Selected Quotes about Atheism

Ask a deeply religious Christian if he’d rather live next to a bearded Muslim that may or may not be plotting a terror attack, or an atheist that may or may not show him how to set up a wireless network in his house. On the scale of prejudice, atheists don’t seem so bad lately. -- Scott Adams

He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife. -- Douglas Adams

How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter? -- Woody Allen

If it turns out that there is a God, I don't think that he's evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever. -- Woody Allen

To you I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition. -- Woody Allen

I tell them I have worked 40 years to make the W.S. platform broad enough for Atheists and Agnostics to stand upon, and now if need be I will fight the next 40 to keep it Catholic enough to permit the straightest Orthodox religionist to speak or pray and count her beads upon. -- Susan B. Anthony

Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation; all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, even if religion vanished; but religious superstition dismounts all these and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men. -- Francis Bacon

I hope I never get so old I get religious. -- Ingmar Bergman

Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel. -- Ambrose Bierce

Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God. -- Heywood Broun

An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support. -- John Buchan

Believing in gods always causes confusion. -- Pearl S. Buck

When men destroy their old gods they will find new ones to take their place. -- Pearl S. Buck

I'm still an atheist, thank God. -- Luis Bunuel

You've got your phenomenon on one hand. Concrete and knowable. On the other hand you've got the incomprehensible. You call it God, but to me, God or no, it remains just that, the unknowable. -- Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess

If there were no God, there would be no Atheists. -- G. K. Chesterton

How do I define God? I don't.... People who find such conceptions important for themselves have every right to frame them as they like. Personally, I don't. That's why you haven't found my "thoughts on this [for you] criticaI question." I have none, because I see no need for them (apart from the -- often extremely interesting and revealing -- inquiry into human culture an history). -- Noam Chomsky

Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense. -- Chapman Cohen

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?" -- Quentin Crisp

I do not believe in God because I do not believe in Mother Goose. -- Clarence Darrow

I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure -- that is all that agnosticism means. -- Clarence Darrow

Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakeable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time. -- Richard Dawkins

We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further. -- Richard Dawkins

I have too much respect for the idea of God to make it responsible for such an absurd world. -- Georges Duhamel

The philosophy of Atheism represents a concept of life without any metaphysical Beyond or Divine Regulator. It is the concept of an actual, real world with its liberating, expanding and beautifying possibilities, as against an unreal world, which, with its spirits, oracles, and mean contentment has kept humanity in helpless degradation. -- Emma Goldman

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything. -- Robert A. Heinlein

Calling Atheism a religion is like calling bald a hair color. -- Don Hirschberg

The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not. -- Eric Hoffer

Today the god hypothesis has ceased to be scientifically tenable ... and its abandonment often brings a deep sense of relief. Many people assert that this abandonment of the god hypothesis means the abandonment of all religion and all moral sanctions. This is simply not true. But it does mean, once our relief at jettisoning an outdated piece of ideological furniture is over, that we must construct some thing to take its place. -- Sir Julian Huxley

Few nations have been so poor as to have but one god. Gods were made so easily, and the raw material cost so little, that generally the god market was fairly glutted and heaven crammed with these phantoms. -- Robert Ingersoll

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

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 blind-folded fear. -- Thomas Jefferson

I don't spend much time thinking about whether God exists. I don't consider that a relevant question. It's unanswerable and irrelevant to my life, so I put it in the category of things I can't worry about. -- Wendy Kaminer

The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance...logic can be happily tossed out the window. -- Stephen King

If God kills, lies, cheats, discriminates, and otherwise behaves in a manner that puts the Mafia to shame, that's okay, he's God. He can do whatever he wants. Anyone who adheres to this philosophy has had his sense of morality, decency, justice and humaneness warped beyond recognition by the very book that is supposedly preaching the opposite. -- Dennis McKinsey

As to the gods, I have no means of knowing either that they exist or do not exist. -- Protagoras

I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't. -- Jules Renard

The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank. -- Dante Gabriel Rossetti

In conclusion, there is a marvelous anecdote from the occasion of Russell's ninetieth birthday that best serves to summarize his attitude toward God and religion. A London lady sat next to him at this party, and over the soup she suggested to him that he was not only the world's most famous atheist but, by this time, very probably the world's oldest atheist. "What will you do, Bertie, if it turns out you're wrong?" she asked. "I mean, what if -- uh -- when the time comes, you should meet Him? What will you say?" Russell was delighted with the question. His bright, birdlike eyes grew even brighter as he contemplated this possible future dialogue, and then he pointed a finger upward and cried, "Why, I should say, 'God, you gave us insufficient evidence.'" -- Bertrand Russell

My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image to be servants of their human interests. -- George Santayana

I always admired atheists. I think it takes a lot of faith. -- Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

I'm a born-again atheist. -- Gore Vidal

I'm a born-again atheist. -- Gore Vidal

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him. -- Voltaire

It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us. -- Peter De Vries

One thing I have no worry about is whether God exists. But it has occurred to me that God has Alzheimer's and has forgotten we exist. -- Jane Wagner

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. -- Frank Lloyd Wright

I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up - they have no holidays. -- Henny Youngman

I once wanted to become an atheist but I gave up . . . they have no holidays. -- Henny Youngman

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