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imageI often post various atheist quotes from time to time on twitter and find it somewhat frustrating to be limited to 140 characters. So on spending a morning reading through a few favourites, I thought I would post them here for you.

Please let me know any of your favourite quotes in the comments. Have a wonderful weekend my fellow humans… 

GENESIS

“Epicurus’ old questions are yet unanswered. Is god willing to prevent evil, but not able? then he is impotent. Is he able, but not willing? then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? whence then is evil”

– David Hume

“we are here because one odd group of fishes had a peculiar fin anatomy that could transform into legs for terrestrial creatures; because the earth never froze entirely during an ice age; because a small and tenuous species arising in Africa a quarter of a million years ago, has managed, so far, to survive by hook and by crook. We may yearn for a “higher answer” – but none exists”

– Stephen Jay Gould

“Geology shows that fossils are of different ages. Palaeontology shows a fossil sequence, the list of species representing changes through time. Taxonomy shows biological relationships among species. Evolution is the explanation that threads it all together. Creationism is the practice of squeezing one’s eyes shut and wailing “Does not!”

– Anon

“Brute force crushes many plants. yet the plants rise again. The pyramids will not last a moment compared with the daisy. And before Buddha and Jesus spoke the nightingale sang, and long after the words of Buddha and Jesus are gone into oblivion the nightingale will still sing. Because it s neither preaching or teaching nor commanding nor urging. It is just singing. And in the beginning was not the word, but a chirrup”

– D H Lawrence

THE GOSPEL

“Marx was wrong. Religion is not the opiate of the people. Opium suggests something soporific, numbing, dulling. Too often religion has been an aphrodisiac for horror, a Benzedrine for bestiality. At its best it has lifted spirits and raises spires. At its worst it has turned entire civilisations into cemeteries”

– Phillip Adams

“The religions of mankind must be classed among the mass delusions of this kind. No one, needless to say, who shares a delusion ever recognises it as such”

– Sigmund Freud

“Most sermons sound to me like commercials – but I can’t make out whether god is the sponsor or the product”

– Mignon McLaughlin

REASON

“The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact a drunken man is happier than a sober one”

– George Bernard Shaw

“Gullibility and credulity are considered undesirable qualities in every department of human life – except religion… Why are we praised by godly men for surrendering our “godly gifts” of reason when we cross their mental thresholds?”

– Christopher Hitchens

“There’s never been anything, however absurd, that myriads of people weren’t prepared to believe, often so passionately that they’d fight to the death rather than abandon their illusions. To me, thats a good operational definition of insanity”

– Arthur C Clarke

 

“All religions, with their gods, their demi-gods, their prophets, their messiahs and their saints, were created by the credulous fancy of men who had not attained the full development and full possession of their faculties”

– Mikhail A Bakunin

“I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously”

– Douglas Adams

“The existence of a world without god seems to me less absurd than the presence of a god existing in all his perfection, creating an imperfect man in order to make him run the risk of hell”

– Armand Salacrou

SCIENCE

“Anything that we scientists can do to weaken the hold of religion should be done and may in the end be our greatest contribution to civilisation”

– Steven Weinberg

“If we are going to teach “creation science”as an alternative to evolution, then we should also teach the stork theory as an alternative to biological reproduction”

– Judith Hayes

“Science… has opened our eyes to the vastness of the universe and given us light, truth and freedom from fear where once was darkness, ignorance and superstition”

– Luther Burbank

REVELATIONS

“God, Satan, Paradise and Hell all vanished one day in my fifteenth years, when i quite abruptly lost my faith. I recall it vividly. I was at school in England by then. The moment of awakening happened, in fact, during a Latin lesson, and afterwards, to prove my new found atheist, I bought myself a rather tasteless ham sandwich, and so partook for the first time the forbidden flesh of the swine. No thunderbolt arrived to strike me down. I remember feeling that my survival confirmed the correctness of my new position”

– Salman Rushdie

“Traveller: God has been mighty good to your fields, Mr Farmer

Farmer: You should have seen how he treated them when I wasn’t around”

– Anon

“From the moment I looked into that horror on September 11th, into that fireball, into that explosion of horror, I knew it. I knew it before anything was said about those who did it or why. I recognised an old companion. I recognised religion”

– Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete

THE GOOD BOOK

“You believe in a book which has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd, and primitive stories: and you say that I am the one who is mentally ill?”

– Dan Barker

“The Bible. That is what fools have written, what imbeciles command, what rogues teach, and young children are made to learn by heart”

– Voltaire

“I am convinced now that children should not be subjected to the frightfulness of the christian religion… If the concept of a father who plots to have his own son put to death is presented to children as beautiful and as worthy of society’s admiration, what types of human behaviour can be presented to them as reprehensible?”

– Ruth Hurmence Green

“As to the book called the bible, it is a blasphemy to call it the word of god. It is a book of lies and contradictions, and a history of bad times and bad men. There are but a few good characters in the whole book”

– Thomas Payne

PROVERBS

“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the philosophers as false, and by the rulers as useful”

– Seneca The Younger

” I have heard an atheist defined as a man who had no invisible means of support”

– John Buchan

“To know a person’s religion, we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance”

– Eric Hoffer

“All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher”

– Lucretius

EXODUS

HERE LIES AN ATHEIST

ALL DRESSED UP

AND NO PLACE TO GO

-Epitaph

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