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Quotes from Atheists

November 6, 2009

“Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites.” — Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia

“During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its 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.” –James Madison, aka “Father of the Constitution”

“The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” –John Adams, Treaty of Tripoli, article 11

“The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.” –Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1758

“Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.” –Benjamin Franklin

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” –Abraham Lincoln

“In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.” –Friedrich Nietzsche

“Which is it, is man one of God’s blunders or is God one of man’s?” –Friedrich Nietzsche

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” –Epicurus

“Atheism leads a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation: all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue…” –Sir Francis Bacon

“It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.” –Carl Sagan

“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

“I do not believe that any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of the United States.” –Thomas Edison

“I do not think it is necessary to believe that the same God who has given us our senses, reason, and intelligence wished us to abandon their use, giving us by some other means the information that we could gain through them.” –Galileo Galilei

“Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people’s business.” Jesse “The Body” Ventura

“If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss Bank.” –Woody Allen

“If it turns out that there is a God, I don’t think that he’s evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he’s an underachiever.” –Woody Allen

“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 each other.” –Katherine Hepburn

“Faith is believing something you know ain’t true.” –Mark Twain

“O Lord our God, help us tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it…” –Mark Twain, The War Prayer

“If there is a God, he is a malign thug.” –Mark Twain

“[The Bible] has noble poetry in it… and some good morals and a wealth of obscenity, and upwards of a thousand lies.” –Mark Twain

“The pioneers and missionaries of religion have been the real cause of more trouble and war than all other classes of mankind.” –Edgar Allen Poe

“The problem with faith, is that it really is a conversation stopper. Faith is a declaration of immunity to the powers of conversation. It is a reason, why you do not have to give reasons, for what you believe.” –Sam Harris

“Where we have reasons for what we believe, we have no need of faith; where we have no reasons, we have lost both our connection to the world and to one another.” –Sam Harris

“We have been slow to recognize the degree to which religious faith perpetuates man’s inhumanity to man” — Sam Harris

“The president of the United States has claimed, on more than one occasion, to be in dialogue with God. If he said that he was talking to God through his hairdryer, this would precipitate a national emergency. I fail to see how the addition of a hairdryer makes the claim more ridiculous or offensive.” –Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation

“Theology is ignorance with wings.” –Sam Harris

“The moral truth here is obvious: anyone who feels that the interests of a blastocyst just might supersede the interests of a child with a spinal cord injury has had his moral sense blinded by religious metaphysics.” –Sam Harris

“According to the most common interpretation of biblical prophecy, Jesus will return only after things have gone horribly awry. Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency.” –Sam Harris

So many respected people throughout history have been Atheists, Agnostics, Anti-Theists, Humanists, or other versions of free-thought inspired identities… isn’t it time as a whole that we at least consider their points of view?

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