Your Favorite Quotes

What are your favorite quotes of all time? They can be about atheism, religion, or philosophy.

Posted: February 24th 2012

brian thomson www

Voltaire, despite clashing with the famous atheists of his day, and being more religious later in his life, had some decidedly free-thinking opinions:

It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.

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

Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

To pray to God is to flatter oneself that with words one can alter nature.

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

Posted: March 8th 2012

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Galen Rose www

I could spend days culling an “all-time favorites” list from my files, but I’ll just offer a few I have come across recently.

Greta Christina: Religion is ultimately dependent on belief in invisible beings, inaudible voices, intangible entities, undetectable forces, and events and judgments that happen after we die. It therefore has no reality check. And it is therefore uniquely armored against criticism, questioning, and self- correction. It is uniquely armored against anything that might stop it from spinning into extreme absurdity, extreme denial of reality… and extreme, grotesque immorality.

James Randi: No amount of belief makes something a fact.

Greta Christina: . . . According to Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s chief exorcist, the Harry Potter books are bad because, quote, they “encourage children to believe in black magic and wizardry.” [Isn’t the irony here simply delicious?]

And, if I may be immodest, here are a few originals:

When I wanted to get in touch with my soul, I couldn’t find the damned thing!

As a teenager I realized that it was illogical to assume that a compassionate, just god would condemn me to an eternity of torture just because I wasn’t smart enough to believe what other people told me about him.

The future belongs to those who accept reality and seek to understand it. Superstition should always be aggressively discouraged and shown for what it is – a damaging wound to individual human minds and a destructive impediment to the progress of mankind.

It just seems obvious to me that a god who would punish one for not accepting weak arguments must be morally inferior to man, and what sense would it make to worship our inferiors?

Science is knowledge. Religion is opinion.

Posted: March 3rd 2012

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Dave Hitt www

H. L. Mencken is one of my favorite sources of quotes:

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

“Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.”

“If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl.”

“Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time.”

“It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.”

“Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.”

“The chief contribution of Protestantism to human thought is its massive proof that God is a bore.”

“We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.”

And my favorite of his:

“Puritanism – the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”

I actually find comfort in this quote from Mark Twain:

“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”

And to celebrate the sheer joy of being alive it’s hard to beat this one from Jack Kerouac (read it aloud, and fast, for the best effect):

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!’”

And finally this one, which exists in several different versions:

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body,but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, leaking oil and loudly proclaiming — whoo hoo— What a Ride!”

Posted: March 3rd 2012

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