Religion is regarded
by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as
useful. Lucius Annaeus Seneca,
Roman philosopher and statesman 4 BC – AD 65
There are two classes
intelligent men without religion,
and religious men without intelligence.
Abu Ala Al-Ma'arri,
Arab philosopher 973 - 1057 AD
"Those who can
make you believe in absurdities can also make you commit atrocities."
man, every honorable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror."
"Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion
that has ever infected the world."
"Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason
and common sense."
Francois Marie Arouet "Voltaire",
French author and playwright (1694-1778)
"The whole history
of the Christian Church is a mixture of errors and violence."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
German author (1749-1832)
"Religion is excellent stuff for keeping
common people quiet."
"All religions have been made by men."
Napoleon Bonaparte, French emperor (1769-1821)
"If God has spoken,
why is the world not convinced."
"It is easier to suppose that the universe has existed for all eternity
than to conceive a being beyond its limits capable of creating it."
Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poet (1792-1822)
is God; what we know is science."
"With soap, baptism is a good thing."
"The clergy know that I know that they know that they do not know."
"Why should I allow that same God to tell me how to raise my kids, who
drowned his own?"
The inspiration of
the bible depends on
the ignorance of the person who reads it.
"As people become
they care less for preachers and more for teachers."
Robert Green Ingersoll,
American politician and lecturer (1833-1899)
"Faith is believing
what you know ain't so."
"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 there is a God, he is a malign thug."
"A man is accepted
into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows.
Mr. Clemens was once asked whether he feared death. He said that he did not,
in view of the fact that he had been dead for billions and billions of years
before he was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from
Samuel Clemens "Mark Twain",
American author and humorist (1835-1910)
"Is it not grotesque
when the representatives of an antiquated myth-sorcery, who believes in trinity,
angels, devils, hell, virgin-birth, bodily Ascension, making of water into
wine, wine to blood, - when they want to impress us with their "science"?
Karlheinz Deschner, German writer (1924- )
On the Trinity:
"For a "monotheistic"
it should be sufficient with three gods."
"What is there
to be said about a Church which certainly promises its believers eternal salvation,
but at the same time condemns the non-believers, all those who think differently,
to an eternal torment in hell? - If that Church absolutely must talk about
love, then it should do so very quietly."
Arnulf Øverland, Norwegian poet
and writer (1889-1968)
Religion is an insult
to human dignity.
With or without it 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.
Everyone Is Entitled
To Their Own Opinion's,
But Not Their Own Facts.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
"The word god
is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses,
the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are
nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for
me) change this."
"For me the Jewish
religion like all others is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions.
And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have
a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As
far as my experience goes, they are no better than other human groups, although
they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I
cannot see anything 'chosen' about them."
By the age
of 12 Albert Einstein was questioning
the truth of many biblical stories:
"The consequence was a positively fanatic [orgy of] freethinking coupled
with the impression that youth is being deceived by the state through lies;
it was a crushing impression"
"I have never
seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious ideas of heaven and hell,
or of a God."
Thomas Edison, American inventor (1847-1931)
men are atheists." [A Farewell to Arms]
Ernest Hemingway, American author (1899-1961)
"I am an atheist, thanks
be to God."
Luis Bunuel, Spanish film director (1900-1983)
Surely you do not
believe in the gods. What's your argument? Where's your proof?
What can be asserted
whithout evidence can also be dismissed whithout evidence.
Absence of evidence
is evidence of absence.
The invisible and
look very much alike.
Give a man a fish,
and you'll feed him for a day;
Give him a religion, and he'll starve to death
while praying for a fish.
Everyone starts out
being an atheist.
No one is born with belief in anything.
Religion does three
things quite effectively: divides people, controls people, deludes people.
Gods are fragile things;
they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.
Men will never be
free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
Religion has actually
convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky.
Faith means not wanting
to know what is true.
Religions vary in
their degree of idiocy,
but I reject them all.
A man full of faith
is simply one who has lost the capacity for clear and realistic thought.
Suppose we've chosen
the wrong god.
Every time we go to church
we're just making him madder and madder.
Prayer has no place in public school, just like facts have no place in organized
Superintendent Chalmers (The Simpsons)
Don't pray in my school,
and I won't think in your church.
Religions are all
upon fables and mythologies.
All religions are
ancient monuments to superstition, ignorance and ferocity.
People who don't like
their beliefs being laughed at shouldn't have such funny beliefs.
Philosophy is questions
that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
Two hands working
can do more
than a thousand clasped in prayer.
An idea does not gain
truth as it gains followers. Amanda bloom
Religion is the opium
of the masses.
Religion is not merely
the opium of the masses,
it's the cyanide.
Religion is against
women's right and freedom. In all societies women are oppressed by all religions.
The bible and church
have been the greatest stumbling block in the way of women's emancipation.
Elizabeth C. Stanton
I prayed for freedom
for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
Frederick Douglass (American statesman and
The sailor does not
pray for wind, he learns to sail. Gustaf Lindborg
Every man thinks God
is on his side.
The rich and powerful know he is.
is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers.
Fear is the mother
of all gods. Nature does all things spontaneously by herself without their
shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.
All religions are
pieced together out of elements which seem so at odds with reason that any
intelligence laughs at them.
I am against religion
because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understand the world.
Of all the tyrannies
that afflict mankind,
tyranny in religion is the worst.
Men never commit evil
so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions.
Gods always behave
like the people
who created them.
Lighthouses are more
helpful than churches.
If the ignorance of
nature gave birth to the gods, then knowledge of nature is calculated to destroy
Where knowledge ends,
You believe in a book
that has sticks turning into snakes, and you say we are the ones that need
help? Dan Barker
I have seldom met
an intelligent person whose views were not narrowed and distorted by religion.
will always avail themselves of public ignorance for their own purpose.
Religion is an illusion
and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual
desires. Sigmund Freud
It is better to grasp
the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however reassuring.
The most heinous crimes
have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motives.
For much of history,
religion may have been a necessary evil, but why has it been more evil than
Arthur C. Clarke
It is usually when
men are at their most religious that they behave with the least sense and
the greatest cruelty.
to the infancy of humanity.
Now that humanity had come of age,
it should be left behind.
Faith is the determination
to remain ignorant in the face of all evidence that you are ignorant.
All natural institutions
of churches, appear to me human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave
The greatest miseries
that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called
religion. Thomas Paine
Whatever we cannot
easily understand we call god; this saves much wear and tear on the brain
Doctrines like Christianity
or Islam or Marxism require unanimity of belief. One dissenter casts doubt
on the creed of millions.
When you understand
why you dismiss all the other gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
The way to see by
faith is to shut the eye of reason. Benjamin
Religions are like
They require darkness in order to shine.
It is only by dispelling
the clouds and phantoms of religion that we shall discover
truth, reason, and morality.
I'm having the best
day of my life,
and I owe it all to not going to Church!
I'm not a bad guy!
I work hard, and I love my kids. So why should I spend half my Sunday
hearing about how I'm going to Hell?
"You know, the
one with all the well meaning rules that don't work out in real life, uh,
The lesson is: Our
God is vengeful! O spiteful one, show me who to smite and they shall be smoten.
Religions are like
Yours is good, but everyone else's stinks.
Øverland, A. "En kjetters bekjennelser"
Deschner, K. "Abermals Krähte der Hahn"