Quotes from Famous Freethinkers

Aug 10, 2012 Full story: 1,536
How about posting some of your favorite quotes that speak to non-theism, Humanism, freethought, etc. Full Story

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#22 Aug 11, 2012
"If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people." ~ Dr. Gregory House, M.D.

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#23 Aug 11, 2012
-Skeptic- wrote:
<quoted text>
I say there is no god. Until there's evidence that 1) its possible 2) There's hard evidence.
Until then there's no god, just like there's no santa, angels or souls.
That's a fact, until some more facts come along and disprove them.
I too say that there are no gods, but that is not what makes me an atheist. I am without theism, I am non theist and that is what makes me atheist.

I also, deny that gods exist, and while the word "atheist" is used by many people, to cover that stand, I don't use it in exactly that way. I have referred to myself as an "avowed atheist", but still that does not sufficiently say, that I deny any possibility of the gods existing. Maybe there is a word, that will suffice, but I have not found it yet. For now, I am without the appropriate verbal designation.
nOgOd

Rockford, IL

#24 Aug 11, 2012
"If you believe in judgement day I have to seriously question your judgement."
Bill Maher
nOgOd

Rockford, IL

#25 Aug 12, 2012
"I favor compulsory religious instruction in schools because I know of no other way to guarantee the steady mass production of atheism in our young."

Christopher Hitchens

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#26 Aug 12, 2012
Hedonist wrote:
<quoted text>
spam. Read the title of this thread.
hey, I'm a famous freethinker ;)

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#27 Aug 12, 2012
“No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and pretend it’s about your ‘religious freedom’. If you don’t like birth control, don’t use it. Religious freedom doesn’t mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs.”~ President Barack Obama

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#28 Aug 12, 2012
“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 one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic.

"I finally decided that I'm a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist.

"I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time.”~ Isaac Asimov

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#29 Aug 12, 2012
My God Can Beat Up Your God
Richard Bamford

My god can beat up your god.

Do you know his name? Sure you do. He talks to you every day. You could not live a normal life without him. You believe in him, whether you like it or not. Unless you abandon him completely, you cannot deny he exists.

My god is a more personal god than yours can ever be, for if you have enough sense to understand these words, my god lives within you. He lives within us all, to some degree. A heartbreaking few cannot understand him, but this is not their fault. The real tragedy is the multitudes who ignore much of his counsel, particularly when he questions your god too deeply.

My god has been around longer than your god. He was here before the many other gods that preceded your god. Though you will likely scoff at the notion, my god was the father of your god, as he was to all gods. But that was long ago when he was young and not yet sure of himself. Though many of your god's followers try to hold him down, my god grows stronger and more independent each day.

• When your god expelled us from paradise for eating an apple, my god taught us to grow our own fruit.
• When your god forbade knowledge, demanding we live in ignorance, my god created books.
• When your god smote cities like a tantrum-prone child, my god helped to rebuild them.
• When your god insisted the world was flat, my god showed his followers it was round, to their peril at the hands of your god's followers.
• While your god watched in silence as children sickened and died, my god created medicines to make them well.
• When your god winked and nodded at slavery, my god argued passionately against it.
• While your god represses half the human race, my god considers woman to be the equal of man.
• When your god only helps those who help themselves, my god rolls up his sleeves and actually does help until your god decides to join in, and then steals all the credit.
• When your god inspired great buildings and great art, my god made them possible.
• While your god says we are all born sinners, tainted before we even draw breath, my god says we are all born innocent; a clean slate with limitless potential.
• While your god offers dubious allusions of an afterlife, my god provides for us here in this life.
• While your god makes amazing promises, but offers not a shred of proof, my god performs amazing deeds, and the proof is there to be seen by all.
• While your god demands blind faith and obsequious obedience, my god encourages questions, even about himself.
• When your god says "Thou shalt not," my god says "You can do anything."

My god is reason. He does more in a day than your god will ever do.

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#30 Aug 12, 2012
"I always think it's a sign of victory when they move on to the ad hominem." ~ Christopher Hitchens
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#31 Aug 12, 2012
Hedonist wrote:
“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 one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic.
"I finally decided that I'm a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist.
"I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time.”~ Isaac Asimov
I call myself a humanist or agnostic for a different reason to Mr Asimov. I don't see it as a compromise, I just reject defining myself in religious terms. Religionists are perfectly welcome to call me atheist.

I think that, like Humanists saying they are 'good without god', it is out of date. There is no further need to refer to religion when describing or defining oneself.

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#32 Aug 12, 2012
“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

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#33 Aug 12, 2012
"If an all-powerful god either caused the earthquake in Haiti or stood passively by as thousands perished, he would be a god more worthy of blame than praise. Some days the best thing you can say about God is that he doesn't exist." ~ Dr. Herb Silverman

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#34 Aug 12, 2012
“Truth does not demand belief. Scientists do not join hands every Sunday, singing,‘Yes, gravity is real! I will have faith! I will be strong! I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up must come down, down, down. Amen!’ If they did, we would think they were pretty insecure about it.”~ Dan Barker

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#35 Aug 12, 2012
“I should not believe in the Gospel if I had not the authority of the Church for so doing.”(St. Augustine, against the epistle entitled”“Of the Foundation”[ed. Vives, vol xxv, p. 435]:“Ego vero Evangelio non crederem, nisi me catholicae ecclesiae commoveret auetoritas ... Ego me ad eos teneam, quibus praecipientibus Evangelio credidi.”)

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#36 Aug 12, 2012
“Faith is a cop-out. It is intellectual bankruptcy. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it can't be taken on its own merits.”~ Dan Barker

“Theists claim that there is a god; atheists do not. Religionists often challenge atheists to prove that there is no god; but this misses the point. Atheists claim god is unproved, not disproved.”~ Dan Barker

“The eye has it...”

Since: Jan 12

Russell's teapot.

#37 Aug 12, 2012
It was not that Adam ate the apple for the apple's sake, but because it was forbidden. It would have been better for us -- oh infinitely better for us -- if the serpent had been forbidden. -- Mark Twain, Mark Twain's Notebook

“The eye has it...”

Since: Jan 12

Russell's teapot.

#38 Aug 12, 2012
"Most people can't bear to sit in church for an hour on Sundays. How are they supposed to live somewhere very similar to it for eternity?" - Mark Twain

“The eye has it...”

Since: Jan 12

Russell's teapot.

#39 Aug 12, 2012
"If lightning is the anger of the gods, the gods are concerned mostly with trees.– Lao Tse.

“Tis the Season for Reason!”

Since: Feb 11

Pale Blue Dot

#40 Aug 12, 2012
When it comes to bullshit, big-time, major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims, religion. No contest. No contest. Religion. Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it. 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 'til the end of time!

But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, you talk about a good bullshit story. Holy Shit!

-George Carlin

Here is the rest of that monologue in written form:

http://rense.com/general69/obj.htm
nOgOd

Rockford, IL

#41 Aug 12, 2012
"Society will only be free when the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest."

Denis Diderot

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