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Atheist Quotations

Each place has its own advantages - heaven for the climate, and hell for the society.
Mark Twain

Not only is there no god, but try getting a plumber on weekends.
Woody Allen

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

The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
George Bernard Shaw

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

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

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

If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul.
Isaac Asimov

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

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
Steven Weinberg

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

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
Susan B. Anthony

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
Richard Dawkins

A God who kept tinkering with the universe was absurd; a God who interfered with human freedom and creativity was tyrant. If God is seen as a self in a world of his own, an ego that relates to a thought, a cause separate from its effect. he becomes a being, not Being itself. An omnipotent, all?knowing tyrant is not so different from earthly dictators who make everything and everybody mere cogs in the machine which they controlled. An atheism that rejects such a God is amply justified.
Karen Armstrong

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

What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof,
Christopher Hitchens

Calling Atheism a religion is like calling bald a hair color.
Don Hirschberg

To say that atheism requires faith is as dim-witted as saying that disbelief in pixies or leprechauns takes faith. Even if Einstein himself told me there was an elf on my shoulder, I would still ask for proof and I wouldn’t be wrong to ask.
Geoff Mather

I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
Mark Twain

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

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

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?
Epicurus

I’m a polyatheist - there are many gods I don’t believe in.
Dan Fouts

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

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

He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; he that dares not reason is a slave.
William Drummond

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

Religion does three things quite effectively: Divides people, Controls people, Deludes people.
Carlespie Mary Alice McKinney

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

Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
George Carlin

We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
Richard Dawkins

Properly read, the bible is the most potent force for Atheism ever conceived.
Isaac Asimov

Gods don't kill people. People with Gods kill people.
David Viaene

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

This whole matter regarding Jesus being God... not only does violence to my own intelligence, but must be a sticking point for millions of people trying to make some kind of sense of the Christian religion.... No human being can ever be God, and Jesus was a human being. It is as simple as that.
Father Peter Dresser

For God to take three days on a Cross out of a life of eternal happiness and mastership of the universe is a service which the least among us would be glad to do upon the like terms.
Mark Twain

The universe is designed to kill us instantly. We just happen to live in the one place it doesn't.
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