We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we
respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
H. L. Mencken
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social
ties; 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.
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.
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to
suspect that my own is also.
People who don't like their beliefs being laughed at shouldn't have such funny beliefs.
“You're basically killing each other to see who's got the better imaginary friend.”
Be thankful that you have a life, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a
Jesus' last words on the cross, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" hardly
seem like the words of a man who planned it that way. It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to
figure there is something wrong here.
The sailor does not pray for wind, he learns to sail.
"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the
rulers as useful."
Seneca the Younger 4 B.C. - 65 A.D.
An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist
believes that deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An Atheist strives for
involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty
vanished, war eliminated...
Religion has actually 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
special list of ten things he does not want you to do... And if you do any of these ten
things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish,
where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever
and ever 'til the end of time! …But He loves you...
"There are no atheists in foxholes," isn't an argument against atheism, it's an argument
You keep believing
I'll keep evolving
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, & the soul of
soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
Religion does three things quite effectively: Divides people, Controls people, Deludes
Carlespie Mary Alice McKinney
"Faith" means not wanting to know what is true.
"Faith is to the human what sand is to the ostrich."
Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely
crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every
opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he
must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear...
History teaches us that no other cause has brought more death than the word of god.
In Christianity, neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
Prayers never bring anything... They may bring solace to the sap, the bigot, the ignorant,
the aboriginal, and the lazy - but to the enlightened, it is the same as asking Santa Claus
to bring you something for Xmas.
Stop lying to children
Break the cycle of religion
If all exclusive religions are right and everyone else is wrong, isn't everyone just wrong?
Those who believe absurdities will commit atrocities.
This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religions in it.
If triangles had a god, He would have three sides.
Man created God in his image: intolerant, sexist, homophobic and violent.
God made me an atheist.
Born right the first time
If Atheism is a religion, then health is a disease!
I refuse to believe in a god that would send me to hell just for not believing in him.
You don't count the dead, when god's on your side.
"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."
God is like Santa Claus; A great, amazing and lovely person but sadly untrue.
Religion is a limitation on your freedom.
If atheism is a religion, then not playing cards is a hobby.
Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never
"When a man is freed of religion, he has a better chance to live a normal and wholesome
The religions of mankind must be classed among the mass-delusions of this kind. No one,
needless to say, who shares a delusion ever recognizes it as such.
Civilization and Its Discontents
My religion is to do good.
"Children are naïve -- they trust everyone. School is bad enough, but, if you put a child
anywhere in the vicinity of a church, you're asking for trouble."
"I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind--that its modest
and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by
the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking."
"God is a concept by which we measure our pain."
What have been [Christianity’s] fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in
the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and
"Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis."
The Future of an Illusion, 1927
Religion is a lot like NASCAR, something for the ignorant masses to believe in.
A few years ago we finally persuaded psychiatrists to remove homosexuality from the list
of recognized disorders. Maybe it's time we started lobbying them to add belief in God to
As stated many times: "Those whom have faith are happier then those without." Of
course this is true! Have you never heard..." ignorance is bliss?"
Patrick Timothy Kirk
“The church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.”
Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)
I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence.
The United States is a Christian nation founded upon Christian principles and beliefs.
George W Bush, 43rd President
The Government of the United States is in no sense founded on the Christian religion.
John Adams, 2nd US President
“Imagine no religion.”