Quotes from Famous Freethinkers

Aug 10, 2012 | Posted by: Hedonist

How about posting some of your favorite quotes that speak to non-theism, Humanism, freethought, etc.
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#832 Oct 8, 2012

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#833 Oct 8, 2012
Hedonist wrote:
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Oh look, it's another Christian whose decided to show us all what Christian teachings actually teach people. Such a fine example of typical Christian hate.
I think she sounds more like one of you.

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#834 Oct 8, 2012
"How dismal it is to see present day Americans yearning for the very orthodoxy that their country was founded to escape." ~ &#8213; Christopher Hitchens

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#835 Oct 8, 2012
"I want an avowed atheist in the White House. When time comes to push that button, I want whoever's making the decision to understand that once it's pushed, it's over. Finito. They're not gonna have lunch with Jesus. Won't be deflowering 72 virgins on the great shag carpet of eternity, or reincarnated as a cow. I want someone making that decision who believes life on this Earth isn't just a dress rehearsal for something better -- but the only shot we get." ~ Quentin R. Bufogle

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#836 Oct 8, 2012
"It is time we admitted, from kings and presidents on down, that there is no evidence that any of our books was authored by the Creator of the universe. The Bible, it seems certain, was the work of sand-strewn men and women who thought the earth was flat and for whom a wheelbarrow would have been a breathtaking example of emerging technology. To rely on such a document as the basis for our worldview-however heroic the efforts of redactors- is to repudiate two thousand years of civilizing insights that the human mind has only just begun to inscribe upon itself through secular politics and scientific culture. We will see that the greatest problem confronting civilization is not merely religious extremism: rather, it is the larger set of cultural and intellectual accommodations we have made to faith itself." ~ Sam Harris

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#837 Oct 8, 2012
"Eskimo: "If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?"

Priest: "No, not if you did not know."

Eskimo: "Then why did you tell me?"

~ Annie Dillard

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#838 Oct 8, 2012
"Everything about Christianity is contained in the pathetic image of 'the flock'." ~ Christopher Hitchens

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#839 Oct 8, 2012
"It is taboo in our society to criticize a persons religious faith... these taboos are offensive, deeply unreasonable, but worse than that, they are getting people killed. This is really my concern. My concern is that our religions, the diversity of our religious doctrines, is going to get us killed. I'm worried that our religious discourse- our religious beliefs are ultimately incompatible with civilization." ~ Sam Harris

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#840 Oct 8, 2012
"Atheism is a religion like not collecting stamps is a hobby." ~ Penn Jillette

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#841 Oct 8, 2012
"You don't get to advertise all the good that your religion does without first scrupulously subtracting all the harm it does and considering seriously the question of whether some other religion, or no religion at all, does better." ~ Daniel C. Dennett

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#842 Oct 8, 2012
"But if the gods do not exist at all - then we are lost,' I said.

On the contrary - we are found!' said Aesop.

But when we are afraid, who can we turn to, if not the gods?'

Ourselves. We turn to ourselves anyway. We only pretend there are gods and that they care about us. It is a comforting falsehood."

~ Erica Jong

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#843 Oct 8, 2012
"I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs." ~ Frederick Douglass

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#844 Oct 8, 2012
"I am now convinced that children should not be subjected to the frightfulness 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

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#845 Oct 8, 2012
Hedonist wrote:
"You don't get to advertise all the good that your religion does without first scrupulously subtracting all the harm it does and considering seriously the question of whether some other religion, or no religion at all, does better." ~ Daniel C. Dennett
Lots of holes in that one, but we'll let it go- you're on a roll.

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#846 Oct 8, 2012
"Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions." ~ Blaise Pascal

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#847 Oct 8, 2012
"When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me." ~ Emo Philips

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#848 Oct 8, 2012
"Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer" ~ anonymous

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#849 Oct 8, 2012
"George Bush says he speaks to god every day, and christians love him for it. If George Bush said he spoke to god through his hair dryer, they would think he was mad. I fail to see how the addition of a hair dryer makes it any more absurd." ~ Sam Harris

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#850 Oct 8, 2012
"Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned." ~ anonymous

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#851 Oct 8, 2012
"Religion does three things quite effectively: Divides people, Controls people, Deludes people." ~ Carlespie Mary Alice McKinney

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