95 Thought-provoking Fanaticism Quotes To Make You Think

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The Most Famous Fanaticism Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Fanaticism is the danger of the world, and always has been, and has done untold harm. I might almost say that I was fanatical against fanaticism. — Bertrand Russell

From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step. — Denis Diderot

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. — Winston Churchill

Religious conflict can be the bloodiest and cruelest conflicts that turn people into fanatics. — William J. Brennan

Fanatics are picturesque, mankind would rather see gestures than listen to reasons. — Friedrich Nietzsche

There are no forces on this planet more dangerous to all of us than the fanaticisms of fundamentalism. — Daniel Dennett

There is no place in a fanatic's head where reason can enter. — Napoleon Bonaparte

Fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves. — Bertrand Russell

Phlegmatic natures can be inspired to enthusiasm only by being made into fanatics. — Friedrich Nietzsche

What is fanaticism today is the fashionable creed tomorrow, and trite as the multiplication table a week after. — Wendell Phillips

Short Fanaticism Quotes

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  • All fanaticism is repressed doubt. — Carl Jung
  • The fans are the motivators that keep me creating my style of content. — Ryan Higa
  • With the support of all our fans, we have to be stronger than our opponents. — Didier Deschamps
  • If it’s you and me against the world, then so be it. — Jay-Z
  • When I make a video, I’m always thinking about the fans. — Ryan Higa
  • The only trouble was that the scripture master, Mr. Ebenzar, was a fanatic. — R.K. Narayan
  • And no one is a superfan of anything that doesn’t make them feel special. — Pat Flynn
  • Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity. — Edward Gibbon
  • Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim. — George Santayana
  • Fanaticism, the false fire of an overheated mind. — William Cowper

Religious Fanaticism Quotes

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Hindustan had become free. Pakistan had become independent soon after its inception but man was still slave in both these countries -- slave of prejudice … slave of religious fanaticism … slave of barbarity and inhumanity. — Saadat Hasan Manto

Am I a criminal? The world knows I'm not a criminal. What are they trying to put me in jail for? You've lost common sense in this society because of religious fanaticism and dogma. — Jack Kevorkian

Theological religion is the source of all imaginable follies and disturbances. It is the parent of fanaticism and civil discord; it is the enemy of mankind. — Voltaire

Religious fanaticism and hatred are a world-devouring fire, whose violence none can quench. — Bahá'u'lláh

Tolerance and freedom of thought are the veritable antidotes to religious fanaticism. — Baron d'Holbach

A fanatic, either, religious or political, is the subject of strong delusions. — Richard Whately

The vast majority of Muslims living here are peaceful citizens. Unfortunately, however, we also see religious and political fanaticism among Muslim groups in Germany. — Otto Schily

We discover in the gospels a groundwork of vulgar ignorance, of things impossible, of superstition, fanaticism and fabrication . — Thomas Jefferson

Religious fanaticism has clearly produced, and in all probability will continue to produce, enormous amounts of bickering, fighting, violence, bloodshed, homicide, feuds, wars, and genocide. — Albert Ellis

There are many different rivers that lead into despair: there's poverty; there's political repression; there's gender apartheid - there's a sense of culture loss; there's religious fanaticism. — Lawrence Wright

Fanatical Quotes

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If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large. — William Wilberforce

In this respect fundamentalism has demonic traits. It destroys the humble honesty of the search for truth, it splits the conscience of its thoughtful adherents, and it makes them fanatical because they are forced to suppress elements of truth of which they are dimly aware — Paul Tillich

People haunted by the purposelessness of their lives try to find a new content not only by dedicating themselves to a holy cause but also by nursing a fanatical grievance. A mass movement offers them unlimited opportunities for both. — Eric Hoffer

I said something which gave you to think I hated cats. But gad, sir, I am one of the most fanatical cat lovers in the business. If you hate them, I may learn to hate you. If your allergies hate them, I will tolerate the situation to the best of my ability. — Raymond Chandler

I often told the fanatics of realism that there is no such thing as realism in art: it only exists in the mind of the observer. Art is a symbol, a thing conjuring up reality in our mental image. That is why I don't see any contradiction between abstract and figurative art either. — Antoni Tapies

America was founded by the refuse of the religious fanatics of England, these undesirable elements that came over on the Mayflower. Ignorant, religious fanatics who land here and abuse the Indians. — Frank Zappa

Many Texas barbecue fanatics have a strong belief in the beneficial properties of accumulated grease. — Calvin Trillin

The American: a titan enamored of progress, a fanatical giant who worships "getting things done" but never asks himself what he is doing nor why he is doing it. — Octavio Paz

Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits. Fanatics will never learn that, though it be written in letters of gold across the sky. It is the prohibition that makes anything precious. — Mark Twain

I am a fanatic! I feel a power within me...a fire that I may not quench, but must keep ablaze. — Vincent Van Gogh

Religious Fanatics Quotes

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In our country are evangelists and zealots of many different political, economic and religious persuasions whose fanatical conviction is that all thought is divinely classified into two kinds - that which is their own and that which is false and dangerous. — Robert H. Jackson

It will be a Religious War, a sort of Christian Jihad, fueled by religious hatred and led by merciless fanatics on both sides. It will be guerilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy. — Hunter S. Thompson

[W]hat makes patriotic and religious fanatics such dangerous opponents is not the deaths of the fanatics themselves, but their willingness to accept the deaths of a fraction of their number in order to annihilate or crush their infidel enemy. — Jared Diamond

It's almost impossible to deal with a crazy man, except that he does have religious beliefs, and the world of Islam will be damaged if a fanatic like him should commit murder in the name of religion against 60 innocent people. — Ruhollah Khomeini

If God is everywhere, I had concluded, then He is in food. Therefore, the more I ate the godlier I would become. Impelled by this new religious fervor, I glutted myself like a fanatic. — Woody Allen

Ladies, just know that when you grow your hair too long, you got about two inches difference between really hot, sexy supermodel - religious fanatic. Hot Maxim cover girl everybody wants a mouth kiss - unhealthy faith in your lord. Soft, silky, shiny hair everyone wants to touch - one of 12 brides. — Iliza Shlesinger

The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not. — Eric Hoffer

That's because international Islamic religious fanatics have the same goal as the Axis fascists - the destruction of our way of life. — David Hackworth

The religious fanatic drew a small circle and left me, the infidel, outside it. However, I, with the help of love, won over him - I drew a large circle and included him. — Ameen Rihani

Some 'separation' zealots would expunge any vestige of religious observance in public schools. Many of the same anti-religious fanatics would like to wipe out of existence all church-related schools, by regulation or taxation, so that universal ignorance of the life of spirit should prevail. — Russell Kirk

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More Fanaticism Quotes

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Imperious, choleric, irascible, extreme in everything, with a dissolute imagination the like of which has never been seen, atheistic to the point of fanaticism, there you have me in a nutshell, and kill me again or take me as I am, for I shall not change. — Marquis De Sade

What will happen once the authentic mass man takes over, we do not know yet, although it may be a fair guess that he will have more in common with the meticulous, calculated correctness of Himmler than with the hysterical fanaticism of Hitler, will more resemble the stubborn dullness of Molotov than the sensual vindictive cruelty of Stalin. — Hannah Arendt

My crime is that I will not go with the multitude to do evil. My singularity is that when I say that freedom is of God and slavery is of the devil, I mean just what I say. My fanaticism is that I insist on the American people abolishing slavery, or ceasing to prate on the rights of man. — William Lloyd Garrison

If the freedom of religion, guaranteed to us by law in theory, can ever rise in practice under the overbearing inquisition of public opinion, [then and only then will truth]prevail over fanaticism. — Thomas Jefferson

Today's terrorism is not the product of a traditional history of anarchism, nihilism, or fanaticism. It is instead the contemporary partner of globalization. — Jean Baudrillard

Muslims are the first victims of Islam. Many times I have observed in my travels in the Orient that fanaticism comes from a small number of dangerous men who maintain the others in the practice of religion by terror. To liberate the Muslim from his religion is the best service one can render him. — Ernest Renan

Which is more dangerous: fanaticism or atheism? Fanaticism is certainly a thousand times more deadly; for atheism inspires no bloody passion whereas fanaticism does; atheism is opposed to crime and fanaticism causes crimes to be committed. — Voltaire

In morals, what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion, what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil. — Anna Brownell Jameson

A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. — Carl Sagan

It may be possible to fight intolerance, stupidity, and fanaticism seperately, but when they come together there is no hope. — Albert Einstein

Time and again we see leaders and members of religions incite aggression, fanaticism, hate, and xenophobia - even inspire and legitimate violent and bloody conflicts. — Hans Kung

As a musician I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery, fanaticism, crime, evil, the supernatural, there would no longer be the means for writing one note. — Georges Bizet

The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism. — John C. Calhoun

There can be no fanatics in the cause of genuine liberty. Fanaticism is excessive zeal. There may be, and have been fanatics in false religion; in the bloody religions of the heathen. — Thaddeus Stevens

I believe in evil. It is the property of all those who are certain of truth. Despair and fanaticism are only differing manifestations of evil. — Edward Teller

The Bible parable says that while men slept, the enemy sowed tares among the wheat. A boy who rises at 4:30 to deliver papers is considered a go-getter, but to urge our young people to rise at 5:30 to pray is considered fanaticism. We must once again wear the harness of discipline. There is no other way. — Leonard Ravenhill

Religion without philosophy is sentiment, or sometimes fanaticism, while philosophy without religion is mental speculation. — A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Anyone who takes his faith seriously and speaks in behalf of Christ and His kingdom will be accused of fanaticism at some point. — R. C. Sproul

The opposite of compromise is not integrity. The opposite of compromise is not idealism. The opposite of compromise is fanaticism and death. — Amos Oz

When I remember thee in days to come, O Jerusalem, it will not be with pleasure. The musty deposits of 2,000 years of inhumanity, intolerance, and uncleanliness lie in the foul-smelling alleys... The amiable dreamer of Nazareth has only contributed to increasing the hatred... What superstition and fanaticism on every side! — Theodor Herzl

To fight tyranny and oppression by using tyrannical and oppressive means, to combat a single-minded and ruthless fanaticism by becoming equally fanatical and ruthless, will not further the cause of justice or bring about a meaningful democracy. It can only prolong the cycle of violence. — Tariq Ali

Fanaticism, to which men are so much inclined, has always served not only to render them more brutalized but more wicked. — Voltaire

One would think that a system loaded with such gross and vulgar absurdities as Scripture religion is could never have obtained credit; yet we have seen what priestcraft and fanaticism can do, and credulity believe. — Thomas Paine

Where there is hunger there is no hope. There is only desolation and pain. Hunger nurtures violence and fanaticism. A world where people starve will never be safe — Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

This fanaticism is what feeds terrorism. And this is precisely why Muslims must play an active role in opposing hate sermons and incitement to terrorism and extremism in their mosques. — Otto Schily

The point is, there is no feasible excuse for what are, for what we have made of ourselves. We have chosen to put profits before people, money before morality, dividends before decency, fanaticism before fairness, and our own trivial comforts before the unspeakable agonies of others — Iain Banks

Criticism alone can sever the root of materialism, fatalism, atheism, free-thinking, fanaticism, and superstition, which can be injurious universally; as well as of idealism and skepticism, which are dangerous chiefly to the Schools, and hardly allow of being handed on to the public. — Sayings

The recognition that no knowledge can be complete, no metaphor entire, is itself humanizing. It counteracts fanaticism. It grants even to adversaries the possibility of partial truth, and to oneself the possibility of error. — Alvin Toffler

They are, all of them, born with raging fanaticism in their hearts, just as the Bretons and the Germans are born with blond hair. I would not be in the least bit surprised if these people would not some day become deadly to the human race. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

In Conclusion

These quotes emphasize the importance of critical thinking and encourage individuals to question their own beliefs. They caution against blindly following ideologies and warn about the divisive nature of fanaticism. By highlighting the potential harm caused by fanaticism, these quotes serve as a reminder to seek understanding and maintain an open mind.

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