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This is a personal collection of quotations that I want to save in order to be able to refer to it quickly for my writings.


Creation vs. Cosmology

“Christian Faith and Scientific Knowledge (The Big Bang/evolution) does not necessarily contradict one another. Today, they both run along parallel lines and meet at infinity in perfect harmony at eternity.” mbpl

Boredom

Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other. 
Arthur Schopenhauer 

Boredom is rage spread thin. 
Paul Tillich 

Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away. 
Walter Benjamin 

Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is. 
Thomas Szasz 

James Bridie Quotes
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James Bridie, the pseudonym used by Osborne Henry Mavor (January 3, 1888, in Glasgow – January 29, 1951 in Edinburgh), was a Scottish playwright, screenwriter and surgeon

 

“Boredom is a sign of satisfied ignorance, blunted apprehension, crass sympathies, dull understanding, feeble powers of attention, and irreclaimable weakness of character.” – James Bridie

“As a man thinketh, so is he”

By Proverbs 237 Bible

It is worse still to be ignorant of your ignorance.

Saint Jerome (374 AD – 419 AD)The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.Sir William Osler (1849 – 1919)
Ignorance is not innocence but sin.

Robert Browning (1812 – 1889)
It’s innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn’t.

Mignon McLaughlinThe Neurotic’s NotebookIgnorance, the root and the stem of every evil.

Plato (427 BC – 347 BC)Better be ignorant of a matter than half know it.

Publilius Syrus (~100 BC)Maxims
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968)Strength to Love, 1963
Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.

Laurence J. Peter (1919 – 1988


It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance; for it requires knowledge to perceive it and therefore he that can perceive it hath it not.


Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.

Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC)

Multiculturalism:

“Multi culture is a moral intoxicant. It plays on the emotion of superior virtues and is blighted with misguided “good intentions.”

Multi culture is basically an ideology that is Anti-Western Civilisation.”

“Multiculturalism is used as the Trojan Horse for Islamic domination of all infidel cultures.” (AbdulMuhd)

 

Less Known (cited) Islamic Quotations from Bukhari:

Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Number 617: ****


Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle said, “By Him in Whose Hand my soul is I was about to order for collecting fire-wood (fuel) and then order Someone to pronounce the Adhan for the prayer and then order someone to lead the prayer then I would go from behind and burn the houses of men who did not present themselves for the (compulsory congregational) prayer. By Him, in Whose Hands my soul is, if anyone of them had known that he would get a bone covered with good meat or two (small) pieces of meat present in between two ribs, he would have turned up for the ‘Isha’ prayer.’

 


Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Number 618:****

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Umar:

Allah’s Apostle said, “The prayer in congregation is twenty seven times superior to the prayer offered by person alone.”

 


Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Number 619:

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:

The Prophet said, “The prayer in congregation is twenty five times superior to the prayer offered by person alone.”

 


Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Number 620:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle said, “The reward of the prayer offered by a person in congregation is twenty five times greater than that of the prayer offered in one’s house or in the market (alone). And this is because if he performs ablution and does it perfectly and then proceeds to the mosque with the sole intention of praying, then for every step he takes towards the mosque, he is upgraded one degree in reward and his one sin is taken off (crossed out) from his accounts (of deeds). When he offers his prayer, the angels keep on asking Allah’s Blessings and Allah’s forgiveness for him as long as he is (staying) at his Musalla. They say, ‘O Allah! Bestow Your blessings upon him, be Merciful and kind to him.’ And one is regarded in prayer as long as one is waiting for the prayer.”

 


Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Number 621:

Narrated Abu Salama bin ‘Abdur Rahman:

Abu Huraira said, “I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, ‘The reward of a prayer in congregation is twenty five times greater than that of a prayer offered by a person alone. The angels of the night and the angels of the day gather at the time of Fajr prayer.’ ” Abu Huraira then added, “Recite the Holy Book if you wish, for “Indeed, the recitation of the Qur’an in the early dawn (Fajr prayer) is ever witnessed.” (17.18).

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar: The reward of the congregational prayer is twenty seven times greater (than that of the prayer offered by a person alone).

 


Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Number 622:

Narrated Salim:

I heard Um Ad-Darda’ saying, “Abu Ad-Darda’ entered the house in an angry mood. I said to him. ‘What makes you angry?’ He replied, ‘By Allah! I do not find the followers of Muhammad doing those good things (which they used to do before) except the offering of congregational prayer.” (This happened in the last days of Abu Ad-Darda’ during the rule of ‘Uthman) .

 


Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Number 623:

Narrated Abu Musa:

The Prophet said, “The people who get tremendous reward for the prayer are those who are farthest away (from the mosque) and then those who are next farthest and so on. Similarly one who waits to pray with the Imam has greater reward than one who prays and goes to bed. ”

 


Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Number 624:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle said, “While a man was going on a way, he saw a thorny branch and removed it from the way and Allah became pleased by his action and forgave him for that.” Then the Prophet said, “Five are martyrs: One who dies of plague, one who dies of an abdominal disease, one who dies of drowning, one who is buried alive (and) dies and one who is killed in Allah’s cause.” (The Prophet further said, “If the people knew the reward for pronouncing the Adhan and for standing in the first row (in the congregational prayer) and found no other way to get it except by drawing lots they would do so, and if they knew the reward of offering the Zuhr prayer early (in its stated time), they would race for it and they knew the reward for ‘Isha’ and Fajr prayers in congregation, they would attend them even if they were to crawl’)

 


Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Number 625:

Narrated Humaid:

Anas said, “The Prophet said, ‘O Bani Salima! Don’t you think that for every step of yours (that you take towards the mosque) there is a reward (while coming for prayer)?” Mujahid said: “Regarding Allah’s Statement: “We record that which they have sent before (them), and their traces” (36.12). ‘Their traces’ means ‘their steps.’ ” And Anas said that the people of Bani Salima wanted to shift to a place near the Prophet but Allah’s Apostle disliked the idea of leaving their houses uninhabited and said, “Don’t you think that you will get the reward for your footprints.” Mujahid said, “Their foot prints mean their foot steps and their going on foot.”

 


Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Number 626:****

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, “No prayer is harder for the hypocrites than the Fajr and the ‘Isha’ prayers and if they knew the reward for these prayers at their respective times, they would certainly present themselves (in the mosques) even if they had to crawl.” The Prophet added, “Certainly I decided to order the Mu’adh-dhin (call-maker) to pronounce Iqama and order a man to lead the prayer and then take a fire flame to burn all those who had not left their houses so far for the prayer along with their houses.”

 


Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Number 627:

Narrated Malik bin Huwairith:

Prophet said (to two persons), “Whenever the prayer time becomes due, you should pronounce Adhan and then Iqama and the older of you should lead the prayer.”

 


Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Number 628:****

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle said, “The angels keep on asking for Allah’s Blessing and Forgiveness for anyone of you as long as he is at his Musalla (praying place) and does not do Hadath (passes wind). The angels say, ‘O Allah! Forgive him and be Merciful to him.’ Each one of you is in the prayer as long as he is waiting for the prayer and nothing but the prayer detains him from going to his family.”

 


Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Number 629:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, “Allah will give shade, to seven, on the Day when there will be no shade but His. (These seven persons are) a just ruler, a youth who has been brought up in the worship of Allah (i.e. worships Allah sincerely from childhood), a man whose heart is attached to the mosques (i.e. to pray the compulsory prayers in the mosque in congregation), two persons who love each other only for Allah’s sake and they meet and part in Allah’s cause only, a man who refuses the call of a charming woman of noble birth for illicit intercourse with her and says: I am afraid of Allah, a man who gives charitable gifts so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given (i.e. nobody knows how much he has given in charity), and a person who remembers Allah in seclusion and his eyes are then flooded with tears.”

 


Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Number 630:

Narrated Humaid:

Anas was asked, “Did Allah’s Apostle wear a ring?” He said, “Yes. Once he delayed the ‘Isha’ prayer till mid-night and after the prayer, he faced us and said, ‘The people prayed and have slept and you remained in prayer as long as you waited for it.’ ” Anas added, “As if I were just now observing the glitter of his ring.”

 


Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Number 631:****

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, “Allah will prepare for him who goes to the mosque (every) morning and in the afternoon (for the congregational prayer) an honorable place in Paradise with good hospitality for (what he has done) every morning and afternoon goings.

 


Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Number 632:

Narrated Malik Ibn Buhaina:

Allah’s Apostle passed by a man praying two Rakat after the Iqama (had been pronounced). When Allah’s Apostle completed the prayer, the people gathered around him (the Prophet) or that man and Allah’s Apostle said to him (protesting), Are there four Rakat in Fajr prayer? Are there four Rakat in Fajr prayer?”

 

 

Bukhari Vol 1 B 4

Volume 1, Book 4, Number 137:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle said, “The prayer of a person who does ,Hadath (passes, urine, stool or wind) is not accepted till he performs (repeats) the ablution.” A person from Hadaramout asked Abu Huraira, “What is ‘Hadath’?” Abu Huraira replied, ” ‘Hadath’ means the passing of wind from the anus.”

 


Volume 1, Book 4, Number 138:

Narrated Nu’am Al-Mujmir:

Once I went up the roof of the mosque, along with Abu Huraira. He perform ablution and said, “I heard the Prophet saying, “On the Day of Resurrection, my followers will be called “Al-Ghurr-ul-Muhajjalun” from the trace of ablution and whoever can increase the area of his radiance should do so (i.e. by performing ablution regularly).’ ”

 


Volume 1, Book 4, Number 139: Narrated ‘Abbas bin Tamim:

My uncle asked Allah’s Apostle about a person who imagined to have passed wind during the prayer. Allah’ Apostle replied: “He should not leave his prayers unless he hears sound or smells something.”

 

Perception:

“There is none so blind as those who will not see.” Thomas Chalkley


Matthew 13:13
: 13:13 Therefore I speak to them in parables: because they seeing
: see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand

: Jeremiah 5:21
: Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:

: Isaiah 6:9-10
: And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand not; and see indeed, but perceive not.
: Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

 

Some Richard Dawkins’ Quotes:

“I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.”

  


“One of the things that is wrong with religion is that it teaches us to be satisfied with answers which are not really answers at all.”

  


“Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.”

  


“The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.”

  

“Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where’s the harm? September 11th changed all that.”

  

“The human psyche has two great sicknesses: the urge to carry vendetta across generations, and the tendency to fasten group labels on people rather than see them as individuals. Abrahamic religion gives strong sanction to both – and mixes explosively with both. Only the willfully blind could fail to implicate the divisive force of religion in most, if not all, of the violent enmities in the world today. Without a doubt it is the prime aggravator of the Middle East. Those of us who have for years politely concealed our contempt for the dangerous collective delusion of religion need to stand up and speak out. Things are different now. All is changed, changed utterly.”
— Richard Dawkins

  

“My point is not that religion itself is the motivation for wars, murders and terrorist attacks, but that religion is the principal label, and the most dangerous one, by which a “they” as opposed to a “we” can be identified at all.”
— Richard Dawkins (A Devil’s Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love)

  

“To be fair, much of the Bible is not systematically evil but just plain weird, as you would expect of a chaotically cobbled-together anthology of disjointed documents, composed, revised, translated, distorted and ‘improved’ by hundreds of anonymous authors, editors and copyists, unknown to us and mostly unknown to each other, spanning nine centuries”
— Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion)

“Yahweh: “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unplesant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser, a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
— Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion)

  


“God exists, if only in the form of a meme with high survival value, or infective power, in the environment provided by human culture.”

  


“Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.”

  


“It is often said, mainly by the ‘no-contests’, that although there is no positive evidence for the existence of God, nor is there evidence against his existence. So it is best to keep an open mind and be agnostic. At first sight that seems an unassailable position, at least in the weak sense of Pascal’s wager. But on second thoughts it seems a cop-out, because the same could be said of Father Christmas and tooth fairies. There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can’t prove that there aren’t any, so shouldn’t we be agnostic with respect to fairies?”
— Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion)


“…when two opposite points of view are expressed with equal intensity, the truth does not necessarily lie exactly halfway between them. It is possible for one side to be simply wrong.”

SOME SPIRITUAL INSIGHTS

A Disdain for MaterialismChuang Tzu put on cotton clothes with patches in them, and arranging his girdle and tying on his shoes, (i.e. to keep them from falling off), went to see the prince of Wei.
“How miserable you look, Sir!” Cried the prince. “It is poverty, not misery”, replied Chuang Tzu. “A man who has TAO cannot be miserable. Ragged clothes and old boots make poverty, not misery”.

Chuang Tzu – (Taoism)Meekness Let a man overcome anger by love, let him overcome evil by good; let him overcome the greedy by liberality, the liar by truth! Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.

Dhammapada – (Buddhism)

  

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