Just wondering what some of your favourite atheist or even religious quotes are. I've seen so many recently and some of them are so perfectly worded.

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YE GODS!  Someone else knows about the Dong with the Luminous Nose!  I presume you're also close friends of Mr. and Mrs. Discobolus and perhaps the Pobble Who Has No Toes?

Ah, Edward Lear and Hilaire Belloc were childhood 'friends'.

In my turn I wrote ridiculous poems for my three children; and also amended existing poems to suit the occasion. E.g. here's a warning against too much bubble gum eating.

Little Tom Thumb

The Chief Defect of Li’l Tom Thumb

Was chewing lots of bubble gum.

At last he swallowed some which tied

Itself in sticky Knots inside.


Physicians of the Utmost Fame

Were called at once; but when they came

They answered, as they took their Fees,

"There is no Cure for this Disease.


"Tommy will very soon be dead.''

His Parents stood about his Bed

Lamenting his Untimely Death,

When Tommy, with his Latest Breath,


Cried, "Oh, my Friends, be warned by me,

That Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, and Tea

Are all the Human Frame requires...''

With that, Little Tommy expires.


Hilaire Belloc (modified) 

“Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation;

all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, even if religion vanished;

but religious superstition dismounts all these and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men.” Francis Bacon


Last night in the rain I met an old man
Who spoke a language I do not speak,
Which marked him as one who does not know my God.
With apologetic smile he offered me
The shelter of his patched umbrella.
I met his eyes... And then I knew

'Who Are My People,'
by Rosa Zagnoni Marinoni

I am a polyatheist - there are many gods I don't believe in.

- Dan Fouts

“Lucretius .  .  . 

Comes to proclaim in English verse

No monarch rules the universe;

But chance and atoms make this All

In order Democratical,

Where bodies freely run their course,

Without design, or fate, or force.”    

                                           Edmund Waller, in the 17th century, writing with regard to

                                                Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura. Lucretius. c-.99 - c.55 BC

“Believing is easier than thinking. Hence so many more believers than thinkers.”  Bruce Calvert
“A scientist is a man who changes his beliefs according to reality, a theist is a man who changes reality to match his beliefs.” Volker Braun. 1998.
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”  Charles Darwin, The Ascent of Man

I especially like those quotes.

Les hommes ne seront jamais libres jusqu'à ce que le dernier roi est étranglé avec les entrailles du dernier prêtre. Denis Diderot ("Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.").

      Statue of Denis Diderot

Another of my favorites.

'On ne devient pas athée par souhait' Napoleon Bonaparte




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