"Every society and religion has rules, for both have moral laws. And the essence of morality consists, as in art, of drawing the line somewhere."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Huston Smith on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Huston Smith on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Huston Smith on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Huston Smith on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Huston Smith on Mahatma Gandhi
"The faith I was born into formed me."
"I've spent the last 50 years or so steeping myself in the world's religions, and I've done my homework. I've gone to each of the world's eight great religions and sought out the most profound scholars I could find, and I've apprenticed myself to them and actually practiced each faith."
"Whether things turn out for the better depends on what we do. We ought not spend our time masterminding the future, but recognize our marching orders: to do the best we can for history and the planet."
"Human intelligence is a reflection of the intelligence that produces everything. In knowing, we are simply extending the intelligence that comes to and constitutes us. We mimic the mind of God, so to speak. Or better, we continue and extend it."
"Exclusively oral cultures are unencumbered by dead knowledge, dead facts. Libraries, on the other hand, are full of them."