Religious Quotes

Don’t believe anything you see, read, or hear from others, whether of authority, religious teachers or text.
– Buddha

All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
– Edgar Allen Poe

I count religion but a childish toy, and hold there is no sin but ignorance.
– Marlowe

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
– Napoleon

Religion…is opium of the people. Religion is a tool played by the elites to control the masses. It plays on fear and feeds on isolation.
– Karl Marx

The three opiates of the masses; vodka, the church and cinema.
– Leon Trotsky

Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool.
– Mark Twain

Having a war about religion is like having a fight over who’s got the best imaginary friend.
– Yasser Arafat

As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.
– George Orwell

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said ‘Let’s pray’. We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.
– Desmond Tutu

God is dead, and we killed him.
– Nietzsche

God is a metaphor for that which transcends all level of intellectual thought. It’s as simple as that.
– Joseph Campbell

God is a concept by which we measure our pain.
– John Lennon

Eternal suffering awaits anyone who questions God’s infinite love.
– Bill Hicks

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
– Dali Lama

Heaven is on earth and man does not see it.
– Jesus

Comedian Bill Hicks

The late, great Bill Hicks; comedian, philosopher, explorer of alter states of consciousness and political critic. I just finished reading a wonderfully hilarious book on Bill called, Love All The People, by John Lahr and Bill Hicks. This treasure trove of material has Hicks ranting on everything from drugs, to politics to religion and everything dumb about Western culture.

One of my personal favs on drugs:

George H. Bush says we are losing the war on drugs. You know what that implies? There’s a war being fought, and people on drugs are winning it. What does THAT tell you about drugs! Some smart and creative people on that side. They’re winning a war and they’re fucked up! It’s not a war on drugs, it’s a war on personal freedom.
Alcohol and cigarettes are a drug. And they killed more people than crack, coke and heroin…combined!

As well, I love when he points out the hypocrisy in politics and government.

The Supreme Court says pornography is any act that has no artistic merit and causes sexual thought. Hmmmm, sounds like EVERY commercial on television doesn’t it?

In article by Doug Stern which I read in American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story by Cynthia True, Hicks talks about how Denis Leary stole material from him. Both Hicks and Leary were good friends until Leary’s comedy album, No Cure for Cancer, came out. Hick’s was pissed at how much of his own material Leary lifted from him. Here is a great quote by Hicks on Leary:”I have a scoop for you. I stole his (Leary’s) act. I camouflaged it with punchlines, and, to really throw people off, I did it before he did.”

The video clip I have included above is the famous spot that Hicks did on David Letterman back in 1993. However, after taping, Letterman got nervous and pulled it from the show. There was a fall out between the two men and Hicks was never on the show again. Bill died in 1994 from cancer. Then in January 2009, Letterman invited Hicks’s mother on to the show to apologize and air the stand up bit which was considered to ‘racy’ back in 1993. Enjoy!

War is Over

December 16, 2014.

My first entry. Decided to post John Lennon’s Happy Christmas (War is Over) video. The song was originally released in America in 1971. Lennon bought giant billboard spaces in 12 major cities around the world. The message in large black lettering behind a white background was simple: War is Over. Underneath those famous words in smaller print: If you want it. Billboards appeared in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Rome, Athens, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Helsinki.

“Now I understand what you have to do: Put your political message across with a little honey.”
-John Lennon