Ch 15: Quotes about Religion

“Faith means not wanting to know what is true.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows.” – Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)

“Philosophy is questions that may never be answered.
Religion is answers that may never be questioned.” – Anonymous

“Since the Bible and the church are obviously mistaken in telling us where we came from, how can we trust them to tell us where we are going?” – Anonymous

“Blind faith is an ironic gift to return to the Creator of human intelligence.” – Anonymous

“On the first day, man created God.” – Anonymous

“You do not need the Bible to justify love, but no better tool has been invented to justify hate.” – Richard A. Weatherwax

“Religion does three things quite effectively: divides people, controls people, deludes people.” — Carlespie Mary Alice McKinney

“Religion has caused more misery to all of mankind in every stage of human history than any other single idea.” – Anonymous

“Faith does not give you the answers, it just stops you asking the questions.” – Frater Ravus

“When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.” – Robert Pirsig

“The finality of death is the coldest truth one must face. Religion makes the perfect distraction.” – Anonymous

“If we expect God to subscribe to one religion at the exclusion of all the others, then we should expect damnation as a matter of chance. This should give Christians pause when expounding their religious beliefs, but it does not.” – Sam Harris

“Religions are like pills which must be swallowed whole without chewing.” – Anonymous

“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

“Premature, secretive forgiveness allays guilt but doesn’t significantly alter behavior.” – the Author

“It is not as in the Bible that God created man in His own image.
On the contrary, man created God in his own image.” – Ludwig Feuerbach

“Be thankful that you have a life, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a second one.” – Richard Dawkins

“In Christianity, neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“It will yet be the proud boast of women that they never contributed a line to the Bible.” — George W. Foote

“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” – Stephen Roberts

“As far as I can tell from studying the scriptures, all you do in Heaven is pretty much just sit around all day and praise the Lord. I don’t know about you, but I think that after the first, oh, I don’t know, 50,000 years of that I’d start to get a little bored.” – Rick Reynolds

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish.” – Anonymous

“God should be executed for crimes against humanity.” – Bryan Emmanuel Gutierrez

“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.” – Mark Twain

“Of all religions, Christianity is without doubt the one which should inspire tolerance most, although, up to now, Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.” – Voltaire

“If there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence.” – Bertrand Russell

“A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if nobody believes it.” – David Stevens

“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

“Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a God superior to themselves. Most Gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.” – Robert A. Heinlein

“’I refuse to prove that I exist,’ says God, ‘for proof denies faith and, without faith, I am nothing.’” – Douglas Adams

“It ain’t necessarily so. The things that you’re liable to find in the Bible just ain’t necessarily so.” – Ira Gershwin

“It ain’t the parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.” – Mark Twain

“He that will not reason is a bigot. He that cannot reason is a fool. He that dares not reason is a slave.” – William Drummond

“Which is it? Is man one of God’s blunders or is God one of man’s?” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“When a man is freed of religion, he has a better chance to live a normal and wholesome life.” – Sigmund Freud

“They felt that science would be corrosive to religious belief and they were worried about it. Damn it, I think they were right. It is corrosive to religious belief and it’s a good thing.” – Steven Weinberg

“Take from the church the miraculous, the supernatural, the incomprehensible, the unreasonable, the impossible, the unknowable, the absurd, and nothing but a vacuum remains.” – Robert G. Ingersoll

“History teaches us that no other cause has brought more death than the word of God.” – Giulian Buzila

“Atheism is a non-prophet organization.” – George Carlin

“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

“’There are no atheists in foxholes’ isn’t an argument against atheism,
it’s an argument against foxholes.” – James Murrow

“Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.” – Isaac Asimov

“If all the Christians who have called other Christians ‘not really a Christian’ were to vanish, there’d be no Christians left.” – Anonymous

“Gods don’t kill people. People with Gods kill people.” – David Viaene

“I refuse to believe in a god who is the primary cause of conflict in the world, preaches racism, sexism, homophobia, and ignorance, and then sends me to hell if I’m ‘bad.’” – Mike Fuhrman

“Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, jell-o, and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have.” – Penn Jillette

“Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power, but absolute power is corrupt only in the hands of the absolutely faithful.” – Anonymous

“Gods are fragile things. They may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.” – Chapman Cohen

“I have no need for religion. I have a conscience.” – Anonymous

“Man has always required an explanation for all of those things in the world he did not understand. If an explanation was not available, he created one.” – Jim Crawford

“I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.” – Richard Dawkins

“What has been Christianity’s fruits? Superstition, bigotry and persecution.” – James Madison

“The characters and events depicted in the damn Bible are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.” – Penn and Teller

“I have observed that the world has suffered far less from ignorance
than from pretensions to knowledge. It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. No Agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever.” – Daniel Boorstin

“I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious ideas of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God. So far as religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake … Religion is all bunk. – Thomas Edison

“Fundamentalism of any type, due to its prerequisite lack of intelligent thought,
could prove to be the worst weapon of mass destruction of all.” – David J. Constable

“To really be free, you need to be free in the mind.” – Alexander Loutsis

“Most religions prophecise the end of the world and then consistently work together to ensure that the prophecies come true. – Anonymous

“Religion is like a virus that affects the behavior of its host in such a way as to propagate itself further.” – Jack Pritchard

“Today’s religion will be the future’s mythology. Both were believed at one time by many but proved wrong.” – Steven Crocker

“The Bible – A fairytale book of rules brainwashing millions and obviously used to help create war, kill, hate, judge and discriminate.” – Anonymous

“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe
that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” – Douglas Adams

“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

“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. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.” – George Bernard Shaw

“To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.” – Isaac Asimov

“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing, all-powerful God who creates faulty humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.” – Gene Roddenberry

“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.” – Seneca the Younger

“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.” – Isaac Asimov

“Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.” – Edward Abbey

“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

“I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence.” – Doug McLeod

“Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Faith, as well intentioned as it may be, must be built on facts, not fiction. Faith in fiction is damnable false hope.” – Thomas Edison

“Religion without science is blind.” – Albert Einstein

“Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.” – Benjamin Franklin

“If there is a God, he is a maligning thug.” – Mark Twain

“It ain’t supposed to make sense. It’s faith. Faith is something that you believe that nobody in his right mind would believe.” – Archie Bunker

“Religion is simply a community of people who gather together on a regular basis to reassure each other that it is okay to continue believing in absurdities. For me it is far better to see the world as it really exists, rather than persist in delusion, no matter how comforting that may seem.” – Unknown

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But, after observation and analysis, when you find anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” – Guatama Buddha

“Do not believe anything because it is said by an authority, or if it is said to come from angels, or from Gods, or from an inspired source. Believe it only if you have explored it in your own heart and mind and body and found it to be true. Work out your own path, through diligence.” – Guatama Buddha

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.” – Abraham Lincoln

“All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.” – Edgar Allen Poe

“Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool.” – Voltaire

“You know you’ve created God in your own image when he hates all the same people you do.” – Unknown

“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.” – Dalai Lama

“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. – Blaise Pascal

“He that knows only his own faith knows no faith.” – Anonymous

“In comes ideology and out goes common sense. This is my experience of life.” – Doris Lessing

“I’ve begun worshiping the sun for a number of reasons. First of all, unlike some other gods I could mention, I can see the sun. It’s there for me every day. And the things it brings me are quite apparent all the time: heat, light, food, a lovely day. There’s no mystery. No one asks for money. I don’t have to dress up, and there’s no boring pageantry. And interestingly enough, I have found that the prayers I offer to the sun and the prayers I formerly offered to God are all answered at about the same 50-percent rate.” – George Carlin

“Faith is believing something you know ain’t true.” – Mark Twain

“It does not require many words to speak the truth.” – Chief Joseph, Nez Perce Tribe

“Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be sin.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” – René Descartes

“Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.” – George Carlin

“Heaven for the climate; hell for the company.” – Mark Twain

“A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; 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.” – Albert Einstein

“During the youthful period of mankind’s spiritual evolution, human fantasy created gods in man’s own image who, by the operations of their will were supposed to determine, or at any rate influence, the phenomenal world.” – Albert Einstein

“The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of primitive legends which are pretty childish. No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can (for me) change this.” – Albert Einstein, 1954

“I am, of course, and have always been an atheist.” – Albert Einstein, to Guy H. Raner, Jr., July 2, 1945, responding to a rumor that a Jesuit priest had caused Einstein to convert from atheism.

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” – Aldous Huxley

“The truth is a lot easier to see when you stop assuming you already have it.” – Mike Norton

“A mind is like a parachute… it doesn’t work if it is not open.” – Frank Zappa

“Philosophy is like being in a dark room and looking for a black cat. Metaphysics is like being in a dark room and looking for a black cat that isn’t there. Theology is like being in a dark room and looking for a black cat that isn’t there and shouting ‘I found it!’” – original source unknown

“Morality is doing what is right regardless of what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told regardless of what is right. – original source unknown

“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire

“Faith is believing and hoping when there is little evidence for or against something. Delusion is believing when there is an abundance of evidence against something.” – Jeremy Runnells, 2013

“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” – Mark Twain

“What I have done is to show that it is possible for the way the universe began to be determined by the laws of science. In that case, it would not be necessary to appeal to God to decide how the universe began. This doesn’t prove that there is no God, only that God is not necessary.” – Stephen Hawking

“Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe – a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we, with our modest powers, must feel humble. In this way, the pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling of a special sort, which is indeed quite different from the religiosity of someone more naïve.” – Albert Einstein

“A faith which cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“Science can destroy religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets.
No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the nonexistence of Zeus or Thor
– but they have few followers now.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“God is always invented to explain those things that you do not understand,”
– Richard Feynman, physicist, awarded the Nobel Prize in 1965

==>Ch 16: The Human Mind

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