Quotes

Oh, the things people say.

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Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.

Sir Winston Churchill

What I no longer understand, looking back on my life as a Christian, is the capacity to believe in something so outlandish as the existence of an Almighty God much less one who created us all one by one, cherishes our immortal souls, intervenes on behalf of those who call upon his name and holds a place for his faithful in an everlasting paradise. None of us has ever seen this being; none of us has ever heard him, except in the silence of our own heads; none of us can produce a piece of evidence as large as a mustard seed that what we think of as God is anything more than a thought. Our scientists can see stars that have been dead for a billion years; they can document microscopic bacteria that concluded their brief lives on earth eons ago. But of God we have no trace, except for the testimony of scribes writing of events neither they nor those around them ever witnessed and the faith of millions of people who have managed to convince themselves that he lives and reigns somewhere in the sky.

Stephen Chapman

It is not hardness of heart or evil passions that drive certain individuals to atheism, but rather a scrupulous intellectual honesty.

Steve Allen, television host, musician, actor, comedian, and writer (1921-2000)

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, television host, musician, actor, comedian, and writer (1921-2000)

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.

Steven Weinberg (21st c.)

If any religion allows the persecution of the people of different faiths, if any religion keeps women in slavery, if any religion keeps people in ignorance, then I can't accept that religion.

Taslima Nasrin, Bangladeshi Author

The great trouble is that the preachers get the children from six to seven years of age and then it is almost impossible to do anything with them.

Thomas Edison

Religion is all bunk. 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.

Thomas Edison, inventor

Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.

Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist (1825-1895)

Not far from the invention of fire must rank the invention of doubt.

Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist (1825-1895)

Science is simply common sense at its best - that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.

Thomas Huxley

Teach a child what is wise, that is morality. Teach him what is wise and beautiful, that is religion!

Thomas Huxley

I think by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for the diffusion of knowledge among the people. No other sure foundation can be devised, for the preservation of freedom and happiness…Preach, my dear Sir, a crusade against ignorance; establish & improve the law for educating the common people. Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils [tyranny, oppression, etc.] and that the tax which will be paid for this purpose is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.

Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect and author (1743-1826)

If a nation expects to be ignorant & free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was & never will be.

Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect and author (1743-1826)

The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests, and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance. 

Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect and author (1743-1826)

The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.

Thomas Jefferson, US president

Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.

Thomas Jefferson, US president

The Christian God is a being of terrific character - cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust.

Thomas Jefferson, US president

Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.

Thomas Jefferson, US president

To talk of immaterial existences is to talk of nothings. To say that the human soul, angels, god, are immaterial, is to say they are nothings, or that there is no god, no angels, no soul. I cannot reason otherwise... without plunging into the fathomless abyss of dreams and phantasms. I am satisfied, and sufficiently occupied with the things which are, without tormenting or troubling myself about those which may indeed be, but of which I have no evidence.

Thomas Jefferson, US president

Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.

Thomas Jefferson, US president

A professorship of theology should have no place in our institution.

Thomas Jefferson, US president

The priests of the different religious sects... dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight, and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subdivision of the duperies on which they live.

Thomas Jefferson, US president

History I believe furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance, of which their political as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purpose.

Thomas Jefferson, US president

The Christian god can easily be pictured as virtually the same god as the many ancient gods of past civilizations. The Christian god is a three headed monster; cruel, vengeful and capricious. If one wishes to know more of this raging, three headed beast-like god, one only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites.

Thomas Jefferson, US president

Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies.

Thomas Jefferson, US president

I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.

Thomas Jefferson, US president

Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.

Thomas Jefferson, US president

All national 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

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Thomas Paine

Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law.

Thomas Paine

I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.

Thomas Paine

If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.

Thomas Szasz, author, professor of psychiatry (b. 1920)

The attitude is we live and let live. This is actually an amazing change in values in a rather short time and it's an example of freedom from religion.

Tom Wolfe

A cult is a religion with no political power.

Tom Wolfe, author and journalist (b. 1931)

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. 

United States Constitution

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Musselmen; and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

United States Treaty of Tripoli (1797)

ATHEIST HALL CONVERTED – Berlin Churches Establish Bureau to Win Back Worshippers Wireless to the New York Times. BERLIN, May 13 [1933]. - In Freethinkers Hall, which before the Nazi resurgence was the national headquarters of the German Freethinkers League, the Berlin Protestant church authorities have opened a bureau for advice to the public in church matters. Its chief object is to win back former churchgoers and assist those who have not previously belonged to any religious congregation in obtaining church membership. The German Freethinkers League, which was swept away by the national revolution, was the largest of such organizations in Germany. It had about 500,000 members ...

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God speaks through me.

US President George Bush speaking to a group of Amish people in Pennsylvania, July 9, 2004.

c) All writings that ridicule, belittle or besmirch the Christian religion and its institution, faith in God, or other things that are holy to the healthy sentiments of the Volk.

Völkischer Beobachter, 1933 (Nazi guidelines for book banning, targeting books critical of Christianity)

6. Writings of a philosophical and social nature whose content deals with the false scientific enlightenment of primitive Darwinism and Monism (Häckel).

Völkischer Beobachter, 1933 (Nazi guidelines for book banning, targeting science books by Darwin and others)

Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.

Voltaire

Every sensible man, every honorable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror.

Voltaire

The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.

Voltaire

Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.

Voltaire, philosopher and writer (1694-1778)

When state and religion are one, religion becomes a means for the powerful to remain in power.

Walter J. Williams

Inquiry is fatal to certainty.

Will Durant, historian (1885-1981)

Perhaps the best cure for the fear of death is to reflect that life has a beginning as well as an end. There was a time when you were not: that gives us no concern. Why then should it trouble us that a time will come when we shall cease to be? To die is only to be as we were before we were born.

William Hazlitt, essayist (1778-1830)

Perhaps the best cure for the fear of death is to reflect that life has a beginning as well as an end. There was a time when you were not: that gives us no concern. Why then should it trouble us that a time will come when we shall cease to be? To die is only to be as we were before we were born.

William Hazlitt, essayist (1778-1830)

There is nothing so despicable as a secret society that is based upon religious prejudice and that will attempt to defeat a man because of his religion.

William Howard Taft, 27th US president (1857-1930)

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