"“Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.”" ~Richard Dawkins
"Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truth is a most terrible thing. The mind of a child accepts them, and only through great pain, perhaps even tragedy, can the child be relieved of them." - Hypatia
"To talk of immaterial existences is to talk of nothings. To say the the human souls, angels, god, are immaterial, is to say they are nothings, or that there is no god, no angels, no soul. I cannot reason otherwise...without plunging into the fathomless abyss of dreams and phantasms. I am satisfied, and sufficiently occupied with things which are, without tormenting or troubling myself about those which may indeed be, but of which I have no evidence. " ~ Thomas Jefferson
"I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it." - Mark Twain
“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” ~Douglas Adams
"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.