll get moved to do some exercise.
It's something I long for but the biggest problem is
bending down and putting my tennis shoes on.
Once I go out I'm OK.
- David Soul

The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.
- B. F. Skinner

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
- Milton Friedman

The real problem is that the way that power is given
out in our society pits us against each other.
- Anita Hill

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with,
but whether it is the same problem you had last year.
- John Foster Dulles

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem,
it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
- David Friedman

Money won't buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries
of a large research staff to study the problem.
- Bill Vaughan

I've been amazed at how often those outside the discipline
of design assume that what designers do is decoration.
Good design is problem solving.
- Jeffery Veen

The problem with beauty is that it's like being born rich and getting poorer.
- Joan Collins


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