QUOTES #2


If I made a million tiny robots and programmed them to love me, to worship me, to sing songs praising me and to weep at the sight of my perfection, you’d call me, at least, twisted.
If, however, I made a million tiny robots with free will, and then demanded they love me, worship me, sing songs about me, weep at the sight of my perfection, and threatened them with eternal torment if they chose not to, you’d call me God. – Anonymous

By definition an immortal creator is a cruel god because he, never having to face the fear of death, creates innumerable creatures who do. Why should he do that? If he’s omniscient he could be kinder and create immortals, secure from the danger of death. He sets about creating a universe in which at least many parts of it and perhaps the universe as a whole, dies. And in many myths, the one possibility the gods are most anxious about is that humans will discover some secret of immortality or even, as in the myth of the Tower of Babel, for example, attempt to stride the high heavens. There is a clear imperative in Western religion that humans must remain small and mortal creatures. Why? It’s a little bit like the rich imposing poverty on the poor and then asking to be loved because of it. – Carl Sagan

Morality is doing what is right, regardless of what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told, regardless of what is right. – Anonymous

In dark ages people are best guided by religion, as in a pitch-black night a blind man is the best guide; he knows the roads and paths better than a man who can see. When daylight comes, however, it is foolish to use blind, old men as guides. – Heinrich Heine

Strange…a God who could make good children as easily as bad, yet preferred to make bad ones; who made them prize their bitter life, yet stingily cut it short; mouths Golden Rules and forgiveness multiplied seventy times seven and invented Hell; who mouths morals to other people and has none himself; who frowns upon crimes yet commits them all; who created man without invitation, then tries to shuffle the responsibility for man’s acts upon man, instead of honorably placing it where it belongs, upon himself; and finally with altogether divine obtuseness, invites this poor, abused slave to worship him! – Mark Twain

Atheism is the arrogant belief that the entire Universe was not created for our benefit – Michael Nugent

God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance that’s getting smaller and smaller and smaller as time goes on. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

To call the world God is not to explain it; it is only to enrich our language with a superfluous synonym. – Arthur Schopenhauer (refering to pantheism)

Right now, it is raining methane on Titan. The planet Uranus is orbiting the sun sideways, while Venus spins backwards. There are stars exploding, black holes gorging, galaxies colliding. And here we sit, on a planet pock-marked by collisions, rocked by earthquakes, shaken by storms. A planet doomed to be fried in radiation as it’s magnetic fields collapse, until finally the sun grows into a red giant and leaves nothing of the Earth but dust. Here we sit, glasses on our noses, inhalers in our pockets, braces on our teeth, waiting to die as our heart muscle expires, our cells become cancerous, or a blood vessel just pops, and sometimes in unnatural ways too. Here we sit, and some of us say, behold, look at the order of it all. – Raj Bains

I’m sorry if my insensitivity towards your beliefs offend you. But guess what – your religious wars, jihads, crusades, inquisitions, censoring of free speech, brainwashing of children, murdering of albinos, forcing girls into underage marriages, female genital mutilation, stoning, pederasty, homophobia and rejection of science and reason offend me. So I guess we’re even. – Anonymous

There is nothing more telling of a person’s fundamental lack of perspective and humility than an insistence that if they cannot reconcile their beliefs with reality, then reality itself must be wrong.- Anonymous

The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation. During the minute that it takes me to compose this sentence, thousands of animals are being eaten alive, many others are running for their lives, whimpering with fear, others are slowly being devoured from within by rasping parasites, thousands of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst, and disease. It must be so. If there ever is a time of plenty, this very fact will automatically lead to an increase in the population until the natural state of starvation and misery is restored. In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference. – Richard Dawkins “God’s Utility Function,” Scientific American, November, 1995, p. 85

“The official Church’s emphasis on the afterlife is no more than a diversion by the powerful to repress the common people, even by the monarchical sound of its name: the Kingdom of Heaven. We have to be all those difficult things like cheerful and kind and curious and patient, and we’ve got to study and think and work hard, all of us, and then together we’ll build the Republic of Heaven.” – Philip Pullman

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. – Aldous Huxley

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away. – Philip K. Dick.

You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. – Ayn Rand

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

‘If God had wanted us to believe in Him, He would have existed’. – Linda Smith

“Ocean: A body of water occupying two-thirds of a world made for man – who has no gills.” – Ambrose Bierce

“Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can it be years later relieved of them. In fact, men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth — often more so, since a superstition is so intangible you cannot get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable.” – Hypatia, first female mathematician, stoned to death by Christians.

If nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do. – Joss Whedon

“God is Dead; but given the way of men, there may still be caves for thousands of years in which his shadow will be shown. And we — we still have to vanquish his shadow, too.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says; he is always convinced that it says what he means. – George Bernard Shaw

The most astounding fact is the knowledge that the atoms that comprise life on Earth, the atoms that make up the human body, are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements in to heavy elements in their cores, under extreme temperatures and pressures. These stars, the high mass ones amongst them, went unstable in their later years. They collapsed and then exploded, scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy; guts made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself. These ingredients become part of gas clouds that condense, collapse, form the next generation of solar systems, stars with orbiting planets and those planets now have the ingredients for life itself. So that when I look up at the night sky, and I know that – yes – we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up – many people feel small, because they’re small and the universe is big – but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.” — Marcus Aurelius

Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements – the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life – weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today – Lawrence M. Krauss

Faith isn’t a virtue; it is the glorification of voluntary ignorance. – Anonymous

There’s a small worm called Loa Loa Filariasis. This parasite can survive in one environment exclusively– namely, underneath the skin and inside the eyes of human beings. Children and the elderly in tropical regions (usually the poorest) are the most widely affected. A painful, slow death is virtually certain. The worm can actually live in the host for 17 years before the host finally dies. – David Attenborough

Christianity: The belief that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree. – Anonymous

“I used to be Christian, but then I thought about it” – Anonymous

“There’s an invisible unicorn in my back yard that kills invisible babies and eats them. Do you hate it?”
“No, because it doesn’t exist”
“That’s how I feel about your god” – Anonymous

“In the beginning, God created man in his own image. Man, being a gentleman, returned the favor.” –Rousseau

Because if the only way the supreme creator of the entire universe can demonstrate his existence to me is to create images of Mary or Jesus on food items, I’m not impressed. – Anonymous

I’m an adult. It’s not appropriate for me to have imaginary friends. – Anonymous

“Dear God, somewhere in Africa right now an innocent child is dying in agonizing pain, terrified and alone, from a disease you wisely and mercifully inflicted. Thank you for not doing that to any of us, but instead bless us with more food than we can even eat, along with the medical care to deal with the consequences of our gluttonous excess. Amen.” – Anonymous

The Church says that 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. – Ferdinand Magellan

“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

Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions. – Blaise Pascal

Atheists aren’t bad people, they just think more than you do. – Anonymous

Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer. – Anonymous

The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality. – George Bernard Shaw

Faith means not wanting to know what is true. – Friedrich Nietzsche

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. – Frank Lloyd Wright

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

To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today. – Isaac Asimov

A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turnedagnos out for what he knows. – Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. – Seneca the Younger

Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned. – Anonymous

Not only is there no god, but try getting a plumber on weekends. – Woody Allen

If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul. – Isaac Asimov

Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination. – Edward Abbey

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

I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence. – Doug McLeod

The world holds two classes of men – intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence. – Abu’l-Ala al Ma’arri

Since the Bible and the church are obviously mistaken in telling us where we came from, how can we trust them to tell us where we are going? – Anonymous

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

The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike. – Delos B. McKown

Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation; all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, even if religion vanished; but religious superstition dismounts all these and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men. – Francis Bacon

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully. – Richard Dawkins

A God who kept tinkering with the universe was absurd; a God who interfered with human freedom and creativity was tyrant. If God is seen as a self in a world of his own, an ego that relates to a thought, a cause separate from its effect. he becomes a being, not Being itself. An omnipotent, all-knowing tyrant is not so different from earthly dictators who make everything and everybody mere cogs in the machine which they controlled. An atheism that rejects such a God is amply justified. – Karen Armstrong

It is not as in the Bible, that God created man in his own image. But, on the contrary, man created God in his own image. – Ludwig Feuerbach

People ask me what I think about that woman priest thing. What, a woman priest? Women priests. Great, great. Now there’s priests of both sexes I don’t listen to. – Bill Hicks

All the biblical miracles will at last disappear with the progress of science. – Matthew Arnold

Blind faith is an ironic gift to return to the Creator of human intelligence. – Anonymous

Be thankful that you have a life, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a second one. – Richard Dawkins

What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof. – Christopher Hitchens

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

It will yet be the proud boast of women that they never contributed a line to the Bible. – George W. Foote

On the first day, man created God. – Anonymous

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

You do not need the Bible to justify love, but no better tool has been invented to justify hate. – Richard A. Weatherwax

What’s “God”? Well, you know, when you want something really bad and you close your eyes and you wish for it? God’s the guy that ignores you. – Steve Buscemi (From the movie “The Island”)

As far as I can tell from studying the scriptures, all you do in heaven is pretty much just sit around all day and praise the Lord. I don’t know about you, but I think that after the first, oh, I don’t know, 50,000,000 years of that I’d start to get a little bored. – Rick Reynolds

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime; give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish. – Anonymous

Calling Atheism a religion is like calling bald a hair color. – Don Hirschberg

God should be executed for crimes against humanity. – Bryan Emmanuel Gutierrez

To say that atheism requires faith is as dim-witted as saying that disbelief in pixies or leprechauns takes faith. Even if Einstein himself told me there was an elf on my shoulder, I would still ask for proof and I wouldn’t be wrong to ask. – Geoff Mather

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

Of all religions the Christian is without doubt the one which should inspire tolerance most, although up to now the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men. – Voltaire

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. – Bertrand Russell

I’m a polyatheist – there are many gods I don’t believe in. – Dan Fouts

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

A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if nobody believes it. – David Stevens

Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a God superior to themselves. Most Gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child. – Robert A Heinlein

I refuse to prove that I exist,” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing. – Douglas Adams

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

He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; he that dares not reason is a slave. – William Drummond

Remember, Jesus would rather constantly shame gays than let orphans have a family. – Steven Colbert

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

Religion does three things quite effectively: Divides people, Controls people, Deludes people. – Carlespie Mary Alice McKinney

Religion has caused more misery to all of mankind in every stage of human history than any other single idea. – Anonymous

When a man is freed of religion, he has a better chance to live a normal and wholesome life. – Sigmund Freud

They felt that science would be corrosive to religious belief and they were worried about it. Damn it, I think they were right. It is corrosive to religious belief and it’s a good thing. – Steven Weinberg

Take from the church the miraculous, the supernatural, the incomprehensible, the unreasonable, the impossible, the unknowable, the absurd, and nothing but a vacuum remains. – Robert G. Ingersoll

History teaches us that no other cause has brought more death than the word of god. – Giulian Buzila

Atheism is a non-prophet organization. – George Carlin

We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further. – Richard Dawkins

A believer states everything must have a creator but fail to say how he was created. – Anonymous

“There are no atheists in foxholes” isn’t an argument against atheism, it’s an argument against foxholes. – James Morrow

People will then often say, ‘But surely it’s better to remain an Agnostic just in case?’ This, to me, suggests such a level of silliness and muddle that I usually edge out of the conversation rather than get sucked into it. (If it turns out that I’ve been wrong all along, and there is in fact a god, and if it further turned out that this kind of legalistic, cross-your-fingers-behind-your-back, Clintonian hair-splitting impressed him, then I think I would choose not to worship him anyway.) – Douglas Adams

Properly read, the bible is the most potent force for Atheism ever conceived. – Isaac Asimov

If all the Christians who have called other Christians “not really a Christian” were to vanish, there’d be no Christians left. – Anonymous

An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support. – John Buchan

Gods dont kill people. People with Gods kill people. – David Viaene

If God were suddenly condemned to live the life which He has inflicted upon men, He would kill Himself. – Alexandre Dumas

Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make when in the presence of religious dogma. – Sam Harris

I don’t believe in God because I don’t believe in Mother Goose – Clarence Darrow

No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism. – Annie Wood Besant

I refuse to believe in a god who is the primary cause of conflict in the world, preaches racism, sexism, homophobia, and ignorance, and then sends me to hell if I’m ‘bad’. – Mike Fuhrman

Faith does not give you the answers, it just stops you asking the questions. – Frater Ravus

Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-o, and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have. – Penn Jillette

Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power but absolute power is corrupt only in the hands of the absolutely faithful. – Anonymous

Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense. – Chapman Cohen

The inspiration of the bible depends on the ignorance of the person who reads it. – Robert G. Ingersoll

When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion. – Robert Pirsig

I wonder who got the shit job of scouring the planet for the 15000 species of butterfly or the 8800 species of ant they eventually took on board Noah’s Ark. But at least we got that magical rainbow for all their trouble. – Azura Skye

I have no need for religion, I have a conscience. – Anonymous

Man has always required an explanation for all of those things in the world he did not understand. If an explanation was not available, he created one. – Jim Crawford

I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world. – Richard Dawkins

What has been Christianity’s fruits? Superstition, Bigotry and Persecution. – James Madison

The characters and events depicted in the damn bible are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. – Penn and Teller

If god is the alpha and the omega. The begining and the end, knows what has passed and what is to come, like it states in the bible, why do people pray and think it will make any difference. – Mark Fairclough

The finality of death is the coldest truth one must face. Religion makes the perfect distraction. – Anonymous

Religion is the opiate of the masses. – Karl Marx

If God created the world, then who created god? and who created whoever created god? So somewhere along the line something had to just be there. So why can’t we just skip the idea of god and go straight to earth? – Ryan Hanson

If we expect God to subscribe to one religion at the exclusion of all the others, then we should expect damnation as a matter of chance. This should give Christians pause when expounding their religious beliefs, but it does not. – Sam Harris

Atheists will celebrate life, while you’re in church celebrating death. – Anonymous

Animals do not have gods, they are smarter than that. – Ronnie Snow

I have observed that the world has suffered far less from ignorance than from pretensions to knowledge. It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever. – Daniel Boorstin

I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious ideas of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God. So far as religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake… Religion is all bunk. – Thomas Edison

Fundamentalism, of any type, due to its prerequisite lack of intelligent thought, could prove to be the worst weapon of mass destruction, of all. – David J. Constable

To really be free, You need to be free in the mind. – Alexander Loutsis

Most religions prophecy the end of the world and then consistently work together to ensure that these prophecies come true. – Anonymous

Jesus hardly made the greatest sacrifice. He knew he would be resurrected anyway. – Anonymous

Religion is like a virus that affects the behaviour of its host in such a way as to propagate itself further. – Jack Pritchard

Religions are like pills, which must be swallowed whole without chewing. – Anonymous

Today’s religion will be the future’s mythology. Both believed at one time by many; but proved wrong by the clever. – Steven Crocker

The Bible – A Fairytale book of rules brainwashing millions. Obliviously used to help create war, kill, hate, judge and discriminate. – Anonymous

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

“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”

— Brennan Manning

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This version is by Mother Theresa. The godless version is by Kent M. Keith which is this:

People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centered.

Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.

Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.

Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.

Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.

Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.

Think big anyway

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.

Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.

Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.

Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.

Give the world the best you have anyway.

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“In it’s efforts to stop our facing of reality, religion has become the reality we cannot face…religion stole our love and loyalty and gave it to a book, to a telepathic father who tells his children that love means kneeling before him…There might yet be a heaven, but it isn’t …perfect, and we are going to have to build it ourselves. If I have a thing called a soul that needed saving, then science saved it from religion.”

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