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My Favorite Quotes
Celeberty atheists Famous dead non-theists The Thomas Paine Library This is a collection of some of my favorite quotes, I will be adding to it as I ﬁnd more of them. Quotes from: Page 1 Presidents and Statesmen Thomas Edison Mark Twain Albert Einstein Carl Sagan Steven Hawking Richard Dawkins Sigmund Freud Other Scientists Page 2
PRESIDENTS AND STATESMEN
"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches." [Benjamin Franklin] "When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not care to support it, so that its professors are obliged to call for the help of the civil power, 'tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one." [Ben Franklin, _Poor Richard's Almanac_, 1754 (Works, Volume XIII)] "My parents had early given me religious impressions, and brought me through my childhood piously in the dissenting [puritan] way. But I was scarce ﬁfteen, when, after doubting by turns of several points, as I found them disputed in the different books I read, I began to doubt of Revelation itself. Some books against Deism fell into my hands; they were said to be the substance of sermons preached at Boyle's lectures. [Robert Boyle (1627-1691) was a British physicist who endowed the Boyle Lectures for defense of Christianity.] It happened that they wrought an effect on me quite contrary to what was intended by them; for the arguments of the deists, which were quoted to be refuted, appeared to me much stronger than the refutations; in short, I soon became a thorough deist" [Benjamin Franklin, "Autobiography,"p.66 as published in *The American Tradition in Literature,* seventh edition (short), McGraw-Hill,p.180] "I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life I absented myself from Christian assemblies." [Benjamin Franklin, in _Toward The Mystery_]
My favorite quotes "I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Inﬁnite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even inﬁnitely above it." [Benjamin Franklin from "Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion", Nov. 20, 1728] "Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man." [Thomas Paine] "Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst." [Thomas Paine] "As to the book called the bible, it is 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." [Thomas Paine, writing to Andrew Dean August 15, 1806] "...Thomas did not believe the resurrection [John 20:25], and, as they say, would not believe without having ocular and manual demonstration himself. So neither will I, and the reason is equally as good for me, and for every other person, as for Thomas." [Thomas Paine, Age Of Reason, pg. 54] "The study of theology, as it stands in the Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on no principles; it proceeds by no authority; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing; and it admits of no conclusion." [Thomas Paine] "The continually progressive change to which the meaning of words is subject, the want of a universal language which renders translation necessary, the errors to which translations are again subject, the mistakes of copyists and printers, together with the possibility of willful alteration, are of themselves evidences that the human language, whether in speech or in print, cannot be the vehicle of the Word of God. The Word of God exists in something else." [Thomas Paine, Age of Reason] "The adulterous connection between church and state." [Thomas Paine, _The Age of Reason_] "Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is ﬁlled, it would be more consistant that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and, for my part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel." [Thomas Paine, _The Age of Reason_] "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 Life and Works of Thomas Paine, Vol. 9 p. 134] "The NT, compared with the Old, is like a farce of one act..." [_The Age of Reason_, Thomas Paine, p. 153] "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....".
1806] "I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church. such as timid imaginations can always create in vision. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness. nor by any Church that I know of. I could never give assent to the long complicated statements of Christian dogma. strangle my children. theologians. after the death of Willie Lincoln] 3 http://www. by the Turkish Church.to believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married." [George Washington." [Thomas Paine] "What is it the Bible teaches us? . and the belief of this debauchery is called faith. _Reason_the_Only_Oracle_of_Man_] "The Bible is not my Book and Christianity is not my religion.. The Age of Reason] "The story of Jesus Christ appearing after he was dead is the story of an apparition. Reason the Only Oracle of Man. Thomas Paine. April 23. miracles are still in vogue. to invalidate the law of nature and reason.." [Thomas Paine. 104] "As to the book called the Bible." [Ethan Allen." [Abraham Lincoln.] it will ever be their interest. What is it the New Testament teaches us? . 1784] "While we are under the tyranny of Priests [. have become clearer and stronger with advancing years and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them.html 12/24/07 15:47:13 .raping. miracles have ceased. and canon laws that their conscience orders them to burn my wife. and highest sense. and a history of bad times and bad men. Stories of this kind had been told of the assassination of Julius Caesar. Letter to William Duane.but the Bible is such a book of lies and contradictions there is no knowing which part to believe or whether any. by the Greek Church. But I cannot give liberty of conscience to the pope and his followers. in order to establish systems incompatible therewith. address to Congress. and murder." [Abraham Lincoln] "My earlier views at the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures.My favorite quotes [Thomas Paine] "." [Thomas Paine] "There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature." [Thomas Paine. p." [Ethan Allen." [_The Age of Reason_.. There are but a few good characters in the whole book. so long as they tell me. cruelty. 1790] "In those parts of the world where learning and science have prevailed. pamphlet. Wakeﬁeld. through all their councils.S. and credulity believe. broadest. It is a book of lies and contradictions. but in those parts of it as are barbarous and ignorant. and cut my throat when they ﬁnd their opportunity.. letter to Judge J. by the Protestant Church. 8 January.. My own mind is my own Church. by the Roman Church." [Abraham Lincoln] "I am for liberty of conscience in its noblest.mega..nu:8080/atheist_quotes_1. the papists.. it is blasphemy to call it the Word of God.
" [Thomas Jefferson] "I do not ﬁnd in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature. capricious." [Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 3rd president of the U..where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act. from "What Great Men Think Of Religion" by Ira Cardiff] "I am approached with the most opposite opinions and advice. and no Protestant minister would tell his parishoners for whom to vote-where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference--and where no man is denied public ofﬁce merely because his religion differs from the president who might appoint him or the people who might elect him. Grant (1822-1885)] "If not an absolute atheist.html 12/24/07 15:47:13 . as it is apt to lead to inﬁdelity. that if it be probable that God would reveal his will to others.My favorite quotes "It will not do to investigate the subject of religion too closely. than he who believes what is wrong." [President John Quincy Adams on Thomas Jefferson.] "I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion." [Thomas Jefferson. and by religious men who are certain they represent the Divine will. ." [Thomas Jefferson] "The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. and unjust. vindictive. _Jefferson Bible_] "If the obstacles of bigotry and priestcraft can be surmounted..cruel. or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. 1831] "The Christian God is a being of terriﬁc character -..the conclusion would be irresistible..mega.S." [Abraham Lincoln.." [Thomas Jefferson." [Thomas Jefferson] "He is less remote from the truth who believes nothing. Chapter 14 of Part 5 of *Six Historic Americans* by John Ramsburg] 4 "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. All his ideas of obligation or retribution were bounded by the present life. it might be supposed he would reveal it directly to me. falsehoods and charlatanisms which his biographers father on him.nu:8080/atheist_quotes_1. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." [President John F. I hope it will not be irreverent in me to say. we may hope that common sense will sufﬁce to do everything else.. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods. he had no belief in a future existence. Kennedy] "I would suggest the taxation of all property equally whether church or corporation.that he was an imposter." [Ulysses S." [Abraham Lincoln.countenanced the follies. .. letter to Danbury Baptist Association] http://www." [Thomas Jefferson] "If we could believe that [Jesus].' thus building a wall of separation between church and State. on a point so connected with my duty.. or no God.
than by all the dry volumes of ethics." [Thomas Jefferson. in a letter to his nephew. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools.. and divinity.. and the other half hypocrites." [Thomas Jefferson.[to] compell a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of [religious] opinions which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical. fanaticism and fabrication. yet we have not advanced an inch towards uniformity. August 3. "Notes on the State of Virginia [1781-1785]"] "Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man. and I then considered it merely the ravings of a maniac.our civil rights have no dependance on our religious opinions. 1771] "There is not a truth existing which I fear.. They are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites.html 12/24/07 15:47:13 . Peter Carr] ". one only needs to look at the caliber of the people who say they serve him." [Thomas Jefferson..mega. of things impossible. To support roguery and error all over the earth." [Thomas Jefferson] "We discover [in the gospels] a groundwork of vulgar ignorance. nor shall any be compelled to frequent or maintain any religious institution.merely the ravings of a maniac. imprisoned. tortured. The several sects perform the ofﬁce of a common censor over each other. _Jefferson Bible_] "[no citizen] shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship.difference of opinion is advantageous in religion." [Thomas Jefferson.nu:8080/atheist_quotes_1. 1776] "I tremble for my country when I reﬂect that God is just. or ministry whatsoever. ﬁned. vengeful and capricious.." [Thomas Jefferson.My favorite quotes "All persons shall have full and free liberty of religious opinion. nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams. in _Toward the Mystery_] "It is between ﬁfty and sixty years since I read the Apocalypse. Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom] ".. The Christian god is a three headed monster. of superstition. If one wishes to know more of this raging. no more worthy. women and children. _Jefferson Bible_] "The Christian god can be easily pictured as virtually the same as the many ancient gods of past civilizations. cruel.. letter to Robert Skipwith.. or would wish unknown to the whole world. place." 5 http://www.. since the introduction of Christianity." [Thomas Jefferson." [Thomas Jefferson] ". that ever were written. any more than our opinions in physics or geometry" [Thomas Jefferson] "A lively and lasting sense of ﬁlial duty is more effectually impressed on the mind of a son or daughter by reading King Lear. three headed beast-like god. Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men. have been burnt." [Thomas Jefferson." [Thomas Jefferson.
because. from Thomas Jefferson: A Reference Biography." [Elizabeth Cady Stanton] "All through the centuries scholars and scientists have been imprisoned. and too plain to need explanation." [Susan B." [Thomas Jefferson." [Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Surely the immutable laws of the universe can teach more impressive and exalted lessons than the holy books of all the religions on earth.html 12/24/07 15:47:13 .mega. which might. July 5." [Elizabeth Cady Stanton] "The memory of my own suffering has prevented me from ever shadowing one young soul with the superstitions of the Christian religion. letter to Peter Carr. I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows. to the last degree. 1814] Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices. Anthony] "I was born a heretic." [Susan B." [Susan B. on the Revelations in the Bible. "Eight Years and More"] "The religious superstitions of women perpetuate their bondage more than all other adverse inﬂuences. from its indistinctness. ﬁnding the doctrines of Christ levelled to every understanding and too plain to need explanation. and call on her tribunal for every fact. under which weak minds are servilely crouched." 6 http://www. in a letter to John Adams] "The Christian priesthood. and introduce it to proﬁt. give employment for their order. he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear. Question with boldness even the existence of a God. 10. if there be one. saw in the mysticisms of Plato materials with which they might build up an artiﬁcial system. 1814] "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." [Thomas Jefferson.My favorite quotes [Thomas Jefferson." [Thomas Jefferson. The doctirnes which ﬂowed from the lips of Jesus himself are within the comprehension of a child. give employment for their order and introduce it to proﬁt. materials with which they might build up an artiﬁcial system which might. ﬁnding the doctrines of Christ leveled to every understanding. saw. but thousands of volumes have not yet explained the Platonisms engrafted on them: and for this obvious reason that nonsense can never be explained. letter to John Adams. power and pre-eminence" [Thomas Jefferson. February 10. Anthony] "To no form of religion is woman indebted for one impulse of freedom. every opinion. 1787] "The Christian priesthood.] "Christianity neither is. 1986. in the mysticisms of Plato... power and pre-eminence. from its indistinctness. Anthony] "The whole tone of Church teaching in regard to women is. nor ever was a part of the common law. contemptuous and degrading. Fix reason ﬁrmly in her seat. tortured and burned alive for some discovery which seemed to conﬂict with a petty text of Scripture. admit everlasting controversy. admit everlasting controversy. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Aug.nu:8080/atheist_quotes_1.
before his principles were departed http://www. of which their political as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purpose." [Thomas Jefferson in a letter to his nephew. that it is time enough for the rightful purposes of civil government for its ofﬁcers to interfere when principles break out into overt acts against peace and good order. with a monopoly of worldly honors and emoluments.mega.S. Dethloff. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance.My favorite quotes [Elizabeth Cady Stanton. that therefore the proscribing any citizen as unworthy the public conﬁdence by laying upon him an incapacity of being called to ofﬁces of trust and emolument.. yet neither are those innocent who lay the bait in their way. is depriving him injuriously of those privileges and advantages to which in common with his fellow citizens he has a natural right. on supposition of their ill tendency. James A. The Woman's Bible Part 2. which would more nearly relate to the state." [Jefferson and Madison. But a short time elapsed after the death of the great reformer of the Jewish religion. 1896)] "The divorce between church and state ought to be absolute. Notes on Virginia. Henry C. (From Great Inﬁdels pg. in any state. free argument and debate. Garﬁeld. It ought to be absolute. unless he profess or renounce this or that religious opinion.C. that it tends also to corrupt the principles of that very religion it is meant to encourage. that though indeed these are criminal who do not withstand such temptation." [Thomas Jefferson." [US Pres. the general mind must be strengthened by education. 1782] [laws establishing freedom of religion]. that truth is great and will prevail if left to herself. errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them. 1971] 7 "Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions more than our opinions in physics or geometry. Will the magistrate make a law that he not be poor or sick? Laws provide against injury from others.. and the inﬁdel of any sort. Truth can stand by itself. God himself will not save men against their wills. because he being of course judge of that tendency. will make his opinions the rule of judgment. to that extent you impose tax upon the whole community. that to suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the ﬁeld of opinion and to restrain the profession or propagation of principles. Heath and Co. is a dangerous fallacy." [Thomas Jefferson. which at once destroys all religious liberty. from the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom] "History I believe furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. but not from ourselves. Thomas Jefferson and American Democracy.)] "The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women's emancipation. But what if he neglect the care of it? Well what if he neglect the care of his health or his estate. Lexington. Free Thought Magazine (Sept. for if you exempt the church property of any church organization. those who will externally profess and conform to it. ed. and ﬁnally. It ought to be so absolute that no church property anywhere.html 12/24/07 15:47:13 . by bribing.nu:8080/atheist_quotes_1." [Thomas Jefferson] "The care of every man's soul belongs to himself. 1813] "To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness. or in any nation."were meant to include within them the Muslim. U. campaigner for women's rights. address to Congress] "It is error alone that needs the support of government. to Baron von Humboldt. unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons. 143. and has nothing to fear from the conﬂict. MA: D. and approve or condemn the sentiments of others only as they shall square with or differ from his own." [Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902). the Hindoo [sic]. that she is the proper and sufﬁcient antagonist to error. should be exempt from taxation..
" [Thomas Jefferson. and how can he believe what presents no idea? He who thinks he does. 1822] "The Athanasian paradox that one is three and three but one. I have observed. Their virtue. whether the God of nature shall govern the world by his own laws. We have the same evidence of the fact as of most of those we act on. that man. takes the helm of reason. has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous. 1814] "They [preachers] dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversions of the duperies on which they live. to S. only deceives himself He proves.My favorite quotes from by those who professed to be his special servants. 1810] ". gullibility. letter to James Smith] "Spiritual leadership should remain spiritual leadership and the temporal power should not become too important in any church. D'Holbach.If we did a good act merely from the love of God and a belief that is pleasing to him. then.html 12/24/07 15:47:13 . We would never fall victims to such lies. and one equals three. Oaths. and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we ﬁnd in Christianity. or whether priests and kings shall rule it by ﬁctitious miracles?" [John Adams] http://www. Diderot. letter to Thomas Jefferson] "The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. must have had some other foundation than love of God. indeed.." [John Adams. once surrendering his reason. With such persons. that no candid man can say he has any idea of it. letter to Thomas Law. Confessions..nu:8080/atheist_quotes_1." [Thomas Jefferson. letter to Dr. "Tom. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology. and the mind becomes a wreck. is the sport of every wind. Doctrines. had you and I been 40 days with Moses. . is so incomprehensible to the human mind. and like a ship without a rudder. generally that while in Protestant countries the defections from the Platonic Christianity of the priests is to Deism. Jun." [Thomas Jefferson. . and aggrandizing their oppressors in Church and State." [Eleanor Roosevelt] 8 "[In regard to the Trinity]. to wit: their own afﬁrmations. and perverted into an engine for enslaving mankind. and their reasonings in support of them." [Thomas Jefferson. D'Alembert. 26. you and I would never have believed it. Nowhere in the Gospels do we ﬁnd a precept for Creeds. Kercheval. in Catholic countries they are to Atheism." [Thomas Jefferson] "I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world. Woods] "Creeds have been the bane of the Christian church .. whence arises the morality of the Atheist? It is idle to say. which they call faith. that no such thing exists.. Condorcet are known to have been among the most virtuous of men. also. and beheld the great God." [Thomas Jefferson. as some do. made of Christendom a slaughter-house." [John Adams] "The question before the human race is. to Benjamin Waterhouse. and do not ﬁnd in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. June 13.mega. and even if God himself had tried to tell us that three was one .
mega." [James Madison. Vitale (1962)] "The world presents enough problems if you believe it to be a world of law and order. from "James Madison on Religious Liberty". on the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment] "No tax in any amount. The tendency to unsurpastion on one side or the other.S. Board of Education 330 U. and protecting each sect agst. Gaustad. or to a corrupting coalition or alliance between them. beyond the necessity of preserving public order. majority opinion in Everson v." [Justice Black. Brandeis] "Neither a state nor the Federal Government can. in all places." [U.S. San Francisco:Harper & Row." [Hugo L. 237-238] "Its ﬁrst and most immediate purpose rested on the belief that a union of government and religion tends to destroy government and degrade religion. superstition. addressed to the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia. the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect 'a wall of separation between church and state. participate in the affairs of any religious organizations or groups and vice versa. instead of maintaining the purity and efﬁcacy of religion. Engle v. by an entire abstinence of the Gov't from interfence in any way whatsoever. openly or secretly. every expanded prospect. Black. can be levied to support any religious activities or institutions. 1 (1947)] "Neither the fact that the prayer is denominationally neutral nor the fact that its observance on the part of the students is voluntary can serve to free it from the limitations of the Establishment Clause. April 1.S. What has been its fruits? More or less. in every possible case. U. p. trespasses on its legal rights by others. will be best guarded agst.'" 9 http://www.html 12/24/07 15:47:13 ." [James Madison. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. do not add to them by believing it to be a world of miracles. for church attendance or nonattendance. in a letter to William Bradford. Supreme Court justice Hugo Black. in both. 1 (1947)] "No person can be punished for entertaining or professing religious beliefs or disbeliefs." [U. 330 U. Faith of Our Fathers: Religion and the New Nation. Majority opinion Everson v. to trace the line of separation between the rights of religion and the Civil authority with such distinctness as to avoid collisions and doubts on unessential points. in a letter to Rev Jasper Adams spring 1832." [James Madison.nu:8080/atheist_quotes_1. edited by Robert S. or whatever form they may adopt to teach or practice religion. Board of Education. 1987. 37] "The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries. Supreme Court Justice.S.1774. During almost ﬁfteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. bigotry and persecution. Alley. In the words of Jefferson. "A Memorial and Remonstrance". Supreme Court." [James Madison.My favorite quotes "Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unﬁts it for every noble enterprize.S." [U. as quoted by Edwin S. pp.S. ignorance and servility in the laity. 1785] "[I]t may not be easy. 1803] "Experience witnesseth that ecclesiastical establishments. pride and indolence in the clergy. large or small. have had a contrary operation. whatever they may be called. ISBN 0-8975-298-X.
majority opinion in Everson v." 10 [Hugo L." [Thomas Edison." [Thomas Edison] "My mind is incapable of conceiving such a thing as a soul. search. more remorselessly sweeping than the Father of Mercy's campaign among the Midianites. Supreme Court Justice. That wall must be kept high and impregnable." [Thomas Alva Edison. discipline is required. Board of Education." [Mark Twain] "There is nothing in either savage or civilised history that is more utterly complete." [Mark Twain.My favorite quotes [Hugo L.nu:8080/atheist_quotes_1. of future life for individuals.. "Columbian Magazine"] "All Bibles are man-made." [Thomas Edison] TWAIN "One of the proofs of the immortality of the soul is that myriads have believed it .. must be built on facts.not the truth of dogma and darkness but the truth brought by reason.they also believed the world was ﬂat. Religion is all bunk. and man may have a soul. it is the parts that I do understand. all the virgins. Board of Education. as well intentioned as it may be. not ﬁction . 1 (1947)] "The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state." [Thomas Edison] "So far as religion of the day is concerned.S. "Do We Live Again?"] "I have never seen the slightest scientiﬁc proof of the religious theories of heaven and hell. 330 U. Black. U.S. I may be in error. mere mythology.faith in ﬁction is a damnable false hope. and inquiry.S. Black. U.html 12/24/07 15:47:13 ." [Mark Twain] "The Bible is "a mass of fables and traditions. examination.last words] EDISON "I do not believe that any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of the United States. all the http://www. but I simply do not believe it. "Mark Twain and the Bible"] "It ain't the parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me. We could not approve the slightest breach. 330 U. For faith. Supreme Court Justice. The ofﬁcial report deals only in masses.mega.S. it is a damned fake. 1 (1947). or of a personal God. majority opinion in Everson v." [Thomas Edison] "To those seaching for truth .
Its three or four most imposing and impressive events all happened in earlier Bibles." [Mark Twain] "In religion and politics. It is perhaps the most damnatory biography that exists in print anywhere. and some good morals and a wealth of obscenity.as far as the eye can reach.My favorite quotes men. "Letters from the Earth"] "The Bible has noble poetry in it. then tries to shufﬂe the responsibility for man's acts upon man. to become a teacher of morals. and without examination. who created man without invitation." [Mark Twain] "When the human race has once acquired a supersitition nothing short of death is ever likely to remove it. and upwards of a thousand lies.' all houses. invites this poor." [Mark Twain.html 12/24/07 15:47:13 . people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand. who mouths morals to other people and has none himself. there are only two new things in it: hell. and some blood-drenched history. who frowns upon crimes yet commits them all. freedom of thought.. and some good morals." [Mark Twain] "Our Bible reveals to us the character of our god with minute and remorseless exactness. upon himself. we have three beneﬁts: freedom of speech. and a wealth of obscenity. It has noble poetry in it.. This Bible is built mainly out of fragments of older Bibles that had their day and crumbled to ruin." [Mark Twain] "(The Bible) is full of interest. of meekness. abused slave to worship him!" [Mark Twain] "A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows. man cares most for sexual intercourse.... of charred ruins and storm-swept desolation. all the babies. who made them prize their bitter life. and upwards of a thousand lies. necessarily. mouths Golden Rules and forgiveness multiplied seventy times seven and invented Hell. and that singular heaven I have told you about." [Autobiography of Mark Twain] "It is by the fortune of God that.. all cities. So it noticeably lacks in originality. "Letters from the Earth"] "Of the delights of this world. of righteousness..nu:8080/atheist_quotes_1. yet preferred to make bad ones." [Mark Twain] 11 "Strange.mega. in this country. It makes Nero an angel of light and leading by contrast" [Mark Twain. and ﬁnally with altogether divine obtuseness.a God who could make good children as easily as bad. of gentleness. instead of honorably placing it where it belongs. of purity?" [Mark Twain. and some clever fables... he is a malign thug. for one. It gives you just one vast picture . yet stingily cut it short. _Reﬂections on Religion_. all 'creatures that breathe. and the wisdom never to use either. 1906] "If there is a God. Would you expect this same conscienceless God. yet he has left it out of his heaven" [Mark Twain] http://www. this moral bankrupt..
resentful. forgiving.Man is a marvelous curiosity.My favorite quotes 12 "You have noticed that the human being is a curiosity. tortured. and burned whole hordes and armies of witches. Dec. jealous and cruel. and never had been." [Mark Twain] "it is believed by everyone that when he was in heaven he was stern.html 12/24/07 15:47:13 . can comprehend of reality. unimaginable. hard.] My religiosity consists in a humble admiratation of the inﬁnitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we." [Mark Twain. When he is at his very very best he is a sort of low grade nickel-plated angel.. One does not know whether to laugh or to cry. and set about its holy work in earnest." [Mark Twain.." http://www. to a certain extent. but that when he came down to earth. gathered up its halters. her pocket full of boodle. Morality is of the highest importance -. The Bible commanded that they should not be allowed to live. with her soul full of meanness. besmirched. 1899] "Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either. The Bible said so.mega.. at his worst he is unspeakable. "Letters From the Earth"] "During many ages there were witches. and launches not fewer than three new ones every year. and the Phillipines. Yet he blandly and in all sincerity calls himself the 'noblest work of God. today he has hundreds and hundreds of religions.. gentle merciful. returning bedraggled. and ﬁrst and last and all the time he is a sarcasm.nu:8080/atheist_quotes_1.. and ﬁrebrands. New York. he became the opposite. I could enlarge on that number and still be within the facts. She worked hard at it night and day during nine centuries and imprisoned. Give her soap and a towel. and washed the Christian world clean with their foul blood. and dishonored from pirate raids in Kiao-Chow. Speech to the Red Cross. thumbscrews. "Letters From the Earth"] EINSTEIN "I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly inﬂuence the actions of individuals. been placed in doubt by modern science." [Mark Twain." [Mark Twain] "Go to Heaven for the climate. Hell for the company. in "Letters from the Earth"] "What a man misses mostly in heaven is company. Manchuria. but hide the looking-glass. not for God. with our weak and transitory understanding. hanged. "Europe and Elsewhere"] "I bring you this stately matron named Christendom. or would directly sit in judgment on creatures of his own creation. Then it was discovered that there was no such thing as witches. and her mouth full of pious hypocrisies. South Africa.. Therefore the Church.'" [Mark Twain." [Mark Twain] ".but for us. He was a thousand billion times crueler than ever he was in the Old Testament. Meek and gentle? By and by we will examine that popular sarcasm by the light of the hell which he invented. [He was speaking of Quantum Mechanics and the breaking down of determinism. after doing its duty in but a lazy and indolent way for 800 years. 31. sweet. I cannot do this in spite of the fact that mechanistic causality has. on Jesus Christ." [Mark Twain. In times past he has had (and worn out and ﬂung away) hundreds and hundreds of religions.
edited by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body." [Albert Einstein. cherish such thoughts." [Albert Einstein] http://www. 9 November 1930] 13 "What I see in Nature is a magniﬁcent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly." [Albert Einstein] "I do not believe in immortality of the individual." [Albert Einstein] "A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy. Neither can I nor would I want to conceive of an individual that survives his physical death." [Albert Einstein. then we are a sorry lot indeed. 1946] "The foundation of morality should not be made dependent on myth nor tied to any authority lest doubt about the myth or about the legitimacy of the authority imperil the foundation of sound judgment and action. although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms. and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it. from "Albert Einstein: The Human Side". whose purposes are modeled after our own -. and that must ﬁll a thinking person with a feeling of "humility. but I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist whose fervor is mostly due to a painful act of liberation from the fetters of religious indoctrination received in youth. of the Reason that manifests itself in nature._The World as I See It_] "The idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I am unable to take seriously. obituary in New York Times. and hope for reward.html 12/24/07 15:47:13 . Princeton University Press] "If people are good only because they fear punishment. and social ties and needs. edited by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman. I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being. 19 April 1955] "Although I cannot believe that the individual survives the death of his body. or has a will of the kind that we experience in ourselves. education. together with the devoted striving to comprehend a portion. letter to Hoffman and Dukas. and published by Princeton University Press. be it ever so tiny." [Albert Einstein.mega." ["Albert Einstein: The Human Side".nu:8080/atheist_quotes_1. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death. let feeble souls. New York Times Magazine.My favorite quotes [Albert Einstein. I am satisﬁed with the mystery of the eternity of life and with the awareness and a glimpse of the marvelous structure of the existing world. from fear or absurd egoism." This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism" [Albert Einstein] "I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation. "Religion and Science"." [Albert Einstein] "I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures.] "I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one. feeble souls harbor such thought through fear or ridiculous egotism. in short.a God. no religious basis is necessary." [Albert Einstein. who is but a reﬂection of human frailty.
. "The Demon-Haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark"] "If you want to save your child from polio." http://www. a lie which is being systematically repeated. p. _The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark_. 325] "In science it often happens that scientists say. The ﬁgure is 70 percent in China. Princeton University Press] "The mystical trend of our time.)" [Carl Sagan. 'You know that's a really good argument.000 years old. from "Albert Einstein: The Human Side". my position is mistaken. Since our inner experiences consist of reproductions. and combinations of sensory impressions. a lie what you read about my religious convictions. "The Demon-Haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark"] "Life is but a momentary glimpse of the wonder of this astonishing universe. "The candle ﬂame gutters. habits of thought familiar from ages past reach for the controls."] "At the extremes it is difﬁcult to distinguish pseudoscience from rigid. We're no longer interested in ﬁnding out the truth. the siren song of unreason more sonorous and attractive. as is plainly stated at every Rosh Hashonhan and every Jewish wedding ceremony.that we've been so credulous. or when fanaticism is bubbling up around us-then. the concept of a soul without a body seem to me to be empty and devoid of meaning. The bamboozle has captured us.Try science." [Carl Sagan.) When the movie "Jurassic Park" was shown in Israel. especially as the Millennium edges nearer." [Carl Sagan. The demons begin to stir." [Carl Sagan. Darkness gathers. 1987 CSICOP keynote address] "One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough. edited by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman. (So the old bamboozles tend to persist as the new bamboozles rise. pseudoscience and superstition will seem year by year more tempting. and it is sad to see so many dreaming it away on spiritual fantasy. during challenges to national self-esteem or nerve.My favorite quotes 14 "It was. in times of scarcity. which shows itself particularly in the rampant growth of the so-called Theosophy and Spiritualism. we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. Its little pool of light trembles.' and then they actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. doctrinaire religion. of course. But it happens every day.nu:8080/atheist_quotes_1.mega.. you can pray or you can inoculate. is for me no more than a symptom of weakness and confusion. It doesn't happen as often as it should. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. the Universe is less than 6. They really do it." [Albert Einstein] SAGAN "I worry that. it was condemned by some Orthodox rabbis because it accepted evolution and because it taught that dinosaurs lived a hundred million years ago--when." [Albert Einstein." [Carl Sagan. 1954. it is simply too painful to acknowledge -. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it. because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. when we agonize about our diminished cosmic place and purpose.html 12/24/07 15:47:13 ." [Carl Sagan] "(When asked merely if they accept evolution. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. "The Fine Art of Baloney Detection.even to ourselves -. Where have we heard it before? Whenever our ethnic or national prejudices are aroused. 45 percent of Americans say yes..
Secondly.." [Carl Sagan. "The Demon-Haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark"] "I would love to believe that when I die I will live again.mega.nu:8080/atheist_quotes_1. But whether there are *any* miraculous cures from faith-healing. First. up for grabs by the next charlatan who comes along. however vague." [Carl Sagan. remembering part of me will continue. quoted in "2000 Years of Disbelief. vigilance. Famous People with the Courage to Doubt"." [Carl Sagan] "If we long to believe that the stars rise and set for us.For me. however satisfying and reassuring. Thomas Aquinas claimed to prove that God cannot make another God."] http://www. and they were not even approximately gods. it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion. that we are the reason there is a Universe.. no one doubts that science actually works.html 12/24/07 15:47:13 .My favorite quotes [Carl Sagan." [Carl Sagan. does science do us a disservice in deﬂating our conceits?. "The Fine Art of Baloney Detection. by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. beyond the body's own ability to cure itself.. we cannot hope to solve the truly serious problems that face us -. dedication and courage. Prometheus Books. But the exposure of fraud and error in faith-healing is almost never done by other faith-healers." [Carl Sagan] "Skeptical scrutiny is the means." [Carl Sagan] "You can't convince a believer of anything. the expose' of fraud and error in science is made almost exclusively by science. feeling.. But Bolyai and Lobachevsky were able to accomplish this last feat (on a curved surface) in the nineteenth century. and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife. or make a man without a soul. by James A. This God is emotionally unsatisfying. _Broca's Brain_] "Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy. whatever mistaken and fraudulent claim may from time to time be offered. But if we don't practice these tough habits of thought. or even make a triangle whose interior angles do not equal 180 degrees. is very much at issue. I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking. in both science and religion. it's based on a deep seated need to believe. to support or prop up their beliefs. But as much as I want to believe that. then clearly there is such a God. "The Demon-Haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark"] "Many statements about God are conﬁdently made by theologians on grounds that today at least sound specious. Think of how many people rely on these prophecies. or commit suicide. 1996] "The idea that God is an oversized white male with a ﬂowing beard who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. for their belief is not based on evidence." [Carl Sagan] 15 "Is it fair to be suspicious of an entire profession because of a few bad apples? There are at least two important differences. Yet has there ever been a religion with the prophetic accuracy and reliability of science?" [Carl Sagan. that some thinking. it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity. "The Demon-Haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark"] "Finding the occasional straw of truth awash in a great ocean of confusion and bamboozle requires intelligence. But if by "God" one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe." [Carl Sagan.. however unfulﬁlled.and we risk becoming a nation of suckers. it seems to me. Haught.
There is no evidence for it. inspiring. only that God is not necessary. from Newsweek magazine] HAWKING "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.really think this planet is an experiment. why are they wasting their talents doing party turns on television?" [Richard Dawkins. He's not good at design. So it is best to keep an open mind and be agnostic. but you can't *prove* that there aren't any." [Carl Sagan. why didn't he make her obedient. Some god or other is always ﬁxing and poking. There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. If God didn't want Lot's wife to look back. Der Spiegel. at least in the weak sense of Pascal's wager." [Carl Sagan. he's not good at execution. This doesn't prove that there is no God. Either way. but that also is not worth stressing. "No appeals to God. "Carl never wanted to believe. nor is there evidence against his existence.mega. that although there is no positive evidence for the existence of God. science has the additional virtue. But on second thoughts it seems a cop-out. to whatever measure this term has any meaning. It is also incompatible with magic. mainly by the "no-contests". so she'd do what her husband told her? Or if he hadn't made Lot such a shithead. no pretending that he and I.nu:8080/atheist_quotes_1. Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder] "Certainly I see the scientiﬁc view of the world as incompatible with religion. and like that. remarkable and that it unites a whole lot of phenomena under a single heading. why didn't he start the universe out in the ﬁrst place so it would come out the way he wants? Why's he constantly repairing and complaining? No. there's one thing the Bible makes clear: The biblical God is a sloppy manufacturer. At ﬁrst sight that seems an unassailable position. telling people what words they can say and what words they can't say." "Didn't he want to believe?" she was asked. because the same could be said of Father Christmas and tooth fairies. commanding you to mutilate your children. the religious people -. If God is omnipotent and omniscient." [Ann Druyan. messing around with tradesmen's wives. That's what their beliefs come down to. 1989] DAWKINS "It's been suggested that if the supernaturalists really had the powers they claim. Hawking. Why can't the gods let well enough alone? All this intervention speaks of incompetence. maybe she would have listened to him more. 1985] "There was no deathbed conversion. making people feel guilty about enjoying themselves. but that is not what is interesting about it. Carl Sagan's wife.most of them -. and it is not an inconsiderable one. character Sol Hadden in _Contact_." she replies ﬁercely. they'd win the lottery every week. I prefer to point out that they could also win a Nobel Prize for discovering fundamental physical forces hitherto unknown to science. no hope for an afterlife." [Richard Dawkins] "It is often said. so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?" http://www." [Stephen W. The Burden Of Skepticism] "You see. of being true. And in addition." Druyan says. He'd be out of business if there was any competition. What is interesting about the scientiﬁc world view is that it is true. "He wanted to KNOW. In that case. giving tablets on mountains. The Richard Dimbleby Lecture: Science. were not saying goodbye forever. it would not be necessary to appeal to God to decide how the universe began. who had been inseparably for twenty years.My favorite quotes 16 "I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience.html 12/24/07 15:47:13 .
our skulls full of the wisdom of our parents and our ancestors. or even if he uses a different ritual for worshipping the same god. The hypothesis of God offers no worthwhile explanation for anything. physicist's sense bears no resemblance to the God of the Bible or any other religion. If a physicist says God is another name for Planck's constant. It helps us to pack. It postulates the difﬁcult to explain. " [Richard Dawkins] "If you have a faith. No doubt soaring cathedrals. it is statistically overwhelmingly likely that it is the same faith as your parents and grandparents had.. stirring music. " [Richard Dawkins] http://www. but our education system is such that many people don't know it.mega. for it simply postulates what we are trying to explain." [Richard Dawkins] "Blind faith can justify anything. the dominant reason would be scientiﬁc. nature makes us a sitting target for astrologers. and leaves it at that.My favorite quotes [Richard Dawkins] 17 "In childhood our credulity serves us well. not evidence. moving stories and parables.nu:8080/atheist_quotes_1. In a man believes in a different god. set of convictions. and a natural method is exactly what they are going to get." [Richard Dawkins] "They express a preference for 'natural' methods of population limitation. and quacks." [Richard Dawkins. mediums. or God is a superstring. skewered on a Crusader's sword. They are wrong. at the stake. from the _New Humanist_. "The Selﬁsh Gene"] "Science offers us an explanation of how complexity (the difﬁcult) arose out of simplicity (the easy). we should take it as a picturesque metaphorical way of saying that the nature of superstrings or the value of Planck's constant is a profound mystery.on the cross. and largely contradictory. It is called starvation. Memes for blind faith have their own ruthless ways of propagating themselves." [Richard Dawkins." [Richard Dawkins. blind faith can decree that he should die . if only you had happened to be born in a different place. very improbable indeed. or blown up in a bar in Belfast. a being who might listen to prayers. I believe. Most people. even perhaps because of. Vol 107 No 2] "The trouble is that God in this sophisticated. think that you need a God to explain the existence of the world. with extraordinary rapidity. shot in a Beirut street. But by far the most important variable determining your religion is the accident of birth. Epidemiology. evangelists. but we can safely conclude the He is very. The convictions that you so passionately believe would have been a completely different. Faith is belief in spite of. who cares about whether or not the Sabbath begins at 5pm or 6pm. We need to replace the automatic credulity of childhood with the constructive skepticism of adult science. We cannot prove that there is no God. the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence.. our . It has obviously not the smallest connection with a being capable of forgiving sins. and no connection whatever with a being capable of imposing a death penalty on His son to expiate the sins of the world before and after he was born. whether you wear a veil or have a bit of arm showing. the Journal of the Rationalist Press Association. But if we don't grow out of it in the fullness of time. help a bit." [Richard Dawkins] "I suspect that today if you asked people to justify their belief in God. gurus. "The Selﬁsh Gene"] "Faith is the great cop-out. the lack of evidence.html 12/24/07 15:47:13 . and especially the existence of life. This is true of patriotic and political as well as religious blind faith.
nothing but blind. the blood of Christ turning into wine. You can actually quote. it seems not so much to be a lasting acquisition. In our view the truth of religion may be altogether disregarded.. In a universe of blind physical forces and genetic replication. the Journal of the Rationalist Press Association.] have a residue of feeling that Darwinian evolution isn't quite big enough to explain everything about life. and no good.. statistically probable things. nor any justice. from the _New Humanist_. _The Blind Watchmaker_ (New York: W.My favorite quotes 18 "The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is. Norton & Company. along with equally meaningless _good_ [italics in original] fortune." http://www." [Richard Dawkins. no evil and no good. ISBN 0-465-01606-5] "I suspect the reason is that most people [. no design. interview with Douglas Adams] FREUD "Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis. I want to add one thing more. New York.. "River Out of Eden"] "On the contrary.. You're actually showing off your believing credentials by the ability to believe something like that. nothing can withstand reason and experience. well. "Future of an Illusion"] "In the long run. Austrian physician and pioneer psychoanalyst (1856-1939)] "While the different religions wrangle with one another as to which of them is in possesion of the truth. _River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life_.if one attempts to assign religion it's place in mans evolution. Such a universe would be neither evil nor good in intention.. meaningless tragedies like the crashing of this bus [full of children from a Roman Catholic school and for no apparent reason but with wholesale loss of life] are exactly what we should expect. no purpose. if the universe were just electrons and selﬁsh genes." [Richard Dawkins. and it's no test of his faith. pitiless indifference. That is so manifestly absurd that you've got to be a really great believer.. substantiated by facts." [Sigmund Freud. no design. and the contradiction religion offers to both is palpable." [Richard Dawkins. the more you are pushed away from the agnostic position and towards atheism. and stuff. you must be asked to believe really daft things like the transubstantiation. statistically improbable things are by their nature more difﬁcult to explain than simple.nu:8080/atheist_quotes_1. 317] "And it's not just faith itself: it's the idea that faith is a virtue and the less evidence there is. W. Tertullian for example: "It is certain because it is impossible.. because things for which there is mere evidence are just too easy. If it were an easy thing to believe..mega." [Sigmund Freud. you know. Vol 107 No 2] "The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity. in order to believe it. actually seeking for more difﬁcult things to believe. at bottom.. p. the more virtuous it is. in the class of the Electric Monk. some people are going to get hurt. BasicBooks... no evil. In order to have a test of your faith. 1995. then it wouldn't be any great achievement. The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is. no purpose.html 12/24/07 15:47:13 . nothing but blind pitiless indifference. All I can say as a biologist is that the feeling disappears progressively the more you read about and study what is known about life and evolution.. Complex. The more you understand the signiﬁcance of evolution. other people are going to get lucky." [Richard Dawkins. It would manifest no intentions of any kind. 1987)." [Richard Dawkins. and you won't ﬁnd any rhyme or reason in it. at bottom. as a parallel to the neurosis which the civilized individual must pass through on his way from childhood to maturity." Sir Thomas Brown.
I have never been a regular church member or churchgoer. letter to Charles Singer] "Demons do not exist any more than gods do. free to say what they think. the theory of evolution is an accepted fact for everyone but a fundamentalist minority. by so inﬂuencing them. It doesn't seem plausible to me that there is the kind of God who watches over human affairs. and.nu:8080/atheist_quotes_1. and science can never regress. to appease them. to correct any errors. have I ever made a secret of being an out-and-out unbeliever. The scientist is free.." [Sigmund Freud. to bribe them. we can try to adjure them. "The Future of an Illusion"] 19 "A great deal is already gained with the ﬁrst step: the humanization of nature.." [James Watson. freedom can never be lost. 10 October 1949] "On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created. There is no place for dogma in science. the more widespread is the decline of religious belief. 6 May 1956] "The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men. Life. to doubt any assertion. "The Future of an Illusion"] "When a man has once brought himself to accept uncritically all the absurdities that religious doctrines put before him and even to overlook the contradictions between them." http://www. whose objections are based not on reasoning but on doctrinaire adherence to religious principles. we can apply the same methods against these violent supermen outside that we employ in our own society. Impersonal forces and destinies cannot be approached. we need not be greatly suprised at the weakness of his intellect" [Sigmund Freud: The Future of an Illusion] "Neither in my private life nor in my writings. 10 October 1949] "There must be no barriers to freedom of inquiry. "Moses and Monotheism"] "No." [Sigmund Freud] OTHER SCIENTISTS "Today.. Robert Oppenheimer. free to think what they will. and must be free to ask any question. if everywhere in nature there are Beings around us of a kind that we know in our own society. winner of the Nobel prize for his co-discovery of the structure of DNA] "Like my parents.." [J. our science is no illusion.My favorite quotes [Sigmund Freud." [Benjamin Spock] "As long as men are free to ask what they must. But an illusion it would be to suppose that what science cannot give us we can get elsewhere.. Robert Oppenheimer.. to seek for any evidence. and tries to guide people to follow His precepts -there is just too much misery and cruelty for that. we gain no scientiﬁc explanation.. listens to prayers. we may rob them of a part of their power [Sigmund Freud. Life. New York Times Magazine. being only the products of the psychic activity of man." [J.html 12/24/07 15:47:13 ." [Sigmund Freud.mega." [Sigmund Freud.
" [Galileo] "It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved. and not those who know much. ." [Charles Darwin] "They know that it is human nature to take up causes whereby a man may oppress his neighbor.My favorite quotes [Charles Darwin] 20 "Ignorance more frequently begets conﬁdence than does knowledge: it is those who know little. I do not believe in any revelation. Hence they have had no trouble in ﬁnding men who would preach the damnability and heresy of the new doctrine from the very pulpit. for I have seen the shadow on the moon.. "The Authority of scripture in Philosophical Controversies"] "It vexes me when they would constrain science by the authority of the Scriptures. "The Authority of Scripture in Philosophical Controversies"] "To command the professors of astronomy to confute their own observations is to enjoin an impossibility.mega. including the assertion that all fossils are products of http://www.nu:8080/atheist_quotes_1. to proclaim the value of this freedom. for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe. the great progress which is the fruit of freedom of thought." [Galileo Galilei.. every man must judge for himself between conﬂicting vague probabilities. no matter how unjustly. knowing the great progress which comes from a satisfactory philosophy of ignorance. their unwillingness to abandon claims clearly disproved.html 12/24/07 15:47:13 . but I know that it is round." [Ferdinand Magellan] "It is our responsibility as scientists. and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment." [Charles Darwin] "For myself." [Galileo Galilei. and to ﬁnd what they do not discover. Introduction to "The Descent of Man. and intellect had intended for us to forgo their use." [Charles Darwin. to teach how doubt is not to be feared but welcomed and discussed.. and this would include my Father. 1871] "I can hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true. 1615] "I do not feel obliged to believe that same God who endowed us with sense. and to demand this freedom as our duty to all coming generations. "The Authority of Scripture in Philosophical Controversies"] "The church says the earth is ﬂat. As for a future life. will be everlastingly punished. for it is to command them not to see what they do see." [Galileo Galilei." [Galileo Galilei. and not to understand what they do understand. "What Do You Care What Other People Think?"] "The argument that the literal story of Genesis can qualify as science collapses on three major grounds: the creationists' need to invoke miracles in order to compress the events of the earth's history into the biblical span of a few thousand years. reason. who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science." [Richard Feynman.. and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church. Brother and almost all my best friends. And this is a damnable doctrine.
and because good teachers understand exactly why it is false. Gould] "The most important scientiﬁc revolutions all include. that evolution generates no predictions. but calculated to undermine any general understanding of science as an enterprise?" [Stephen Jay Gould." [Stephen J. the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos." [Stephen Jay Gould. 186] "In science. What could be more destructive of that most fragile yet most precious commodity in our entire intellectual heritage -.mega. "The Verdict on Creationism". "fact" can only mean "conﬁrmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.a secular religion masquerading as science.My favorite quotes 21 Noah's ﬂood.html 12/24/07 15:47:13 .nu:8080/atheist_quotes_1. "The Skeptical Inquirer"] "Our creationist detractors charge that evolution is an unproved and unprovable charade-. We make and test risky predictions all the time. Winter 87/88. "Dinosaur in a Haystack"] http://www. misquote.good teaching -. above all. never exposes itself to test. and therefore stands as dogma rather than disprovable science. pg. They claim." I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow. This claim is nonsense. but a highly probable indication of evolution's basic truth. our success is not dogma. "Dinosaur in a Haystack"] "Creation science" has not entered the curriculum for a reason so simple and so basic that we often forget to mention it: because it is false. as their only common feature. The Skeptical Inquirer. and their reliance upon distortion. half-quote." [Stephen Jay Gould." [Stephen Jay Gould. but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms. and citation out of context to characterize the ideas of their opponents.than a bill forcing honorable teachers to sully their sacred trust by granting equal treatment to a doctrine not only known to be false.
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