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A Community of  Deists and those of Deistic Thought

Quotable Quotes


    Throughout the history of the United States, there have been many notable Americans that have expressed their opinions regarding religion and the control of the hearts and minds of the people. This page will bring to you some of the feelings of these Americans, as well as others. These notable persons include many of the founding fathers of this nation, as well as inventors, scientist, presidents and more. Following is a small list of some of these quotes.


Abraham Lincoln Quotes


The Bible is not my book, and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma.


When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.


Shake off all fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are severally crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion.


Adolf Hitler Quotes


The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.


The work that Christ started but could not finish, I — Adolf Hitler — will conclude.


Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.


I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so.


Albert Einstein Quotes


What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism.


The  main source of the present-day conflicts between the spheres of religion & science lies in the concept of a personal god.

It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously. I also cannot imagine some will or goal outside the human sphere. & Science has been charged with undermining morality, but the charge is unjust. 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.


If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.


I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his [sic] creatures, or has a will of the type of which we are conscious ourselves.


I do not believe in the immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern without any superhuman authority behind it.


Science can only determine what is, but not what shall be, and beyond its realm, value judgements remain indispensable. Religion, on the other hand, is concerned only with evaluating human thought and actions; it is not qualified to speak of real facts and the relationships between them.


Scientists were rated as great heretics by the church, but they were truly religious men because of their faith in the orderliness of the universe.


Albert Ellis Quotes


Religious creeds encourage some of the craziest kinds of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and favor severe manifestations of neurosis, borderline personality states, and sometimes even psychosis


For that again, is what all manner of religion essentially is: childish dependency


Aleister Crowley Quotes


If one were to take the Bible seriously one would go mad. But to take the Bible seriously, one must be already mad.


The one unpardonable sin is knowingly and willfully to reject truth.


Anais Nin Quotes


When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.


People living deeply have no fear of death.


Anne Lamott Quotes


You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.


Antisthenes Quotes


The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.


Aristotle Quotes


Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.


Arthur C. Clarke Quotes


One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion


I don’t believe in God but I’m very interested in her.


You don’t believe in organized religion, yet a major theme in so many of your works seems to be a quest for God.


A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.


The statement that God created man in his own image is ticking like a time bomb in the foundations of Christianity.


It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God – but to create him.


I have encountered a few creationists and because they were usually nice, intelligent people, I have been unable to decide whether they were _really_ mad, or only pretending to be mad. If I was a religious person, I would consider creationism nothing less than blasphemy. Do its adherents imagine that God is a cosmic hoaxer who has created that whole vast fossil record for the sole purpose of misleading mankind?


Artur Schopenhauer Quotes


Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think


Baron D Holbach Quotes


If we go back to the beginning, we shall find that ignorance and fear created the gods; that fancy, enthusiasm, or deceit adorned them; that weakness worships them; that credulity preserves them and that custom, respect and tyranny support them in order to make the blindness of men serve their own interests. If the ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, the knowledge of nature is calculated to destroy them.


The other world gives no motive for doing well to him who finds no motive for it here.


The Jehovah of the Jews is a suspicious tyrant, who breathes nothing but blood, murder, and carnage, and who demands that they should nourish him with the vapours of animals. The Jupiter of the Pagans is a lascivious monster. The Moloch of the Phoenicians is a cannibal. The pure mind of the Christians resolved, in order to appease his fury, to crucify his own son. The savage god of the Mexicans cannot be satisfied without thousands of mortals which are immolated to his sanguinary appetite.


All children are atheists – they have no idea of God.


What has been said of [God] is either unintelligible or perfectly contradictory; and for this reason must appear impossible to every man of common sense


All religions are ancient monuments to superstition, ignorance, ferocity; and modern religions are only ancient follies.


All religious notions are uniformly founded on authority; all the religions the world forbid examination, and are not disposed that men should reason upon them.


Bakunin Quotes


Christianity is the complete negation of common sense and sound reason.


Benjamin Disraeli Quotes


Where knowledge ends, religion begins.


Despair is the conclusion of fools.


Benjamin Franklin Quotes


The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason:


Lighthouses are more helpful then churches.


Whoever shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world


I wish it (Christianity) were more productive of good works … I mean real good works … not holy day keeping, sermon-hearing … or making long prayers, filled with flatteries and compliments despised by wise men, and much less capable of pleasing the Deity


Every other sect supposes itself in possession of the truth, and that those who differ are so far in the wrong. Like a man traveling in foggy weather they see those at a distance before them wrapped up in a fog, as well as those behind them, and also people in the fields on each side; but near them, all appears clear, though in truth they are as much in the fog as any of them.


Benjamin Whichcote Quotes


Fear is the denomination of the Old Testament; belief is the denomination of the New.


The longest sword, the strongest lungs, the most voices, are false measures of truth.


Among politicians the esteem of religion is profitable; the principles of it are troublesome.


Bertrand Russell Quotes


Insight, untested and unsupported, is an insufficient guarantee of truth.


So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence


Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.


The Christian religion has been and still is the principle enemy of moral progress in the world.


Bill Gates Quotes


Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There’s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.


Bill Hicks Quotes


If I thought the Jews killed God, I d worship the Jews.


Women priests. Great, great. Now there’s priests of both sexes I don’t listen to.


Bill Maher Quotes


I think flying planes into a building was a faith-based initiative. I think religion is a neurological disorder.


There s a phrase we live by in America: In God We Trust . It s right there where Jesus would want it: on our money.


Jim Bakker spells his name with two k’s because three would be too obvious.


Let’s face it; God has a big ego problem. Why do we always have to worship him?


Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings, who don’t have all the answers, to think they do.


Religion, to me, is a bureaucracy between man and God that I don’t need.


Those who preach faith and enable and elevate it are intellectual slaveholders.


The solace and comfort that religion brings you, actually comes at a terrible price.


Suicide is man’s way of telling God, “You can’t fire me – I quit.


The Bible looks like it started out as a game of Mad Libs.


We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion. I do believe that. I think religion stops people from thinking. I think it justified crazies.


We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities.


We need more people speaking out. This country is not overrun with rebels and free thinkers. It’s overrun with sheep and conformists.


Blaise Pascal Quotes


Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions.


One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.


Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.


C Sagan Quotes


You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it’s based on a deep-seated need to believe.


You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not


based on evidence, it’s based on a deep-seated need to believe.


Carl Sandburg Quotes


I won’t take my religion from any man who never works except with his mouth.


It is better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however reassurin


Celsus Quotes


Christians are like frogs holding a symposium round a swamp, debating which of them is most sinful.


Christians, needless to say, utterly detest one another; they slander each other constantly with the vilest forms of abuse, and cannot come to any sort of agreement in their teaching. Each sect brands its own, fills the head of its own with deceitful nonsense.


Christopher Hitchens Quotes


What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.


All religions are versions of the same untruth!


C.S. Lewis Quotes


Of all bad men religious bad men are the worst.


Reality, in fact, is always something you couldn’t have guessed. That’s one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It’s a religion you couldn’t have guessed.


I think we must fully face the fact that when Christianity does not make a man very much better, it makes him very much worse… Conversion may make of one who was, if no better, no worse than an animal, something like a devil.


Dan Baker Quotes


Truth does not demand belief. Scientists do not join hands on Sunday,  singing, ‘Yes, gravity is real! I will have faith.


Dave Barry Quotes


If there really is a God who created the entire universe with all of its glories, and He decides to deliver a message to humanity, He will not use, as His messenger, a person on cable TV with a bad hairstyle.


People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.


The problem with writing about religion is that you run the risk of offending sincerely religious people, and then they come after you with machetes.


In fact, when you get right down to it, almost every explanation Man came up with for *anything* until about 1926 was stupid.


Doris Egan Quotes


Rational arguments don’t usually work on religious people. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be religious people.


Ernestine Rose quotes


It is an interesting and demonstrable fact, that all children are atheists and were religion not inculcated into their minds, they would remain so


David Hume Quotes


A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.


David Viaene Quotes


Gods dont kill people. People with Gods kill people.


David Wilkinson Quotes


Religion is a teacher of morality in the same way that television is a parent.


Delos B. McKown Quotes


The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.


Denis Diderot Quotes


Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.


Dennis Miller Quotes


Born again?! No, I’m not. Excuse me for getting it right the first time.


Dennis Potter Quotes


Religion to me has always been the wound, not the bandage


Edgar Allan Poe Quotes


All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry


Edith Sitwell Quotes


The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth


I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.


Edmond de Goncourt Quotes


If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion.


Edward Gibbon Quotes


Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.


Epicurus Quotes


Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?


If the gods listened to the prayers of men, all humankind would quickly perish since they constantly pray for many evils to befall one another


It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.


Eric Hoffer Quotes


We have rudiments of reverence for the human body, but we consider as nothing the rape of the human mind


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.


Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for lost faith in ourselves.


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


When we believe ourselves in possession of the only truth, we are likely to be indifferent to common everyday truths.


Those of little faith are of little hatred.


Ernestine Rose quotes


It is an interesting and demonstrable fact, that all children are atheists and were religion not inculcated into their minds, they would remain so


Flavius Josephus quotes


Everyone ought to worship God according to his own inclinations, and not to be constrained by force.


Frank Sinatra Quotes


When lip service to some mysterious deity permits bestiality on Wednesday and absolution on Sunday, cash me out.


Frank Tibolt Quotes


We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.


Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes


Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity


Which is it, is man one of God s blunders or is God one of man s?


The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.


Faith means not wanting to know what is true.


I might believe in the Redeemer if His followers looked more Redeemed.


In Heaven all the interesting people are missing.


Friedrich Schleiermacher Quotes


The essence of religion consists in the feeling of an absolute dependence.


G T Sharp Quotes


If we lose Genesis as a legitimate scientific & historical explanation for man,then we lose the validity of Christianity. Period


Galileo Galilei Quotes


I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reasons, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.


George Bernard Shaw Quotes


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.


No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means


George Burns Quotes


The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible.


George Carlin Quotes


Religion easily has the best bullshit story of all time. Think about it. Religion has convinced people that there’s an invisible man& living in the sky. Who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs money.


Atheism: A non-prophet organization.


I‘m completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.


When it comes to major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion… religion!


If you’re going to go for the Angel bullshit you might as well go for the Zombie package as well!


Christians worship a dead Jew on a stick.


In the ‘bullshit department’ a businessman can’t hold a candle to a clergyman


George Washington Quotes


Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience


Gypsy Rose Lee Quotes


Praying is like a rocking chair– it’ll give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere


Harvey Cox Quotes


All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by … religion, whatever else it has done, has provided one of the main ways of meeting this abiding need


Huang Po Quotes


The foolish reject what they see and not what they think; the wise reject what they think and not what they see.


Harvey Mills Quotes


More people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason. That, my friends, that is true perversion.


H. L. Mencken Quotes


For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing.


Ian McKellen Quotes


I’ve often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying this is fiction.


Evangelical Christianity, as everyone knows, is founded upon hate, as the Christianity of Christ was founded upon love.


Immanuel Kant Quotes


Religion is the recognition of all our duties as divine commands.


Isaac Asimov Quotes


Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.


I don’t believe in an afterlife, so I don’t have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.


To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.


Creationists make it sound as though a ‘theory’ is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.


Jack London Quotes


You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.


Jack Pritchard Quotes


Religion is like a virus that affects the behaviour of its host in such a way as to propagate itself further.


James Feibleman Quotes


A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.


James Madison Quotes


Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other sects?


Jamie Baskin Quotes


People place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution. They don’t put their hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.


James Haught Qiptes


As editor of the largest newspaper in West Virginia, I scan hundreds of reports daily and I am amazed by the frequency with which religion causes people to kill each other. It is a nearly universal pattern, undercutting the common assumption that religion makes people kind and tolerant.


James Russel Lowel Quotes


The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.


Jerry Falwell Quotes


Grown men should not be having sex with prostitutes unless they are married to them


Jesse Ventura Quotes


Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers.


You can’t legislate morality.


Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people’s business.


Jiddu Krishnamurti Quotes


Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.


I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect.


Religion is the frozen thought of man out of which they build temples.


The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.


Your belief in God is merely an escape from your monotonous, stupid and cruel life.


John Adams


This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.


The question before the human race is, whether the God of nature shall govern the world by his own laws, or whether priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles?


As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?


I shall have liberty to think for myself without molesting others or being molested myself.


When philosophic reason is clear and certain by intuition or necessary induction, no subsequent revelation supported by prophecies or miracles can supersede it.


Let the human mind loose. It must be loose. It will be loose. Superstition and dogmatism cannot confine it.


The Church of Rome has made it an article of faith that no man can be saved out of their church, and all other religious sects approach this dreadful opinion in proportion to their ignorance, and the influence of ignorant or wicked priests.


What havoc has been made of books through every century of the Christian era? Where are fifty gospels condemned as spurious by the bull of Pope Gelasius? Where are forty wagon-loads of Hebrew manuscripts burned in France, by order of another pope, because of suspected heresy? Remember the Index Expurgato-rius, the Inquisition, the stake, the axe, the halter, and the guillotine; and, oh! horrible, the rack! This is as bad, if not worse, than a slow fire. Nor should the Lion’s Mouth be forgotten. Have you considered that system of holy lies and pious frauds that has raged and triumphed for 1,500 years.


John Stuart Mill Quotes


The time appears to me to have come when it is the duty of all to make their dissent from religion known.


John Bledsoe Quotes


Religion is like chemotherapy, it may solve one problem, but it can cause a million more.


Jonathan Swift Quotes


We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.


José Bergamín Quotes


A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition.


An ignorance of Marx is as frequent among Marxists as an ignorance of Christ is among Catholics.


The man who spends all his time looking up to heaven is not always the best; in fact, he is usually the worst.


Theology is the logic of the Devil.


Justin Wells Quotes


CHRISTIANITY: A False Religion, Based on a Fabricated God as taught by a Lying Book and Revered by the Credulous


Once you allow yourself to believe in any religion, you might as well just blindly believe in absolutely anything else!


Religious people are like Fire Ants, 1 alone is not bad, but in a group they’re a real pain in the ass & can even kill you


Karl Marx Quotes


Religion is the opiate of the masses.


Karl Popper Quotes


We all remember how many religious wars were fought for a religion of love and gentleness; how many bodies were burned alive with the genuinely kind intention of saving souls from the eternal fire of hell


Larry Flynt Quotes


Religion has caused more harm than any other idea since the beginning of time. There’s nothing good I can say about it. People use it as a crutch.


Leo Tolstoy Quotes


Only greatly insolent people establish a religious law which is to be taken for granted by others, which should be accepted by everyone on faith, without any discussion or doubts. Why must people do this?


Lenny Bruce Quotes


Anyone who has two shirts when someone has none is not a Christian


If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.


Everyday people are straying away from the church and going back to God.


Lucille Ball Quotes


I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.


Lucretius Quotes


Such evil deeds could religion prompt.


Lynn Lavner Quotes


The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals. That doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love heterosexuals. It’s just that they need more supervision.


Mahatma Gandhi Quotes


The most heinous and the must cruel crimes of which history has record have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motives.


I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.


Those who know how to think need no teachers


If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today


Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes


God has no religion


If it weren’t for Christians, I’d be a Christian.


Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.


Marian Noel Sherman Quotes


A believer is not a thinker and a thinker is not a believer.


Mark Twain Quotes


Religion consists in a set of things which the average man thinks he believes and wishes he was certain of.


Most people can`t bear to sit in church for an hour on Sundays.  How are they supposed to live somewhere very similar to it for eternity?


The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.


It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.


A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows.


What God lacks is convictions stability of character. He ought to be a Presbyterian or a Catholic or something not try to be everything.


Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.


In God We Trust. I don t believe it would sound any better if it were true.


But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?


Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.


The Christian’s Bible is a drug store. Its contents remain the same, but the medical practice changes. .


The church is always trying to get other people to reform; it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little by way of example.


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.


The Bible is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.


It is best to read the weather forecast before praying for rain.


Martin Luther Quotes


Whoever wants to be a Christian should tear the eyes out of his reason.


Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.


Michel de Montaigne Quotes


Oh these foolish men! They could not create so much as a worm, but they create gods by the dozens.


Michael Phillips Quotes


Being a Methodist, a Catholic, or a Baptist does not make one a disciple, it only makes him a Methodist, a Catholic, or a Baptist, who may or may not be a daily follower of Jesus Christ.


Mikhail Bakunin Quotes


Theology is the science of the divine lie!


Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes


Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet


I am surrounded by priests who repeat incessantly that their kingdom is not of this world, and yet they lay their hands on everything they can get


Oscar Wilde Quotes


The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.


Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief.


Truth in matters of religion is simply the opinion that has survived


Percy Bysshe Shelley Quotes


If God has spooken, why is the world not convinced.


Pearl S Buck Quotes


When men destroy their old gods they will find new ones to take their place.


Peter Ustinove Quotes


Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.


Pope Innocent III Quotes


Kill them all, for God knows His own.


Pope Leo X Quotes


What profit has not that fable of Christ brought us!


Ray C. Stedman Quotes


It has always seemed unfair to me that many churches (and some individual Christians) keep careful records on how many converts they make to Christianity, but never keep any record of how many they drive away from Christ!


Richard Francis Burton Quotes


The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself..


Richard Dawkins Quotes


I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.


Be thankful that you have a life, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a second one.


Richard Halverson Quotes


In the beginning the church was a fellowship of men and women centering on the living Christ. Then the church moved to Greece where it became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome where it became an institution. Next, it moved to Europe, where it became a culture. And, finally, it moved to America where it became an enterprise


Richard Jeni Quotes


You’re basically killing each other to see who’s got the better imaginary friend.


Richard Lederer Quotes


There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages


Richard Le Gallienne Quotes


Organized Christianity has probably done more to retard the ideals that were its founder’s than any other agency in the world.


Rick Warren Quotes


Surrendered people obey God’s word, even if it doesn’t make sense.


Robert Burns Quotes


Why has a religious turn of mind always a tendency to narrow and harden the heart?


Robert A. Heinlein Quotes


One man’s theology is another man’s belly laugh


I never learned from a man who agreed with me.


It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.


Never insult anyone by accident.


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.


Men rarely (if ever) invent gods superior to themselves. Most gods have the morals and manners of a spoiled child.


When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.


Robert Ingersoll Quotes


As people become more intelligent they care less for preachers and more for teachers.


Our ignorance is God; what we know is science


The person who does not do their own thinking is a slave, and a traitor to themselves


As people become more intelligent they care less for preachers and more for teachers.


Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.


The person who does not do their own thinking is a slave, and a traitor to themselves!


If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane.


The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.


The Church says the Earth is flat. But I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow on the Moon. And I have more faith in a shadow than in the Church


There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven.


Why should I allow that same God to tell me how to raise my kids, who had to drown His own?


The inspiration of the bible depends on the ignorance of the person who reads it.


Ministers say that they teach charity. That is natural.They live on hand-outs. All beggars teach that others should give.


Shaun Mason  Quotes


Faith is the determination to remain ignorant in the face of all evidence that you are ignorant


Sigmund Freud Quotes


Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.


Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis.


Sinclair Lewis Quotes


When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.


Socrates Quotes


The unexamined life is not worth living.


Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.


Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.


Soren Kierkegaard Quotes


The human race in the course of time has taken the liberty of softening and softening Christianity until at last we have contrived to make it exactly the opposite of what it is in the New Testament..


Stendhal Quotes


All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few


Only great minds can afford a simple style.


Stephen Hawking Quotes


Black holes would seem to suggest that God not only plays dice, but also sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen.


We could call order by the name of God, but it would be an impersonal God. There s not much personal about the laws of physics.


I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.


Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.


Sterling Crowe Quotes


Can I just say how cute I think it is when a Christian thinks something is far-fetched?


Steven Weinberg Quotes


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.


This is one of the great social functions of science — to free people from superstition.


The whole history of the last thousands of years has been a history of religious persecutions and wars, pogroms, jihads, crusades. I find it all very regrettable, to say the least.


If there is a God that has special plans for humans, then He has taken very great pains to hide His concern for us. To me it would seem impolite if not impious to bother such a God with our prayers.


Religion is an insult to human dignity!


Susan Ertz Quotes


Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon.


The Dalai Lama Quotes


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.


Whether you believe in God or not does not matter so much, whether you believe in Buddha or not does not matter so much. You must lead a good life.


Thomas Hobbes Quotes


Fear of things invisible is the natural seed of that which every one in himself calleth religion.


Thomas Jefferson Quotes


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.


We are afraid of the known and afraid of the unknown. That is our daily life and in that there is no hope, and therefore every form of philosophy, every form of theological concept, is merely an escape from the actual reality of what is. All outward forms of change brought about by wars, revolutions, reformations, laws and ideologies have failed completely to change the basic nature of man and therefore of society.


Rumor travels faster, but it don’t stay put as long as truth.


The whole history of these books [the Gospels] is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine. In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills.


I concur with you strictly in your opinion of the comparative merits of atheism and demonism, and really see nothing but the latter in the being worshipped by many who think themselves Christians.


They [the clergy] believe that any portion of power confided to me, will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly; for I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. But this is all they have to fear from me: and enough, too, in their opinion.


The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket, nor breaks my leg.


Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.


You say you are a Calvinist. I am not. I am of a sect by myself, as far as I know.


Among the sayings and discourses imputed to him [Jesus] by his biographers, I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence; and others again of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism, and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being.


Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.”


If we did a good act merely from love of God and a belief that it is pleasing to Him, whence arises the morality of the Atheist? …Their virtue, then, must have had some other foundation than the love of God.


In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.


I can never join Calvin in addressing his god. He was indeed an Atheist, which I can never be; or rather his religion was Daemonism. If ever man worshipped a false god, he did.


You know everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.


Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear.


Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind.


Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity.


And how much more encouraging to the achievement of science and improvement is this, than the desponding view that the condition of man cannot be ameliorated, that what has been must ever be, and that to secure ourselves where we are, we must tread with awful reverence in the footsteps of our fathers. This doctrine is the genuine fruit of the alliance between Church and State; the tenants of which, finding themselves but too well in their present condition, oppose all advances which might unmask their usurpations, and monopolies of honors, wealth, and power, and fear every change, as endangering the comforts they now hold.


The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the Supreme Being in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.


Religions are all alike — founded upon fables and mythologies


I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature


Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life: if it has been honest and dutiful to society the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one.


Thomas Paine Quotes


Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst


All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.


Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true.


Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.


I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.


Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed religion, when we see in it such contradictions and absurdities.


It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.


It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.


It is not a God, just and good, but a devil, under the name of God, that the Bible describes.


My mind is my own church.


Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst .


One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.


Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated  to it.


That God cannot lie, is no advantage to your argument, because it is no proof that priests can not, or that the Bible does not.


The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason.


The Vatican is a dagger in the heart of Italy.


There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by the express commandment of God, that are shocking to humanity and to every idea we have of moral justice.


My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.


The age of ignorance commenced with the Christian system


I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.


I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life. I believe in the equality of humans; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow creatures happy.


To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, is like administering medicine to the dead


Tom Robbins Quotes


Religion is not merely the opium of the masses, it’s the cyanide


Unknown Quotes


Doesn`t it bother you that you put more logical thought into choosing a car than you do in choosing a god?


Why be born again, when you can just grow up


The mind of the fundamentalist is like the pupil of the eye: the more light you pour on it, the more it will contract.


If the laymen knew what the pastors know, the churches would be empty.


I have no need for religion, I have a conscience


Don’t pray in my school, and I won’t think in your church


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.


Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.


Doesn`t it bother you that you put more logical thought into choosing a car than you do in choosing a god?


Religions are like pills, which must be swallowed whole without chewing.


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


Ulysses S. Grant Quotes


Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.


Voltaire Quotes


Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.


Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.


The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.


If God has made us in his image, we have returned him the favor.


Those who believe absurdities will commit atrocities.


If God did not exist it would be necessary for us to invent Him.


When it’s a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.


The safest course is to do nothing against one’s conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.


Of all religions, Christianity is without a doubt the one that should inspire tolerance most, although, up to now, the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men


For seventeen hundred years the Christian sect has done nothing but harm


Will Durant Quotes


The Institutional Church (ecclesia) has killed only two kinds of people: Those who do not believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ, and those who do.


William E. H. Lecky Quotes


There is no wild beast so ferocious as Christians who differ concerning their faith.


William Law Quotes


Isn’t it strange that people place so much emphasis upon going to church when there is not one command from Jesus to do so, and yet neglect the basic duties of our ordinary life which are commanded on every page of the Gospels?


Woody Allen Quotes


If God exists, I hope he has a good excuse


To you, I’m an atheist.  To God, I’m the loyal opposition.


God is silent. Now if only man would shut up.


If Jesus came back and saw what was being done in his name, he’d never stop throwing up.


If it turns out that there is a God…the worst that you can say about him is that basically he’s an underachiever.


If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.



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