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Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts Vote score: 1224 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: 798 "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: 886 You're basically killing each other to see who's got the better imaginary friend
Sad but true --James Thomas
Epicurus Epicurus Vote score: 798 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: 531 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: 614 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.
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: 441 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: 509 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: 449 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: 499 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: 495 There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages.
And in America these people were known as the Tea Party --Enoch Author
George Carlin George Carlin Vote score: 866 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: 432 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.
Doug McLeod Doug McLeod Vote score: 353 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
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
Carl Sagan Carl Sagan Vote score: 971 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.
Marie Marie Vote score: 413 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: 291 "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: 316 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: 302 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
The Catholic Church is the one Church. She has never forced beliefs on anybody, only yearned for the eventual inclusion of the whole world in the Body of Christ. Every other Christian denomination in the world has stemmed from the Ca... --Maria Yost
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: 971 Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence
Carl always got right to the point. I miss him. --Harry Kuntz
Albert Einstein Albert Einstein Vote score: 371 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
John Adams, 2nd President of the United States John Adams, 2nd President of the United States Vote score: 295 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
Napoleon Bonaparte Napoleon Bonaparte Vote score: 278 Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet
Voltaire Voltaire Vote score: 355 Those who believe absurdities will commit atrocities
Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin Vote score: 332 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
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.
Giulian Buzila Giulian Buzila Vote score: 278 History teaches us that no other cause has brought more death than the word of god.
Justin Brown Justin Brown Vote score: 530 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: 530 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: 275 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: 236 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: 220 The sailor does not pray for wind, he learns to sail
William Drummond William Drummond Vote score: 189 He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; he that dares not reason is a slave
then what do you call a catholic who's stubborn, slow and scared? --Caleb Griffith
Unknown Blind faith is an ironic gift to return to the Creator of human intelligence.
Blind Faith was a damn good band. --Harry Kuntz
Friedrich Nietzsche Friedrich Nietzsche Vote score: 305 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: 460 As people become more intelligent they care less for preachers and more for teachers
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: 145 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: 182 We must conduct research and then accept the results. If they don't stand up to experimentation, Buddha's own words must be rejected.
Science does not explain things, it provides questions for us to explore. --Lauren Fisher
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: 217 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: 139 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: 151 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.
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Baron von Knifty Baron von Knifty Vote score: 345
“That cross you wear tells me you’re delusional, and not to be trusted. How can I believe anything you’ll say If you’ll say anything to believe?”
Roger Phillips Roger Phillips Vote score: 93 In order to impose their fantasies on others, religious groups use all their persuasive powers to transform gullibility into a virtue which they call "faith".
Mr X Mr X Vote score: 12 Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the 'transcendent' and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you. -- Christopher Hitchens
Mr X Mr X Vote score: 12 About once or twice every month I engage in public debates with those whose pressing need it is to woo and to win the approval of supernatural beings. Very often, when I give my view that there is no supernatural dimension, and certainly not one that is only or especially available to the faithful, and that the natural world is wonderful enough—and even miraculous enough if you insist—I attract pitying looks and anxious questions. How, in that case, I am asked, do I find meaning and purpose in life? How does a mere and gross materialist, with no expectation of a life to come, decide what, if anything, is worth caring about?

Depending on my mood, I sometimes but not always refrain from pointing out what a breathtakingly insulting and patronizing question this is. (It is on a par with the equally subtle inquiry: Since you don't believe in our god, what stops you from stealing and lying and raping and killing to your heart's content?) Just as the answer to the latter question is: self-respect and the desire for the respect of others—while in the meantime it is precisely those who think they have divine permission who are truly capable of any atrocity—so the answer to the first question falls into two parts. A life that partakes even a little of friendship, love, irony, humor, parenthood, literature, and music, and the chance to take part in battles for the liberation of others cannot be called 'meaningless' except if the person living it is also an existentialist and elects to call it so. It could be that all existence is a pointless joke, but it is not in fact possible to live one's everyday life as if this were so. Whereas if one sought to define meaninglessness and futility, the idea that a human life should be expended in the guilty, fearful, self-obsessed propitiation of supernatural nonentities… but there, there. Enough. -- Christopher Hitchens. (One of my favs)
Mr X Mr X Vote score: 12 How can a religion idolise a woman who refused to give patients pain relief because she believed pain was pure!?
Mr X Mr X Vote score: 12 Religious doctrines … are all illusions, they do not admit of proof, and no one can be compelled to consider them as true or to believe in them. -- Sigmund Freud.
Enoch Author Enoch Author Vote score: 994
A government cannot be premised on the belief that all persons are created equal when it asserts that God prefers some.
― Harry A. Blackmun
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Enoch Author Enoch Author Vote score: 994
As for me, I believe in evolution and intelligent design. I think God designed us in his image, but I also think God is a monkey. ― Bill Mahernew entry
Enoch Author Enoch Author Vote score: 994
The old faiths light their candles all about, but burly truth comes by and blows them out. - Lizette W. Reese new entry
Enoch Author Enoch Author Vote score: 994
The great religions are the ships, Poets the life boats. Every sane person I know has jumped overboard. - Hafiz of Persia new entry
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