Religious Quotes

Hey! Was a long time since the last post, eh? Well, today I have no original content to contribute, but some (famous) quotes over a much quoted and discussed topic: God.

I created this Blog to talk about the misery in our world, how our actions contribute to it and what, in my opinion, is our responsibility towards it and its inhabitants.

I don’t think that Satan is the source of all evil in the world, simply for the fact, that he doesn’t exist. On contrary, a lot of harm and suffering is caused by people who don’t want to or have never learned to think for themselves, think they are superior (to what- or whomever) and are self-righteous. These traits seem to be boosted (or created) through religious brainwash in the childhood. You may call it religious instruction or upbringing but that is, as far as I’m concerned, an euphemism.

The Bible (or the Koran, not much difference there) with its talking about HIS people, a holy people, chosen before all the others can only be called racist and the duty to obey (parents, kings, god) and the extreme violence you meet in the Old Testament may not exactly be the right thing to raise responsible and open-minded citizens (see my other blog post about the ‘Religion of Peace‘). If the Islamic world and not the western/Christian was the dominating one, it’s out of question that there would’ve been Christian fundamentalist terror organizations.

But I’m wandering from the subject I wanted to talk about. Quotes about God. As you can see above, I have a great dislike for religion, so over time I collected some quotes about it and about God I liked. Here they are. No special order. I hope they are enjoyable and/or thought-provoking.

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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 HENRY ROBERTS

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

The biblical account of Noah’s Ark and the Flood is perhaps
the most implausible story for fundamentalists to
defend. Where, for example, while loading his ark, did
Noah find penguins and polar bears in Palestine?
—JUDITH HAYES

I am convinced now that children should not be subjected
to the Rightfulness of the Christian religion….
If the concept of a father who plots to have his own son
put to death is presented to children as beautiful and as
worthy of society’s admiration, what types of human behavior
can be presented to them as reprehensible?
—RUTH HURMENCE GREEN

Somewhere, and I can’t find where, I read about an
Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary priest,
“If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell? ”
“No,” said the priest, “not if you did not know.” “Then
why,” asked the Eskimo earnestly, “did you tell me?”
—ANNIE DILLARD

The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be
the hijacking of morality by religion.
—ARTHUR C. CLARKE

God is an invention of Man. So the nature of God is only a shallow mystery. The deep mystery is the nature of man.
-NANREI KOBORI

Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for
atheism ever conceived.
—ISAAC ASIMOV

You believe in a book which has talking animals, wizards,
witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, food falling
from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of
magical, absurd, and primitive stories; and you say that I
am the one who is mentally ill?
—DAN BARKER

I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously.
-DOUGLAS ADAMS

Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the
need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in
spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.
—RICHARD DAWKINS

Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of
science or a dose of common sense.
—CHAPMAN COHEN

Religion provides the solace for the turmoil that it creates.
—BYRON DANELIUS

I am a deeply religious nonbeliever…. This is a somewhat
new kind of religion.
—ALBERT EINSTEIN

If he is infinitely good, what reason should we have to
fear him? If he is infinitely wise, why should we have
doubts concerning our future? If he knows all, why warn
him of our needs and fatigue him with our prayers? If he
is everywhere, why erect temples to him?
—PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

It is an insult to God to believe in God. For on the one
hand it is to suppose that he has perpetrated acts of incalculable
cruelty. On the other hand, it is to suppose
that he has perversely given his human creatures an instrument—
their intellect—which must inevitably lead
them, if they are dispassionate and honest, to deny his
existence. It is tempting to conclude that if he exists, it
is the atheists and agnostics that he loves best, among
those with any pretensions to education. For they are the
ones who have taken him most seriously.
—GALEN STRAWSON

The Way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.
—BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

Science .. . has opened our eyes to the vastness of the
universe and given us light, truth and freedom from
fear where once was darkness, ignorance and superstition.
—LUTHER BURBANK

None of the miracles with which ancient histories are
filled, occurred under scientific conditions. Observation
never once contradicted, teaches us that miracles occur
only in periods and countries in which they are believed
in and before persons disposed to believe in them.
—ERNEST RENAN

One of the most frightening things in the Western world,
and this country in particular, is the number of people
who believe in things that are scientifically false. If
someone tells me that the earth is less than 10,000 years
old, in my opinion he should see a psychiatrist.
—FRANCIS CRICK

Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble,
is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives,
will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses,
blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags,
nations, in order to deny the fact of death, which is the
only fact we have.
—JAMES BALDWIN

I would believe any religion that could prove it had
existed since the beginning of the world. But when I see
Socrates, Plato, Moses, and Mohammed I do not think
there is such a one. All religions owe their origin to
man.
—NAPOLEON BONAPARTE

Those who take refuge behind theological barbed wire
fences, quite often wish they could have more freedom
of thought, but fear the change to the great ocean of scientific
truth as they would a cold bath plunge.
—LUTHER BURBANK

Faith is believing things by definition, which are not jus –
tified by reason. If it were justified by reason, it wouldn’t
be faith.
—COLIN MCGINN

I recall the story of the philosopher and the theologian.
The two were engaged in disputation and the theologian
used the old quip about a philosopher being like a blind
man, in a dark room, looking for a black cat—which
wasn’t there. “That may be,” said the philosopher; “but
a theologian would have found it.”
—JULIAN HUXLEY

The existence of a world without God seems to me less
absurd than the presence of a God, existing in all his
perfection, creating an imperfect man in order to make
him run the risk of Hell.
—AHMAND SALACROU

You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief
is not based on evidence, it’s based on a deep-seated
need to believe.
—CARL SAGAN

There’s never been anything, however absurd, that
myriads of people weren’t prepared to believe, often so
passionately that they’d fight to the death rather than
abandon their illusions. To me, that’s a good operational
definition of insanity.
—ARTHUR C. CLARKE

The most formidable weapon against errors of every
kind is Reason. I have never used any other, and I trust
I never shall.
—THOMAS PAINE

If this is your God, he’s not very impressive. He has so
many psychological problems; he’s so insecure. He demands
worship every seven days. He goes out and creates
faulty humans and then blames them for his own mistakes.
He’s a pretty poor excuse for a Supreme Being.
—GENE RODDENBERRY

An atheist… is a man who destroys chimeras harmful
to the human race, in order to lead men back to nature,
to experience, and to reason.
—BARON D’HOLBACH

I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across
this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a
moral person, I must believe in “A,” “B,” “C,” and “D.”
Just who do they think they are? And from where do they
presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to
me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must
endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it
has some God-granted right to control my every roll call
in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them
every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions
to all Americans in the name of “conservatism.”
—BARRY GOLDWATER

The need for religion will end when man becomes sensible
enough to govern himself.
—FRANCISCO FERRER GUARDIA

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.
—THOMAS JEFFERSON

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no
more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is
happier than a sober one.
—GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

Gullibility and credulity are considered undesirable
qualities in every department of human life—except
religion…. Why are we praised by godly men for surrendering
our “godly gift” of reason when we cross their
mental thresholds?
—CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS

This story of the redemption will not stand examination.
That man should redeem himself from the sin of eating
an apple, by committing a murder on Jesus Christ, is the
strangest system of religion ever set up.
—THOMAS PAINE

FAITH: The effort to believe that which your commonsense
tells you is not true.
—ELBERT HUBBARD

[Religious thought is] an attempt to find an out where
there is no door.
—ALBERT EINSTEIN

The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession.
—ABRAHAM LINCOLN

May it not suffice for me to say .. . that, of course, like
every other man of intelligence and education, I do
believe in organic evolution. It surprises me that at this
late date such questions should be raised.
—WOODROW WILSON (1922)

The world is my country; to do good my religion.
—THOMAS PAINE

I want nothing to do with any religion concerned with
keeping the masses satisfied to live in hunger, filth and
ignorance. I want nothing to do with any order, religious
or otherwise, which does not teach people that they are
capable of becoming happier and more civilized, on this
earth, capable of becoming true man, master of his fate
and captain of his soul.
—JAWAHARLAL NEHRU

Atheists are often charged with blasphemy, but it is a crime
they cannot commit…. When the Atheist examines,
denounces, or satirizes the gods, he is not dealing with
persons but with ideas. He is incapable of insulting God,
for he does not admit the existence of any such being.
—G. W. FOOTE

Man is, and always has been, a maker of gods.
—JOHN BURROUGHS

The universe runs itself, and the eternal laws inherent in
Nature suffice, without any first cause or prime mover.
—MARQUIS DE SADE

If I were personally to define religion I would say that
it is a bandage that man has invented to protect a soul
made bloody by circumstance.
—THEODORE DREISER

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when
they do it from religious conviction.
—BLAISE PASCAL

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.
—SIGMUND FREUD

Since it is obviously inconceivable that all religions can
be right, the most reasonable conclusion is that they are
all wrong.
—CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS

Epicurus’ old questions are yet unanswered. Is [God]
willing to prevent evil, but not able? then is he impotent.
Is he able, but not willing? then is he malevolent. Is
he both able and willing? whence then is evil?
—DAVID HUME

The world would be astonished if it knew how
great a proportion of its brightest ornaments—
of those most distinguished even in popular
estimation for wisdom and virtue—are complete
skeptics in religion.
—JOHN STUART MILL

The reason there are so many opinions is that no
one knows the Truth.
—JOAN KONNER

We are here because one odd group of fishes had a peculiar
fin anatomy that could transform into legs for terrestrial
creatures; because the earth never froze entirely
during an ice age; because a small and tenuous species,
arising in Africa a quarter of a million years ago, has
managed, so far, to survive by hook and by crook. We
may yearn for a “higher” answer—but none exists.
—STEPHEN JAY GOULD

As for me, I’ve long resolved not to think whether man
created God or God man.
—FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY

Geology shows that fossils are of different ages. Paleontology
shows a fossil sequence, the list of species
representing changes through time. Taxonomy shows
biological relationships among species. Evolution is the
explanation that threads it all together. Creationism is
the practice of squeezing one’s eyes shut and wailing
“Does not!”
—ANONYMOUS

It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious
convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated.
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

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the
objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after
our own—a God, in short, who is but a reflection of
human frailty.
—ALBERT EINSTEIN

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is
that it is comprehensible.
—ALBERT EINSTEIN

And certainly we should take care not to make the intellect
our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no
personality.
—ALBERT EINSTEIN

It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is an
anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously.
I feel also not able to imagine some will or goal outside
the human sphere.
—ALBERT EINSTEIN

Morality is of the highest importance—but for us, not for
God.
—ALBERT EINSTEIN

Science . . . has been accused of undermining morals—
but wrongly. The ethical behavior of man is better based
on sympathy, education and social relationships, and
requires no support from religion. Man’s plight would,
indeed, be sad if he had to be kept in order through fear
of punishment and hope of rewards after death.
—ALBERT EINSTEIN

The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It
is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of
true art and true science.
—ALBERT EINSTEIN

There is much in the Bible against which every instinct of
my being rebels, so much that I regret the necessity which
has compelled me to read it through from beginning
to end. I do not think that the knowledge which I have
gained of its history and sources compensates me for the
unpleasant details it has forced upon my attention.
—HELEN KELLER

The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism,
agnosticism, disbelief—call it what you will—than any
book ever written; it has emptied more churches than
all the counterattractions of cinema, motor bicycle and
golf course.
—A. A. MILNE

“The Good Book”—one of the most remarkable euphemisms
ever coined.
—ASHLEY MONTAGU

Examine the religious principles which have, in fact,
prevailed in the world. You will scarcely be persuaded
that they are any thing but sick men’s dreams.
—DAVID HUME

Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and
bloody religion that has ever infected the world.
—VOLTAIRE

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by
the philosophers as false, and by the rulers as useful.
—SENECA THE YOUNGER

Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day; give him
a religion, and he’ll starve to death while praying for a
fish.
—ANONYMOUS

The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of
the next.
—RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Praying is like a rocking chair—it’ll give you something
to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.
—GYPSY ROSE LEE

Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped
in prayer.
—ANONYMOUS

Atheism, and the related conviction that we have just
one life to live, is the only sure way to regard all our fellow
creatures as brothers and sisters.
—CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS

“The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this,” he wrote in the letter written on January 3, 1954 to the philosopher Eric Gutkind, cited by The Guardian newspaper. in it, the renowned scientist, who declined an invitation to become Israel’s second president, rejected the idea that the Jews are God’s chosen people. “For me the Jewish religion like all others is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions,”
-ALBERT EINSTEIN

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4 Responses to “Religious Quotes”

  1. Vinyanov Says:

    Wow, that’s many quotes…

    I would put the following ones in bold. 🙂

    – STEPHEN HENRY ROBERTS
    – ANNIE DILLARD
    – ALBERT EINSTEIN (the “no door” one)
    – ALBERT EINSTEIN (the “importance of morality” one)
    – THEODORE DREISER

    (…Maybe that’s because I don’t feel they advocate atheism, though. 😉 )

  2. xiagan Says:

    Well, they are kind of bold by your comment now. 🙂

  3. Vinyanov Says:

    I know, but I don’t know how large a share of readers immediately scroll down to comments upon seeing a post. 😉

    (I hope that it is low, of course, and all your readers read your posts from start to finish 🙂 ).

  4. Vonk Says:

    Abraham Lincoln is a pimp. His attitude in the quote is pretty much my attitude about this whole ordeal.. It’s not my thing.

    P.S.
    I so hate the original ”Give a man a fish..” quote, so this was pretty funny.

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