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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"You have confused a war on your religion with not always getting what you want." ~ Jon Stewart

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"If this is going to be a Christian Nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it." ~ Steve Colbert

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"A scientist reads dozens of book in his lifetime and still believes that he has a lot more to learn. A religious person barely reads parts of one book and thinks that they know it all." ~ anonymous

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"Faith is not a 'reason'. Uttering 'because I have faith' only changes the question from why do you believe to why do you have faith. The only difference is that you removed 'evidence' from the list of possible answers.

Faith is simply believing that something is true because you want it to be true. That is neither honest nor something to base real world decisions on." ~ anonymous

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Reason is the mistress and queen of all things.”

—Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BCE

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“Truth for authority, not authority for truth.”
—Unorthodox Quakeress Lucretia Mott, born on Jan. 3, 1793.

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“I persist in preferring philosophers to rabbis, priests, imams, ayatollahs, and mullahs. Rather than trust their theological hocus-pocus, I prefer to draw on alternatives to the dominant philosophical historiography: the laughers, materialists, radicals, cynics, hedonists, atheists, sensualists, voluptuaries. They know that there is only one world, and that promotion of an afterlife deprives us of the enjoyment and benefit of the only one there is. A genuinely deadly sin.”

—Michel Onfray, Atheist Manifesto

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I don't like the intellectual label.
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“I always flinch in embarrassment for the believer who trots out,“Atheism is just another kind of faith,” because it’s a tacit admission that taking claims on faith is a silly thing to do. When you’ve succumbed to arguing that the opposition is just as misguided as you are, it’s time to take a step back and rethink your attitudes.” - Amanda Marcotte

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On January 5th. in 1527, heretic Felix Manz was drowned under sentence of the Zurich city council. As an Anabaptist, Manz was killed for believing in baptism for cognizant adults rather than in infant baptism.

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“Who burnt heretics? Who roasted or drowned millions of 'witches'? Who built dungeons and filled them? Who brought forth cries of agony from honest men and women that rang to the tingling stars? Who burnt Bruno? Who spat filth over the graves of Paine and Voltaire? The answer is one word--CHRISTIANS.”

—G.W. Foote. "Are Atheists Wicked?," chapter from Flowers of Freethought (1894)

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“I believe that when I am dead, I am dead. I believe that with my death I am just as much obliterated as the last mosquito you and I squashed.”

—Jack London

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“There was a time when religion ruled the world. It is known as the Dark Ages.”

—Ruth Hurmence Green, 1980

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From one person who was born a bastard, and until the passing of ten generations, there can be born, more than a 100,000 people, who will all burn in the bible gods, hell. Not one of these people need know that a bastard was ever in their family. Not one needs to know that their every action matters not, to that almighty god. To serve the clergy without final reward is their lot.
Their lives from beginning to end have been forfeit, as were those of their parents and their parents, parents. For maybe up to three hundred years, all but the two who created this family's first bastard, will burn. No such hell does the bible promise for them.
Money and the clergy have created other large group of bastards.
A successful man long married, a father, grandfather, and new great grandfather, finds himself attracted to a much younger woman, whom he cannot have because he is married. There have been many affairs, but none of these women except her, have said no. With his money and the clergy's help, his long marriage is annulled, making him free to marry, this young woman.
His ex-wife is now a fallen woman, she has had sex and delivered children without benefit of sanctified marriage. These children (once his) are now, all bastards, as are their children and their children's children, and so on.
He has doomed to hell, these sons and daughters who have never turned away from their father. The grandchildren who idolize him, are to burn for his deeds, but not so the child of this new marriage. This child will be conceived in Holy Wedlock, and born more than nine months into the marriage. This marriage will not be annulled, the husband won't live long enough, to buy another out.
This former family has been abandoned, by their father, their god and their church. There still will be seven more generations with them, to be burned, so that this new husband and father might once again, even though Viagra is making it possible, feel the pride of getting it up. Can you say, praise the lord?
As it most often happens, a few years into the new marriage, he has retired and sold his business. The new wife has divorced him and taken everything. It was easy to do when he had the stroke. She had his power of attorney, nothing more was needed. The wife he did away with, has given him a room in her little home, that they bought together in their first years of marriage.
She houses, feeds and cares for him, for his very short time left. She will not ever forgive him, because she knows that no amount of prayer will save her children and grandchildren from Satan's hell. She will bury him, in the churchyard. He will enter those pearly gates, and reap the reward which he has stolen from her and his children.
The bible god is a fair and loving god, and he will forgive you for murder. He will forgive you for raping and brutalizing babies, but he will not forgive you, should there somewhere be, in your past family history, a bastard born. Even unto the tenth generation.
~ R. P.

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On the internet you can be anything you want to be.

It's strange that so many people choose to be stupid.

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"When I hear from people that religion doesn't hurt anything, I say, really? Well besides wars, the Crusades, the Inquisitions, 9-11, ethnic cleansing, the suppression of women, the suppression of homosexuals, fatwas, honor killings, suicide bombings, arranged marriages to minors, human sacrifice, burning witches, and systematic sex with children, I have a few little quibbles. And I forgot blowing up girl schools in Afghanistan."

—Bill Maher, in an interview with Don Imus on Fox, Nov. 1, 2009

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“Of God, the Devil and Darwin, we have really good scientific evidence for the existence of only Darwin.”

—Niall Shanks, God, the Devil and Darwin, 2004

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“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 counter-attractions of cinema, motor bicycle and golf course.”

—A.A. Milne

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“If triangles made a god, they would give him three sides.”

—Montesquieu, Persian Letters, 1721

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“It is a bizarre thought that in this [U.S. 2008] presidential cycle we could have had a woman in the White House, we might have a black man in the White House, but if either of them had said they were atheists neither of them would have had a hope in hell.”

—Julian Barnes, interview with Maclean’s magazine, 2008.

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