Holy Sepulchre of Atheist Quotes....Giggity.
"If we go back to the beginning we shall find that ignorance and fear created the gods; that fancy, enthusiasm, or deceit adorned or disfigured 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 ignorance of Nature gave birth to gods, then knowledge of Nature is calculated to destroy them."
It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.
--- Albert Einstein
"So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence."
"If Atheism is a religion, then health is a disease!"
"Scientific truth is too beautiful to be sacrificed for the sake of light entertainment or money. Astrology is an aesthetic affront. It cheapens astronomy, like using Beethoven for commercial jingles."
"Most people can't bear to sit in church for an hour on Sundays. How are they supposed to live somewhere very similar to it for eternity?"
"The so-called Christian nations are the most enlightened and progressive...but in spite of their religion, not because of it. The Church has opposed every innovation and discovery from the day of Galileo down to our own time, when the use of anesthetic in childbirth was regarded as a sin because it avoided the biblical curse pronounced against Eve. And every step in astronomy and geology ever taken has been opposed by bigotry and superstition. The Greeks surpassed us in artistic culture and in architecture five hundred years before Christian religion was born."
During many ages there were witches. The Bible said so. The Bible commanded that they should not be allowed to live. Therefore the Church, after doing its duty in but a lazy and indolent way for 800 years, gathered up its halters, thumbscrews, and firebrands, and set about its holy work in earnest. She worked hard at it night and day during nine centuries and imprisoned, tortured, hanged, and burned whole hordes and armies of witches, and washed the Christian world clean with their foul blood. Then it was discovered that there was no such thing as witches, and never had been. One does not know whether to laugh or to cry."
"The objections to religion are of two sorts - intellectual and moral. The intellectual objection is that there is no reason to suppose any religion true; the moral objection is that religious precepts date from a time when men were more cruel than they are and therefore tend to perpetuate inhumanities which the moral conscience of the age would otherwise outgrow."
"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful."
Seneca the Younger
"I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.."
"The inspiration of the bible depends on the ignorance of the person who reads it."
Robert G. Ingersoll
"If Jesus had been killed 20 years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little Electric Chairs around their necks instead of crosses."
"Deaths in the Bible. God - 2,270,365 not including the victims of Noah's flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, or the many plagues, famines, fiery serpents, etc because no specific numbers were given. Satan - 10."
"When I think of all the harm the Bible has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it."
"They said God was on high and he controlled the world and therefore we must pray against Satan. Well, if God controls the world, he controls Satan. For me, religion was full of misstatements and reaches of logic that I just couldn't agree with."
"What have been [Christianity's] fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution."
"What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof."
"Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear."
"My religion is to do good."
"Religion. It's given people hope in a world torn apart by religion."
"By simple common sense I don't believe in God, in none."
"Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense."
from Philosophical Dictionary
"To explain the unknown by the known is a logical procedure; to explain the known by the unknown is a form of theological lunacy."
from The Necessity of Atheism
"I regard monotheism as the greatest disaster ever to befall the human race. I see no good in Judaism, Christianity, or Islam -- good people, yes, but any religion based on a single, well, frenzied and virulent god, is not as useful to the human race as, say, Confucianism, which is not a religion but an ethical and educational system."
"I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute…where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference."
-- John F. Kennedy
"There is one very serious defect to my mind in Christ's moral character, and that is that he believed in Hell. I do not myself feel that any person that is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment."
-- Bertrand Russell
"What skeptical thinking boils down to is the means to is the means to construct and to understand reasoned argument and - especially important - to recognize a fallacious or fraudulent argument."
-- Carl Sagan
"I hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of the land."
-- Frederick Douglass
"[The Bible] …is the enemy of human liberty - the greatest obstruction across the highway of human progress."
-- Robert Ingersoll
"If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane."
-- Robert Ingersoll
"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
"The Bible is not my book and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long complicated statements of Christian dogma."
-- Abraham Lincoln
"All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit."
"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead."
-- Thomas Paine, in "The Age of Reason"
"I cannot imagine a god who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a god, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism."
-- Albert Einstien, in the "New York Times," 1930
"The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter."
-- Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823
"The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us, and I for one must be content to remain and agnostic."
-- Charles Darwin, in "Life & Letters"
"I cannot believe in the immortality of the soul. No, all this talk of an existence fore us, as individuals, beyond the grave is wrong. It is born of our tenacity of life -- our desire to go on living -- our dread of coming to an end."
-- Thomas Edision, in the "New York Times," 1910
"I don't believe in God because I don't believe in Mother Goose."
-- Clarence Darrow, in a speech, 1930
"I don't believe in the divinity of Christ, and there are many other postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe."
-- President William Howard Taft, from "The Life & Times of W.H.T."
"At present there is not a single credible established religion in the world."
-- George Bernard Shaw, from "Major Barbara"
"Neither in my private life nor in my writings, have I ever made secret of being an out-and-out unbeliever."
-- Sigmund Freud, in a letter to Charles Singer
"By the year 2000, we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not God."
-- Gloria Steinem, from "Peter's Quotations"
"The government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion."
-- President George Washington, in The Treaty of Tripoli
"Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile."
-- Kurt Vonnegut, from "Peter's Quotations"
"I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking...there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there's little good evidence."
-- Carl Sagan, "Parade Magazine," March 1996
"If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein."
-- Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943)