Can you match the famous religious leaders to their quote?


By: Tammy Singh

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

There have been many powerful religious leaders throughout history, but some of their ideas might be more similar than you realized. Can you identify which religious leader is being quoted?

Who said: "Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life."

The person we refer to as "Buddha" is better known as Gautama Buddha, after Siddhartha Gautama - the founder of Buddhism.


Who said: "When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator."

Mahatma Gandhi was born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and was a leading figure in the Indian resistance movement as well as a Hindu. He is remembered for his emphasis on peaceful resistance.


Who said: "My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness."

Although often simply referred to as the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso is actually the 14th Dalai Lama. A Buddhist monk, he preaches kindness, tolerance and spirituality.


Who said: "Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes."

Pope John Paul II is widely known as Saint John Paul the Great. Born in Poland, he was the first non-Italian pope in centuries.


Who said: "A strong person is not the person who throws his adversaries to the ground. A strong person is the person who contains himself when he is angry."

This quote from the Prophet Muhammed is from the Sunni Hadith, an important collection of quotes for many followers of Islam.


Who said: "If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples; even though some of them still look down on me."

Saint Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland, a country that was devoted to paganism at that time.


Who said: "It’s time to rescue "intelligent design" from the politics of religion. There are too many riddles not yet answered by either biology or the Bible, and by asking them honestly, without foregone conclusions, science could take a huge leap forward."

Deepak Chopra is an author, speaker, and leader in the New Age movement. He promotes alternative medicine and meditation, and a mind-body approach to healing.


Who said: "If you judge people, you have no time to love them."

Mother Teresa was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun. She spent most of her life as a missionary, working among the poor in India. She was made a saint by the Roman Catholic church in 2016.


Who said: "An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."

Mahatma Gandhi was a powerful advocate of peaceful resistance. He was a lawyer who encouraged non-violent civil disobedience to protest injustice.


Who said: “Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith.”

Attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, who is the prophet of Islam. Born in Mecca around the year 570, he united many Arab tribes and nations.


Who said: "Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening."

Mahatma Gandhi loved his Hindu faith, but also regarded other religions with respect.


Who said: "Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is."

For Gandhi, politics and religion were inseparable. His Hindu faith and powerful political activism were among his defining qualities.


Who said: "One God governs all."

Sai Baba of Shirdi was an Indian holy man for both Hindus and Muslims. He desired unity for all religions.


Who said: "To me the earth's most explosive and pernicious evil is racism, the inability of God's creatures to live as one, especially in the Western world."

Malcolm X was an American Islamic leader who began his journey of faith in the Nation of Islam organization. After a pilgrimage to Mecca, he began preaching to all nationalities the message of Islam and integration.


Who said: "Commitment to great causes makes great men."

Billy Graham is a famous American Christian evangelist, who held huge crusades and had many sermons broadcast over radio and television. He was an active Christian leader for more than six decades and has since retired. He is hoping to see his 100th birthday.


Who said: "My religion teaches me that whenever there is distress which one cannot remove, one must fast and pray."

Mahatma Gandhi was a political figure, but also deeply religious. "Mahatma" is not his given name - it is a term meaning "great soul," similar to "Saint" in the Christian tradition.


Who said: "The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread."

While many people say, "I'm no Mother Teresa" to mean that they aren't altruistic, Mother Teresa had some views that not everybody agreed with. She always saw her role as a missionary before her role as a humanitarian.


Who said: "Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion."

The 14th Dalai Lama was born Lhamo Thondup and given the religious name Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, which was then shortened to Tenzin Gyatso. His mission is increasing kindness and compassion in the world.


Who said: "We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it."

Rick Warren is the pastor of Saddleback Church, an Evangelical megachurch that is the eighth largest in America. His book, "The Purpose Driven Life" sold more than 30 million copies, making him one of the New York Times' best-selling authors.


Who said: "I gave in, and admitted that God was God."

C.S. Lewis is most widely known for his books, "The Chronicles of Narnia." However, he had many other roles throughout his life, including being a famous Christian apologist whose views are still widely quoted.


Who said: “If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts, happiness follows them like a never-departing shadow.”

Purity is an important concept in Buddhism, and The Buddha taught his subjects to strive for purity to achieve nirvana.


Who said: “Don't condemn if you see a person has a dirty glass of water, just show them the clean glass of water that you have. When they inspect it, you won't have to say that yours is better.”

Elijah Muhammad was an African American Islamic leader, who led the Nation Of Islam party from 1934 - 1975. Among the people he mentored were Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Louis Farrakhan.


Who said: "I am not bothered by the fact that I am not understood. I am bothered when I do not know others."

A Chinese philosopher (among many other roles), the teachings of Confucius emphasize morality, justice and truthfulness. His teachings formed a movement known as Confucianism.


Who said: "I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against."

Malcolm X started his activism in the Nation Of Islam party preaching against integration - he later left the party, became a Sunni Muslim, and revised his strong opinions.


Who said: "Give, even if you only have a little.”

Many faith traditions teach the importance of generosity, and the Buddha was no exception. Lack of possessions does not excuse a person from being generous.


Who said: "Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained."

Works attributed to Lao Tzu appear in important Taoist books, although it's hard to establish his true identity. Whoever he really was, he had some great wisdom.


Who said: "God does not become weary of forgiving until the servant becomes weary of asking for forgiveness."

Imam al-Ghazali has been called the second most influential man in Islam, after the Prophet Muhammad. He heavily influenced Islamic interpretation of theology.


Who said: "To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible."

Thomas Aquinas is a Catholic Saint who was born in Italy, in the year 1225. He heavily influenced Western thinking and Christian philosophy, and taught that reason was found in God.


Who said: "All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired."

Martin Luther spearheaded the Protestant Reformation, when he challenged some of the prominent religious ideas of the time. This movement paved the way for the separation of the Catholic and Protestant branches of Christianity.


Who said: "You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself."

Swami Vivekananda was an Indian Hindu monk. He was influential in introducing yoga to Westerners.


Who said: "There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground."

Rumi was a 13th century Islamic leader, Sunni Muslim and Sufi mystic. His poetry is known throughout the world and has been translated into many different languages.


Who said: "The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens."

Founder of the Baha'i religion, Baha'u'llah's teachings centred around humanity as a single race, unifying all people.


Who said: "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."

Another quote from the lady who exemplifies humanitarian works for many people. Mother Teresa believed in the value of developing character over material possessions.


Who said: "Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength."

Charles Spurgeon was a Baptist preacher and a prolific writer in the 1800s. His sermons were so influential that many of his printed works are still available today.


Who said: "All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness … the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives."

The Dalai Lama sums up our quiz with this quote about the fundamental heart of the major religions - to make the world a better place. They have more in common than we think!


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