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Famous Atheist and Secular Quotes and Wisdom
Compiled by Ahreeman X
Updated: January 12, 2014

"Fear of things invisible is the natural seed that which everyone in himself calleth religion."
(Thomas Hobbes)

"All thinking men are atheists."
(Ernest Hemingway)

"I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing."
(Douglas Adams)

"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 do not think it is necessary to believe that the same God who has given us our senses, reason, and intelligence wished us to abandon their use, giving us by some other means the information that we could gain through them."
(Galileo Galilei)

"You can achieve no greater spirituality... than with hard science."
(Kurt Abraham)

"The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church."
(Ferdinand Magellan)

"The most common explanation given for death and destruction attributed to 'Acts of God' is that God is unknowable and beyond human understanding. That also happens to be the very best description there is for what does not exist."
(Ed Martin)

"It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him."
(Arthur C. Clarke)

"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened."
(Sir Winston Churchill)

"Religion serves men as blinders serve horses."
(Eric Williams)

"You don't count the dead, when God's on your side!"
(Bob Dylan)

"Just remember that there is a big difference between kneeling down and bending over."
(Frank Zappa)

"God is a concept by which we measure our pain."
(John Lennon)

"Creationists make it sound like a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night."
(Isaac Asimov)

"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)

"I do not believe in any revelation. As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities."
(Charles Darwin)

"I reverse the phrase of Voltaire, and say that if God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him."
(Mikhail Bakunin)

"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)

"History teaches us that no other cause has brought more death than the word of god."
(Giulian Buzila)

"When I think of all the harm the Bible has done, I despair of ever writing anything equal to it."
(Oscar Wilde)

"Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private schools, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and the state forever separated."
(Ulysses S. Grant)

"Atheism leads a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation: all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue ..."
(Sir Francis Bacon)

"Our ignorance is God; what we know is science."
(Robert Ingersoll)

"Religion is man-made to assist in controlling the weak minded individuals because during times of atrocity and despair they feel strength in numbers."
(Benito Mussolini)

"Existentialism isn't so atheistic that it wears itself out showing that God doesn't exist. Rather, it declares that even if God did exist, that would change nothing."
(Jean-Paul Sartre)

"All religions are sick men's dreams, false .. demonstrably false .. and pernicious."
(Ibn Warraq)

"Prayers never bring anything ... They may bring solace to the sap, the bigot, the ignorant, the aboriginal, and the lazy - but to the enlightened it is the same as asking Santa Claus to bring you something for Xmas"
(W. C. Fields)

"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 refuse to believe in a god that would send me to hell just for not believing in him."
(Bob Snuka)

"The World is divided into armed camps ready to commit genocide just because we can't agree on whose fairy tales to believe."
(Ed Krebs)

"Faith can remove a mountain, but doubt can put it back in place again."
(Tage Danielsson)

"Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a God superior to themselves. Most Gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child."
(Robert A. Heinlein)

"Religion is designed for stupid people.
Science is designed for stupid people,
who are embarrassed by their stupidity,
who want to do something about it."
(Paul Lutus)

"The intelligent beings in these regions should therefore not be surprised if they observe that their locality in the universe satisfies the conditions that are necessary for their existence. It is a bit like a rich person living in a wealthy neighborhood not seeing any poverty."
(Stephen Hawking)

"I do not believe in a personal God."
(Stephen Hawking)

"Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet."
(Napoleon Bonaparte)

"There must be Religion. Otherwise the poor would murder the rich."
(Napoleon Bonaparte)

"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)

"What you should say to outsiders is that a Christian has neither more nor less rights in our Association than an atheist. When our platform becomes too narrow for people of all creeds and of no creeds, I myself shall not stand upon it."
(Susan B. Anthony)

"Religion has caused more misery to all of mankind in every stage of human history than any other single idea."
(Madalyn Murray O'Hair)

All Gods come from the same place - One's Imagination!
(Madalyn Murray O'Hair)

"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. Mencken)

"Religion is so absurd that it comes close to imbecility."
(H. L. Mencken)

"So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence."
(Bertrand Russell)

"Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing -- fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand."
(Bertrand Russell)

"Nothing is absolute; God, Angels, Prophets, Saints, Messengers, Church, Mosque, Synagogue, Temple, Laws, Rules, and Regulations are no exceptions to this. The only element which is absolute is the Change in itself."
(George Politzer)

"Three elements has put the last nail in the coffin of Philosophical Idealism (religion):
1. Theory of Evolution in biology by Charles Darwin
2. Theory of Relativity in physics by Albert Einstein
3. The Conservation Law of Matter and Energy in physics
Finally religion is scientifically dead."
(George Politzer)

"The pioneers and missionaries of religion have been the real cause of more trouble and war than all other classes of mankind."
(Edgar Allan Poe)

"No man who ever lived knows any more about the hereafter ... than you and I; and all religion ... is simply evolved out of chicanery, fear, greed, imagination and poetry."
(Edgar Allan Poe)

"Religion is a crutch for the weak-minded."
(Jesse Ventura)

"Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business."
(Jesse Ventura)

"Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do … And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever till the end of time! ... But He loves you ...."
(George Carlin)

"Christians worship a dead Jew on a stick."
(George Carlin)

"Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. I had hoped that liberal and enlightened thought would have reconciled the Christians so that their religious fights would not endanger the peace of Society."
(George Washington)

"I have never been a communicant."
(George Washington)

"To discriminate against a thoroughly upright citizen because he belongs to some particular church, or because, like Abraham Lincoln, he has not avowed his allegiance to any church, is an outrage against that liberty of conscience which is one of the foundations of American life."
(Theodore Roosevelt)

"I hold that in this country there must be complete severance of Church and State; that public moneys shall not be used for the purpose of advancing any particular creed; and therefore that the public schools shall be nonsectarian and no public moneys appropriated for sectarian schools."
(Theodore Roosevelt)

"The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason."
(Benjamin Franklin)

"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."
(Benjamin Franklin)

"In the affairs of the world, men are saved, not by faith, but by the want of it."
(Benjamin Franklin)

"During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution."
(James Madison)

"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise."
(James Madison)

"Every new and successful example, therefore, of a perfect separation between the ecclesiastical and civil matters, is of importance; and I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity the less they are mixed together"
(James Madison)

"It will not do to investigate the subject of religion too closely, as it is apt to lead to Infidelity."
(Abraham Lincoln)

"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)

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."
(Abraham Lincoln)

"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."
(Thomas Edison)

"So far as religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake... Religion is all bunk."
(Thomas Edison)

"I do not believe that any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of the United States."
(Thomas Edison)

"I do not fear death, in view of the fact that 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)

"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)

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

"Religion is the opiate of the masses."
(Karl Marx)

"The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion."
(Karl Marx)

"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people."
(Karl Marx)

"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)

"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)

"They said God was on high and he controlled the world and therefore we must pray against Satan. Well, if God controls the world, he controls Satan. For me, religion was full of misstatements and reaches of logic that I just couldn't agree with."
(Gene Roddenberry)

"This would be the best of all possible worlds if there were no religion in it"
(John Adams)

"The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."
(John Adams)

"The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity."
(John Adams)

"Let the human mind loose. It must be loose. It will be loose. Superstition and dogmatism cannot confine it."
(John Adams)

"The contemplation of this world beckoned as a liberation ... The road to this paradise was not as comfortable and alluring as the road to the religious paradise; but it has shown itself reliable, and I have never regretted having chosen it."
(Albert Einstein)

"Since our inner experiences consist of reproductions, and combinations of sensory impressions, the concept of a soul without a body seem to me to be empty and devoid of meaning."
(Albert Einstein)

"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)

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."
(Albert Einstein)

"The defense against childish helplessness is what lends its characteristic features to the adult's reaction to the helplessness which he has to acknowledge - a reaction which is precisely the formation of religion."
(Sigmund Freud)

"Religion originates in the child's and young mankind's fears and need for help. It cannot be otherwise."
(Sigmund Freud)

"When a man is freed of religion, he has a better chance to live a normal and wholesome life."
(Sigmund Freud)

"Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis."
(Sigmund Freud)

"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence"
(Carl Sagan)

"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)

"Atheism is more than just the knowledge that gods do not exist, and that religion is either a mistake or a fraud. Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature."
(Carl Sagan)

"Life is but a momentary glimpse of the wonder of the astonishing universe, and it is sad to see so many dreaming it away on spiritual fantasy."
(Carl Sagan)

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

"It is said that men may not be the dreams of the Gods, but rather that the Gods are the dreams of men."
(Carl Sagan)

"Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. 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)

"I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology."
(Thomas Jefferson)

"It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong."
(Thomas Jefferson)

"Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites."
(Thomas Jefferson)

"I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature."
(Thomas Jefferson)

"In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own"
(Thomas Jefferson)

"Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man."
(Thomas Jefferson)

"Of all religions the Christianity 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)

"Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world."
(Voltaire)

"Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense."
(Voltaire)

"God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh."
(Voltaire)

"If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him."
(Voltaire)

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere."
(Voltaire)

"The first clergyman was the first rascal who met the first fool"
(Voltaire)

"Men who believe absurdities will commit atrocities."
(Voltaire)

"Atheism is the voice of a few intelligent people."
(Voltaire)

"Belief in the sickness as the sickness - It was [Religion] which first painted the Devil on the world's wall; it was [Religion] which first brought sin into the world. Belief in the cure which it offered has now been shaken at its very roots: but 'belief in the sickness' which it teaches and propagates continues to exist."
(Friedrich Nietzsche)

"When a nation is on the downward path, when it feels its belief in its own future, its hope of freedom slipping from it, when it begins to see submission as a first necessity and the virtues of submission as measures of self-preservation, then it must overhaul its God."
(Friedrich Neitzsche)

"God is dead." "Where has God gone?" he cried. "I shall tell you. We have killed him - you and I."
(Friedrich Nietzsche)

"In heaven all the interesting people are missing."
(Friedrich Nietzsche)

"Which is it, is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's?"
(Friedrich Nietzsche)

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

"Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies."
(Friedrich Nietzsche)

"In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point."
(Friedrich Nietzsche)

"A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything."
(Friedrich Nietzsche)

"After coming into contact with a religious man, I always feel I must wash my hands."
(Friedrich Nietzsche)

"Religious people are usually tend to be:

a) Uneducated, because if they had any studies in physics, biology, or philosophy, then they would not be religious!

b) Illogical, because if they have ever taken a course in logic and argumentation and truly studied it, then they would have changed their chain of thought!

c) Irrational, because they just continue in their belief by only the blind faith rather than asking for proofs and logical explanations!

d) Superficial, because they are not often readers, they just follow the word of mouth rather than doing some investigation and reading of their own!

e) Superstitious, because they are too deep into matters of destiny, omen, faith, lord's will, good and evil, luck, bad seed, good fortune, evil eye, and other nonsense that they cannot even think with free minds!

f) Emotional, because they are easily emotionally influenced by their leaders, to be forced into religious excitements, disturbances, riots, or holy wars (Jihads)!

g) Ignorant, because they often do not want to learn something new daily or have tendency to change things; however, they are just happy to maintain the Status Quo as it has been for decades and centuries!

h) Weak, because in times of crisis, they have to escape to supernatural rather than strongly rely on themselves to take the most logical step towards finding the solution!

i) Fanatical, because their belief in their blind faith is unshakable, not for any logical reasons what so ever, yet because their parents believed the same and their grand parents taught their parents so!

j) Dogmatic, because they will not accept any change, ration, logic, or anything different from their norm, no matter how pleasantly acceptable it may seem; therefore, they will stick to their ancient ways as if it has been written to be the unchangeable law!

k) Dangerous, because they often are willing to prove their point by the use of violence, they will oppress anyone who says anything different, some are even willing to fight and die to become martyrs so they can buy their keys to the heaven!

Conclusion: Mind is a terrible thing to waste on religion, so study, learn, examine, experience, experiment, use dialogue, discuss, and educate yourselves."
(Ahreeman X)

"Holy Books are nothing but story books made for adults by charlatans called the prophets and their sidekick saints; furthermore, when sitting at the dinner table and thankfully praying to some invisible myth for giving you the food, try thanking your brain and arm muscles for working hard and providing that meal."
(Ahreeman X)

"Critical Thinking is the key to open the door towards the scientific and logical ultimate alternative; therefore, this key will save us from sliding down towards the depths of ignorance, superstition, supernatural, and the dark pits of the Religious Abyss."
(Ahreeman X)

"Scientific Knowledge is the key to freedom, Religious Superstition is the key to infection!"
(Ahreeman X)

"Religion is an illusion. The future of this illusion offers heaven, and if you don't play along, it ships you to hell!"
(Ahreeman X)

"Morality has nothing to do with the belief in religion and God. Morality is a doctrine and principles, which the man can set for himself to become a better man. If anything, the religion is the most immoral phenomenon in history of mankind, because it is The Big Lie."
(Ahreeman X)

"Here is a theory for you: Your Mothers were apes and your fathers were little green aliens, but there were no holy intelligent designer involved in this evolution, so deal with it!"
(Ahreeman X)

"You want to buy salvation, go to the Mosque. I make you earn your salvation through education."
(Ahreeman X)

"Religion is for simple minds. Simple minds, simple pleasures!"
(Ahreeman X)

"The weak has to escape from reality and wrap himself in a security blanket. This security blanket is called God."
(Ahreeman X)

"The early man was weak, helpless and ignorant; therefore, he created God!"
(Ahreeman X)

"Prophets are charlatans with tools to sell salvation, their tools are called the holy books!"
(Ahreeman X)

"I created God, I The Creator …"
(Ahreeman X)

"God is dead, long live the thinking man!"
(Ahreeman X)

"I believe it all comes down to:

People of intellect versus people of faith,
or
Science/Logic versus Faith."
(Ahreeman X)

“God is a myth.
Religion is a superstition.
Prophets are Charlatans.”
(Ahreeman X)

“Life without Evolution is like American Football without Forward Pass!”
(Ahreeman X)

May the wisdom be with you …

Dr. X


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Atom represents the modern Atomic Era and the information age. Open-ended vertical orbital signifies that not all is yet known but the more science discovers, the more we progress. The A in the middle represents Atheism. All together the Atheist logo represents Science.


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