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25 November 2008 @ 08:57 am
Famous Atheist Quotes  
There have been many famous atheists over time - it may even surprise you. These are some quotes from both famous atheists and those who are rejecting the idea of an organized religion. Some of them are the greatest minds of all mankind.

"The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma." - Abraham Lincoln, American President

"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 religion than it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it." - Albert Einstein, German-born American physicist

"You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, intelligent enough." - Aldous Huxley, author "Roots"

"I don’t believe in God. My god is patriotism. Teach a man to be a good citizen and you have solved the problem of life." - Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-born American industrialist and philanthropist

"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 that one is an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow it was better to say one was a humanist or agnostic. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect that he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time." - Isaac Asimov, Russian-born - American author

"All thinking men are atheists." - Ernest Hemingway, American author

"Religion is a byproduct of fear. For much of human history, it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?" - Arthur C. Clarke, author

"I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life, I absenteed myself from Christian assemblies." - Benjamin Franklin, American Founding Father, author, and inventor

"I'm glad some people have that faith. I don't have that faith. If there is a God, a caring God, then we have to figure he's done an extraordinary job of making a very cruel world." - Dave Matthews, rock musician

"I wasn't raised Catholic, but I used to go to Mass with my friends, and I viewed the whole business as a lot of very enthralling hocus-pocus. There's a guy hanging upon the wall in the church, nailed to a cross and dripping blood, and everybody's blaming themselves for that man's torment, but I said to myself, 'Forget it. I had no hand in that evil. I have no original sin. There’s no blood of any sacred martyr on my hands. I pass on all of this." - Billy Joel, American musician

"Religion is just mind control." - George Carlin, comedian

"Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense." - Francois Marie Arouet "Voltaire", French author and playwright

"If you want to get together in any exclusive situation and have people love you, fine- but to hang all this desperate sociology on the idea of The Cloud-Guy who has The Big Book, who knows if you've been bad or good- and CARES about any of it- to hang it all on that, folks, is the chimpanzee part of the brain working. " - Frank Zappa, American musician

"They know that it is human nature to take up causes whereby a man may oppress his neighbor, no matter how unjustly. ... Hence they have had no trouble in finding men who would preach the damnability and heresy of the new doctrine from the very pulpit." - Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer

"The most serious parody I have ever heard was this: In the beginning was nonsense, and the nonsense was with God, and the nonsense was God." - Friedrich Nietzsche, German philologist and philosopher

"I condemn false prophets, I condemn the effort to take away the power of rational decision, to drain people of their free will--and a hell of a lot of money in the bargain. Religions vary in their degree of idiocy, but I reject them all. For most people, religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain." - Gene Roddenberry, Creator of Star Trek

"There is so much in the bible against which every insinct of my being rebels, so much so that I regret the necessity which has compelled me to read it through from beginning to end. I do not think that the knowledge I have gained of its history and sources compensates me for the unpleasant details it has forced upon my attention." - Helen Keller, American lecturer

"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise." - James Madison, American president and political theorist

"The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity." - John Adams, U.S. President, Founding Father of the United States

"Who wants to go to Heaven with all those asshole angels?" - Marilyn Manson, American rock musician

"All religions have been made by men." - Napoleon Bonaparte, French emperor

"Faith is believing something you know ain’t true." - Samuel Clemens "Mark Twain", American author and humorist

"Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies." - Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President, author, scientist, architect, educator, and diplomat

"Religion is all bunk." - Thomas Edison, American inventor

"All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish (Islam), appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit." - Thomas Paine, English born American author and revolutionary leader

"Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis." - Sigmund Freud, Austrian physician and pioneer psychoanalyst

"The social principles of Christianity preach cowardice, self-contempt, abasement, submission, humility, in a word all the qualities of the canaille." - Karl Marx, German political philosopher and economist



Other famous religious opponents include:
Oscar Wilde, author and playwrite
Epicurius, greek philosopher
Charlie Chaplain, British born actor, director, and producer
William Howard Taft, American president
Fidel Castro, Cuban dictator
Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, educator, mathematician, and social critic
Elizabeth Cody-Stanton, American suffragist
George Bernard Shaw, Irish-born English playwright
Gloria Steinam, women's rights activist
Kurt Vonnegut, American author
Leo Tolstoy, Russian revolutionary
Walter "Walt" Disney, American cartoonist, showman, and film producer
Charles Schultz, American cartoonist of "Peanuts"
Susan B. Anthony, American suffragist
Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch painter
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