The 73 best atheist quotes
as compiled by Chris Beach
I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence
Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
But I don't have to know an answer. I don't feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without having any purpose, which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell, possibly. It doesn't frighten me.
When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
The sailor does not pray for wind, he learns to sail.
Richard Lederer (Anguished English)
There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages.
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?
Annie Wood Besant
No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism.
Blind faith is an ironic gift to return to the Creator of human intelligence.
You can't convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it's based on a deep-seated need to believe.
"It ain't the parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand" -Mark Twain
Science is like a blabbermouth who ruins a movie by telling you how it ends! Well I say there are some things we don't want to know! Important things!
Men never commit evil so fully and joyfuly as when they do it for religious convictions one vote against Men never commit evil so fully and joyfuly as when they do it for religious convictions. .25%3 votes for Men never commit evil so fully and joyfuly as when they do it for religious convictions.75%
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
I do not believe in an afterlife, although I am bringing a change of underwear.
In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense,
The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church.
Stephen Jay Gould
Creation science has not entered the curriculum for a reason so simple and so basic that we often forget to mention it: because it is false, and because good teachers understand exactly why it is false. What could be more destructive of that most fragile yet most precious commodity in our entire intellectual heritage -- good teaching -- than a bill forcing honorable teachers to sully their sacred trust by granting equal treatment to a doctrine not only known to be false, but calculated to undermine any general understanding of science as an enterprise?...
Gypsy Rose Lee
Praying is like a rocking chair-- it'll give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere.
If Atheism is a religion, then health is a disease!
An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist believes that deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated...
It's not lying, I've really convinced myself of it.
Seneca the Younger 4 b.c.- 65 a.d.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
You keep believing, I'll keep evolving.
Life is but a momentary glimpse of the wonder of the astonishing universe, and it is sad to see so many dreaming it away on spiritual fantasy.
Robert G. Ingersoll
God has always resembled his creators. He hated and loved what they hated and loved and he was invariably found on the side of those in power. Most of the gods were pleased with sacrifice, and the smell of innocent blood has ever been considered a divine perfume...
Robert G. Ingersoll
Christianity did not come with tidings of great joy, but with a message of eternal grief. It came with the threat of everlasting torture on its lips. It meant war on earth and perdition hereafter.
Which is it, is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's?
Robert G. Ingersoll
Why should I allow that same God to tell me how to raise my kids, who had to drown His own?
George Bernard Shaw
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.
H. L. Mencken
We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, & the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
Koranic teaching still insists that the sun moves around the earth. How can we advance when they teach things like that?
Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.
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.
It ain't the parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.
If Jesus had been killed 20 years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little Electric Chairs around their necks instead of crosses
Robert G. Ingersoll (Ingersoll's Works)
Take from the church the miraculous, the supernatural, the incomprehensible, the unreasonable, the impossible, the unknowable, the absurd, and nothing but a vacuum remains.
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; 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.
Sir Julian Huxley
...any belief in supernatural creators, rulers, or influencers of natural or human process introduces an irreparable split into the universe, and prevents us from grasping its real unity. Any belief in Absolutes, whether the absolute validity of moral commandments, of authority of revelation, of inner certitudes, or of divine inspiration, erects a formidable barrier against progress and the responsibility of improvement, moral, rational, and religious....
Delos B. McKown
The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.
Since our inner experiences consist of reproductions, and combinations of sensory impressions, the concept of a soul without a body seem to me to be empty and devoid of meaning.
David Brooks (The Necessity of Atheism)
To explain the unknown by the known is a logical procedure; to explain the known by the unknown is a form of theological lunacy.
Don't pray in my school, and I won't think in your church.
Whenever a man imagines that he need only believe the truth of a proposition, without evidence - that unbelievers will go to hell, that Jews drink the blood of infants - he becomes capable of anything.
People who don't like their beliefs being laughed at shouldn't have such funny beliefs.
Blasphemy is a victimless crime.
Be thankful that you have a life, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a second one.
Robert G. Ingersoll
The inspiration of the bible depends on the ignorance of the person who reads it.
The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.
Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him
The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance...logic can be happily tossed out the window.
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.
Robert G. Ingersoll
As people become more intelligent they care less for preachers and more for teachers.
And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence.
The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.
Prayers never bring anything... They may bring solace to the sap, the bigot, the ignorant, the aboriginal, and the lazy - but to the enlightened it is the same as asking Santa Claus to bring you something for Xmas.
The intelligent beings in these regions should therefore not be surprised if they observe that their locality in the universe satisfies the conditions that are necessary for their existence. It is a bit like a rich person living in a wealthy neighborhood not seeing any poverty...
By simple common sense I don't believe in God.
Peter O'Toole (The Ruling Class)
Everything is more or less organized matter. To think so is against religion, but I think so just the same. When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself.
Atheism is more than just the knowledge that gods do not exist, and that religion is either a mistake or a fraud. Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature...
We always attract into our life whatever we think about the most, believe the most strongly, expect on the deepest level, and imagine most vividly.
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear...
The contemplation of this world beckoned as a liberation (...) The road to this paradise was not as comfortable and alluring as the road to the religious paradise; but it has shown itself reliable, and I have never regretted having chosen it.
If the Bible is mistaken in telling us where we came from, how can we trust it to tell us where we're going?
Jesus' last words on the cross, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" hardly seem like the words of a man who planned it that way. It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure there is something wrong here.
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