I believe there is something out there watching over us. Unfortunately, it’s the government.
I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows.
Susan B. Anthony
If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul.
I’d rather live my whole life assuming there is a God, only to find out that there isn’t, than to live my whole life assuming there isn’t a God, only to find out there is.
People who want to share their religious views with you, almost never want you to share yours with them.
Only barbarians are not curious about where they come from, how they came to be where they are, where they appear to be going, whether they wish to go there, and if so, why, and if not, why not.
The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
Richard Francis Burton
I have never resisted the lord in my life, and I never will. But I’m not so hungry for dialogue with him that I have to make up his part as well as my own.
Orson Scott Card
Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything but live for it.
The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men are quite capable of every wickedness.
When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, ‘Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don’t believe?
Religion is like going out to dinner with friends. Everyone may order something different, but everyone can still sit at the same table.
This is my simple religion:
There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy.
Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
H.H. the Dalai Lama
Mankind have banned the Divinity from their presence; they have relegated him to a sanctuary; the walls of the temple restrict his view; he does not exist outside of it.
An Inuit hunter asked the local missionary priest: “If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?” “No,” said the priest, “not if you did not know.” “Then why,” asked the Inuit earnestly, “did you tell me?”
How can the Church be received as a trustworthy guide in the invisible, which falls into so many errors in the visible?
John W. Draper
You talk to God, you’re religious. God talks to you, you’re psychotic.
A man’s ethical behaviour 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.
True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness. Albert Einstein
Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: it transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural & spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity Albert Einstein
Danger past, God is forgotten English Proverb
How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few his precepts!
O! ’tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends.
But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business. Mohandas K. Gandhi
Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
I find it puzzling that those who describe Evolution as “Just A Theory” propose Creationism as an alternative even though it is “Just a Superstition”.
The biblical account of Noah’s Ark and the Flood is perhaps the most implausible story for fundamentalists to defend. Where, for example, while loading his ark, did Noah find penguins and polar bears in Palestine?
(And how did Noah get them back to where they belong with their fossil ancestors?
– perhaps a taxi service or is that by taxidermy? Bill Peddie)
All … religions show the same disparity between belief and practice, and each is safe till it tries to exclude the rest. Test each sect by its best or its worst as you will, by its high-water mark of virtue or its low-water mark of vice. But falsehood begins when you measure the ebb of any other religion against the flood-tide of your own. There is a noble and a base side to every history.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Some things have to be believed to be seen.
Those of little faith are of little hatred.
Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.
The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish.
It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil.
If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
The fact is that far more crime and child abuse has been committed in the name of God, Jesus, and Mohammed than has ever been committed in the name of Satan. Many people don’t like that statement, but few can argue with it.
Kenneth V. Lanning
When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.
Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.
In some awful, strange, paradoxical way, atheists tend to take religion more seriously than the practitioners.
Religious belief is a fine guide around which a person might organize his own life, but an awful instrument around which to organize someone else’s life.
Richard D. Mohr
Man cannot make a worm, yet he will make gods by the dozen.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
There has never been a kingdom given to so many civil wars as Christ’s.
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.
I think it’s ironic that the only people who claim that humans are too advanced to have evolved naturally are the ones who demonstrate the least advanced mode of thinking.
When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.
Robert M. Pirsig
The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by ‘God’ one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying…it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity.
No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.
George Bernard Shaw
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
There is a story, which is fairly well known, about when the missionaries came to Africa.
They had the Bible and we, the natives, had the land.
They said “Let us pray,” and we dutifully shut our eyes.
When we opened them, why, they now had the land and we had the Bible.
Desmond M. Tutu
In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.
Man is the religious animal. He is the only religious animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion –- several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbour as himself and cuts his throat, if his theology isn’t straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother’s path to happiness and heaven. Mark Twain
The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also. Mark Twain
Christians are quick to scoff at the absurdity of other religions when most fail to realize they worship a book that contains talking snakes, talking bushes and talking donkeys. Anon
If triangles had a God, He’d have three sides.
Old Yiddish Proverb
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.’ And God granted it Voltaire
If God made us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated Voltaire
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.
A religious awakening, which does not awaken the sleeper to love, has roused him in vain.
Everything that we think God has in his mind necessarily proceeds from our own mind; it is what we imagine to be in God’s mind, and it is really difficult for human intelligence to guess at a divine intelligence. What we usually end up with by this sort of reasoning is to make God the colour-sergeant of our army and to make Him as chauvinistic as ourselves.