Atheism Quotes

 A bad cause will never be supported by bad means and bad men. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets. 
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1917
  
 A good deal of so-called atheism is itself, from my point of view, theologically significant. It is the working of God in history, and judgement upon the pious. An authentic prophet can and should be a radical critic of spurious piety, of sham spirituality. 
Author: James Luther Adams
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1901  - d. 26 July 1994
  
 A human being is part of a whole, called by us the 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 A person starts to live when he can live outside himself. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years, but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 A theory can be proved by experiment; but no path leads from experiment to the birth of a theory. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: 'What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.' The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, 'What is the turtle standing on?' 'You're very clever, young man, very clever,' said the little old lady. 'But it's turtles all the way down.' 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 According to this conception, the sole function of education was to open the way to thinking and knowing, and the school, as the outstanding organ for the people's education, must serve that end exclusively. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Action and care will in time wear down the strongest frame, but guilt and melancholy are poisons of quick dispatch. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 All explorers are seeking something they have lost. It is seldom that they find it, and more seldom still that the attainment brings them greater happiness than the quest. 
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1917
  
 All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 All such action would cease if those powerful elemental forces were to cease stirring within us.  
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 All these constructions and the laws connecting them can be arrived at by the principle of looking for the mathematically simplest concepts and the link between them. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 An atheist is one who hopes the Lord will do nothing to disturb his disbelief. 
Author: Franklin P. Jones
Nationality: American
b. December 1881  - d.  December 1960
  
 Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. 
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1917
  
 Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be a true system. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Anything you don't understand, Mr. Rankin, you attribute to God. God for you is where you sweep away all the mysteries of the world, all the challenges to our intelligence. You simply turn your mind off and say 'God did it'. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 As long as there are sovereign nations possessing great power, war is inevitable. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 At any rate, I am convinced that God does not play dice. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 At the same time, as social beings, we are moved in the relations with our fellow beings by such feelings as sympathy, pride, hate, need for power, pity, and so on. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Atheism is rather in the life than in the heart of man. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not; but superstition dismounts all these, and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men...the master of superstition is the people; and arguments are fitted to practice, in a reverse order. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 But their intervention makes our acts to serve ever less merely the immediate claims of our instincts 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Christianity does not remove you from the world and its problems; it makes you fit to live in it, triumphantly and usefully. 
Author: Charles Bradley Templeton
Nationality: Canadian
b. December 1915  - d.  December 2001
  
 Christianity is just Prozac without the need for a prescription. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Considered logically this concept is not identical with the totality of sense impressions referred to; but it is an arbitrary creation of the human (or animal) mind. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Could anything be absurder than humans? The animal who knows everything about himself - except why we were born and the meaning of our unique life? 
Author: Storm Jameson
Nationality: English
b. 08 January 1891  - d. 30 September 1986
  
 Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting points and its rich environment. But the point from which we started out still exists and can be seen, although it appears smaller and forms a tiny part of our broad view gained by the mastery of the obstacles on our adventurous way up. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Curiosity has its own reason for existence. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Degeneracy follows every autocratic system of violence, for violence inevitably attracts moral inferiors. Time has proven that illustrious tyrants are succeeded by scoundrels. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Devotion to God is atheism to Life. 
Author: Norman Lindsay
Nationality: Australian
b. 22 February 1879  - d. 21 November 1969
  
 Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Do you ever sit down and wonder what is wrong with the world? Do you ever ask yourself why it is that Christians seem to have so little influence, why they seem to achieve so little, for all their numbers, in putting the world right? To each of those two questions there is ultimately but one answer. It is this: we lack the mind of Christ. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 During the last century, and part of the one before, it was widely held that there was an unreconcilable conflict between knowledge and belief. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 E=mc_ (Energy equals mass times the square of the speed of light.) Original statement: If a body gives off the energy L in the form of radiation, its mass diminshes by L/c_. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Each makes this cosmos and its construction the pivot of his emotional life, in order to find in this way peace and security which he can not find in the narrow whirlpool of personal experience. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Early to bed, early to rise Work like hell and advertise. 
Author: Ted Turner
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1938
  
 Education is the progressive realization of our ignorance. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for insects as well as for the stars. Human beings, vegetables or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Formal symbolic representation of qualitative entities is doomed to its rightful place of minor significance in a world where flowers and beautiful women abound. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Generations to come will find it difficult to believe that a man such as Gandhi ever walked the face of this earth. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 God is clever, but not dishonest. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 God is subtle but not malicious. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 God, used to be the answer, now he's the question. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Has not peace honours and glories of her own, unattended by the dangers of war? 
Author: General Hermocrates
Nationality: Syracuse   
 He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 How do I work? I grope. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 I am independent! I can live alone and I love to work. 
Author: Mary Cassatt
Nationality: American
b. 22 May 1844  - d. 14 June 1926
  
 I am old enough to know that victory is often a thing deferred, and rarely at the summit of courage. What is at the summit of courage, I think, is freedom. The freedom that comes with the knowledge that no earthly thing can break you. 
Author: Paula Giddings
Nationality: African-American
b. December 1947
  
 I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't. 
Author: Jules Renard
Nationality: French
b. 22 February 1864  - d. 22 May 1910
  
 I was suddenly arrested by what seemed to be an awful voice proclaiming the words, "Eternity! Eternity! Eternity!" It reached my very soul - my whole man shook - it brought me like Saul to the ground. The great depravity and sinfulness of my heart were set before me, and the gulf of everlasting destruction to which I was verging. I was made to bitterly cry out, "If there is no God - doubtless there is a hell." I found myself in the midst of it. 
Author: Stephen De Grellet
Nationality: French
b. 02 November 1773  - d. 16 November 1855
  
 I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 I wasn't, I am, I won't be. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion. 
Author: Goncourt
Nationality: Australian   
 Intimidation is a sure sign of incompetence. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English - up to fifty words used in correct context - no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 It is true, that a little Philosophy inclineth Man's Mind to Atheism: but depth in Philosophy bringeth Men's Minds about to Religion. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 Knowledge once gained casts a light beyond its own immediate boundaries. 
Author: John Tyndall
Nationality: British
b. 2 August 1820  - d. 4 December 1893
  
 Man is what he eats. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Most people don't know what they are doing, and a lot of them are really good at it. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 My Christian sect was very intolerant... Christians thought they were the only ones going to heaven... and I said heaven is going to be a mighty empty place with nobody else there. 
Author: Ted Turner
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1938
  
 My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 Nature is not cruel, pitilessly, indifferent. This is one of the hardest lessons for humans to learn. We cannot admit that things might be neither good nor evil, neither cruel nor kind, but simply callous - indifferent to all suffering, lacking all purpose. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. 
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Nationality: Roman
b. December 4  - d.  December 65
  
 Selfishness is the only real atheism; aspiration, unselfishness, the only real religion. 
Author: Israel Zangwill
Nationality: English
b. 21 January 1864  - d. 1 August 1926
  
 Some people gain comfort believing there is a God, some by believing that his son died for us while others gain comfort from sitting on hard wooden pews in a very large building. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 Someone told me that each equation I included in the book would halve the sales. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 Superstition is religion - which has grown incongruous with intelligence. 
Author: John Tyndall
Nationality: British
b. 2 August 1820  - d. 4 December 1893
  
 Superstition is the poison of the mind. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges. 
Author: Joyce A. Myers
Nationality: American   
 The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 The fantasy which serves as a support for the figure of the Stalinist Communist is therefore exactly the same as the fantasy which is at work in the Tom and Jerry cartoons. 
Author: Slavoj Žižek
Nationality: Slovenian
b. 21 March 1949
  
 The moment at which two people, approaching from opposite ends of a long passageway, recognize each other and immediately pretend they haven't. This is to avoid the ghastly embarrassment of having to continue recognizing each other the whole length of the corridor. 
Author: Douglas Adams
Nationality: English
b. 11 March 1952  - d. 11 May 2001
  
 The more dark a person's nature, the more likely they are to need religion to contain them. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 The Once and Future King. 
Author: Terence Handbury White
Nationality: British
b. 29 May 1906  - d. 17 January 1964
  
 The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful, and has nobody to thank. 
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Nationality: English
b. 12 May 1828  - d. 9 April 1882
  
 There are times when I hope there is a God, so that if Judgement Day does come, the religious who have caused so much misery since time began, will have a really tortured, tortuous time, but the shame of it is, that's not going to happen. 
Author: Suzanne Le Moy
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1894  - d.  December 1976
  
 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 To be an atheist requires an infinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 We wish to find the truth, no matter where it lies. But to find the truth we need imagination and skepticism both. We will not be afraid to speculate, but we will be careful to distinguish speculation from fact. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 You see, eventually your music will help put an end to war and poverty, it will align the planets and bring them into universal harmony, allowing meaningful contact with all forms of life. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Finding that no religion is based on facts and cannot be true, I began to reflect what must be the condition of mankind trained from infancy to believe in error. 
Author: Robert Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. 14 May 1771  - d. 17 November 1858
  
 As to gods, I have no way of knowing either that they exist or do not exist, or what they are like.  
Author: Protagoras
Nationality: Greek
b. December 481  - d.  December 420
  
 At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 I recently went to a new doctor and noticed he was located in something called the Professional Building. I felt better right away. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 I think it would be interesting if old people got anti-Alzheimer's disease where they slowly began to recover other people's lost memories. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 I think people should be allowed to do anything they want. We haven't tried that for a while. Maybe this time it'll work. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 I'm always relieved when someone is delivering a eulogy and I realize I'm listening to it. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 In comic strips, the person on the right always speaks first. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Standing ovations have become far too commonplace. What we need are ovations where the audience members all punch and kick one another. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 There's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Think off-center. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Weather forecast for tonight: dark. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they? 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 What does it mean to pre-board? Do you get on before you get on? 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Who decides when the applause should die down? It seems like it's a group decision; everyone begins to say to themselves at the same time, "Well, okay, that's enough of that." 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 When Thomas Edison worked late into the night on the electric light, he had to do it by gas lamp or candle. I'm sure it made the work seem that much more urgent. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 Nothing is so much to be feared as fear. Atheism may comparatively be popular with God himself. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 The Bible is one of the most genocidal books in history. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 I have a great love and respect for religion, great love and respect for atheism. What I hate is agnosticism, people who do not choose. 
Author: Orson Welles
Nationality: American
b. 6 May 1915  - d. 10 October 1985
  
 A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion. 
Author: Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God. 
Author: Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 We are humble enough to say we don't know, what of theologians like McGrath? He knows. He's signed up to the Nicene Creed. The universe was created by a very particular supernatural intelligence who is actually three in one. Not four, not two, but three. Christian doctrine is remarkably specific: not only with cut-and-dried answers to the deep problems of the universe and life, but about the divinity of Jesus, about sin and redemption, heaven and hell, prayer and absolute morality. And yet McGrath has the almighty gall to accuse me of a 'glossy', 'quick fix', naive faith that science has all the answers. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 Atheism shows strength of mind, but only to a certain degree. 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 Our program necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where's the harm? September 11th changed all that. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 Isn't it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed, eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be part of it? 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 It has become almost a cliche to remark that nobody boasts of ignorance of literature, but it is socially acceptable to boast ignorance of science and proudly claim incompetence in mathematics. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 A universe with a God would look quite different from a universe without one. A physics, a biology where there is a God is bound to look different. So the most basic claims of religion are scientific. Religion is a scientific theory. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 But perhaps the rest of us could have separate classes in science appreciation, the wonder of science, scientific ways of thinking, and the history of scientific ideas, rather than laboratory experience. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 Complex, statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple, statistically probable things. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 For the first half of geological time our ancestors were bacteria. Most creatures still are bacteria, and each one of our trillions of cells is a colony of bacteria. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 God exists, if only in the form of a meme with high survival value, or infective power, in the environment provided by human culture. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility.  
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved out of literally nothing, is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 One of the things that is wrong with religion is that it teaches us to be satisfied with answers which are not really answers at all. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies? 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 What has 'theology' ever said that is of the smallest use to anybody? When has 'theology' ever said anything that is demonstrably true and is not obvious? What makes you think that 'theology' is a subject at all? 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 We humans are an extremely important manifestation of the replication bomb, because it is through us - through our brains, our symbolic culture and our technology - that the explosion may proceed to the next stage and reverberate through deep space. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 Today the theory of evolution is about as much open to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which are only accessible to our reason in their most elementary forms - it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 A person who is religiously enlightened appears to me to be one who has, to the best of his ability, liberated himself from the fetters of his selfish desires and is preoccupied with thoughts, feelings and aspirations to which he clings because of their super-personal value ... regardless of whether any attempt is made to unite this content with a Divine Being, for otherwise it would not be possible to count Buddha and Spinoza as religious personalities. Accordingly, a religious person is devout in the sense that he has no doubt of the significance of those super-personal objects and goals which neither require nor are capable of rational foundation ... In this sense religion is the age-old endeavour of mankind to become clearly and completely conscious of these values and goals, and constantly to strengthen their effects. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 To become a Christian, requires blind faith. To become an Atheist, requires deep thought. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 Church services are merely McDonald's style, portion controlled servings of illusion. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 Israel doesn't "give up" anything by abandoning religious expansionism in the West Bank and Gaza. It does itself a favor, because it confronts the internal clerical and chauvinist forces which want to instate a theocracy for Jews, and because it abandons a scheme which is doomed to fail in the worst possible way. The so-called "security" question operates in reverse, because as I may have said already, only a moral and political idiot would place Jews in a settlement in Gaza in the wild belief that this would make them more safe. Of course this hard-headed and self-interested solution of withdrawal would not satisfy the jihadists. But one isn't seeking to placate them. One is seeking to destroy and discredit them. At the present moment, they operate among an occupied and dispossessed and humiliated people, who are forced by Sharon's logic to live in a close yet ghettoised relationship to the Jewish centers of population. Try and design a more lethal and rotten solution than that, and see what you come up with. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Many conservative Jews, from David Horowitz to Rabbi Daniel Lapin, stuck up for Gibson as a man who defended family values against secular nihilism. I was just in the middle of writing a long and tedious essay, about how to tell a real anti-Semite from a person who too-loudly rejects the charge of anti-Semitism, when a near-perfect real-life example came to hand. That bad actor and worse director Mel Gibson, pulled over for the alleged offense of speeding and the further alleged offense of speeding under the influence, decided that he needed to demand of the arresting officer whether he was or was not Jewish and that he furthermore needed to impart the information that all the world's wars are begun by those of Semitic extraction. Call me thin-skinned if you must, but I think that this qualifies. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Ronald Reagan used to alarm his Soviet counterparts by saying that surely they'd both unite against an invasion from Mars. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Ronald Reagan said that he sought a Star Wars defense only in order to share the technology with the tyrants of the U.S.S.R. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Nothing could make me forget what the Reagan years had actually been like. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 How dare he say, for example, that the Antichrist is already present amongst us, and is an adult male Jew, while all of the time fawning on the worst elements of Israel with his other hand pumping anti-semitic innuendos into American politics, along with his friend Robertson and Graham... And encouraging, encouraging, encouraging the most extreme theocratic fanatics and maniacs on the West Bank and in Gaza not to give an inch of what he thought of was holy land to a people that already lived there, undercutting and ruining every democrat and secularist in the Jewish state in the name of God. He has done an enormous disservice. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Terrorism is the tactic of demanding the impossible, and demanding it at gunpoint. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Religion is too important a matter to its devotees to be a subject of ridicule. If they indulge in absurdities, they are to be pitied rather than ridiculed. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 Apart from moral conduct, all that man thinks himself able to do in order to become acceptable to God is mere superstition and religious folly. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 He who has made great moral progress ceases to pray. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 Reason can never prove the existence of God. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 Modern Atheism: the unfortunate persistence of the clergy in teaching children what they cannot understand, and in employing young consecrate persons to assert in pulpits what they do not know. 
Author: Walter Winchell
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1897  - d. 20 February 1972
  
 Never yet was a springtime, Late though lingered the snow, That the sap stirred not at the whisper Of the southwind, sweet and low; Never yet was a springtime When the buds forgot to blow. 
Author: Margaret Sangster
Nationality: American
b. December 1838  - d.  December 1912
  
 The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief - call it what you will - than any book ever written; it has emptied more churches than all the counterattractions of cinema, motor bicycle and golf course. 
Author: A. A. Milne
Nationality: English
b. 18 January 1882  - d. 31 January 1956
  
 Atheism is aristocratic; the idea of a great Being that watches over oppressed innocence and punishes triumphant crime is altogether popular. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 For me the Jewish religion like all others is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything 'chosen' about them. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 The next time believers tell you that 'separation of church and state' does not appear in our founding document, tell them to stop using the word 'trinity.' The word 'trinity' appears nowhere in the bible. Neither does Rapture, or Second Coming, or Original Sin. If they are still unfazed (or unphrased), by this, then add Omniscience, Omnipresence, Supernatural,Transcendence, Afterlife, Deity, Divinity, Theology, Monotheism, Missionary, Immaculate Conception, Christmas, Christianity, Evangelical, Fundamentalist, Methodist, Catholic, Pope, Cardinal, Catechism, Purgatory, Penance, Transubstantiation, Excommunication, Dogma, Chastity, Unpardonable Sin, Infallibility, Inerrancy, Incarnation, Epiphany, Sermon, Eucharist, the Lord's Prayer, Good Friday, Doubting Thomas, Advent, Sunday School, Dead Sea, Golden Rule, Moral, Morality, Ethics, Patriotism, Education, Atheism, Apostasy, Conservative (Liberal is in), Capital Punishment, Monogamy, Abortion, Pornography, Homosexual, Lesbian, Fairness, Logic, Republic, Democracy, Capitalism, Funeral, Decalogue, or Bible. 
Author: Dan Barker
Nationality: American
b. 25 June 1949
  
 No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism. 
Author: Annie Besant
Nationality: English
b. 1 October 1847  - d. 20 September 1933
  
 The Cold War ideology and the international communist conspiracy function in an important way as essentially a propaganda device to mobilize support at a particular historical moment for this long-time imperial enterprise. In fact, I believe that this is probably the main function of the Cold War: it serves as a useful device for the managers of American society and their counterparts in the Soviet Union to control their own populations and their own respective imperial systems. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The criticisms were so tepid they were embarrassing. Almost nobody, including me, dared to criticize the U.S. attack on South Vietnam. That's like talking Hittite. Nobody even understood the words. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The crisis began with the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait a year ago. There was some fighting, leaving hundreds killed according to Human Rights groups. That hardly qualifies as war. Rather, in terms of crimes against peace and against humanity, it falls roughly into the category of the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus, Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1978, and the U.S. invasion of Panama. In these terms it falls well short of Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon, and cannot remotely be compared with the near-genocidal Indonesian invasion and annexation of East Timor, to mention only two cases of aggression that are still in progress, with continuing atrocities and with the crucial support of those who most passionately professed their outrage over Iraq's aggression. During the subsequent months, Iraq was responsible for terrible crimes in Kuwait, with several thousand killed and many tortured. But that is not war; rather, state terrorism, of the kind familiar among U.S. clients. The second phase of the conflict began with the U.S.-U.K. attack of January 15, with marginal participation of others. This was slaughter, not war. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The big debate in Washington is totally pointless. And the media, about whether Bush downgraded terror in order to invade Iraq. There's nothing to debate. He invaded Iraq. That proves beyond doubt that he downgraded the threat of terror in favor of invading Iraq. They anticipated, and their own intelligence agencies told them, and everyone else did too, that invasion of Iraq was likely to increase the threat of terror. It's not a high priority, so they invaded Iraq because that's much higher priority. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The crucial question for us is not whether they have a theocratic government. I'd personally prefer not, but I can think of a lot of places where I'd prefer not, like here. But, the question is whether the US will agree to let Iraq alone. That means to make it very clean and explicit, both in word and in action, that the US will withdraw, set a timetable for it, will not influence what goes on in Iraq, will not leave military bases, will let the country go off on its own. I think we also ought to pay massive reparations, but I'll stop short of that. Those are the crucial issues. It's not up to Rumsfeld what kind of government they have, it's up to him to get out. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 You can find things in the traditional religions which are very benign and decent and wonderful and so on, but I mean, the Bible is probably the most genocidal book in the literary canon. The God of the Bible - not only did He order His chosen people to carry out literal genocide - I mean, wipe out every Amalekite to the last man, woman, child, and, you know, donkey and so on, because hundreds of years ago they got in your way when you were trying to cross the desert - not only did He do things like that, but, after all, the God of the Bible was ready to destroy every living creature on earth because some humans irritated Him. That's the story of Noah. I mean, that's beyond genocide - you don't know how to describe this creature. Somebody offended Him, and He was going to destroy every living being on earth? And then He was talked into allowing two of each species to stay alive - that's supposed to be gentle and wonderful. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 It annoys me that the burden of proof is on us. It should be: 'You came up with the idea. Why do you believe it?" I could tell you I've got superpowers. But I can't go up to people saying 'Prove I can't fly.' They'd go: 'What do you mean 'Prove you can't fly?' Prove you can!."" 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 Look, just tell me where that lemon came from and I'll shut up and go away. 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 Pol Pot - he rounded up anybody he thought was intellectual and had them executed. And how he told someone was intellectual or not was whether they wore glasses. If they're that clever, take them off when they see him coming! 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 The grass isn't always greener on the other side!  
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 I cannot understand why we idle discussing religion. If we are honest - and as scientists honesty is our precise duty - we cannot help but admit that any religion is a pack of false statements, deprived of any real foundation. The very idea of God is a product of human imagination.... I do not recognize any religious myth, at least because they contradict one another. 
Author: Paul Dirac
Nationality: English
b. 08 August 1902  - d. 20 October 1984
  
 The consistent anarchist, then, should be a socialist, but a socialist of a particular sort. He will not only oppose alienated and specialized labor and look forward to the appropriation of capital by the whole body of workers, but he will also insist that this appropriation be direct, not exercised by some elite force acting in the name of the proletariat. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The Bush Administration does have moral values. Their moral values are very explicit: shine the boots of the rich and the powerful, kick everybody else in the face, and let your grandchildren pay for it. That simple principle predicts almost everything that's happening. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.  
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 You do not need the Bible to justify love, but no better tool has been invented to justify hate. 
Author: Richard A. Weatherwax
Nationality: English American   
 Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion. 
Author: Edmond de Goncourt
Nationality: French
b. 26 May 1822  - d. 16 July 1896
  
 Religion is the result of asking' Why' and not having the intelligence to work it out. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief - call it what you will - than any book ever written; it has emptied more churches than all the counterattractions of cinema, motor bicycle and golf course. 
Author: A. A. Milne
Nationality: English
b. 18 January 1882  - d. 31 January 1956
  
 The Euclidean path integral over all topologically trivial metrics can be done by time slicing and so is unitary when analytically continued to the Lorentzian. On the other hand, the path integral over all topologically non-trivial metrics is asymptotically independent of the initial state. Thus the total path integral is unitary and information is not lost in the formation and evaporation of black holes. The way the information gets out seems to be that a true event horizon never forms, just an apparent horizon. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 This was a form of insurance policy for me. I have done a lot of work on black holes, and it would all be wasted if it turned out that black holes do not exist. But in that case, I would have the consolation of winning my bet, which would win me four years of the magazine Private Eye. If black holes do exist, Kip will get one year of Penthouse. When we made the bet in 1975, we were 80% certain that Cygnus was a black hole. By now, I would say that we are about 95% certain, but the bet has yet to be settled. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 Many people have asked me why I am taking this flight. I am doing it for many reasons. First of all, I believe that life on Earth is at an ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster such as sudden nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus, or other dangers. I think the human race has no future if it doesn't go into space. I therefore want to encourage public interest in space. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 I wouldn't be here today if it were not for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 God not only plays dice, He also sometimes throws the dice where they cannot be seen. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 If we do discover a complete theory, it should be in time understandable in broad principle by everyone. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people be able to take part in the discussion of why we and the universe exist. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 It is no good getting furious if you get stuck. What I do is keep thinking about the problem but work on something else. Sometimes it is years before I see the way forward. In the case of information loss and black holes, it was 29 years. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 Most sets of values would give rise to universes that, although they might be very beautiful, would contain no one able to wonder at that beauty. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 One cannot really argue with a mathematical theorem. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing? 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 There are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be near the end of the search for the ultimate laws of nature. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard, who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by "God" one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying ... it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 Some people think God is an outsized, light-skinned male with a long white beard, sitting on a throne somewhere up there in the sky, busily tallying the fall of every sparrow. Others - for example Baruch Spinoza and Albert Einstein - considered God to be essentially the sum total of the physical laws which describe the universe. I do not know of any compelling evidence for anthropomorphic patriarchs controlling human destiny from some hidden celestial vantage point, but it would be madness to deny the existence of physical laws. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 An atheist has to know a lot more than I know. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 If there is life on Mars, then I believe we should do nothing to disturb that life. Mars, then, belongs to the Martians, even if they are microbes. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 People who go to Las Vegas, you've got to question their fucking intellect to start with. Traveling hundreds and thousands of miles to essentially give your money to a large corporation is kind of fucking moronic. That's what I'm always getting here is these kind of fucking people with very limited intellects. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Intelligent design, is just "tarted-up creationism". 
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 I went to church and I believed in God - what a relief for a working-class mother. 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 Growing up where I did, Mums didn't hope as high as their kids growing up to be doctors; they just hoped their kids didn't go to jail. So bring them up believeing in God and they'll be good and law-abiding. It's a perfect system. Well, nearly. 75 percent of Americans are Godfearing Christians, 75 percent of prisoners are Godfearing Christians. Ten percent of Americans are Atheists, 0.2 percent of prisoners are atheists. 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 My brother Bob asked, "Why do you believe in God?", just a simple question. But my Mum panicked. "Bob," she said, in a tone that I knew meant "shut up." Why was that a bad thing to ask? If there was God and my faith was strong, it didn't matter what people said. Oh...hang on. There is no God. he knows it, and she knows it deep down. It was as simple as that. I started thinking about it and aksing more questions, and within an hour, I was an atheist. Wow. No God. If Mum had lied to me about god, had she also lied to me about Santa? Yes, of course, but who cares. The gifts kept coming. And so did the gifts of my newfound Atheism. The gifts of Truth, Science, Nature. 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 I started thinking about it and asking more questions, and within an hour I was an Atheist. 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 Ignorance is the foundation of atheism, and freethinking the cure of it. 
Author: Anthony Collins
Nationality: English
b. 21 June 1676  - d. 13 December 1729
  
 Invisible Pink Unicorns are beings of great spiritual power. We know this because they are capable of being invisible and pink at the same time. Like all religions, the Faith of the Invisible Pink Unicorns is based upon both logic and faith. We have faith that they are pink; we logically know that they are invisible because we can't see them. 
Author: Steven Eley
Nationality: American   
 Look for the ridiculous in everything, and you will find it. 
Author: Jules Renard
Nationality: French
b. 22 February 1864  - d. 22 May 1910
  
 I was forced, through seeing the error of their foundation, to abandon all belief in every religion which had been taught to man. But my religious feelings were immediately replaced by the spirit of universal charity - not for a sect, or a party, or for a country or a colour - but for the human race, and with a real and ardent desire to do good. 
Author: Robert Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. 14 May 1771  - d. 17 November 1858
  
 Atheism believes that truth for truth's sake is the highest ideal and that virtue is its own reward. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 A precept claiming infallibility should certainly possess the universality of the law of gravitation and the perfection of the arithmetical table. If it fails to possess these undeviating qualities, its imperfection is self-evident and its value either greatly diminished or useless. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 If Atheism writes upon the blackboard of the Universe a question mark, it writes it for the purpose of stating that there is a question yet to be answered. Is it not better to place a question mark upon a problem while seeking an answer than to put the label "God" there and consider the matter solved? Does not the word "God" only confuse and make more difficult the solution by assuming a conclusion that is utterly groundless and palpably absurd? 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 Facts and not merely opinions are what we want. Emotionalism is not a substitute for the truth. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 Man's inhumanity to man will continue as long as man loves God more than he loves his fellow man. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 As superstition is the weed of the brain, it grows perfusely, once started. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 Praying as a public function, particularly when led by a clergyman, is a vulgar display of an exclusively personal matter. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 Of the ten crimes which Biblical Hebrew law punished by stoning, nine have ceased to be offenses in modern society. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 Imagine using as an authority in the matter of marriage the opinion of a celibate priest! 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 When the tyranny of the state is combined with the hypocrisy of the church, you have a modern example of the twin vultures that have devoured man, and his rights, throughout the ages. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 On too many occasions, especially in matters concerning purported conversations and messages from gods, mystery has been employed by charlatans to hoodwink the people. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 Changing a rod into a serpent and the serpent back into a rod may be clever magic, but how does such a demonstration prove that Moses spoke to God? If the only thing necessary to prove the truth of an extraordinary claim were to demonstrate an ability to bewilder, there would be no more mysteries to solve. If a person claims that he can bring the dead back to life, and in proof of that power pulls a rabbit out of a hat, that is hardly a demonstration of the truth of his claim; it is merely an example of his ability in the art of deception. If he claims that he can fly without wings and without the use of mechanical help of any kind, and in proof of his ability pulls another rabbit out of another hat, that is not proof of his ability to fly, but of his ability to lie, and he will without much hesitation be condemned as a faker. The demonstration of one thing has absolutely no bearing in proving the truth of the other, when there is no relationship between them. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 Religion is all profit. They have no merchandise to buy, no commissions to pay, and no refunds to make for unsatisfactory service and results. Their commodity is fear. They blackmail their parishioners with threats of hell and damnation. These poor deluded people give them their hard earned money to save them from a hell that does not exist, and from eternal torment that was invented by the perverted minds of priests to rob the living and in addition, they are exempt from taxation! Insult to injury! Let me tell you that religion is the cruelest fraud ever perpetrated upon the human race. It is the last of the great scheme of thievery that man must legally prohibit so as to protect himself from the charlatans who prey upon the ignorance and fears of the people. The penalty for this type of extortion should be as severe as it is of other forms of dishonesty. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 With this recognition of the finality of death, no one should willingly withhold acts that would bring benefits, joy or happiness to others. 
Author: Joseph Lewis
Nationality: American
b. December 1889  - d.  December 1968
  
 My first memory is not of walking with my mother Yvonne in Valetta, yet it is a whimsical conceit, so let it suffice. Yvonne was Jewish, though I did not know that at the time, and I remember talking to Martin when I heard of her suicide – a self-slaughter I only managed to resolve by interrogating Schopenhauer. My father, I called the Commander. That is enough to compartmentalise him also. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Books have dominated my life. At the age of three I entered a dialogue with TS Eliot on his misuse of myth, so it was a shock to arrive at Balliol and hear from my esteemed friend, James Fenton, that I was only the second cleverest person in the world. My time in the abattoir of scholarship that passed for Oxford in the 1960s was entirely frivolous. Isaiah Berlin was not as sharp as I had been led to believe and there was greater stimulation to be had discussing Marxist theory with the Cowley car workers – though I never got used to their proletarian way of calling me Chris rather than Christopher, so it was always a relief to dialectically return to college to guzzle a bottle or two of Château Margaux. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Organized religion is "the main source of hatred in the world, violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism, tribalism, and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 If you give Falwell an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 But speaking here in my capacity as a polished, sophisticated European as well, it seems to me the laugh here is on the polished, sophisticated Europeans. They think Americans are fat, vulgar, greedy, stupid, ambitious and ignorant and so on. And they‘ve taken as their own, as their representative American someone who actually embodies all of those qualities. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 I could not find the way to God; There were too many flaming suns For signposts, and the fearful road Led over wastes where millions Of tangled comets hissed and burned - I was bewildered and I turned. 
Author: Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
Nationality: British
b. 21 November 1863  - d. 12 May 1944
  
 When I think of all the harm the Bible has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 Life is a vacation from two eternities, who wants to waste those precious years worrying about what happens when you get back to forever? 
Author: William Seward Burroughs
Nationality: American
b. 05 February 1914  - d. 02 August 1997
  
 Prayers never bring anything. They may bring solace to the sap, the bigot, the ignorant, the aboriginal, and the lazy - but to the enlightened it is the same as asking Santa Claus to bring you something for Xmas. 
Author: W. C. Fields
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1880  - d. 25 February 1946
  
 Religious people and donkey's: A donkey is a simple creature it would follow a carrot on a stick, but it is still capable, even with its most basic of intellect of determining when there is no carrot. 
Author: John Kelly Ireland
Nationality: American   
 They said God was on high and he controlled the world and therefore we must pray against Satan. Well, if God controls the world, he controls Satan. For me, religion was full of misstatements and reaches of logic that I just couldn't agree with. 
Author: Gene Roddenberry
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1921  - d. 24 October 1991
  
 They said God was on high and he controlled the world and therefore we must pray against Satan. Well, if God controls the world, he controls Satan. For me, religion was full of misstatements and reaches of logic that I just couldn't agree with. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 "If, as they say, God spanked this town For being much too frisky, Why did He burn His churches down And save Hotaling's Whiskey?" 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Always do whatever's next.  
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Atheism is a non-prophet organization.  
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 "I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence?  
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day?  
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 When you step on the brakes your life is in your foot's hands. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 When you're born, you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America, you get a front row seat. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 You know an odd feeling? Sitting on the toilet eating a chocolate candy bar. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 You know the good part about all those executions in Texas? Fewer Texans. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 I'm not concerned about all hell breaking loose, but that a PART of hell will break loose... it'll be much harder to detect. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 If we could just find out who's in charge, we could kill him. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn't mean the circus has left town. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 One can never know for sure what a deserted area looks like. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 People who say they don't care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don't care what people think. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Religion is just mind control.  
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 The reason I talk to myself is that I'm the only one whose answers I accept. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 This is a lttle prayer dedicated to the separation of church and state. I guess if they are going to force those kids to pray in schools they might as well have a nice prayer like this: Our Father who art in heaven, and to the republic for which it stands, thy kingdom come, one nation indivisible as in heaven, give us this day as we forgive those who so proudly we hail. Crown thy good into temptation but deliver us from the twilight's last gleaming. Amen and Awomen. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Religion convinced the world that there's an invisible man in the sky who watches everything you do. And there's 10 things he doesn't want you to do or else you'll go to a burning place with a lake of fire until the end of eternity. But he loves you! 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 The only good thing ever to come out of religion was the music. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 I've begun worshipping the sun for a number of reasons. First of all, unlike some other gods I could mention, I can see the sun. It's there for me every day. And the things it brings me are quite apparent all the time: heat, light, food, a lovely day. There's no mystery, no one asks for money, I don't have to dress up, and there's no boring pageantry. And interestingly enough, I have found that the prayers I offer to the sun and the prayers I formerly offered to God are all answered at about the same 50-percent rate. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 A man came up to me on the street and said I used to be messed up out of my mind on drugs but now I'm messed up out of my mind on Jeeesus Chriiist. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Jesus was a cross dresser. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 I finally accepted Jesus. not as my personal savior, but as a man I intend to borrow money from. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Instead of school busing and prayer in schools, which are both controversial, why not a joint solution? Prayer in buses. Just drive these kids around all day and let them pray their fuckn' empty little heads off. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 When it comes to BULLSHIT...BIG-TIME, MAJOR LEAGUE BULLSHIT... you have to stand IN AWE, IN AWE of the all time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims, religion. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 I want you to know, when it comes to believing in god - I really tried. I really really tried. I tried to believe that there is a god who created each one of us in his own image and likeness, loves us very much and keeps a close eye on things. I really tried to believe that, but I gotta tell you, the longer you live, the more you look around, the more you realize...something is FUCKED-UP. Something is WRONG here. War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption and the Ice Capades. Something is definitely wrong. This is NOT good work. If this is the best god can do, I am NOT impressed. Results like these do not belong on the resume of a supreme being. This is the kind of shit you'd expect from an office temp with a bad attitude. And just between you and me, in any decently run universe, this guy would have been out on his all-powerful-ass a long time ago. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Trillions and trillions of prayers every day asking and begging and pleading for favors. 'Do this' 'Gimme that' 'I want a new car' 'I want a better job'. And most of this praying takes place on Sunday. And I say fine, pray for anything you want. Pray for anything. But...what about the divine plan? Remember that? The divine plan. Long time ago god made a divine plan. Gave it a lot of thought. Decided it was a good plan. Put it into practice. And for billion and billions of years the divine plan has been doing just fine. Now you come along and pray for something. Well, suppose the thing you want isn't in god's divine plan. What do you want him to do? Change his plan? Just for you? Doesn't it seem a little arrogant? It's a divine plan. What's the use of being god if every run-down schmuck with a two dollar prayer book can come along and fuck up your plan? And here's something else, another problem you might have; suppose your prayers aren't answered. What do you say? 'Well it's god's will. God's will be done.' Fine, but if it's gods will and he's going to do whatever he wants to anyway; why the fuck bother praying in the first place? Seems like a big waste of time to me. Couldn't you just skip the praying part and get right to his will? 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 You know who I pray to? Joe Pesci. Joe Pesci. Two reasons; first of all, I think he's a good actor. Ok. To me, that counts. Second; he looks like a guy who can get things done. Joe Pesci doesn't fuck around. Doesn't fuck around. In fact, Joe Pesci came through on a couple of things that god was having trouble with. For years I asked god to do something about my noisy neighbor with the barking dog. Joe Pesci straightened that cock-sucker out with one visit. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 I noticed that of all the prayers I used to offer to god, and all the prayers that I now offer to Joe Pesci, are being answer at about the same 50% rate. Half the time I get what I want. Half the time I don't. Same as god 50/50. Same as the four leaf clover, the horse shoe, the rabbit's foot, and the wishing well. Same as the mojo man. Same as the voodoo lady who tells your fortune by squeezing the goat's testicles. It's all the same; 50/50. So just pick your superstitions, sit back, make a wish and enjoy yourself. And for those of you that look to the Bible for it's literary qualities and moral lessons; I got a couple other stories I might like to recommend for you. You might enjoy The Three Little Pigs. That's a good one. It has a nice happy ending. Then there's Little Red Riding Hood. Although it does have that one x-rated part where the Big-Bad-Wolf actually eats the grandmother. Which I didn't care for, by the way. And finally, I've always drawn a great deal of moral comfort from Humpty Dumpty. The part I liked best: ...and all the king's horses, and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again. That's because there is no Humpty Dumpty, and there is no god. None. Not one. Never was. No god.  
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Here's another question I've been pondering - What is all this shit about Angels? Have you heard this? 3 out of 4 people believe in Angels. Are you FUCKING STUPID? Has everybody lost their mind? You know what I think it is? I think it's a massive, collective, psychotic chemical flashback for all the drugs smoked, swallowed, shot, and absorbed rectally by all Americans from 1960 to 1990. 30 years of street drugs will get you some fucking Angels my friend! 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 What about Goblins, huh? Doesn't anybody belive in Goblins? You never hear about this. Except on Halloween and then it's all negative shit. And what about Zombies? You never hear from Zombies! That's the trouble with Zombies, they're unreliable! I say if you're going to go for the Angel bullshit you might as well go for the Zombie package as well. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Religion is sort of like a lift in your shoes. If it makes you feel better, fine. Just don't ask me to wear your shoes. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.[ 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 A man cannot become an atheist merely by wishing it. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 All religions have been made by men. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 No one can sit at the bedside of a dying child and still believe in God. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 For my part, while I am as convinced a Socialist as the most ardent Marxian, I do not regard Socialism as a gospel of proletarian revenge, nor even, primarily, as a means of securing economic justice. I regard it primarily as an adjustment to machine production demanded by considerations of common sense, and calculated to increase the happiness, not only of proletarians, but of all except a tiny minority of the human race. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 As a philosopher, if I were speaking to a purely philosophic audience I should say that I ought to describe myself as an Agnostic, because I do not think that there is a conclusive argument by which one prove that there is not a God. On the other hand, if I am to convey the right impression to the ordinary man in the street I think that I ought to say that I am an Atheist, because, when I say that I cannot prove that there is not a God, I ought to add equally that I cannot prove that there are not the Homeric gods. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 I believe that a reasonable case can be made for saying, not that we believe in God because He exists but rather that He exists because we believe in Him... Considered as an element of the world, God has the same degree and kind of objective reality as do other products of mind.I regret my disbelief in God and religious answers generally, for I believe it would give satisfaction and comfort to many in need of it if it were possible to discover and propound good scientific and philosophic reasons to believe in God... To abdicate from the rule of reason and substitute for it an authentication of belief by the intentness and degree of conviction with which we hold it can be perilous and destructive. I am a rationalist - something of a period piece nowadays, I admit. 
Author: Peter Medawar
Nationality: English
b. 28 February 1915  - d. 02 October 1987
  
 When men stop believing in God, it isn't that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything. 
Author: Umberto Eco
Nationality: Italian
b. 05 January 1932
  
 Evolution is a bankrupt speculative philosophy, not a scientific fact. Only a spiritually bankrupt society could ever believe it. Only atheists could accept this Satanic theory 
Author: Jimmy Swaggart
Nationality: American
b. 15 March 1935
  
 Isn't it a remarkable coincidence almost everyone has the same religion as their parents? And it always just happens to be the right religion. Religions run in families. If we'd been brought up in ancient Greece we would all be worshipping Zeus and Apollo. If we had been born Vikings we would be worshiping Wotan and Thor. How does this come about? Through childhood indoctrination. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 I used to ask a question. I’ve now asked it in public, on the radio, in print, in TV debates with quite a lot of leading religious figures and thinkers. It’s simply this: You ought to be able to tell me of a moral action performed or an ethical statement made by a believer that I couldn’t make because I’m a nonbeliever. You ought to be able. Given what you think, it must be very easy for you to say, here’s something you couldn’t say or do that would be morally right or morally true. No takers; I haven’t found a single example. I’ve tried everyone now - and by the way, there’s a prize. And I’ve even entered myself for it, as I’ll tell you in a second. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Here is my attempt to win my own prize. When Lech Walesa was starting his work in the Polish shipyards and the Polish militia, the outer ring of the Polish army were closing in on Gdansk, he was interviewed with his then-fairly small group, and he was asked, aren’t you frightened, aren’t you afraid? You’ve taken on a whole all-powerful state and army — aren’t you scared? And he said, I’m not frightened of anything but God or anyone but God. This came back to me, I thought, well, this meets my two criteria. It’s certainly a noble thing to have said, a distinguished thing to have said, and I certainly couldn’t have said it. So it does meet both my criteria. But it was also the slogan of Gen. Edwin Walker of the John Birch Society in a different situation — the man whom Lee Harvey Oswald took target practice on, right-wing, paranoid Crusade for Christ nutbag in the ’50s. Doesn’t sound so good when it’s said by him and it’s a summons to think of nuclear war as not too bad, for example. It’s not quite the same. So there, I’ve partly answered the question. I hope I partly asked one. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 The enemies of intolerance cannot be tolerant. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 If it is an offense to justice to hold people who may have been victims of mistaken identity or of vendettas by other factions, then it is also an offense to justice to release psychopathic killers who believe that they have divine permission to throw acid in the faces of girls who want to attend school. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 I aim to prevent others from wasting another day on irrational beliefs. 
Author: Matt Dillahunty
Nationality: English American   
 You are better than your god. You ae better than your religion. So am I, so is Don, so is damn near everybody on the plantet. I wish you people would wake up and see this. Stop apologizing for the Bible! It's not the Good Book. There's nothing good about it. All it does is make you sacrifice your humanity - the only thing that you have that is of any value - in order to sit around in deference to your gods."  
Author: Matt Dillahunty
Nationality: English American   
 Agnostics are just atheists without balls. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 Atheism, a religion dedicated to its own sense of smug superiority. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 You see, growing up where I did, mums didn’t hope as high as their kids growing up to be doctors; they just hoped their kids didn’t go to jail. So bring them up believing in God and they’ll be good and law abiding. It’s a perfect system. Well, nearly. 75 percent of Americans are God-fearing Christians; 75 percent of prisoners are God-fearing Christians. 10 percent of Americans are atheists; 0.2 percent of prisoners are atheists. 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 Do unto others…” is a good rule of thumb. I live by that. Forgiveness is probably the greatest virtue there is. But that’s exactly what it is - a virtue. Not just a Christian virtue. 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 I loved Jesus. He was my hero. More than pop stars. More than footballers. More than God. God was by definition omnipotent and perfect. Jesus was a man. He had to work at it. He had temptation but defeated sin. He had integrity and courage. But He was my hero because He was kind. And He was kind to everyone. He didn’t bow to peer pressure or tyranny or cruelty. He didn’t care who you were. He loved you. What a guy. I wanted to be just like Him. 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 Next time someone tells me they believe in God, I’ll say “Oh which one? Zeus? Hades? Jupiter? Mars? Odin? Thor? Krishna? Vishnu? Ra?…” If they say “Just God. I only believe in the one God,” I’ll point out that they are nearly as atheistic as me. I don’t believe in 2,870 gods, and they don’t believe in 2,869. 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 No one owns being good. I’m good. I just don’t believe I’ll be rewarded for it in heaven. My reward is here and now. It’s knowing that I try to do the right thing. That I lived a good life. And that’s where spirituality really lost its way. When it became a stick to beat people with. “Do this or you’ll burn in hell.” You won’t burn in hell. But be nice anyway. 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 God did not create Universe: The Big Bang was inevitable consequence of laws of physics. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 When it came to the creation of the Universe, God just wasn't necessary. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist. 
Author: Stephen Hawking
Nationality: British
b. 08 January 1942
  
 Back when I was writing and producing Dharma and Greg, the only way to read my cards was to record each episode on a VCR and hit the "pause" button. This was not an easy task. The image wobbled like crazy making the tiny words of my weekly tomes very hard to see. Then it hit me. What about building a device that records video images digitally? Wouldn't this allow for a much more precise "pause" function? I took my little notion to an impoverished computer whiz by the name of Schlomo Tivowitz. At the time of our meeting Schlomo was feverishly trying to invent an improved version of the George Foreman Grill. Schlomo's grill would contain a hard drive that remembered all the details of your last barbecue, as well as an address book. I didn't really see the point of it, but, not being a tech guy, I held my tongue and presented him with my idea. I will never forget his reaction. With hamburger-flecked spittle flying from his blubbery lips, he laughed, called me some very unkind names and demanded that I leave his mother's basement immediately. My hopes dashed, I went back to work on Dharma and forgot about my silly idea. Well, I'm sure you can figure out what happened next. The fact that you're reading this card right now should tell you. Thankfully, it's not in my nature to be bitter. But there are times when I feel a little used - usually when I've forgotten how to effectively grill a fatty piece of chicken. 
Author: Chuck Lorre
Nationality: British
b. 18 October 1952
  
 Don't fall for a woman who has had sex with one of your rock n'roll heroes. No matter how emotionally evolved you think you are, you will never enjoy listening to Eric Clapton again. Don't lurk around web sites where people comment about your work unless you're drunk. Don't use emoticons. You're too old to communicate like a twelve-year old girl. Don't forget that you are the product of a culture that went stark raving mad about ten thousand years ago. Adjust your thinking accordingly. Don't answer TV critics questions about the state of TV comedy. It's a trap. Don't eat anything bigger than your head. True in the sixties, true today. Don't believe that crap that you're as young as you feel. Your feelings lie. Don't hug men while shaking their hand. Enough already with that. The shake/hug (shug?) is probably something Roman guys did when their empire was in decline. 
Author: Chuck Lorre
Nationality: British
b. 18 October 1952
  
 Awright, shut up, siddown and listen. I am da immortal spirit Sheldon Leonard and for da last few years I've been using da body of Chuck Lorre to channel my ideas for new sitcoms. For da record, he's a stinkin' lousy channel and my ideas are much better than what he's puttin' on television. Dis is why I am breaking my anonymity. No matter how specifical I tell da kid what to write, he still manages to cock it up. Dharma & Greg? What da hell was dat? I specifically said "do a show about a queer guy who loves a straight chick, and she loves him back, but they can't, you know, bump uglies." But does Lorre listen? No way Jose. The putz turns it inside out, winds up with hippie chick loves uptight lawyer and then wonders why he can't buy an Emmy. (I did find a writing team to act as a channel for dat pitch, which worked out pretty good, Emmy and cash-wise.) Anyway, back to Lorre. Couple years later while he's sleepin', I whisper to him, "Two brudders inherit a midget." Funny, right? What's Lorre do? You got it. Two and a Half Men. Gimme a break! Anyway, I decide to give the mook one last chance. While he's under da gas at the dentist, I tell him to do a show about four wise guys and a sexy dame what knows da score. So what does da knucklehead do? Scientists and a waitress! It just breaks my heart. But at least the dope managed to slip my name in dis one. Now if you'll excuse me, I gotta schlep over to Milton Berle's crypt for a little pinochle with the boys. 
Author: Chuck Lorre
Nationality: British
b. 18 October 1952
  
 A wise man once told me that we are all God in drag. I like that. Sometimes when I'm in a public place or sitting at a stop light, I'll watch people walking by and I'll silently say to myself, "He's God. She's God. He's God. She's God." Before long I always find myself feeling a warm sense of affinity for these strangers. The experience is even more powerful when I do this while observing a person who is clearly suffering. On occasion I'll test my little spiritual practice by turning on Fox News. Within minutes I become an atheist. 
Author: Chuck Lorre
Nationality: British
b. 18 October 1952
  
 I am agnostic only to the extent that I am agnostic about fairies at the bottom of the garden. 
Author: Douglas Adams
Nationality: English
b. 11 March 1952  - d. 11 May 2001
  
 The study of theology, as it stands in Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on nothing; it proceeds by no authorities; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 We usually speak of the Jewish-Christian civilization - perhaps, the time has come, especially with regard to the Middle East conflict, to talk about the Jewish-Muslim civilization as an axis opposed to Christianity. 
Author: Slavoj Žižek
Nationality: Slovenian
b. 21 March 1949
  
 A spectre is haunting Western academia (...), the spectre of the Cartesian subject. 
Author: Slavoj Žižek
Nationality: Slovenian
b. 21 March 1949
  
 As a Marxist, let me add: if anyone tells you Lacan is difficult, this is class propaganda by the enemy. 
Author: Slavoj Žižek
Nationality: Slovenian
b. 21 March 1949
  
 I believe in clear-cut positions. I think that the most arrogant position is this apparent, multidisciplinary modesty of "what I am saying now is not unconditional, it is just a hypothesis," and so on. It really is a most arrogant position. I think that the only way to be honest and expose yourself to criticism is to state clearly and dogmatically where you are. You must take the risk and have a position. 
Author: Slavoj Žižek
Nationality: Slovenian
b. 21 March 1949
  
 With Lenin it was always a substantial commitment. I always have a certain admiration for people who are aware that somebody has to do the job. What I hate about these liberal, pseudo-left, beautiful soul academics is that they are doing what they are doing fully aware that somebody else will do the job for them. 
Author: Slavoj Žižek
Nationality: Slovenian
b. 21 March 1949
  
 Daly: In a sense, would you say that the age of biogenetics/cyberspace is the age of philosophy? Žižek: Yes, and the age of philosophy in the sense again that we are confronted more and more often with philosophical problems at an everyday level. It is not that you withdraw from daily life into a world of philosophical contemplation. On the contrary, you cannot find your way around daily life itself without answering certain philosophical questions. It is a unique time when everyone is, in a way, forced to be some kind of philosopher. 
Author: Slavoj Žižek
Nationality: Slovenian
b. 21 March 1949
  
 Think about the strangeness of today's situation. Thirty, forty years ago, we were still debating about what the future will be: communist, fascist, capitalist, whatever. Today, nobody even debates these issues. We all silently accept global capitalism is here to stay. On the other hand, we are obsessed with cosmic catastrophes: the whole life on earth disintegrating, because of some virus, because of an asteroid hitting the earth, and so on. So the paradox is, that it's much easier to imagine the end of all life on earth than a much more modest radical change in capitalism. 
Author: Slavoj Žižek
Nationality: Slovenian
b. 21 March 1949
  
 See you, either in Hell, or in Communism. 
Author: Slavoj Žižek
Nationality: Slovenian
b. 21 March 1949
  
 Mother Teresa was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 George W. Bush is lucky to be governor of Texas. He is unusually incurious, abnormally unintelligent, amazingly inarticulate, fantastically uncultured, extraordinarily uneducated, and apparently quite proud of all these things. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Every day, the New York Times carries a motto in a box on its front page. 'All the News That's Fit to Print,' it says. It's been saying it for decades, day in and day out. I imagine most readers of the canonical sheet have long ceased to notice this bannered and flaunted symbol of its mental furniture. I myself check every day to make sure that the bright, smug, pompous, idiotic claim is still there. Then I check to make sure that it still irritates me. If I can still exclaim, under my breath, why do they insult me and what do they take me for and what the hell is it supposed to mean unless it's as obviously complacent and conceited and censorious as it seems to be, then at least I know I still have a pulse. You may wish to choose a more rigorous mental workout but I credit this daily infusion of annoyance with extending my lifespan.” 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Cluster bombs are perhaps not good in themselves, but when they are dropped on identifiable concentrations of Taliban troops, they do have a heartening effect. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 I don't think the war in Afghanistan was ruthlessly enough waged. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Will an Iraq war make our Al Qaeda problem worse? Not likely. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 The death toll is not nearly high enough... too many jihadists have escaped. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Islam makes very large claims for itself. In its art, there is a prejudice against representing the human form at all. The prohibition on picturing the prophet – who was only another male mammal – is apparently absolute. So is the prohibition on pork or alcohol or, in some Muslim societies, music or dancing. Very well then, let a good Muslim abstain rigorously from all these. But if he claims the right to make me abstain as well, he offers the clearest possible warning and proof of an aggressive intent. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Religious exhortation and telling people, telling children, that if they don’t do the right thing, they’ll go to terrifying punishments or unbelievable rewards, that’s making a living out of lying to children. That’s what the priesthood do. And if all they did was lie to the children, it would be bad enough. But they rape them and torture them and then hope we’ll call it ‘abuse’. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Religion is man-made. Even the men who made it cannot agree on what their prophets or redeemers or gurus actually said or did. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Judaism has some advantages over Christianity in that, for example, it does not proselytise - except among Jews - and it does not make the cretinous mistake of saying that the Messiah has already made his appearance. However, along with Islam and Christianity, it does insist that some turgid and contradictory and sometimes evil and mad texts, obviously written by fairly unexceptional humans, are in fact the word of god. I think that the indispensable condition of any intellectual liberty is the realisation that there is no such thing. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 Faith is the surrender of the mind; it's the surrender of reason, it's the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other mammals. It's our need to believe, and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me. Of all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 The four most over-rated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 To illustrate the vain conceit that the universe must be somehow pre-ordained for us, because we are so well-suited to live in it, he [Adams] mimed a wonderfully funny imitation of a puddle of water, fitting itself snugly into a depression in the ground, the depression uncannily being exactly the same shape as the puddle. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 It's futile using logic to argue with a person's belief when they didn't arrive at their belief by using logic. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 Sometimes I believe there has to be a god, nobody else would be capable of constantly persecuating me to this extent. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 I suggest that we might want to depose this incumbent God and start dealing with The Real World. He's proven - time and again - to be cruel, capricious, and vindictive. He drowns, crushes, burns, and starves millions of us every day. He created cancer, viruses, and germs to invade and destroy our bodies as He sees fit, and uses them very effectively. In His wisdom, He directed those in charge to impede stem cell research so that such a powerful approach would not be available to us and He wouldn't have to strain the Divine Intellect to disarm that defense. We amuse Him as we flail about vainly trying to appease Him. I vote that we dump Him. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 It's time for the opening lecture in Test Design 101: Consider: a woman claims to be a musician. You seat her at a piano and demand that she prove her claim. She cannot play the piano, and you conclude that her claim has been invalidated. Hardly. You see, the lady is a cellist. You cannot challenge a claimant to do something they've never claimed they can do. That's why, at the JREF, we design a protocol only after the applicant has clearly stated: a. What they can do b. Under what conditions c. With what expected degree of success. The applicant must find the protocol appropriate, fair, agreeable, and adequate to prove their claim. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 Uri Geller may have psychic powers by means of which he can bend spoons; if so, he appears to be doing it the hard way. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 Sir, there is a distinct difference between having an open mind and having a hole in your head from which your brain leaks out. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 The conjuror or con man is a very good provider of information. He supplies lots of data, by inference or direct statement, but it's false data. Scientists aren't used to that scenario. An electron or a galaxy is not capricious, nor deceptive; but a human can be either or both. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 To make sure that my blasphemy is thoroughly expressed, I hereby state my opinion that the notion of a god is a basic superstition, that there is no evidence for the existence of any god(s), that devils, demons, angels and saints are myths, that there is no life after death, heaven nor hell, that the Pope is a dangerous, bigoted, medieval dinosaur, and that the Holy Ghost is a comic-book character worthy of laughter and derision. I accuse the Christian god of murder by allowing the Holocaust to take place - not to mention the "ethnic cleansing" presently being performed by Christians in our world - and I condemn and vilify this mythical deity for encouraging racial prejudice and commanding the degradation of women. This comprehensive statement was arrived at by examining the statutes of those seven states that have remained in the Dark Ages, so that I might satisfy their definitions of blasphemy. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 There exists in society a very special class of persons that I have always referred to as the Believers. These are folks who have chosen to accept a certain religion, philosophy, theory, idea or notion and cling to that belief regardless of any evidence that might, for anyone else, bring it into doubt. They are the ones who encourage and support the fanatics and the frauds of any given age. No amount of evidence, no matter how strong, will bring them any enlightenment. They are the sheep who beg to be fleeced and butchered, and who will battle fiercely to preserve their right to be victimized… the U.S. Patent Office handles an endless succession of inventors who still produce perpetual-motion machines that don't work, but no number of idle flywheels will convince these zealots of their folly; dozens of these patent applications flow in every year. In ashrams all over the world, hopping devotees of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi will never abandon their goal of blissful levitation of their bodies by mind power, despite bruises and sprains aplenty suffered as they bounce about on gym mats like demented (though smiling) frogs, trying to get airborne. Absolutely nothing will discourage them.  
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 I regard Randi as a national treasure, and perhaps one of the remaining antidotes that may prevent the rotting of the American mind. 
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1917
  
 We may disagree with Randi on certain points, but we ignore him at our peril. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 Paranormal phenomena have a habit of going away whenever they are tested under rigorous conditions. This is why the $1,000,000 reward of James Randi, offered to anyone who can demonstrate a paranormal effect under proper scientific controls, is safe. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 A quick example of that is a woman who said she'd been healed of throat cancer where the faith healer admitted he touched her on the forehead. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 Feeling better is not actually being better. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 However, I believe that it would be difficult to have legitimate scientists agree to participate. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 I do not expect that homeopathy will ever be established as a legitimate form of treatment, but I do expect that it will continue to be popular. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 I don't expect that the million will ever be won, simply because there is no confirming evidence for any paranormal claims to date. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 I questioned her further, and eventually got to talk to her doctor. And her doctor sort of shook his head and he said, 'I have examined her for throat cancer at least 15 times in the past few years. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 I was not surprised by the results of the Horizon experiments, but I remain willing to observe and consider any and all other tests that are done under similarly precise conditions. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 I would put my million dollars up as well. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 The New Age? It's just the old age stuck in a microwave oven for fifteen seconds. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 The only difference is that religion is much better organised and has been around much longer, but it's the same story with different characters and different costumes. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 The problem with experiments has always been that human beings make the decisions on whether or not the animals have benefitted from the treatment. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 There's something about the Houdini act that is not always made clear - about the escape act in general. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 They would have been very let down if they had to leave the theater and he had missed. He would feel badly. Everyone would feel badly. But he never let them down. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 Of the hundreds of those we've tested over the past few years probably 85 percent were dowsers 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 I don't doubt the sincerity of dowsers, but even after we've demonstrated that they can't produce results that are any better than chance they'll still go away believing in their abilities. It is like the mother whose son is caught shoplifting on tape. She wonders why someone would want to frame her child by producing a fake video. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 This costs R275 per person, and besides the nonsense, you get tea, coffee and notes'. You're asked to bring a packed lunch. Alka-Seltzer apparently not supplied. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 Far from being a curse, it might be lucky to disturb a pharaoh's tomb. These people beat the life span expectation for those days by about a year. 
Author: James Randi
Nationality: American
b. 07 August 1928
  
 Life is a wave, which in no two consecutive moments of its existence is composed of the same particles. 
Author: John Tyndall
Nationality: British
b. 2 August 1820  - d. 4 December 1893
  
 The brightest flashes in the world of thought are incomplete until they have been proven to have their counterparts in the world of fact. 
Author: John Tyndall
Nationality: British
b. 2 August 1820  - d. 4 December 1893
  
 If I wanted a loving father, a faithful husband, an honorable neighbor, and a just citizen, I would seek him among the band of Atheists. 
Author: John Tyndall
Nationality: British
b. 2 August 1820  - d. 4 December 1893
  
 Science keeps down the weed of superstition not by logic, but by rendering the mental soil unfit for its cultivation. 
Author: John Tyndall
Nationality: British
b. 2 August 1820  - d. 4 December 1893
  
 The formation of right habits is essential to your permanent security. They diminish your chance of falling when assaulted, and they augment your chance of recovery when overthrown. 
Author: John Tyndall
Nationality: British
b. 2 August 1820  - d. 4 December 1893
  
 You urge, in vain, that science has given us all the knowledge of the universe which we know possess, while spiritualism has added nothing to that knowledge. 
Author: John Tyndall
Nationality: British
b. 2 August 1820  - d. 4 December 1893
  
 The wind is a musical instrument with a certain range of tones, beyond which in both directions we have an infinite silence. 
Author: John Tyndall
Nationality: British
b. 2 August 1820  - d. 4 December 1893
  
 Long may you think, ”This is it”? And questions of WHY WHO OR WHAT Don’t trouble your little heads. Just keep chewing, breeding (for the tax base) and shiting, Thence go quietly out the back door, with minimum fuss. YOU ARE RIGHT The spirit is useless to you, And unless music, art and the enjoyment of the Airs of the Muses serve a prosaic end, Let it be just that, meanness to a pointless bent. Ignore the human millennia struggle, the wasteful need to say Why me. Too stupid are billions not to acknowledge Your plea “this is it my little chick a deas” Be happy in your selves, Don’t ask of others WHY do you Believe. They cannot answer For you that question, if You have no capacity for that Type of reflection.  
Author: Michael G. Olson
Nationality: Australian
b. 7 December 1956
  
 I have very strongly this feeling... that our everyday life is at one and the same time banal, overfamiliar, platitudinous and yet mysterious and extraordinary. 
Author: Bryan Magee
Nationality: British
b. 12 April 1930
  
 As Voltaire once remarked, "It is the privilege of the real genius, especially one who opens up a new path, to make great mistakes with impunity." The Copernican revolution brought about by Kant was, I think, the most important single turning point in the history of philosophy. For that reason there has been, ever since, a watershed in understanding between those who have taken his work on board and those who have not. For a good many of the problems he uncovered, the solutions he put forward have not stood the test of time, but his uncovering of the problems remains the most illuminating thing a philosopher has ever done. Because of the fundamental character of these problems, and because Kant did not solve them, confronting them has been the most important challenge to philosophy ever since. 
Author: Bryan Magee
Nationality: British
b. 12 April 1930
  
 The basic drive behind real philosophy is curiosity about the world, not interest in the writings of philosophers. Each of us emerges from the preconsciousness of babyhood and simply finds himself here, in it, in the world. That experience alone astonishes some people. What is all this - what is the world? And what are we? From the beginning of humanity some have been under a compulsion to ask these questions, and have felt a craving for the answers. This is what is really meant by any such phrase as "mankind's need for metaphysics." 
Author: Bryan Magee
Nationality: British
b. 12 April 1930
  
 Some of my readers may find themselves thinking that the mere fact that millions of human beings, including many highly intelligent and deeply thoughtful ones, have had strongly held religious beliefs is itself a reason for giving them serious intellectual attention - not necessarily for believing them, of course, but for finding them interesting and for treating them with respect. I would agree with this if the reasons given for them commanded respect. But I have yet to encounter such reasons. What are claimed as proofs are not proofs, and all such "proofs" have long since been discredited, the most important of them by Christians themselves, such as Kant. Yet they go on being trotted out: assertions are made without evidence; mutually contradictory claims proliferate; historical knowledge is defied; mistranslations abound; language is used in a way that slithers unacknowledged between literal meaning and metaphor; the whole vocabulary rests on unsecured presuppositions. Superstitions and belief in magic are perennial in just the same way as religion, and something near to being universal among mankind; and why this is so may be interesting, but in most cases the beliefs themselves are devoid of interesting content, at least to me. 
Author: Bryan Magee
Nationality: British
b. 12 April 1930
  
 Speaking for myself, I am not one of those people who are able to deal with the problem by ignoring the questions: it may be a matter of temperament, but for me the apparent unanswerability of the questions sharpens the persistence with which they nag at my mind. Scarcely a day has gone by since my childhood in which I have not thought of them. In fact, the truth is that I have lived my life in thrall to them. They seem to me obviously the most important and interesting questions there are, and in my heart of hearts I do not really understand why not everybody sees them as such. And yet at the end of it all I have no solutions. I am as baffled now by the larger metaphysical questions of my existence as I was when I was a child - indeed more so, because my understanding of the depths and difficulties of the questions themselves is now so much greater. 
Author: Bryan Magee
Nationality: British
b. 12 April 1930
  
 It could be that the total scenario for human beings is an insoluble mystery until we die, followed by nothing at all. 
Author: Bryan Magee
Nationality: British
b. 12 April 1930
  
 The truth is even if we had multiple contemporaneous eye witness accounts of the miracles of Jesus, this still would not provide sufficient basis to believe that these events actually occurred, or why not? Well, the problem is that first hand reports of miracles are quite common, even in the 21st century. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 To speak plainly and truthfully about the state of our world - to say, for instance, that the Bible and the Koran both contain mountains of life-destroying gibberish - is antithetical to tolerance as moderates currently conceive it. But we can no longer afford the luxury of such political correctness. We must finally recognize the price we are paying to maintain the iconography of our ignorance. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 How many more architects and mechanical engineers must hit the wall at 400 miles an hour before we admit to ourselves that jihadist violence is not merely a matter of education, poverty, or politics? The truth, astonishingly enough, is that in the year 2006 a person can have sufficient intellectual and material resources to build a nuclear bomb and still believe that he will get 72 virgins in Paradise. Western secularists, liberals, and moderates have been very slow to understand this. The cause of their confusion is simple: They don't know what it is like to really believe in God. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 I've got news for you - I've read the books. God is not a moderate. There's no place in the books where God says, 'You know, when you get to the New World and you develop your three branches of government and you have a civil society, you can just jettison all the barbarism I recommended in the first books. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 Human well-being is not a random phenomenon. It depends on many factors - ranging from genetics and neurobiology to sociology and economics 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 The link between belief and behavior raises the stakes considerably. Some propositions are so dangerous that it may even be ethical to kill people for believing them. This may seem an extraordinary claim, but it merely enunciates an ordinary fact about the world in which we live. Certain beliefs place their adherents beyond the reach of every peaceful means of persuasion, while inspiring them to commit acts of extraordinary violence against others. There is, in fact, no talking to some people. If they cannot be captured, and they often cannot, otherwise tolerant people may be justified in killing them in self-defense. This is what the United States attempted in Afghanistan, and it is what we and other Western powers are bound to attempt, at an even greater cost to ourselves and to innocents abroad, elsewhere in the Muslim world. We will continue to spill blood in what is, at bottom, a war of ideas. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next fifty years. According to the most common interpretation of biblical prophecy, Jesus will return only after things have gone horribly awry here on earth. It is, therefore, not an exaggeration to say that if the city of New York were suddenly replaced by a ball of fire, some significant percentage of the American population would see a silver lining in the subsequent mushroom cloud, as it would suggest to them that the best thing that is ever going to happen was about to happen - the return of Christ. It should be blindingly obvious that beliefs of this sort will do little to help us create a durable future for ourselves - socially, economically, environmentally, or geopolitically. Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this, purely on the basis of religious dogma, should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency.The book you are about to read is my response to this emergency. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 Science searches for relations which are thought to exist independently of the searching individual. This includes the case where man himself is the subject. Or the subject of scientific statements may be concepts created by ourselves, as in mathematics. Such concepts are not necessarily supposed to correspond to any objects in the outside world. However, all scientific statements and laws have one characteristic in common: they are “true or false” - adequate or inadequate. Roughly speaking, our reaction to them is “yes or “no.” 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 There’s nothing more natural than rape. Human beings rape, chimpanzees rape, orangutans rape, rape clearly is part of an evolutionary strategy to get your genes into the next generation if you’re a male. You can’t move from that Darwinian fact about us to defend rape as a good practice. I mean no-one would be tempted to do that; we have transcended that part of our evolutionary history in repudiating it. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 As a man believes, so he will act. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 Although many things can be said in criticism of religious faith, there is no discounting its power. Millions among us, even now, are quite willing to die for our unjustified beliefs, and millions more, it seems, are willing to kill for them. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 There are sections of the Bible that I think are absolutely brilliant and poetically unrivaled, and there are sections of the Bible which are the sheerest barbarism, yet profess to prescribe a divinely mandated morality - where do I start? Books like Leviticus and Deuteronomy and Exodus and First and Second Kings and Second Samuel - half of the kings and prophets of Israel would be taken to The Hague and prosecuted for crimes against humanity if these events took place in our own time. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 If you think that Christianity is the most direct and undefiled expression of love and compassion the world has ever seen, you do not know much about the world's other religions. Take the religion of Jainism as one example. The Jains preach a doctrine of utter non-violence. While the Jains believe many improbable things about the universe, they do not believe the sorts of things that lit the fires of the Inquisition. You probably think the Inquisition was a perversion of the "true" spirit of Christianity. Perhaps it was. The problem, however, is that the teachings of the Bible are so muddled and self-contradictory that it was possible for Christians to happily burn heretics alive for five long centuries. It was even possible for the most venerated patriarchs of the Church, like St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, to conclude that heretics should be tortured - Augustine, or killed outright - Aquinas. Martin Luther and John Calvin advocated the wholesale murder of heretics, apostates, Jews, and witches. You are, of course, free to interpret the Bible differently - though isn't it amazing that you have succeeded in discerning the true teachings of Christianity, while the most influential thinkers in the history of your faith failed? 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 Faith enables many of us to endure life's difficulties with an equanimity that would be scarcely conceivable in a world lit only by reason. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 That religion may have served some necessary function for us in the past does not preclude the possibility that it is now the greatest impediment to our building a global civilization. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 I am terrified of what seems to me to be a bottleneck that civilization is passing through. On the one hand we have 21st-century disruptive technology proliferating, and on the other we have first-century superstition. A civilization is going to either pass through this bottleneck more or less intact or it won't. And perhaps that fear sounds grandiose, but civilizations end. On any number of occasions, some generation has witnessed the ruination of everything they and their ancestors had built. What especially terrifies me about religious thinking is the expectation on the part of many that civilization is bound to end based on prophecy and its ending is going to be glorious. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 A man's faith is just a subset of his beliefs about the world: beliefs about matters of ultimate concern that we, as a culture, have told him he need not justify in the present. It is time we recognized just how maladaptive this Balkanization of our discourse has become. All pretensions to theological knowledge should now be seen from the perspective of a man who was just beginning his day on the one hundredth floor of the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001, only to find his meandering thoughts - of family and friends, of errands run and unrun, of coffee in need of sweetener - inexplicably usurped by a choice of terrible starkness and simplicity: between being burned alive by jet fuel or leaping one thousand feet to the concrete below. In fact, we should take the perspective of thousands of such men, women, and children who were robbed of life, far sooner than they imagined possible, in absolute terror and confusion. The men who committed the atrocities of September 11 were certainly not "cowards," as they were repeatedly described in the Western media, nor were they lunatics in any ordinary sense. They were men of faith - perfect faith, as it turns out - and this, it must finally be acknowledged, is a terrible thing to be. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 If you are right to believe that religious faith offers the only real basis for morality, then atheists should be less moral than believers. In fact, they should be utterly immoral. Are they? Do members of atheist organizations in the United States commit more than their fair share of violent crimes? Do the members of the National Academy of Sciences, 93 percent of whom do not accept the idea of God, lie and cheat and steal with abandon? We can be reasonably confident that these groups are at least as well behaved as the general population. And yet, athiests are the most reviled minority in the United States. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 More than 50% of Americans have a “negative” or “highly negative” view of people who don’t believe in God. 70% think it important for presidential candidates to be “strongly religious. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 A person who believes that Elvis is still alive is very unlikely to get promoted to a position of great power and responsibility in our society. Neither will a person who believes that the holocaust was a hoax. But people who believe equally irrational things about God and the bible are now running our country. This is genuinely terrifying. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 According to the most common interpretation of biblical prophecy, Jesus will return only after things have gone horribly awry. Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 Only 28% of Americans believe in evolution, and two-thirds of these believe evolution was “guided by God”. 53% are actually creationists. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 Despite a full century of scientific insights attesting to the antiquity of the earth, more than half of our neighbors believe that the entire cosmos was created six thousand years ago. This is, incidentally, about a thousand years after the Sumerians invented glue. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 87% of Americans say they “never doubt the existence of God. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 Had the residents of New Orleans been content to rely on the beneficence of the Lord, they wouldn’t have known that a killer hurricane was bearing down upon them until they felt the first gusts of wind on their faces, but a poll conducted by The Washington Post found that 80% of Katrina survivors claim that the event has only strengthened their faith in God. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 28% of Americans believe that every word of the Bible is literally true. 49% believe that it is the “inspired word” of God. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 We read the Golden Rule and judge it to be a brilliant distillation of many of our ethical impulses. And then we come across another of God’s teachings on morality: if a man discovers on his wedding night that his bride is not a virgin, he must stone her to death on her father’s doorstep - Deuteronomy 22:13-21. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 80% of Americans expect to be called before God on Judgment Day to answer for their sins. 90% believe in heaven. 77% rate their chances of going to heaven as “excellent” or “good. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 In the year 2006, a person can have sufficient intellectual and material resources to build a nuclear bomb and still believe that he will get seventy-two virgins in Paradise. Western secularists, liberals, and moderates have been very slow to understand this. The cause of their confusion is simple: they don’t know what is like to really believe in God. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 65% of Americans believe in the literal existence of Satan. 73% believe in Hell. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 It is terrible that we all die and lose everything we love; it is doubly terrible that so many human beings suffer needlessly while alive. That so much of this suffering can be directly attributed to religion - to religious hatreds, religious wars, religious delusions and religious diversions of scarce resources - is what makes atheism a moral and intellectual necessity. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 83% of Americans believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. 11% disbelieve. 6% don’t know. 
Author: Sam Harris
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 Questioning our own motives, and our own process, is critical to a skeptical and scientific outlook. We must realize that the default mode of human psychology is to grab onto comforting beliefs for purely emotional reasons, and then justify those beliefs to ourselves with post-hoc rationalizations. It takes effort to rise above this tendency, to step back from our beliefs and our emotional connection to conclusions and focus on the process. The process - i.e science, logic, and intellectual rigor, has to be more important than the belief. 
Author: Dr. Steven Novella
Nationality: American
b. 29 July 1969
  
 You can't reason someone out of an opinion they didn't reason themselves into in the first place. 
Author: Dr. Steven Novella
Nationality: American
b. 29 July 1969
  
 Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able to? Then he is not omnipotent Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able or wiling? Then why call him God? 
Author: Epicurus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 341  - d.  December 270
  
 I used to be an Atheist until I realised I was God. 
Author: Michael G. Olson
Nationality: Australian
b. 7 December 1956
  
 The idea of god was not a lie but a device of the unconscious which needed to be decoded by psychology. A personal god was nothing more than an exalted father-figure: desire for such a deity sprang from infantile yearnings for a powerful, protective father, for justice and fairness and for life to go on forever. God is simply a projection of these desires, feared and worshipped by human beings out of an abiding sense of helplessness. Religion belonged to the infancy of the human race; it had been a necessary stage in the transation from childhood to maturity. It had promoted ethical values which were essential to society. Now that humanity had come of age, however, it should be left behind,. 
Author: Sigmund Freud
Nationality: Austrian
b. 6 May 1856  - d. 23 September 1939
  
 It would be nice if there were a God who created the world and was a benevolent providence, and if there were a moral order in the universe and an after-life; but it is a very sriking fact that all this is exactly as we are bound to wish it to be. 
Author: Sigmund Freud
Nationality: Austrian
b. 6 May 1856  - d. 23 September 1939
  
 Religion convinced the world that here's an invisible man in the sky who watches everything you do. And there's 10 things he doesn't want you to do or else you'll go to a burning place with a lake of fire until the end of eternity. But he loves you! ...And he needs money! 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 A little girl came up to me the other day and said, 'Do you live here?' ... I have a great staff that helps me run the place, but I really love being out on the floor, helping people stock shelves and talking to customers. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 I'm an atheist, and I don't have any belief in an afterlife. You could say that I'm resigned to the fact that this wonderful life that we get here is it. And having hit 60, it's a good time to get resigned to these things and not be too nervous or upset - and enjoy what great times one can have. 
Author: David Gilmore
Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1946
  
 Fear trumps logic. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 Neither a borrower or lenter be. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 Humans with very few brain cells use religion as a crutch in the same way as a man with only one leg. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 For every intelligent logical person, the invisible god creates ninety-nine illogical idiots who believe in him. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 If god was real, don't you think he would get a better publicist. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 If I go out to dinner with you and you order wine, I leave. I won't be around drugs and alcohol at all. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: Australian
b. 05 March 1955
  
 Theology, I can bring myself to study no more. I long to take nature to my heart, that nature before whose depth the faint-hearted theologian shrinks back; and with nature man, man in his entire quality. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 If man is to find contentment in God, he must find himself in God. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 God is nothing else than human: he is, so to speak, the outward projection of a human's inward nature.  
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 A God who is not benevolent, not just, not wise, is no God. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 Qualities are not suddenly denoted as divine because of their godly association. The qualities themselves are divine therefore making God divine, indicating that humans are capable of understanding and applying meanings of divinity to religion and not that religion makes a human divine. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 The force of this attraction to religion though, giving divinity to a figure like God, is a being that acts throughout humans in all forms. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 God, is the principle of salvation, of good dispositions and actions, consequently own good principle and nature. It appeals to humankind to give qualities to the idol of their religion because without these qualities a figure such as God would become merely an object, its importance would become obsolete, there would no longer be a feeling of an existence for God.  
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 When humans remove all qualities from God, God is no longer anything more to him than a negative being. Because humans are imaginative, God is given traits and there holds the appeal. God is a part of a human through the invention of a God. Equally though, humans are repulsed by God because, “God alone is the being who acts of himself.” 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 The belief in revelation which I believe not only injures the moral sense, but also poisons, nay destroys, the divinest feeling in man, the sense of truth. The belief in sacraments such as the Lord's Supper, which is a piece of religious materialism of which "the necessary consequences are superstition and immorality." 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 Selfishness turns onto humans and projects them to be wicked and corrupt, that they are, “incapable of good,” and it is only God that is good. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 If therefore my work is negative, irreligious, atheistic, let it be remembered that atheism - at least in the sense of this work - is the secret of religion itself; that religion itself, not indeed on the surface, but fundamentally, not in intention or according to its own supposition, but in its heart, in its essence, believes in nothing else than the truth and divinity of human nature. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 I have always taken as the standard of the mode of teaching and writing, not the abstract, particular, professional philosopher, but universal man, that I have regarded man as the criterion of truth, and not this or that founder of a system, and have from the first placed the highest excellence of the philosopher in this, that he abstains, both as a man and as an author, from the ostentation of philosophy, i.e., that he is a philosopher only in reality, not formally, that he is a quiet philosopher, not a loud and still less a brawling one. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 The present age prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, fancy to reality, the appearance to the essence for in these days illusion only is sacred, truth profane. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 Religion is the dream of the human mind. But even in dreams we do not find ourselves in emptiness or in heaven, but on earth, in the realm of reality; we only see real things in the entrancing splendor of imagination and caprice, instead of in the simple daylight of reality and necessity.  
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 I would rather be a devil in alliance with truth, than an angel in alliance with falsehood. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 Speculative philosophy as the realisation of God is the positing of God, and at the same time his cancellation or negation; theism and at the same time atheism: for God – in the sense of theology – is God only as long as he is taken to be a being distinguished from and independent of the being of man as well as of nature. The theism that as the positing of God is simultaneously his negation or, conversely, as the negation of God equally his affirmation, is pantheism. Theological theism – that is, theism properly speaking – is nothing other than imaginary pantheism which itself is nothing other than real and true theism. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 Pantheism makes God into a present, real, and material being; empiricism – to which rationalism also belongs – makes God into an absent, remote, unreal, and negative being. Empiricism does not deny God existence, but denies him all positive determinations, because their content is supposed to be only finite and empirical; the infinite cannot, therefore, be an object for man. But the more determinations I deny to a being, the more do I cut it of[ from myself, and the less power and influence do I concede to it over me, the freer do I make myself of it. The more qualities I possess, the more I am for others, and the greater is the extent of my influence and effects. And the more one is, the more one is known to others. Hence, each negation of an attribute of God is a partial atheism, a sphere of godlessness. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 The secret of Hegel's dialectic lies ultimately in this alone, that it negates theology through philosophy in order then to negate philosophy through theology. Both the beginning and the end are constituted by theology; philosophy stands in the middle as the negation of the first positedness, but the negation of the negation is again theology. At first everything is overthrown, but then everything is reinstated in its old place, as in Descartes. The Hegelian philosophy is the last grand attempt to restore a lost and defunct Christianity through philosophy, and, of course, as is characteristic of the modern era, by identifying the negation of Christianity with Christianity itself. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 The recognition of the light of reality within the darkness of abstraction is a contradiction – both the affirmation and the negation of the real at one and the same time. The new philosophy, which thinks the concrete not in an abstract but a concrete way, which acknowledges the real in its reality – that is, in a way corresponding to the being of the real as true, which elevates it into the principle and object of philosophy – is consequently the truth of the Hegelian philosophy, indeed of modern philosophy as a whole. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 We have busied ourselves and contented ourselves long enough with speaking and writing; now at last we demand that the word become flesh, the spirit matter; we are as sick of political as we are of philosophical idealism; we are determined to become political materialists. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 God, I have said, is the fulfiller, or the reality, of the human desires for happiness, perfection, and immortality. From this it may be inferred that to deprive man of God is to tear the heart out of his breast. But I contest the premises from which religion and theology deduce the necessity and existence of God, or of immortality, which is the same thing. I maintain that desires which are fulfilled only in the imagination, or from which the existence of an imaginary being is deduced, are imaginary desires, and not the real desires of the human heart; I maintain that the limitations which the religious imagination annuls in the idea of God or immortality, are necessary determinations of the human essence, which cannot be dissociated from it, and therefore no limitations at all, except precisely in man’s imagination. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 Man has many wishes that he does not really wish to fulfil, and it would be a misunderstanding to suppose the contrary. He wants them to remain wishes, they have value only in his imagination; their fulfilment would be a bitter disappointment to him. Such a desire is the desire for eternal life. If it were fulfilled, man would become thoroughly sick of living eternally, and yearn for death. In reality man wishes merely to avoid a premature, violent or gruesome death. Everything has its measure, says a pagan philosopher; in the end we weary of everything, even of life; a time comes when man desires death. Consequently there is nothing frightening about a normal, natural death, the death of a man who has fulfilled himself and lived out his life. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 But like the desire for eternal life, the desire for omniscience and absolute perfection is merely an imaginary desire; and, as history and daily experience prove, the supposed human striving for unlimited knowledge and perfection is a myth. Man has no desire to know everything; he only wants to know the things to which he is particularly drawn. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 Christianity set itself the goal of fulfilling man’s unattainable desires, but for that very reason ignored his attainable desires. By promising man eternal life, it deprived him of temporal life, by teaching him to trust in God’s help it took away his trust in his own powers; by giving him faith in a better life in heaven, it destroyed his faith in a better life on earth and his striving to attain such a life. Christianity gave man what his imagination desires, but for that very reason failed to give him what he really and truly desires. 
Author: Ludwig Feuerbach
Nationality: German
b. 28 July 1804  - d. 13 September 1872
  
 Those religions that are oppressive to women are also against democracy, human rights, and freedom of expression. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 I write against the religion because if women want to live like human beings, they will have to live outside the religion and Islamic law. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 I believe that if the silent majority were to protest against those who believe in irrational blind faith - who want to go backwards instead of forward, who are for tradition not innovation, who oppose individualism and plurality of thought - then the world would become a truly civilized world in which to live. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 Nature says women are human beings, men have made religions to deny it. Nature says women are human beings, men cry out no! 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 The fundamentalists are increasing. People, afraid to oppose those fundamentalists, shut their mouths. It is really very difficult to make people move against a sensitive issue like religion, which is the source of fundamentalism. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 I don't believe in God. The religion mongers segregate women from the human race, I too am divided, I too am defrauded of my human rights. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 If any religion allows the persecution of the people of different faiths, if any religion keeps women in slavery, if any religion keeps people in ignorance, then I can't accept that religion. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 Women are oppressed in the east, in the west, in the south, in the north. Women are oppressed inside, outside home, a woman is oppressed in religion, she is oppressed outside religion. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 I came from a country where religious fundamentalists, including governmental authorities, denied my freedom to have thoughts that are different from their own. As a punishment, they demanded my execution by hanging. I was forced to leave my own country. I had to pay heavily for the sole reason that I believe in human rights and freedom of expression. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 Koranic teaching still insists that the sun moves around the earth. How can we advance when they teach things like that? 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 Religion, society and state - from none of these do women get their proper honour. It is religion which has created an unparalleled disparity between men and women. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 Religion is now the first obstacle to women's advancement. Religion pulls human beings backwards, it goes against science and progressiveness. Religion engulfs people with a fear of the supernatural. It bars people from laughing and never allows people to exercise their choice. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 I don't find any difference between Islam and Islamic fundamentalists. I believe religion is the root, and from the root fundamentalism grows as a poisonous stem. If we remove fundamentalism and keep religion, then one day or another fundamentalism will grow again. I need to say that because some liberals always defend Islam and blame fundamentalists for creating problems. But Islam itself oppresses women. Islam itself doesn't permit democracy and it violates human rights. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 I don't agree with those who think that the conflict is simply between two religions, namely Christianity and Islam. To me, the key conflict is between irrational blind faith and rational, logical minds. 
Author: Taslima Nasrin
Nationality: Bengali
b. 25 August 1967
  
 I think, therefore we have nothing in common. 
Author: Anonymous Anonymous
Nationality: Bengali   
 Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? 
Author: Douglas Adams
Nationality: English
b. 11 March 1952  - d. 11 May 2001
  
 An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them. 
Author: Stephen John Fry
Nationality: English
b. 24 August 1957
  
 The short answer to that is 'no'. The long answer is 'f*** no'.” 
Author: Stephen John Fry
Nationality: English
b. 24 August 1957
  
 Language is my whore, my mistress, my wife, my pen-friend, my check-out girl. Language is a complimentary moist lemon-scented cleansing square or handy freshen-up wipette. Language is the breath of God, the dew on a fresh apple, it's the soft rain of dust that falls into a shaft of morning sun when you pull from an old bookshelf a forgotten volume of erotic diaries; language is the faint scent of urine on a pair of boxer shorts, it's a half-remembered childhood birthday party, a creak on the stair, a spluttering match held to a frosted pane, the warm wet, trusting touch of a leaking nappy, the hulk of a charred Panzer, the underside of a granite boulder, the first downy growth on the upper lip of a Mediterranean girl, cobwebs long since overrun by an old Wellington boot. 
Author: Stephen John Fry
Nationality: English
b. 24 August 1957
  
 I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance. That is my religion, and every day I am sorely, grossly, heinously and deeply offended, wounded, mortified and injured by a thousand different blasphemies against it. When the fundamental canons of truth, honesty, compassion and decency are hourly assaulted by fatuous bishops, pompous, illiberal and ignorant priests, politicians and prelates, sanctimonious censors, self-appointed moralists and busy-bodies, what recourse of ancient laws have I? None whatever. Nor would I ask for any. For unlike these blistering imbeciles my belief in my religion is strong and I know that lies will always fail and indecency and intolerance will always perish. 
Author: Stephen John Fry
Nationality: English
b. 24 August 1957
  
 The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? Death! What's that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old age home. You get kicked out when you're too young. You get get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months floating ... and you finish off as a orgasm. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religous or political ideas. 
Author: Aldous Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 26 July 1894  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours. 
Author: Aldous Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 26 July 1894  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 If God's love encompasses the whole world and if everyone who does not believe in him will perish, then surely this question needs to be asked: When, after two thousand years, does God's plan kick in for the billion people he "so loves" in China? Or for the 840 million in India? Or the millions in Japan, Afghanistan, Siberia, Egypt, Burma - and on and on? 
Author: Charles Bradley Templeton
Nationality: Canadian
b. December 1915  - d.  December 2001
  
 Why does the omnipotent God, knowing that there are tens of thousands of men, women, and children starving to death in a parched land, simply let them waste away and die when all that is needed is rain? 
Author: Charles Bradley Templeton
Nationality: Canadian
b. December 1915  - d.  December 2001
  
 My aim in compiling The Quotable Atheist was to heal our broken planet, essentially by eliminating the religious part. Not with nuclear weapons or lesser acts of mass murder, no - that's the religious style, nowadays, in certain quarters - but through argument, persuasion, and most of all (since I know perfectly well that argument is utterly useless against dumb, blind faith, and just wanted to pay it lip service), the steady application of powerfully abrasive ridicule which will slowly but surely erode away the offending continent. I'm serious. Do I really believe this book will convert believers and turn them from the path of self-righteousness to the path of righteousness? Yes. A few. Three, I estimate. Two for sure. But the point is this: For years, millions of fine, upstanding American atheists and agnostics have watched and stewed as the religious right expanded its influence throughout public life, and as America closed its mind and opened its heart to angels, aliens, ghosts, psychics, Jesus, astrology, Kabbalah, Genesis, Revelation. ... As Sam Harris wrote in The End of Faith, 'Unreason is now ascendant in the United States - in our schools, in our courts, and in each branch of the federal government. Only 28 percent of Americans believe in evolution; 68 percent believe in Satan.' Ignorance in this degree, concentrated in both the head and belly of a lumbering superpower, is now a problem for the entire world." 
Author: Jack Huberman
Nationality: Canadian   
 Meanwhile, religion continues to be granted far too much respect and too little critical examination in our culture and mainstream media. We need to change the cultural climate so as to make supernatural, occult, and faith-based claptrap feel unwelcome and to make adults ashamed of the blithe surrender of their otherwise sound minds to idiocy. We need climate change. Bullshit levels are rising globally, threatening to submerge intellectually low-lying areas. Much of the United States is already inundated. Temperatures are rising; IQs are dropping. Four of the five stupidest years on record have occurred since 2000.  
Author: Jack Huberman
Nationality: Canadian   
 I would of course have preferred a declaration by the president of the United States - purportedly God's messenger on earth -stating that neither God nor WMDs ever existed and that most religious beliefs are untrue and harmful, and urging citizens to bring their minds back up at least to an eighteenth-century stage of development. (I have proposed this plan in a letter to George W. Bush, but haven't heard back yet. They must be hashing out the details. ) Failing that, it is up to atheist/secularist groups and individuals to do what we can to stop global worming (people groveling like worms before nonexistent deities). That's where this book comes in.  
Author: Jack Huberman
Nationality: Canadian   
 As a number of these collected quotes say (far more wittily): Religion in general is based on falsehoods - comforting beliefs in a heavenly parent or big brother; hopes of surviving death - and on utility or expedience: socially cohesive tribal myths; politically useful codes of law and behavior; divine ordination of rulers (including certain presidents); attempts to explain, influence, or placate nature and the elements; the wish to raise ourselves above (i.e., deny our place among) the animals. Religion may help people feel their lives have a loftier purpose than the mere satisfaction of material wants and sensual desires, but it does it with smoke and mirrors, at the cost of our respect for truth and of our integrity and dignity. 
Author: Jack Huberman
Nationality: Canadian   
 No matter who you are, engaging in the quest to discover where and how things began tends to induce emotional fervor—as if knowing the beginning bestows upon you some form of fellowship with, or perhaps governance over, all that comes later. So what is true for life itself is no less true for the universe: knowing where you came from is no less important than knowing where you are going. 
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Nationality: African-American
b. 05 October 1958
  
 I don't want students who could make the next major breakthrough in renewable energy sources or space travel to have been taught that anything they don't understand, and that nobody yet understands, is divinely constructed and therefore beyond their intellectual capacity. The day that happens, Americans will just sit in awe of what we don't understand, while we watch the rest of the world boldly go where no mortal has gone before. 
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Nationality: African-American
b. 05 October 1958
  
 During our brief stay on planet Earth, we owe ourselves and our descendants the opportunity to explore - in part because it's fun to do. But there's a far nobler reason. The day our knowledge of the cosmos ceases to expand, we risk regressing to the childish view that the universe figuratively and literally revolves around us. In that bleak world, arms-bearing, resource-hungry people and nations would be prone to act on their "low contracted prejudices." And that would be the last gasp of human enlightenment—until the rise of a visionary new culture that could once again embrace the cosmic perspective. 
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Nationality: African-American
b. 05 October 1958
  
 God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance that's getting smaller and smaller and smaller as? time goes on. 
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Nationality: African-American
b. 05 October 1958
  
 I don't want students who could make the next major breakthrough in renewable energy sources or space travel to have been taught that anything they don't understand, and that nobody yet understands, is divinely constructed and therefore beyond their intellectual capacity. The day that happens, Americans will just sit in awe of what we don't understand, while we watch the rest of the world boldly go where no mortal has gone before. 
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Nationality: African-American
b. 05 October 1958
  
 After your first job, is anyone asking you what your GPA was? No, they don't care. They ask you: Are you a good leader? Do people follow you? Do you have integrity? Are you innovative? Do you solve problems? Somebody's got to do that homework and redesign the educational system so that it can actually train people to be successful in life. I think the greatest teachers are not the ones that are best trained at educational tactics. I don't know a person who's ever said, "Boy, that teacher is so good! The teacher gives such good exams. That teacher gives such good homework sets!" No one has said that about a great teacher. That's not what people remember about the great teachers they've had. 
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Nationality: African-American
b. 05 October 1958
  
 Life is but a momentary glimpse of the wonder of this atonishing universe, and it is sad to see so many dreaming it away on spirituality fantasy. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 If the prayers of so many abused chldren to stop the abuse (sexual, physical and mental) at the hands of so many "Men and Women of God'" go unanswered. What does that say about God? In the end, abused children make confused, broken adults, thus better tithe-bots. So those men and women of god are doing their god's work by making more people faithful. Unfortunaly it is children who are paying the price. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Heaven is like an Insurance Policy. Problem being, they will never collect on it. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 Faith: is expecting god to make your car move, when the fuel tank is empty Science and logic: is knowing it won't go when the fuel tank is empty.  
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 The Good Book: Life is like an ocean voyage and our bodies are the ships And without a moral compass we would all be cast adrift So to keep us on our bearings, the Lord gave us a gift And like most gifts you get, it was a book I only read one book, but it's a good book, don't you know I act the way I act because the Good Book tells me so If I wanna know how to be good, it's to the Good Book that I go 'Cos the Good Book is a book and it is good and it's a book I know the Good Book's good because the Good Book says it's good I know the Good Book knows it's good because a really good book would You wouldn't cook without a cookbook and I think it's understood You can't be good without a Good Book 'cos it's good and it's a book And it is good for cookin' I tried to read some other books, but I soon gave up on that The paragraphs ain't numbered and they complicate the facts I can't read Harry Potter 'cos they're worshipping false gods and that And Dumbledore's a poofter and that's bad, 'cos it's not good Morality is written there in simple white and black I feel sorry for you heathens, got to think about all that Good is good and evil's bad and goats are good and pigs are crap You'll find which one is which in the Good Book, 'cos it's good And it's a book, and it's a book I had a cat, she gave birth to a litter The kittens were adorable and they made my family laugh But as they grew they started misbehavin' So I drowned the little fuckers in the bath When the creatures in your care start being menaces The answers can be found right there in Genesis! Chapter 6, Verse 5-7! [ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/t/tim_minchin/the_good_book.html ] Swing your partner by the hand Have a baby if you can But if the voices your head Say to sacrifice your kid To satiate your loving God's Fetish for dead baby blood It's simple faith, the Book demands So raise that knife up in your hand! Before the Good Book made us good, there was no good way to know If a thing was good or not that good or kind of touch and go So God decided he'd give writing allegoric prose a go And so he wrote a book and it was generally well-received The Telegraph said, "This God is reminiscent of the Norse." The Times said, "Kind of turgid, but I liked the bit with horses." The Mail said, "Lots of massacres, a violent tour de force." If you only read one book this year, then this one is a book And it is good, and it's a book! Swing your daughter by the hand But if she gets raped by a man And refuses then to marry him Stone her to death! If you just close your eyes and block your ears To the accumulated knowledge of the last two thousand years Then morally, guess what? You're off the hook And thank Christ you only have to read one book Just because the book's contents Were written generations hence By hairy desert-dwelling gents Squatting in their dusty tents Just because what Heaven said Was said before they'd leavened bread Just 'cos Jesus couldn't read Doesn't mean that we should need When manipulating human genes To alleviate pain and fight disease When deciding whether it's wrong or right To help the dyin' let go of life Or stop a pregnancy when it's Just a tiny blastocyst There's no reason why we should take a look At any other book But the Good Book 'Cause it's good And it's a book And it's a book And it's quite good! Good is good and evil's bad And kids get killed when God gets mad And you'd better take a good look At the Good Book More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/t/tim_minchin/#share 
Author: Tim Minchin
Nationality: Australian
b. 07 October 1975
  
 When our civilization is gone, I hope that all remains is this video. And not the whole video, I hope it's only Tim's side of the conversation with Storm. And I hope that there's no way for those future people to play the video. Why should people in the future have acess to this wisdom? Tim is for us. I know that hoping doesn't work, so I'm fairly slutty with my hoping. It's a great poem and a great video. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: Australian
b. 05 March 1955
  
 American scientists are less religious than the American public generally, and the most distinguished scientists are the least religious of all. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 Scientists had to suffer torture, silencing, imprisonment and death at the hands of Christians who didn't agree with newly discovered facts about the world. Christianity lost the first battle with astronomers who realized that, contrary to what Christians asserted, the Sun did not orbit the Earth, and that the Universe doesn't seem to be designed specifically for humankind. Copernicus - 1473-1543, Kepler - 1571-1630 Galileo - 1564-1642 Newton - 1643-1727 Laplace - 1749-1827 All fought battles against the Church when they published scientific papers challenging religious orthodoxy. Bible verses were all the theories Christians needed; and Joshua 10:12-13, 2 Kings 20:11, Isaiah 38:8 and Isaiah 30:26 all contradicted astronomers. Eventually, the Church retreated, only to go on to fight similar ignorant battles, and violently impose dogmatic errors, in the arenas of physics, biology and philosophy. 
Author: Vexen Crabtree
Nationality: British   
 When I got untethered from religion, it wasn't a loss of faith for me, it was a discovery of self. I had faith that I'm capable enough to handle any situation. There's peace in understanding that I have only one life, here and now, and I'm responsible. 
Author: Brad Pitt
Nationality: American
b. 18 December 1963
  
 My introduction to the platform of the National Secular Society was quite accidental. I had heard none of its speakers, read none of its publications, except an occasional glance at Bradlaugh's National Reformer. I knew there was a Freethought movement afoot, but that was about all. 
Author: Chapman Cohen
Nationality: British
b. 01 September 1868  - d. 04 February 1954
  
 The speaker was opposed by an old gentleman – at least he seemed old to me – who suffered from an impediment in his speech. The lecturer in replying spent part of his time in mimicking the old gentleman's speech. After he had "replied," the lecturer asked for more opposition. Mainly because of his treatment of the old man I accepted the invitation. 
Author: Chapman Cohen
Nationality: British
b. 01 September 1868  - d. 04 February 1954
  
 For about forty-four years I have been busy in the interests of Freethought with my pen as well as with my tongue, and for about forty-two years I have been a regular writer for one of the oldest Freethought journals in Europe, and with a single exception, the oldest in the world. For twenty-four years I have been the official editor of that journal, and for the same period, President of the National Secular Society, the only organization for the propagation of militant Freethought in the British Isles. My career as a lecturer – continuously lecturing – is a record in the history of the Freethought movement. 
Author: Chapman Cohen
Nationality: British
b. 01 September 1868  - d. 04 February 1954
  
 Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.  
Author: Chapman Cohen
Nationality: British
b. 01 September 1868  - d. 04 February 1954
  
 The belief in God is not therefore based on the perception of design in nature. Belief in design in nature is based upon the belief in God. Things are as they are whether there is a God or not. Logically, to believe in design one must start with God. He, or it, is not a conclusion but a datum. You may begin by assuming a creator, and then say he did this or that; but you cannot logically say that because certain things exist, therefore there is a God who made them. God is an assumption, not a conclusion. And it is an assumption that explains nothing. 
Author: Chapman Cohen
Nationality: British
b. 01 September 1868  - d. 04 February 1954
  
 I don't want to believe. I want to know. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 It's odd that the word "Atheist" even exists. I don't play golf, is there a word for non-golf players? Do they gather and strategize? I can't do that. I can't gather around and talk about how much everybody in the room doesn't believe in God."  
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Nationality: African-American
b. 05 October 1958
  
 I don't beleive in Astrology, it is all nonsence. Well, that is what my Psychic told me. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
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Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize. 
Author: Voltaire
Nationality: French
b. 21 November 1694  - d. 30 May 1778
  
 I'm sorry if my Atheism offends you, but guess what - Religious wars, Jihads, crusades, Inqusitons, censoring of Free Speech, brainwashing of children, murdering of Albinos, forcing girls into underage marriages, male and female genital mutilaton, stoning, Pederasty, Homophobia and rejection of Science and Reason OFFENDS ME!. 
Author: Mike Treder
Nationality: French   
 Insanity is believing your hallucinations are real. Religion is believing that other peoples' hallucinations are real. 
Author: Dan Barker
Nationality: American
b. 25 June 1949
  
 You think you have a hard job, don't you? You don't have a hard job. You know who's got a hard job? Creation scientists. Do you know what these peolpe have to do? They have to prove that the Earth, the universe, and all life everywhere was created by an invisible sky wizard. They have to prove that this happened six thousand years ago. And what's more? They have to prove it using science. So the next time you want to piss and moan about all the paperwork you have to do or whatever, think about what creation scientists go through. Do you know how hard it is to get a gtst tube full of Faith? It's a Bitch! 
Author: Matt Milby
Nationality: American   
 Religious people claim that it's just the 'Fundamentalists' of each religion that causes problems. There's got to be something wrong with the religion itself if those who stricly adhere to its most fundamental principles are violent bigots and sexists. 
Author: David McFee
Nationality: American   
 God is what you believe in, when you don't believe in yourself. 
Author: Archaeopteryx
Nationality: American
b. December 1948
  
 One must note that unlike the tenets of science, no tenets of religion are ever revised when new information comes to light. 
Author: Archaeopteryx
Nationality: American
b. December 1948
  
 There is a cult of ignoracne in the United States, and there always has been. The train if anti-intellectualism has been a constant threat winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' 
Author: Isaac Asimov
Nationality: Russian
b. 2 January 1920  - d. 6 April 1992
  
 Theology was a rhapsody of ill-invented nonsense, patched up partly of the moral doctrines of philosophers, and partly of poetical fictions and extravagant chimeras calling the Old Testament Ezra's fables, in profane allusion to Esop's Fables. 
Author: Thomas Aikenhead
Nationality: Scottish
b. March 1676  - d. 01 August 1697
  
 I reject the mystery of the Trinity as unworthy of refutation and I scoff at the incarnation of Christ. 
Author: Thomas Aikenhead
Nationality: Scottish
b. March 1676  - d. 01 August 1697
  
 I admire the stupidity of the world in being so long deluded by them.  
Author: Thomas Aikenhead
Nationality: Scottish
b. March 1676  - d. 01 August 1697
  
 Moses was the better artist and the better politician; and I prefer Muhammad to Christ. 
Author: Thomas Aikenhead
Nationality: Scottish
b. March 1676  - d. 01 August 1697
  
 The New Testament is the history of the imposter Christ. 
Author: Thomas Aikenhead
Nationality: Scottish
b. March 1676  - d. 01 August 1697
  
 I worry about you sometimes - but not often. 
Author: Archaeopteryx
Nationality: Scottish
b. December 1948
  
 I wouldn't refute the sciences, but if I see an author manipulating information to fit a foregone conclusion, then yes, I would certainly refute his findings. I've seen idiots like Kent Hovind manipulate facts to prove that dinosaurs and humans lived on the earth at the same time, and while I don't refute archaeology or paleontology, I most CERTAINLY refute "Science According To Hovind!" 
Author: Archaeopteryx
Nationality: Scottish
b. December 1948
  
 Just because children get older, doesn't mean they get less stupid. 
Author: Archaeopteryx
Nationality: Scottish
b. December 1948
  
 You can't convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it's based on a deep seated need to believe. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 Wit can be beautiful, because it expresses and distills an idea. 
Author: Stephen John Fry
Nationality: English
b. 24 August 1957
  
 I'm sickened by all religions. Religion has divided people. I don't think there's any difference between the pope wearing a large hat and parading around with a smoking purse and an African painting his face white and praying to a rock. 
Author: Howard Stern
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 1954
  
 When a man ceases to believe in god, he does not believe in nothing. He believes in everything. 
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1874  - d. 16 June 1936
  
 I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it. 
Author: Dame Edith Sitwell
Nationality: British
b. 7 September 1887  - d. 9 December 1964
  
 First, never quote Mother Teresa at me - she was an evil hag who worshipped poverty, who did not help people except to encourage them to suffer more for her faith, while she lived in comfort and traveled far and wide to receive the accolades of the gullible. I would never find the words of that wicked woman persuasive. 
Author: Paul Zachary Myers
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1957
  
 Secondly, the standard bullying tactics of waving bloody fetuses might cow the squeamish, but I’m a biologist. I’ve guillotined rats. I’ve held eyeballs in my hand and peeled them apart with a pair of scissors. I’ve used a wet-vac to clean up a lake of half-clotted blood from an exsanguinated dog. I’ve opened bodies and watched the intestines do their slow writhing dance, I’ve been elbow deep in blood, I’ve split open cats and stabbed them in the heart with a perfusion needle. I’ve extracted the brains of mice…with a pair of pliers. I’ve scooped brains out of buckets, I’ve counted dendrites in slices cut from the brains of dead babies. You want to make me back down by trying to inspire revulsion with dead baby pictures? I look at them unflinchingly and see meat. And meat does not frighten me. 
Author: Paul Zachary Myers
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1957
  
 If there be gods we cannot help them, but we can assist our fellow men. We cannot love the inconceivable, but we can love wife and child and friend.  
Author: Robert G. Ingersoll
Nationality: American
b. 11 August 1833  - d. 21 July 1899
  
 Insanity is believing your hallucinations are real. Religion is believing that other peoples' hallucinations are real. 
Author: Dan Barker
Nationality: American
b. 25 June 1949
  




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