With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
~ Steven Weinberg
"It ainít those parts of the Bible that I canít understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand."
~ Mark Twain
Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.
~ Isaac Asimov
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
~ George Bernard Shaw
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Where knowledge ends, religion begins.
~ Benjamin Disraeli
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. ~ Mohandas K Gandhi
What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.
~ Christopher Hitchens
If there really is a God who created the entire universe with all of its glories, and He decides to deliver a message to humanity, He will not use, as His messenger, a person on cable TV with a bad hairstyle.
~ Dave Barry
Atheism: A non-prophet organization.
~ George Carlin
The most henious and the must cruel crimes of which history has record have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motives.
~ Mohandas K Gandhi
A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows.
~ Mark Twain
Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.
~ Mark Twain
Those who believe absurdities will commit atrocities.
Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
~ Sigmund Freud
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
~ Karl Marx
Youíre basically killing each other to see whoís got the better imaginary friend.
~ Richard Jeni
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
~ Edward Gibbon
Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime; give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish.
The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not.
~ Eric Hoffer
If we go back to the beginning, we shall find that ignorance and fear created the gods; that fancy, enthusiasm, or deceit adorned them; that weakness worships them; that credulity preserves them and that custom, respect and tyranny support them in order to make the blindness of men serve their own interests. If the ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, the knowledge of nature is calculated to destroy them.
~ Baron DíHolbach
One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion.
~ Arthur C. Clarke
"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? 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 nor willing? Then why call him God?"
|The Quotable Atheist: Ammunition for Non-Believers, Political Junkies, Gadflies, and Those Generally Hell-Bound |
by Jack Huberman