Religion

 

The next best thing to being clever is being able to quote someone who is.

"A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side."

Aristotle

"I don't know that atheists should be considered citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God."

President George Bush, August 27, 1988

"When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself."

Peter O'Toole

"Could a being create the fifty billion galaxies, each with two hundred billion stars, then rejoice in the smell of burning goat flesh?"

Ron Patterson

"I have seldom met an intelligent person whose views were not narrowed and distorted by religion."

James Buchanan

"The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion."

Thomas Paine

"A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything."

Nietzsche

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."

Susan B. Anthony

"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."

Gene Roddenberry

"You know your god is man-made when he hates all the same people you do."

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"Humanity without religion is like a serial killer without a chainsaw."

Unknown

"Religion, comprises a system of wishful illusions together with a disavowal of reality, such as we find in an isolated form nowhere else but in amentia, in a state of blissful hallucinatory confusion."

Sigmund Freud

"Invisible Pink Unicorns are beings of awesome mystical power. We know this because they manage to be invisible and pink at the same time. Like all religions, the Faith of the Invisible Pink Unicorns is based upon both logic and faith. We have faith that they are pink; we logically know that they are invisible because we can't see them."

Steve Eley

"Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest."

Denis Diderot

"Man is certainly stark mad: he cannot make a worm, yet he will make gods by the dozen."

Michel de Montaigne

"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."

Stephen Roberts

"I am convinced that I am acting as the agent of our Creator. By fighting off the Jews, I am doing the Lord's work."

Adolf Hitler

"The most heinous and the cruelest crimes of which history has record have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motives."

Mohandas Gandhi

"The first clergyman was the first rascal who met the first fool."

Voltaire

"A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism."

Carl Sagan

"Man is the religious animal. He is the only religious animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion, several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat, if his theology isn’t straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother’s path to happiness and heaven."

Mark Twain

"It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him."

Arthur C. Clarke

"I have examined all of the known superstitions of the world and I do not find in our superstitions of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all founded on fables and mythology. Christianity has made one-half the world fools and the other half hypocrites."

Thomas Jefferson

"The total absence of humor in the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature."

Alfred North Whitehead

"Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything."

Robert Heinlein

"To date, despite the efforts of millions of true believers to support this myth, there is no more evidence for the Judeo-Christian god than any of the gods on Mount Olympus."

Joseph Daleiden

"You find as you look around the world that every single bit of progress in humane feeling, every improvement in the criminal law, every step toward the diminution of war, every step toward better treatment of the colored races, or every mitigation of slavery, every moral progress that there has been in the world, has been consistently opposed by the organized churches of the world. I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world."

Bertrand Russell

"Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked. If, as they say, God can abolish evil, and God really wants to do it, why is there evil in the world?"

Epicurus

"To use the term blind faith, is to use an adjective needlessly."

Julian Ruck

When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, ‘Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?’

Quentin Crisp

"Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?"

Arthur C. Clarke

"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 G. Ingersoll

"If you pray for rain long enough, it eventually does fall. If you pray for floodwaters to abate, they eventually do. The same happens in the absence of prayers."

Steve Allen

"The cardinal doctrine of a fanatic's creed is that his enemies are the enemies of God."

Andrew Dickson White

"All natural 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."

Thomas Paine

"Whoever imagines himself a favorite with God holds others in contempt."

Robert G. Ingersoll

"With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."

Steven Weinberg

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