Atheist Quotes

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

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How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and [how] hard it is to undo that work again!

- Mark Twain

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Since no one really knows anything about God, those who think they do are just troublemakers.

- Rabia Basri

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Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.

- Karl Marx

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

- Sigmund Freud

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Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand.

- Karl Marx

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Atheists express their rage against God although in their view He does not exist.

- C. S. Lewis

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The reason people use a crucifix against vampires is because vampires are allergic to bullshit.

- Richard Pryor

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Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you.

- Richard Dawkins

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The greatest danger to Christianity is, I contend, not heresies, not heterodoxies, not atheists, not profane secularism - no, but the kind of orthodoxy which is cordial drivel, mediocrity served up sweet. There is nothing that so insidiously displaces the majestic as cordiality.

- Soren Kierkegaard

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Reality is what it is, not what you want it to be.

- Frank Zappa

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The Atheist complains about the wind. The Christian prays for it to change. The Satanist adjusts his sails.

- Anton Szandor LaVey

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How much more of the mosque, of prayer and fasting? Better go drunk and begging round the taverns. Khayyam, drink wine, for soon this clay of yours Will make a cup, bowl, one day a jar. When once you hear the roses are in bloom, Then is the time, my love, to pour the wine; Houris and palaces and Heaven and Hell- These are but fairy-tales, forget them all.

- Omar Khayyam

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The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.

- Karl Marx

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A comprehended god is no god.

- Saint John Chrysostom

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Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

- Albert Einstein

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Religions are like fireflies. They require darkness in order to shine.

- Arthur Schopenhauer

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Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

- Philip K. Dick

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

- Carl Sagan

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Gods always behave like the people who make them.

- Zora Neale Hurston

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Beliefs are dangerous. Beliefs allow the mind to stop functioning. A non-functioning mind is clinically dead. Believe in nothing.

- Maynard James Keenan

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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

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Atheism is a disease of the soul before it becomes an error of understanding.

- Plato

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Most people can't bear to sit in church for an hour on Sundays. How are they supposed to live somewhere very similar to it for eternity?

- Mark Twain

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You're basically killing each other to see who's got the better imaginary friend.

- Blaise Pascal

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You don't need to get rid of religion; you have to outgrow the need for it. In other words, instead of hoping for the good life, you make the good life.

- Jacque Fresco

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If you are a Christian, you are in danger. If you decided to abandon your faith and become an atheist, you also are to be liquidated according to their concept. You are in danger if you decide to become a Muslim. It is not going to save you anyway because they believe traditional Islam is hostile to their goals.

- Vladimir Putin

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Religion is based ... mainly upon fear ... fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.

- Bertrand Russell

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There is Auschwitz, and so there cannot be God.

- Primo Levi

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If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.

- Voltaire

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I’m not a religious person; I would call myself an atheist. I don’t have a good story behind it, I’m just reasonable.

- Anthony Jeselnik

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The atheist staring from his attic window is often nearer to God than the believer caught up in his own false image of God.

- Martin Buber

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Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit in with the core belief.

- Frantz Fanon

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Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters.

- Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Religion is not merely the opium of the masses, it's the cyanide.

- Tom Robbins

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Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.

- Denis Diderot

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Gods are fragile things, they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.

- Chapman Cohen

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

- Thomas Hobbes

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The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.

- Arthur C. Clarke

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There's a big difference between kneeling down and bending over.

- Frank Zappa

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

- Seneca the Younger

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Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.

- Benjamin Franklin

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You never hear in the news, "200 killed today when Atheist rebels took heavy shelling from the Agnostic stronghold in the north."

- Doug Stanhope

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Once miracles are admitted, every scientific explanation is out of the question.

- Johannes Kepler

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When men stop believing in God, it isn't that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything.

- Umberto Eco

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Unhappy, let alone angry, religious people provide more persuasive arguments for atheism and secularism than do all the arguments of atheists.

- Dennis Prager

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Those who say that the study of science makes a man an atheist, must be rather silly people.

- Max Born

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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.

- George Bernard Shaw

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One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion.

- Arthur C. Clarke

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The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.

- Richard Dawkins

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