“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


"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect."
― Mark Twain


Hanlon's Razor:
"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity."
― Anon.


"Love is that condition by which the happiness of another person become essential to your own."
― Jubal Harshaw

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Excellent quotes Marty.

Quotes of an atheist nature I've always appreciated are:

"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?"

- Douglas Adams                                                                                                                             

"By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out."

- Richard Dawkins                      

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

- Thomas Paine                                   

 

As long as we're at it --

“We, peopling the void air, make gods to whom we impute the ills we ought to bear.”
-- Lucretius --

"God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance, that gets smaller and smaller as time goes on."
-- Neil Degrasse Tyson --

“If you ask anyone, what is morality based on? These are the two factors that always come out: One is reciprocity, … a sense of fairness, and the other one is empathy and compassion.”
-- Frans de Waal --

Our civilization is not Christian. It does not come from the skies. It is not a result of "inspiration." It is the child of invention, of discovery, of applied knowledge -- that is to say, of science.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

"Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just,
then they will not care how devout you have been,
but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by.
If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them.
If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life
that will live on in the memories of your loved ones."
-- Marcus Aurelius --

"Lighthouses are more useful than churches."
-- Ben Franklin --

"I do not feel obliged to believe that some God who endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect had intended for us to forgo their use."
-- Galileo Galilei --
   (1564-1642)

"That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject."
-- George Santayana --

"The only difference between a cult and a religion is the amount of real estate they own."
-- Frank Zappa --

"Power corrupts; Absolute power corrupts absolutely;
God is all-powerful. Draw your own conclusions."
-- Anonymous --

"If we are going to teach “creation science” as an alternative to evolution, then we should also teach the stork theory as an alternative to biological reproduction."
-- Judith Hayes --

"Philosophy consists of questions that may never be answered. Religion consists of answers that may never be questioned."
-- Ken Harding --

"Where knowledge ends, religion begins."
-- Benjamin Disraeli --

“Among the detestable villains that in any period of the world have disgraced the name of man, it is impossible to find a greater than Moses.”
-- Thomas Paine --

"All religions are basically the same: guilt, but with different holidays."
Cathy Ladman

"An athiest is a person who has no invisible means of support."
-- Aldous Huxley --

"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 for atheism."
-- Issac Asimov --

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.
-- H. L. Menken --
"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction."
-- Blaise Pascal --

"You do not need the bible to justify love, but no better tool has been invented to justify hate."
-- Richard A. Weatherwax --

"More people have been killed in the name of God than for any other reason."
-- George Carlin --

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"Question with boldness even the existence of god."
-- Thomas Jefferson --

"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."
- Abraham Lincoln -

"The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb in a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter."
- Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to John Adams

"In the formation of the American government,...it will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of heaven."
-- John Adams --
(second President of the United States)

"The United States is in no sense founded on the Christian religion."
-- John Adams --
From the Treaty of Tripoli, 1797
(founding Father and second President of the United States)

"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?"
-- John Adams --
(founding Father and second President of the United States)

"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?"
John Adams - letter to F.A. Van der Kamp, Dec. 27, 1816

"I trust God speaks through me."
-- George W. Bush --

"Who says I am not under the special protection of God?"
-- Adolph Hitler --

"Secular schools can never be tolerated because such a school has no religious instruction and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith ... We need believing people."
-- Adolf Hitler --
April 26, 1933, from a speech made during negotiations leading to the Nazi-Vatican Concordat of 1933.
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"How can you have order in a state without religion? For, when one man is dying of hunger near another who is ill of overeating, he cannot resign himself to this difference unless there is an authority which declares 'God wills it thus.' Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet."
-- Napoleon Bonaparte --

"I believe in god, only I spell it Nature."
-- Frank Lloyd Wright --

"Faith means not wanting to know what is true."
-- Friedrich Nietzche --

"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 --

"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."
-- Issac Asimov --

"Two hands working can do more than a thousand, clasped in prayer."
-- Anonymous --

"I don't believe in god because I don't believe in Mother Goose."
-- Clarence Darrow --

"The god in which I could believe, would not only have created the Universe, but would find time to pop down and have a cold one with me some Friday evening after work."
-- archaeopteryx --

"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 misogynist, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully."
-- Richard Dawkins --

"People will then often say, 'But surely it's better to remain an Agnostic, just in case?' This, to me, suggests such a level of silliness and muddle that I usually edge out of the conversation, rather than get sucked into it. (If it turns out that I've been wrong all along, and there is in fact a god, and if it further turned out that this kind of legalistic, cross-your-fingers-behind-your-back, Clintonian hair-splitting impressed him, then I think I would choose not to worship him anyway.)"
-- Douglas Adams --

"So many Gods, so many creeds,
So many paths that wind and wind,
When just the art of being kind
Is all this sad world needs."
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox --


"I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious ideas of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God. So far as religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake. Religion is all bunk."
-- Thomas Alva Edison --

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"A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away."
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"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
-- Mohandas Gandhi --
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"I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. 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."
-- Albert Einstein --

"Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation; all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, even if religion vanished; but religious superstition dismounts all these and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men."
-- Francis Bacon --

"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." -- Robert A. Heinlein --

"Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand."
-- Mark Twain --

"A thorough reading and understanding of the Bible is the surest path to atheism."
-- Donald Morgan --

"Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived."
-- Issac Asimov --

"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 --

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

"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."
-- Albert Einstein --

"Gods don't kill people. People with gods kill people."
-- David Viaene --

"I do not pretend to be able to prove that there is no God. I equally cannot prove that Satan is a fiction. The Christian god may exist; so may the gods of Olympus, or of ancient Egypt, or of Babylon. But no one of these hypotheses is more probable than any other: they lie outside the region of even probable knowledge, and therefore there is no reason to consider any of them."
-- Bertrand Russell --

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
-- Buddha --

"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 --

"It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is, than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."
-- Carl Sagan --

"The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike."
-- Delos B. McKowan --

"Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense."
-- Chapman Cohen --

"It is fear that first brought gods into the world."
Petronius
(http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/454501/Gaius-Petronius-Ar...)

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

"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 --

"Whatever we cannot easily understand, we call God; this saves much wear and tear on the brain tissues....Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination."
-- Edward Abbey --
author/environmentalist

"If a man, holding a belief which he was taught in childhood, or persuaded of afterward, keeps down and pushes away any doubts which arise about it in his mind, purposely avoids the reading of books and the company of men that call in question or discuss it...the life of that man is one long sin against mankind."
-- William Kingdon Clifford --

It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods. If such a board actually exists, it operates precisely like the board of a corporation that is losing money.
-- H. L. Menken --

"Why should I allow that same god to tell me how to raise my kids, who had to drown his own?"
-- Bertrand Russell --

"Few nations have been so poor as to have but one god. Gods were made so easily, and the raw material cost so little, that generally the god market was fairly glutted and heaven crammed with these phantoms."
-- Robert G. Ingersoll --
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Robert_Green_Ingersoll.aspx

"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 requires religion."
-- Steven Weinberg --

"Faith is believing what you know ain't so."
-- Mark Twain --

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
-- H. L. Menken --

"Is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's blunders?
-- Friedrich Nietzsche --

I can't believe in the God of my Fathers. If there is one Mind which understands all things, it will comprehend me in my unbelief.
-- Gerald Kersh --

"We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes."
-- Gene Roddenberry --

"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.
"Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought."
-- John F. Kennedy --

"Where is the graveyard of dead gods? What lingering mourner waters their mounds?"
-- H. L. Menken --
http://nowscape.com/atheism/dead_gods.htm

"No one has ever disproved, so far as I am aware, the non-existence of Zeus or Thor - but they have few followers now."
-- Sir Arthur C. Clarke --

"Oh senseless man, who cannot possibly make a worm, and yet will make gods by the dozens."
-- Michel de Montaigne --

"In our own hearts, we mold the whole world's hereafters; and in our own hearts we fashion our own gods."
-- Herman Mellville --

"Man is the religious animal. He is the only religious animal. He is the only animal that has the TRUE religion - several of them."
-- Mark Twain --

"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."
-- Steven H. Roberts--

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