My mother was Southern Irish, and I was brought up as a devout Catholic. In fact, at one point I thought I'd become a priest, but I'd have made an appalling priest anyway... At 16, I asked all these monks some serious questions and they didn't come up with the answers, and I just decided I didn't believe in God.
To sum up:
1. The cosmos is a gigantic flywheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute.
2. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it.
3. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him a ride.
H. L. Mencken
I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I've been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say that one is an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow it was better to say one was a humanist or agnostic. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect that he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time.
A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if no one believes it.
The Bible and Church have been the greatest stumbling block in the way of women's emancipation.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
It's an incredible con job when you think about it, to believe something now in exchange for something after death. Even corporations with their reward systems don't try to make it posthumous.
I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
It is usually when men are at their most religious that they behave with the least sense and the greatest cruelty.
No Gods - No Masters.
“We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”