atheist quotes

These quotes have been collected from newsgroups, books and your submissions, which are very welcome. To add a quote, fill the form at the bottom of this page. You may also like my caption competition site.

top quotes (total: 13402)

author quote quality?
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts Vote score: 1530 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
This is one of my all time favorites. --Todd Pataky
Edward Gibbon Edward Gibbon Vote score: 981 "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful." [adapted]
Richard Jeni Richard Jeni Vote score: 1107 You're basically killing each other to see who's got the better imaginary friend
Sad but true --James Thomas
Epicurus Epicurus Vote score: 1024 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?
This is one of my favorites. This is so ample, in so few words it renders religion useless. --epicurus freud
unknown Don't pray in my school, and I won't think in your church
The person being quoted is referring to public schools which do not include ludicrous bible "learning". --John C.
Blaise Pascal Blaise Pascal Vote score: 676 Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions
This is soooo true! --epicurus freud
Emo Philips Emo Philips Vote score: 758 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.
@Jonathan Morris
But regardless of there being a being, don't steal. --Tracie Harris
Unknown Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer
Especially if you think of those two hands as being the hands of a surgeon saving a life. --epicurus freud
Sam Harris Sam Harris Vote score: 566 George Bush says he speaks to god every day, and Christians love him for it. If George Bush said he spoke to god through his hair dryer, they would think he was mad. I fail to see how the addition of a hair dryer makes it any more absurd.
Where would Abraham Lincoln get a hair dryer? and yes it's credited to Sam Harris --Trish
George Bernard Shaw George Bernard Shaw Vote score: 642 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
Actually I am so happy as a non religious person, I don't think I need anything more. --epicurus freud
Bertrand Russell Bertrand Russell Vote score: 576 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
Just for one moment let's imagine that there IS a god. Not the one that's mentioned in any of the holy writings but a practical god. And his sole aim is to sort the gullible from the astute. --Anthony W. Allsop (Genesis)
Gene Roddenberry Gene Roddenberry Vote score: 616 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
He makes a gay person, sends them here, takes them back, and sends them to hell for being gay. --Justin Stanfield
Anguished English -- student blooper Anguished English -- student blooper Vote score: 599 There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages.
The dark ages, was a term coined by the Italian scholar, Fransesco Petrarca, a critic of the post-Roman era. The accurate term, however, would be the middle ages. A simple observation of humanity over the years would tell us that religion in one f... --Ethan Fisher
George Carlin George Carlin Vote score: 1077 Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man -- living in the sky -- who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do.. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time! ..But He loves you.
Miss you, George. --Todd Pataky
Unknown Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
Steven Weinberg Steven Weinberg Vote score: 546 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.
You are correct, since atheism is not an organized religion or group, atheists have no universal defining moral code. However, since ethics is autonomous (separate) from religion, morality is for the individual to decide, through the use of logic... --Kenneth Compton
unknown 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
This quote is an adaptation from Kuan-tzu, "[Writings of] Master Guan," an encyclopedic compilation of Chinese philosolphical materials named after the 7th century BCE philosopher Guan Zhong, Prime Minister to Duke Huan of Qi. --Robert Coane
Doug McLeod Doug McLeod Vote score: 439 I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence
As does the bullet-proof pope mobile! --ann atheist
Carl Sagan Carl Sagan Vote score: 1237 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.
Carl Sagan didn't say this. This is misattributed to him. --Jennifer Prescott
George Weinberg George Weinberg Vote score: 518 Man created God in his image : intolerant, sexist, homophobic and violent.
Coined by George Weinberg, a psychologist, and first appeared in print in an article written for the May 23, 1969, edition of the American tabloid Screw, the term "homophobic" did not exist in the 12th century. --Robert Coane
Unknown "If god doesn't like the way I live, Let him tell me, not you."
this is from the great author: Sadegh Hedayat --Sa Mar
Aldous Huxley Aldous Huxley Vote score: 361 "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."
Not a proponent of that Michael, but definitely not the one that goes:
"First there was was nothing, then God made it" --Diane Allen
Delos B. McKown Delos B. McKown Vote score: 385 The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike
Or rather, the invisible is what nobody cares about, but the non-existent is what everyone believes in. --Lauren Fisher
Bumper sticker You keep believing, I'll keep evolving
Dear Michael Comberiate,

To quote you; that is "cute but ignorant". Now don't get me wrong here Comberiate(and forgive me if you feel I'm out of line - being woman and all); I respect your right to harbour a belief but I do not resp... --Tara Hobbs
Ferdinand Magellan Ferdinand Magellan Vote score: 387 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
Carlespie Mary Alice McKinney Religion does three things quite effectively: Divides people, Controls people, Deludes people.
actually four: It also uses up a good part of the weekend --Enoch Author
Carl Sagan Carl Sagan Vote score: 1237 Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence
Carl always got right to the point. I miss him. --Harry Kuntz
Albert Einstein Albert Einstein Vote score: 490 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
Great quote! --Jonathan Morris
Napoleon Bonaparte Napoleon Bonaparte Vote score: 365 Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet
John Adams, 2nd President of the United States John Adams, 2nd President of the United States Vote score: 367 The Government of the United States is in no sense founded on the Christian religion.
And yet we tolerate those who pray in schools and tolerate swearing witnesses in with a religious text. --Caleb Griffith
Voltaire Voltaire Vote score: 460 Those who believe absurdities will commit atrocities
Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin Vote score: 431 The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason
Why leap in faith if faith itself is unnecessary to begin with --sam bastani
Giulian Buzila Giulian Buzila Vote score: 348 History teaches us that no other cause has brought more death than the word of god.
unknown People who don't like their beliefs being laughed at shouldn't have such funny beliefs
LOL. You're trying too hard, Comber. Do you think the bullsh*t in the christian fiction novel is any more reasonable? --John C.
Justin Brown Justin Brown Vote score: 670 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 vanishe
What a shame Michael, that you seem to think that making derogatory remarks about non-believers somehow makes you and your beliefs more important.
Non-believers, like myself, are often caring, compassionate beings who care for other humans b... --Diane Allen
Justin Brown Justin Brown Vote score: 670 If the Bible is mistaken in telling us where we came from, how can we trust it to tell us where we're going?
Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson Vote score: 369 I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.
Nope. he didn't say it, along with 18 other saying falsely attributed to Jefferson. --David Tillman
Robert A. Heinlein Robert A. Heinlein Vote score: 302 Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a God superior to themselves. Most Gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.
Gustaf Lindborg Gustaf Lindborg Vote score: 279 The sailor does not pray for wind, he learns to sail
William Drummond William Drummond Vote score: 246 He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; he that dares not reason is a slave
You call them catholic --Orion
Friedrich Nietzsche Friedrich Nietzsche Vote score: 418 Which is it, is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's?
Man's blunder, of course. --Anthony W. Allsop (Genesis)
Robert G. Ingersoll Robert G. Ingersoll Vote score: 599 As people become more intelligent they care less for preachers and more for teachers
Unknown Blind faith is an ironic gift to return to the Creator of human intelligence.
Blind Faith was a damn good band. --Harry Kuntz
Coral Yoshi So you really think that God would plant a bunch of bones in the earth to test your faith? Either you're in denial or God has some serious self-esteem issues.
Galileo Galilei Galileo Galilei Vote score: 192 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
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, 1988 Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, 1988 Vote score: 229 We must conduct research and then accept the results. If they don't stand up to experimentation, Buddha's own words must be rejected.
Too bad most of religious conjecture is pure vapor and there is nothing to be tested --Enoch Author
Russian Proverb Pray to God, fine; but keep rowing to shore.
Praying to god is fine ? That's a matter of opinion. In that case, falling on each other acting like the spirit has overtaken you is fine too ! Bah ! --Fred Vans
H. L. Mencken H. L. Mencken Vote score: 283 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
Awesome --Abhijeet Bobde
Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett Vote score: 185 The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they've found it.
Arthur C. Clarke Arthur C. Clarke Vote score: 198 I would defend the liberty of consenting adult creationists to practice whatever intellectual perversions they like in the privacy of their own homes; but it is also necessary to protect the young and innocent.
more quotes

recently added quotes

author quote quality?
osirisnut osirisnut Vote score: 310 Asked why i became an atheist. I replied, i don't need a paedophile in a long dress holding a wooden stick in one hand with an inanimate object pinned to it and holding a book of unmitigated drivel in the other telling me how to conduct my life.
osirisnut osirisnut Vote score: 310 Every time clerics stand up in front of their pulpit and open their mouths out pours verbal diarrhea.
Enoch Author Enoch Author Vote score: 1440
If you have toxic emotions of fear, guilt and depression, it is because you have wrong thinking, and you have wrong thinking because of wrong believing - Joseph Prince

Enoch Author Enoch Author Vote score: 1440
guilt is the act of punishing yourself before God doesn't.- Alan Cohen
Dr. Idel Dreimer Dr. Idel Dreimer Vote score: 69 In religious faith there is the seed of madness. (Observation # 486)
Dr. Idel Dreimer Dr. Idel Dreimer Vote score: 69 Only from a free exchange and competition will the best ideas emerge and triumph; those with the worst ideas are the most anxious that freedom be suppressed and competition curtailed. This accounts for the confidence of science, and the defensiveness of religion. (Observation # 495)
Enoch Author Enoch Author Vote score: 1440
To the believer, truth is an insult - John Aubrey
Enoch Author Enoch Author Vote score: 1440
Crazy isn't a condition it's a place and it runs all the way from God to Oblivion - John Aubrey
Anthony W. Allsop (Genesis) Anthony W. Allsop (Genesis) Vote score: 1927
What a great designer chappie is God. He designs 17 species of penguin, 3,000 species of mosquito, 30,000 species of spider and almost a million species of insect. And yet only two or three species of Man.

So maybe insects are God's master race.
osirisnut osirisnut Vote score: 310 The pope visits a kenyan slum or and more to the point, a three ring circus comes to town and the main attraction is a entry
more quotes

To add quotes, first sign up