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Morris Raphael Cohen Quotes and Sayings

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If religion cannot restrain evil, it cannot claim effective power for good.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Lastly, literature and philosophy both allow past idols
to be resurrected with a frequency which would be truly
distressing to a sober scientist.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

To be sure, the vast majority of people who are untrained
can accept the results of science only on authority.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Literature and philosophy both allow past idols to
be resurrected with a frequency which would be truly
distressing to a sober scientist.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

 

Cruel persecutions and intolerance are not accidents,
but grow out of the very essence of religion,
namely, its absolute claims.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Conservatism clings to what has been established,
fearing that, once we begin to question the beliefs that we have inherited,
all the values of life will be destroyed.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

If a philosophic theory is once ruled out of court,
no one can tell when it will appear again.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

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The picture which the philosopher draws of the world
is surely not one in which every stroke is necessitated by pure logic.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Let philosophy resolutely aim to be as scientific as possible,
but let her not forget her strong kinship with literature.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Again, both literature and philosophy work by appealing
to certain reigning idols.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Law is a formless mass of isolated decisions.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Liberalism regards life as an adventure in which we
must take risks in new situation,
in which there is no guarantee that the new will always be the good or the true,
in which progress is a precarious achievement rather than inevitability.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

This open eye for possible alternatives which need
to be scrutinized before we can determine which is
the best grounded is profoundly disconcerting to all
conservatives and to almost all revolutionaries.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

It has generally been assumed that of two opposing systems of philosophy,
e.g., realism and idealism, one only can be true and one must be false;
and so philosophers have been hopelessly divided on the question,
which is the true one.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Liberalism, on the other hand, regards life as an adventure
in which we must take risks in new situations,
in which there is no guarantee that the new will always be the good or the true,
in which progress is a precarious achievement rather than inevitability.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

The method of exposition which philosophers have adopted
leads many to suppose that they are simply inquiries,
that they have no interest in the conclusions at which they arrive,
and that their primary concern is to follow their premises
to their logical conclusions.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

A creative element is surely present in all great systems,
and it does not seem possible that all sympathy or
fundamental attitudes of will can be entirely eliminated
from any human philosophy.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

It is not impossible to think that the minds of philosophers
sometimes act like those of other mortals,
and that, having once been determined by diverse circumstances to adopt certain views,
they then look for and naturally find reasons to justify these views.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Liberalism is an attitude rather than a set of dogmas -
an attitude that insists upon questioning all plausible
and self-evident propositions,
seeking not to reject them but to find out what evidence
there is to support them rather than their possible alternatives.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

In thus pointing out certain respects in which philosophy
resembles literature more than science,
I do not mean, of course, to imply that it would be
well for philosophy if it ceased to aim at scientific rigor.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi PHOTO

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer PHOTO

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
- 1 John 3:17 PHOTO

A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Jesus of Nazareth (John 13:34) PHOTO

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa PHOTO

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

We can never be the better for our religion
if our neighbor is the worse for it.
- Anonymous

The essence of all religions is one.
Only their approaches are different.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi PHOTO

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection,
not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.
- Martin Luther

Let us touch the dying, the poor,
the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received
and let us not be ashamed
or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

If you have a particular faith or religion,
that is good. But you can survive without it.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

When an inner situation is not made conscious,
it appears outside as fate.
- Carl Jung

Love one another.
- Jesus of Nazareth

You hold onto religion, you know,
rules, regulations, traditions.
I think what God is interested in
is people's hearts, and that's hard enough.
- Bono

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
- The Bible

Re-examine all that you have been told...
dismiss that which insults your soul.
- Walt Whitman

I distrust those people who know so well
what God wants them to do,
because I notice it always coincides
with their own desires.
- Susan B. Anthony

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
- St Francis of Assisi

The mystery of the beginning
of all things is insoluble by us;
and I for one, must be content to remain an agnostic.
- Charles Darwin

I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal
to reason and is in conflict with morality.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.
- Joseph Addison

Forgive Your Brother from Your Heart.
- Matthew 18:21-22

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

I love you when you bow in your mosque,
kneel in your temple, pray in your church.
For you and I are sons of one religion,
and it is the Spirit.
- Khalil Gibran

You have heard that it was said,
"Love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
- Matthew 5:43-44

We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe,
nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws,
but the smallest insect, we wish
to be created at once by special act.
- Charles Darwin

The miracle is not that we do this work,
but that we are happy to do it.
- Mother Teresa

Humility is not thinking less of yourself,
it's thinking of yourself less.
- Rick Warren (author of The Purpose Driven(R) Life)

What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
- Norman Vincent Peale

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1

Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
- Matthew 7:7

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
- Mother Teresa

The function of prayer is not to influence God,
but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
- Soren Kierkegaard

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

The will of God will never take you
to where the grace of God will not protect you.
- Anonymous

A willingness to laugh at itself is what distinguishes
a compassionate religion from a cult.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity
are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A new friend is like new wine;
when it has aged you will drink it with pleasure.
- Ecclesiastes 9:10

We can live without religion and meditation,
but we cannot survive without human affection.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

When all is said and done,
the one sole condition that makes
spiritual happiness and preserves it
is the absence of doubt.
- Mark Twain

Whether one believes in a religion or not,
and whether one believes in rebirth or not,
there isn't anyone who doesn't
appreciate kindness and compassion.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.
- Proverbs 23:7

I never considered a difference of opinion
in politics, in religion, in philosophy,
as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
- Thomas Jefferson

No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known.
- Michel de Montaigne

I do not concern myself with gods and spirits
either good or evil, nor do I serve any.
- Lao Tzu

From the solemn gloom of the temple
children run out to sit in the dust,
God watches them play and forgets the priest.
- Rabindranath Tagore

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words
than words without a heart.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi


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