Quotes

The Bible and Church have been the greatest stumbling block in the way of women’s emancipation.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton 
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Fundamentalism isn’t about religion. It’s about power.

Salman Rushdie 
Salman Rushdie

The sciences are not sectarian. People do not persecute each other on account of disagreements in mathematics. Families are not divided about botany and astronomy does not even tend to make a man hate his father and mother. It is what people do not know that they persecute each other about. Science will bring, not a sword, but peace.

Robert G. Ingersoll 
Robert G. Ingersoll

The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.

Delo McKown 
Delo McKown

A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; 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.

Albert Einstein 
Albert Einstein

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 
H. L. Mencken

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. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.

George Bernard Shaw 
George Bernard Shaw

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

Galileo Galilei 
Galileo Galilei

I’m an atheist, and that’s it. I believe there’s nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for other people.

Katharine Hepburn 
Katharine Hepburn

Religion is not merely the opium of the masses, it’s the cyanide.

Tom Robbins 
Tom Robbins

It is usually when men are at their most religious that they behave with the least sense and the greatest cruelty.

Ilka Chase 
Ilka Chase

To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin.

Cardinal Robert Bellarmine 
Cardinal Robert Bellarmine

“We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”

Richard Dawkins 
Richard Dawkins

I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish (Muslim) Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any Church that I know of. My own mind is my own Church.

Thomas Paine 
Thomas Paine

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.

Voltaire 
Voltaire

Fundamentalism isn’t about religion. It’s about power.

Salman Rushdie 
Salman Rushdie

I cannot be angry at God, in whom I do not believe.

Simone de Beauvoir 
Simone de Beauvoir

Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.

Bertrand Russell 
Bertrand Russell

Hast thou reason? I have.
Why then dost not thou use it?
For if this does its own work,
what else dost thou wish?

Marcus Aurelius 
Marcus Aurelius

That the world is in a bad shape is undeniable, but there is not the faintest reason in history to suppose that Christianity offers a way out.

Bertrand Russell 
Bertrand Russell

A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; 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.

Albert Einstein 
Albert Einstein

Religion is not merely the opium of the masses, it’s the cyanide.

Tom Robbins 
Tom Robbins

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. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.

George Bernard Shaw 
George Bernard Shaw

Religion is against women’s rights and women’s freedom. In all societies women are oppressed by all religions.

Taslima Nasrin 
Taslima Nasrin

ATHEISM = Liberation through Reason and Knowledge.

Brenda Cornish 
Brenda Cornish

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.

Isaac Asimov 
Isaac Asimov

I condemn false prophets, I condemn the effort to take away the power of rational decision, to drain people of their free will – and a hell of a lot of money in the bargain. Religions vary in their degree of idiocy, but I reject them all. For most people, religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain.

Gene Roddenberry 
Gene Roddenberry

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

Carl Sagan 
Carl Sagan

A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if no one believes it.

 

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 
H. L. Mencken