Karen Armstrong Quotes

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Compassion can be defined, therefore, as an attitude of principled, consistent altruism.

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If it is not tempered by compassion, and empathy, reason can lead men and women into a moral void.

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Religion is really an art form and a struggle to find value and meaning amid the ghastly tragedy of human life.
— Karen Armstrong Ode


Pain is something that's common to human life.  When we ignore it, we aren't engaging in the whole reality, and the pain begins to fester.
— Karen Armstrong


Religion is hard work. Its insights are not self-evident and have to be cultivated in the same way as an appreciation of art, music, or poetry must be developed.


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.

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All fundamentalists feel that in a secular society, God has been relegated to the margin, to the periphery, and they are all in different ways seeking to drag him out of that peripheral position, back to center stage.
— Karen Armstrong
There are some forms of religion that must make God weep.  There are some forms of religion that are bad, just as there's bad cooking or bad art or bad sex, you have bad religion too.  Religion that has concentrated on egotism, that's concentrated on belligerence rather than compassion.
— Karen Armstrong