"I looked at some of the statues of Jesus they were just stones with no life. When they said that God is three, I was puzzled even more but could not argue. I believed it, simply because I had to have respect for the faith of my parents."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Cat Stevens on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Cat Stevens on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Cat Stevens on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Cat Stevens on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Cat Stevens on Abraham Lincoln
"This is the beauty of the Qur'an: it asks you to reflect and reason, and not to worship the sun or moon but the One who has created everything. The Qur'an asks man to reflect upon the sun and moon and God's creation in general."
"I was brought up in the modern world of all the luxury and the highlight of show business. I was born into a Christian home."
"I suppose that by being absent from the music business, it appeared that I just dropped out, but really I never did. I was continuously working and doing various things."
"Salman Rushdie, indeed any writer who abuses the prophet or indeed any prophet under Islamic law, the sentence for that is actually death."
"In those days a concert was a personal experience. I wanted to be as close as possible to the audience, and of course big stadiums didn't enable you to do that. It wasn't my style."