Pious Quotes

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Henri J.M. Nouwen
“It is tragic to see how the religious sentiment of the West has become so individualized that concepts such as "a contrite heart," have come to refer only to the personal experiences of guilt and willingness to do penance for it. The awareness of our impurity in thoughts, words and deeds can indeed put us in a remorseful mood and create in us the hope for a forgiving gesture. But if the catastrophical events of our days, the wars, mass murders, unbridled violence, crowded prisons, torture chambers, the hunger and the illness of millions of people and he unnamable misery of a major part of the human race is safely kept outside the solitude of our hearts, our contrition remains no more than a pious emotion. ”
Henri J.M. Nouwen, Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life

Harlow Shapley
“Some piously record 'In the beginning God', but I say 'In the beginning hydrogen'.”
Harlow Shapley

Kamand Kojouri
“Violinists wear the imprint on their necks with pride
For they are the players of harmony.

Pilgrims, too, wear the imprint on their foreheads with pride
For they are the conductors of unity.

And Lovers? Why, they are made humble by the imprint on their hearts
For they are merely the instruments of rhapsody.”
Kamand Kojouri

“Some people think they are always right; they are always ready to judge those who they see as wrong!”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

V.C. Andrews
“Look at you, standing there in your iron- gray dress, feeling pious
and self- righteous while you starve small children!”
V.C. Andrews, Flowers in the Attic

Shannon L. Alder
“Piety
/pi•e•ty/ (modern definition)

1. When you use Christ’s teachings to put someone in their place out of anger and self-righteousness. It is the number two reason people leave the faith. The first is pride.”
Shannon L. Alder

Thomas Paine
“It has been the practice of all Christian commentators on the Bible, and of all Christian priests and preachers, to impose the Bible on the world as a mass of truth, and as the word of God; they have disputed and wrangled, and have anathematized each other about the supposable meaning of particular parts and passages therein; one has said and insisted that such a passage meant such a thing, another that it meant directly the contrary, and a third, that it meant neither one nor the other, but something different from both; and this they have called understanding the Bible.

It has happened, that all the answers that I have seen to the former part of 'The Age of Reason' have been written by priests: and these pious men, like their predecessors, contend and wrangle, and understand the Bible; each understands it differently, but each understands it best; and they have agreed in nothing but in telling their readers that Thomas Paine understands it not.”
Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

E.A. Bucchianeri
“There may be some truth (atheists) do not need to believe in a god to be good, but then if they do not believe in a god, who do they believe gives the Universal Law of following good and shunning evil? Obviously, mankind. But then that is a dangerous thing, for if a man does not believe in a god capable of giving perfect laws, he is in the position of declaring all laws come from man, and as man is imperfect, he can declare that as fallible men make imperfect laws, he can pick and choose what he wishes to follow, that which, in his own mind seems good. He does not believe in divine retribution, therefore he can also declare his own morality contrary to what the divine may decree simply because he believes there is no divine decree. He may follow his every whim and passion, declaring it to be good when it may be very evil, for he like all men is imperfect, so how can he tell what is verily good? The atheist is in danger of mistaking vice for good and consequently follow another slave master and tyrant, his own physical and mental weakness. Evil would be wittingly or unwittingly perpetrated, therefore, to recognise the existence of a perfect divine being that gives perfect Universal Laws is much better than not to believe in a god, for if there is a perfect god, they will not allow their laws to be broken with impunity as in the case with many corrupt judges on earth, but will punish accordingly in due time. Therefore, to be pious and reverent is the surest path to true freedom as a perfect god will give perfect laws to prevent all manner of slavery, tyranny and moral wantonness, even if we do not understand why they are good laws at times.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

Alireza Salehi Nejad
“Those who replace love in people’s life with bread, are deceitful, and call their deceit “pious”.”
Alireza Salehi Nejad, The Third World: Country or People

“This is a night for song and sin and drink, for come the morrow, the virtuous and the vile burn together.”
George R.R. Martin, Fire & Blood

Alireza Salehi Nejad
“Pious” is a sword that the clever always use it to eliminate the truth.”
Alireza Salehi Nejad, The Third World: Country or People

Elif Shafak
“I'm not one of those pious types who spend their whole lives hunched on prayer rugs while their eyes and hearts remain closed to the outside world. They read the Qur'an only on the surface. But I read the Qur'an in the budding flowers and migrating birds. I read the Brething Qur'an secreted in human beings. Every man is an open book, each and every one of us a walking Qur'an. The quest for God is ingrained in the hearts of all, be it prostitute or a saint. Love exists within each of us from the moment we are born and waits to be discovered from then on.”
Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love

“think they are always right are always ready to judge those they perceive to be wrong!”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“It is far better to be seen by others as a sinner and plead fervently to Christ for salvation than to be regarded as a pious one and miss salvation! It is far better to be seen by others as wrong and seek to do what is right, than to be regarded as right when in reality, you might be heading towards a ditch!”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Dear pious fellow! Our greatest hope for you is that one day you will understand that you have no enemy other than death, no port other than existence, no protector other than your own mind!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Will Advise
“I am the most pious person in the room. Even though I have no pie - I have pizza, and what can be more virtuous than eating all by yourself?”
Will Advise, Nothing is here...

“I have some devotional books you can look over. Learn to quote from them. Nothing discourages unwanted questions as much as a flow of pious bleating.

(Petyr Baelish to Sansa Stark)”
George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“I possess the rather amazing ability to cure the need to ever be cured again. And I can do that simply by claiming the ability to cure myself. For in doing so, it won’t be long before I won’t be around to be cured.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Abhijit Naskar
“The term altruism indicates a separation between an observer of altruism and a practitioner of altruism. And so long as there prevails this separation, this duality between the observer and the observed, real action will always remain a theory for the majority of the human population. So, right now, with the plain ordinary awareness of the harms of separation, destroy the duality that prevails within you, which separates your being from real action. And the moment you do so, piety and progress will automatically begin to rush through your veins out into the world, like the water that begins to flow, once you turn the faucet on.”
Abhijit Naskar, Lives to Serve Before I Sleep

Abhijit Naskar
“One who is human, is holy - one who is human, is sanctimonious - one who is human, is chaste - one who is human, is pious.”
Abhijit Naskar, Aşkanjali: The Sufi Sermon

Mwanandeke Kindembo
“It is almost impossible to become a pious person, without having any self-interest left
within you.”
Mwanandeke Kindembo, Resistance To Intolerance

“CLERICS AND PREACHERS ARE SELDOM PIOUS OR HOLY LIKE SAINTS.”
SACHIN RAMDAS BHARATIYA