Cult Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old cult quotes, cult sayings, and cult proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The cult of personality is the curse of modern communication. Why should we believe that the actor, the entertainer or the sportsperson, the well-born, rich (whether by talent or accident,) or just famous for being famous, have anything original, wise, or philosophical to say? Yet, smitten by celebrity, we hang upon their lips.     

Anita Robinson

Even small cults are a serious cost on the world economy, to victims, their families, employers, friends, and credit-card companies.     

Keith Henson

The new cult... unimportant and opinionated young men who fancy that they can invert Nature and the human passions.... The love of a man for a woman, of woman for man, is the axis whereon the universe revolves.

Cyril M. Drew

A cult is a religion with no political power.

Tom Wolfe

One person's religion is another person's cult.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

The difference between a cult and an established religion is sometimes about one generation.     

Scott McLemee

What's a cult? It just means not enough people to make a minority.

Robert Altman

Every family had its own peculiar cult, to which no stranger was ever admitted, and which alone could appease and satisfy the gods of that family. The cult was handed down from father to son, from generation to generation, and could not be lost without condemning the whole series of ancestors to eternal misery.

Helen Dendy Bosanquet

The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly human goal.     

Pope Francis

The modern spirit is a hesitant one. Spontaneity has given way to cautious legalisms, and the age of heroes has been superseded by a cult of specialization. We have no more giants; only obedient ants.      

Roger Lowenstein

Despite the success cult, men are most deeply moved not by the reaching of the goal but by the grandness of the effort involved in getting there - or failing to get there.

Max Lerner

Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence.... It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.      

Okakura Kakuzō

Men who care passionately for women attach themselves at least as much to the temple and to the accessories of the cult as to their goddess herself.

Marguerite Yourcenar

The cult of happiness turns into a huge concern which to my opinion is exactly contrary to what happiness should be: a paradise of enchantment.     

Pascal Bruckner

The cult of moral grayness is a revolt against moral values.

Ayn Rand

A good cult delivers on its promises. A good cult nourishes the needs of its members, has transparency and integrity, and creates provisions for challenging its leadership openly. A good cult expands the freedoms and well-being of its members rather than limits them.     

Philip Zimbardo

If you want to fight a cult, you've got to form a cult.     

Steve Almond

The selfishness of an age that has devoted itself to the mere cult of pleasure has tainted the whole human race with an error that makes all our acts more or less lies against God.     

Thomas Merton

All culture must have arisen from cult.     

Alan Moore

Religious cult: The church down the street from yours.      

Johnny Hart

The believer in magic and miracles reflects on how to impose a law on nature--: and, in brief, the religious cult is the outcome of this reflection.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

The less reasonable a cult is, the more men seek to establish it by force.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

When a cult grows up, it becomes a culture.

Jan Shipps

A cult following is a nice way of saying very few people like you.     

Martin Mull

Cult leaders succeed in dominating their followers because they have mastered the cruel art of exploiting universal human dependency and attachment needs in others.

Daniel Shaw

The only difference between a cult and a religion is the amount of real estate they own.     

Frank Zappa

Many cults start off with high ideals that get corrupted by leaders or their board of advisors who become power-hungry and dominate and control members' lives. No group with high ideals starts off as a 'cult'; they become one when their errant ways are exposed.

Philip Zimbardo

Worship is the community's cult in its purest, most inward, most subjective form--a cult in which objectivity is, as it were, consumed and digested, while the objective content, now stripped of its objectivity, has become a possession of mind and feeling.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.     

Robert A. Heinlein

The cult of art gives pride; one never has too much of it.

Gustave Flaubert