Knowledge, without common sense, says Lee, is folly; without method, it is waste; without kindness, it is fanaticism; without religion, it is death. But with common sense, it is wisdom with method, it is power; with clarity, it is beneficence; with religion, it is virtue, and life, and peace.
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.
All mass movements generate in their adherents a readiness to die and a proclivity for united action; all of them, irrespective of the doctrine they preach and the program they project, breed fanaticism, enthusiasm, fervent hope, hatred and intolerance; all of them are capable of releasing a powerful flow of activity in certain departments of life; all of them demand blind faith and singlehearted allegiance.
Moderation is part of faith, so those who accuse Muslim schools of fostering fanaticism should learn a bit more about Islam.
Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.
Fanaticism is overcompensation for doubt.
A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.
In the history of mankind, fanaticism has caused more harm than vice.
Fanaticism soberly defined, is the false fire of an over heated mind.
Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity.
Last Update: August, 2020