Atheism Quotations

Below you will find an interesting assortment of quotations about atheism and atheists. I have always found atheists an interesting bunch, just as I find organized religion an interesting phenomenon.

“The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.”
~ Steven Weinberg

“This is one of the great social functions of science – to free people from superstition.”
~ Steven Weinberg

“Science should be taught not in order to support religion and not in order to destroy religion. Science should be taught simply ignoring religion.”
~ Steven Weinberg

“Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”
~ Steven Weinberg

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

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

“‘In God We Trust.’ I don’t believe it would sound any better if it were true.”
~ Mark Twain

“Every one admits how praiseworthy it is in a prince to keep faith, and to live with integrity and not with craft. Nevertheless our experience has been that those princes who have done great things have held good faith of little account … It is necessary to know well how to disguise this characteristic, and to be a great pretender and dissembler; and men are so simple, and so subject to present necessities, that he who seeks to deceive will always find someone who will allow himself to be deceived.”
~ Niccolo Machiavelli

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God”
~ Psalm 14:1
“Whoever saith, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire”
~ Jesus, Matthew 5:22
“The fool says in his heart: ‘There is no God.’ The Wise Man says it to the world.”
~ Troy Witte

“History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“The legitimate powers of government extend to only such acts as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say that there are twenty gods, or no God.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“In no instance have … the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people.”
~ James Madison

“The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity.”
~ John Adams

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

“The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

“It will not do to investigate the subject of religion too closely, as it is apt to lead to Infidelity.”
~ Abraham Lincoln

“Now let it be written in history and on Mr. Lincoln’s tombstone: ‘He died an unbeliever.’”
~ William H. Herndon, Abraham Lincoln’s law partner in Springfield since 1844

Sherman: “Surely you recognize the equal citizenship and patriotism of Americans who are atheists?” Bush: “No, I don’t know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.”
~ President George H. W. Bush, August 27 1987

“I have no religion, and at times I wish all religions at the bottom of the sea. He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government; it is as if he would catch his people in a trap. My people are going to learn the principles of democracy, the dictates of truth and the teachings of science. Superstition must go. Let them worship as they will; every man can follow his own conscience, provided it does not interfere with sane reason or bid him against the liberty of his fellow-men.”
~ Ataturk, quoted in Andrew Mango’s Biography of Ataturk

“Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”
~ Denis Diderot

“If there is one indisputable fact about the human condition it is that no community can survive if it is persuaded – or even if it suspects – that its members are leading meaningless lives in a meaningless universe.”
~ Irving Kristol

“There are different kinds of truths for different kinds of people. There are truths appropriate for children; truths that are appropriate for students; truths that are appropriate for educated adults; and truths that are appropriate for highly educated adults, and the notion that there should be one set of truths available to everyone is a modern democratic fallacy. It doesn’t work.”
~ Irving Kristol

“I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I’ve been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn’t have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I’m a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don’t have the evidence to prove that God doesn’t exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn’t that I don’t want to waste my time.”
~ Isaac Asimov

“Although the time of death is approaching me, I am not afraid of dying and going to Hell or (what would be considerably worse) going to the popularized version of Heaven. I expect death to be nothingness and, for removing me from all possible fears of death, I am thankful to atheism.”
~ Isaac Asimov.

“I’m not a complete atheist. Everyday I try to find a sign of God, but, unfortunately, I can’t find it.”
~ Jose Saramago

“How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?”
~ Woody Allen

“To YOU I’m an atheist; to God, I’m the Loyal Opposition.”
~ Woody Allen

“If I thought the Jews killed God, I’d worship the Jews.”
~ Bill Hicks

“Thank God I’m an atheist.”
~ Luis Bunuel

“Here’s what happens when you die—you sit in a box and get eaten by worms. I guarantee you that when you die, nothing cool happens.”
~ Howard Stern

“We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.”
~ Carl Sagan

“An atheist is a person with no invisible means of support”
~ Anon

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

“And God Said: Let there be Satan, so people don’t blame everything on me, and let there be lawyers, so people don’t blame everything on Satan”
~ John Wing

“The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance…logic can be happily tossed out the window.”
~ Stephen King

“Whenever morality is based on theology, whenever the right is made dependent on divine authority, the most immoral, unjust, infamous things can be justified and established…. Morality is then surrendered to the groundless arbitrariness of religion.”
~ Ludwig Feuerbach

“Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not, but superstition dismounts all these, and erecteth an absolute monarchy in the minds of men.”
~ Sir Francis Bacon

“The philosophy of Atheism represents a concept of life without any metaphysical Beyond or Divine Regulator. It is the concept of an actual, real world with its liberating, expanding and beautifying possibilities, as against an unreal world, which, with its spirits, oracles, and mean contentment has kept humanity in helpless degradation.”
~ Emma Goldman

“But people … don’t even know what atheism is. It’s not a negation of anything. You don’t have to negate what no one can prove exists. No, atheism is a very positive affirmation of man’s ability to think for himself, to do for himself, to find answers to his own problems. I’m thrilled to feel that I can rely on myself totally and absolutely; that my children are being brought up so that when they meet a problem they can’t cop out by foisting it off on God. Madalyn Murray’s going to solve her own problems, and nobody’s going to intervene. It’s about time the world got up off its knees and looked at itself in the mirror and said: “Well, we are men. Let’s start acting like it.”
~ Madalyn Murray O’Hair

“My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety toward the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.”
~ George Santayana

“Why am I an atheist? The short answer is that I cannot accept any of the alternatives. I simply don’t find them believable. As for the accusation of intellectual pride, surely the boot is on the other foot. Atheists don’t claim to know anything with certainty – it’s the believers who know it all.”
~ Barbara Smoker

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