Karen Armstrong Quotes & Sayings

54 most famous Karen Armstrong quotes and sayings. These are the first 10 quotes we have for her. She's a 72 year old British writer born on Nov 14, 1944.

“Ever since the Crusades, when Christians from western Europe were fighting holy wars against Muslims in the near east, western people have often perceived Islam as a violent and intolerant faith - even though when this prejudice took root Islam had a better record of tolerance than Christianity.”
“Today we often think that before we start living a religious life we have first to accept the creedal doctrines and that before one can have any comprehension of the loyalty and trust of faith, one must first force one's mind to accept a host of incomprehensible doctrines. But this is to put the cart before the horse.”
“But human beings fall easily into despair, and from the very beginning we invented stories that enabled us to place our lives in a larger setting, that revealed an underlying pattern, and gave us a sense that, against all the depressing and chaotic evidence to the contrary, life had meaning and value.”
Karen Armstrong Quotes
“We are addicted to our egotism, our likes and dislikes and prejudices, and depend upon them for our own sense of identity.”
Karen Armstrong Quotes
“I like silence; I'm a gregarious loner and without the solitude, I lose my gregariousness.”
Karen Armstrong Quotes
“Compassion is the key in Islam and Buddhism and Judaism and Christianity. They are profoundly similar.”
“Religions have always stressed that compassion is not only central to religious life, it is the key to enlightenment and it the true test of spirituality. But there have always have been those who'd rather put easier goals, like doctrine conformity, in place.”
“Zionism was originally a rebellion against religious Judaism and the PLO Charter was essentially secularist. But because the conflict was allowed to fester without a resolution, religion got sucked into the escalating cycle of violence and became part of the problem.”
Karen Armstrong Quotes
“Jesus did not spend a great deal of time discoursing about the trinity or original sin or the incarnation, which have preoccupied later Christians. He went around doing good and being compassionate.”
Karen Armstrong Quotes
“Religious people often prefer to be right rather than compassionate. Often, they don't want to give up their egotism. They want their religion to endorse their ego, their identity.”

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