"Today mythical thinking has fallen into disrepute we often dismiss it as irrational and self-indulgent. But the imagination is also the faculty that has enabled scientists to bring new knowledge to light and to invent technology that has made us immeasurably more effective."
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."Karen Armstrong on Albert Einstein
"Information is not knowledge."Karen Armstrong on Albert Einstein
"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."Karen Armstrong on Marcus Garvey
"Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be."Karen Armstrong on Albert Einstein
"Ignorance is the curse of God knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven."Karen Armstrong on William Shakespeare
"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."