"In the holy city of Mecca, violence of any kind was forbidden. From the moment they left home, pilgrims were not permitted to carry weapons, to swat an insect or speak an angry word, a discipline that introduced them to a new way of living."
"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country."Karen Armstrong on Margaret Thatcher
"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."Karen Armstrong on Benjamin Franklin
"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."Karen Armstrong on Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home."Karen Armstrong on Bill Cosby
"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."Karen Armstrong on Robert Frost
"We have domesticated God's transcendence. We often learn about God at about the same time as we are learning about Santa Claus but our ideas about Santa Claus change, mature and become more nuanced, whereas our ideas of God can remain at a rather infantile level."
"Islam is a religion of success. Unlike Christianity, which has as its main image, in the west at least, a man dying in a devastating, disgraceful, helpless death."
"When violence becomes imbedded in a region, then this affects everything. It affects your dreams, your fantasies and relationships, and your religion becomes violent, too."
"Mohammed was not an apparent failure. He was a dazzling success, politically as well as spiritually, and Islam went from strength to strength to strength."
"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."
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