Atheist Quotes

 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 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 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
  
 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
  
 African Americans, whose right to vote was the most egregiously violated (and who usually are the first to stand and fight injustice), seem to have given up. Betrayed, forgotten and taken for granted by the Democrats, black voters saw no reason to revolt in 2000 - and little reason to show up in 2002. They got the message loud and clear: 'This is White America - we call the shots, we run this place, so shut the f*** up and stay home. The polls have closed for you.' 
Author: Michael Moore
Nationality: American
b. 23 April 1954
  
 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 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
  
 Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. 
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1917
  
 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
  
 Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Bush, Bush, he's our man, if he can't kill him no one can. 
Author: Michael Moore
Nationality: American
b. 23 April 1954
  
 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
  
 Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age. 
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
  
 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
  
 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
  
 Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 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
  
 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
  
 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 am sick and tired of the children not being safe. I want this insanity ended now. Remove the Republicans and Republican-wannabes on November 5th, pack the rallies this Saturday, and tell your children that we are sorry that this is the world we have created for them and that we will now do whatever we can to make it a safer place. 
Author: Michael Moore
Nationality: American
b. 23 April 1954
  
 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
  
 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
  
 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
  
 Only about 20% of the American people showed up three weeks ago to vote for a Republican. That's it. Just 20%. And about 19% voted for a Democrat (an amazing number considering how few fights the Democrats put up around the country). And 61% said, 'To hell with all of them!' and refused to show up and vote.  
Author: Michael Moore
Nationality: American
b. 23 April 1954
  
 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 NRA candidates lost the race for Governor in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Illinois - three hunting states. 
Author: Michael Moore
Nationality: American
b. 23 April 1954
  
 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 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
  
 Your announcement that you are on your way to Tucson today, just 48 hours after a student at the University of Arizona shot and killed three professors and then himself, to hold ANOTHER big pro-gun celebration - this time to get out the vote for the NRA-backed Republican running for Congress - well, sir, I have to ask you: Have you no shame? 
Author: Michael Moore
Nationality: American
b. 23 April 1954
  
 Your children are not safe because one in six of them live in poverty, while Bush's friends and business partners make off with loot from the pension funds and the stock market. 
Author: Michael Moore
Nationality: American
b. 23 April 1954
  
 Your children are not safe because they saw us adults allow a man to steal the White House, and then we did nothing about it. They learned that lying and stealing are OK, but 'one person, one vote' is a sham. 
Author: Michael Moore
Nationality: American
b. 23 April 1954
  
 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
  
 Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Dusting is a good example of the futility of trying to put things right. As soon as you dust, the fact of your next dusting has already been established. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Electricity is really just organized lightning. 
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
  
 Have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a moron. 
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
  
 The status quo sucks. 
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
  
 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
  
 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
  
 Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 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
  
 I look at it this way. For centuries now, man has done everything he can to destroy, defile, and interfere with nature: clear-cutting forests, strip-mining mountains, poisoning the atmosphere, over-fishing the oceans, polluting the rivers and lakes, destroying wetlands and aquifers... so when nature strikes back, and smacks him on the head and kicks him in the nuts, I enjoy that. I have absolutely no sympathy for human beings whatsoever. None. And no matter what kind of problem humans are facing, whether it's natural or man-made, I always hope it gets worse. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 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
  
 By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth. 
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.  
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
  
 I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.  
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
  
 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
  
 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
  
 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
  
 Before you can read, you know the difference between a story and reality. And, of course, by the time you're old enough to do any real damage with an Uzi, you've learned that difference. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 But it's much more exciting to make Die Hard. One of the reasons that I think that movie is so successful is it deals with those very important blue-collar relationship themes. But it's more visually beautiful to show things blowing up. It just gives you more on the screen. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 Every nut who kills people has a Bible lying around. If you're looking for violent rape imagery, the Bible's right there in your hotel room. If you just want to look up ways to screw people up, there it is, and you're justified because God told you to. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 I'm a big fan of huge populations of people, so you'd think with 300 million people in the country, you don't even have to please 1% to be phenomenally successful. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 I'm a hardcore libertarian - I want everything legal - but I also believe that you have the right to free association. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 I've never had a drink of alcohol or any drug in my life. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 In my private life, I'm not around any drugs or alcohol. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 It wasn't success, because Teller and I, by the time Asparagus Valley got together - within a year, we had achieved all our goals. I mean, our goal was to earn our living doing exactly what we wanted. Which is many people's goal.  
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 Janet Reno, during her confirmation hearings, said she would come down harder on porno, and lately she's talked about how violence on television has an effect on violence in the real world. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 One of the things that Teller and I are obsessed with, one of the reasons that we're in magic, is the difference between fantasy and reality. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 Teller and I worked Renaissance Festivals and street performing - actually more real, no kidding around, Philadelphia street performing than we did Renaissance Festivals. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 The fact is that violence gives you a rush. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 The First Amendment says nothing about your getting paid for saying anything. It just says you can say it. I don't believe that if a corporation pulls all the money out of you or a network pulls their money away or you get fired, you're being censored. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 The medium is not the message - the message is the message. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 The only place we were really told to tone it down - where other people would use the word censorship, but I wouldn't - was when we did MTV right after the Beavis and Butt-head thing. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 The skills that we have are the actual magic skills - not the performing skills. We have to separate those. But the actual skills that make the tricks work, we don't get to use again. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 We aren't people who believe that just because we're performers our opinions on everything need to be known. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 We knew that we were kind of odd and creeps, and we wanted to do odd, creepy stuff for people who wanted to see that. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 When you're watching Psycho, there' s that moment when you have a visceral reaction to watching someone being stabbed. And then you have the intellectual revelation that you're not, and that's where the celebration comes in. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 Whereas you have someone like Houdini, who works really, really hard to get really, really famous, and then has actual intellectual ideas that he puts into the culture that stay there. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 The idea of mind-altering substances gives me the willies. Fill your tank with nitro, the car goes fast, sure, but not far. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 This I believe: I believe there is no god. 
Author: Penn Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 05 March 1955
  
 For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us. 
Author: Charles Bukowski
Nationality: American
b. 16 August 1920  - d. 09 March 1994
  
 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
  
 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
  
 Here's all you have to know about men and women. Women are crazy, men are stupid, and the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid.  
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 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
  
 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: American   
 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: American   
 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: American   
 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: American   
 I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition, Christianity, one redeeming feature. They are all alike, founded upon fables and mythologies. 
Author: Michael Moore
Nationality: American
b. 23 April 1954
  
 Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man, perverted into an engine for enslaving mankind, a mere contrivance for the clergy to filch wealth and power to themselves. 
Author: Michael Moore
Nationality: American
b. 23 April 1954
  
 In every country and in every age the priest has been hostile to liberty, he is always in allegiance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection of his own. History I believe furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. Political as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves of public ignorance for their own purpose. 
Author: Michael Moore
Nationality: American
b. 23 April 1954
  
 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
  
 Heaven is like an Insurance Policy. Problem being, they will never collect on it. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 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   
 Atheist is really a thoroughly honest, unambiguous term, it admits of no paltering and no evasion, and the need of the world, now as ever, is for clear-cut issues and unambiguous speech. 
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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