Quotes from Famous Freethinkers

Quotes from Famous Freethinkers

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“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#1550 Jan 25, 2013
“If I were a CEO of a company and ran it like God runs the universe, I’d be fired.”

—Sherwin Wine, The Guardian, Sept. 18, 2007.

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#1551 Jan 25, 2013
“I remain an agnostic, and the practical outcome of agnosticism is that you act as though God did not exist,” Maugham wrote in his memoir The Summing Up (1938).

Maugham was a nonbeliever who saw no need for religion.

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#1552 Jan 25, 2013
“I do not believe in God. I see no need of such idea. It is incredible to me that there should be an after-life. I find the notion of future punishment outrageous and of future reward extravagant. I am convinced that when I die, I shall cease entirely to live; I shall return to the earth I came from.”

—W. Somerset Maugham, A Writer’s Notebook (1949)

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#1553 Jan 25, 2013
“I’m glad I don’t believe in God. When I look at the misery of the world and its bitterness I think that no belief can be more ignoble”.

“The evidence adduced to prove the truth of one religion is of very much the same sort as that adduced to prove the truth of another.

I wonder if that does not make the Christian uneasy to reflect that if he had been in Morocco he would have been a Mahometan, if in Ceylon a Buddhist; and in that case Christianity would have seemed to him as absurd and obviously untrue as those religions seem to the Christian.” D. 1965
(A Writer’s Notebook, 1949)
nOgOd

United States

#1555 Jan 28, 2013
"It is between fifty and sixty years since I read it [the Apocalypse], and I then considered it merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams."

-Thomas Jefferson, letter to General Alexander Smyth, Jan. 17, 182

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#1556 Feb 4, 2013
“—I'm the queerest young fellow that ever you heard.
My mother's a jew, my father's a bird.
With Joseph the joiner I cannot agree,
So here's to disciples and Calvary.

—If anyone thinks that I amn't divine
He'll get no free drinks when I'm making the wine
But have to drink water and wish it were plain
That I make when the wine becomes water again.

—Goodbye, now, goodbye. Write down all I said
And tell Tom, Dick and Harry I rose from the dead.
What's bred in the bone cannot fail me to fly
And Olivet's breezy... Goodbye, now, goodbye.”
" —James Joyce

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#1557 Feb 4, 2013
“Sweep aside those hatred-eaten mystics, who pose as friends of humanity and preach that the highest virtue man can practice is to hold his own life as of no value.”
" —Ayn Rand, character John Galt in Atlas Shrugged (1957)

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#1558 Feb 4, 2013
“Had there been a Lunatic Asylum in the suburbs of Jerusalem, Jesus Christ would infallibly have been shut up in it at the outset of his public career. That interview with Satan on a pinnacle of the Temple would alone have damned him, and everything that happened after could have confirmed the diagnosis. The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a Lunatic Asylum.”
—Havelock Ellis, "Impression and Comments"

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#1559 Feb 4, 2013
“... I decided (after listening to a 'talk radio' commentator who abused, vilified, and scorned every noble cause to which I had devoted my entire life that) I was both a Humanist and a liberal, each of the most dangerous and vilified type. I am a Humanist because I think humanity can, with constant moral guidance, create a reasonably decent society. I am terrified of restrictive religious doctrine, having learned from history that when men who adhere to any form of it are in control, common men like me are in peril. I do not believe that pure reason can solve the perceptual problems unless it is modified by poetry and art and social vision. So I am a Humanist. And if you want to charge me with being the most virulent kind—a secular humanist—I accept the accusation.”
—James Michener, Parade Magazine (Nov. 24, 1991)

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#1560 Feb 4, 2013
“There ain't no answer. There ain't going to be any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer.” — Gertrude Stein

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#1561 Feb 4, 2013
“The Chicago World's Fair having been decreed, the kind of church people who adopt meddling as a means of grace saw that now was their day of salvation. Hitherto, with their fussy restrictions on Sunday work and amusements, they had been obliged to function merely as local nuisances. Now they would close the World's Fair on Sunday and make themselves felt as pests by all nations.... The meddlers resolved to memorialize Congress to pay no money, make no appropriations in behalf of the Fair, save on the promise that the key should be turned on the exhibits every Saturday night, with no relief until Monday morning. They circulated petitions to this effect, and did such a business in collecting names that in some places they claimed more signatures than there were people.”

—George MacDonald, Sample of The Truth Seeker coverage, 1892

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#1562 Feb 4, 2013
“To me [Christianity] was all nonsense, based on that profane compilation of fables called the Bible.”

—Bill Haywood’s Book: The Autobiography of William Haywood (1929)

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#1563 Feb 5, 2013
“It is setting a high value upon our opinions to roast men and women alive on account of them.”~ Michel de Montaigne

“Reason's Greetings!”

Since: Feb 11

Pale Blue Dot

#1564 Feb 5, 2013
I saw this on Average Godless Man
http://sight66.com/2013/01/15/the-bullshit-fr...

The Bullshit Free Will Excuse

Heaven is a place where free will is preserved yet has no evil. Such a world is possible for God to create from the start. He chose not to.
nOgOd

Rockford, IL

#1565 Feb 6, 2013
"If you ever find yourself in a position where you want to forgive somebody, the very best way to forgive them is to have somebody murder your son."

-Dusty Smith

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#1566 Feb 8, 2013
"The only difference between a cult and a religion is the amount of real estate they own." ~ Frank Zappa

“Thank gods I'm an atheist”

Since: Dec 16

Hendersonville, NC

#1567 Jan 4, 2017
“I do not see in religion the mystery of the incarnation so much as the mystery of the social order. It introduces into the thought of heaven an idea of equalization, which saves the rich from being massacred by the poor.” -- Napoleon Bonaparte (Coyne, Jerry A.. Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible, page 255. Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.)

“Thank gods I'm an atheist”

Since: Dec 16

Hendersonville, NC

#1568 Jan 4, 2017
"A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." -- Max Planck

“Thank gods I'm an atheist”

Since: Dec 16

Hendersonville, NC

#1569 Jan 4, 2017
"An infinite God ought to be able to protect himself without going in partnership with state legislatures. Certainly he ought not so to act that laws become necessary to keep him from being laughed at. No one thinks of protecting Shakespeare from ridicule, by the threat of fine and imprisonment." - Robert Green Ingersoll

""If religion contained any truth, it could be ridiculed, insulted, even defiled, without being diminished in any way. Its truth would shine through: undimmed, unblemished, shaming those who abused it into silence." - Pat Condell

Hat's off to IANS for reminding me of these 2.

And, of course --

“When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obligated to call for help of the civil power, it’s a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.”-- Benjamin Franklin — letter to Richard Price, October 9, 1780
Amused

Lowell, MA

#1570 Jan 4, 2017
“To sum up: 1. The cosmos is a gigantic fly-wheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute. 2. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it. 3. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him the ride.”
― H.L. Mencken

“The essence of science is that it is always willing to abandon a given idea for a better one; the essence of theology is that it holds its truths to be eternal and immutable.”
― H.L. Mencken

“Religion is a concerted effort to deny the most obvious realities.”
― H.L. Mencken

“It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods. If such a board actually exists it operates precisely like the board of a corporation that is losing money.”
― H.L. Mencken

“One of the most irrational of all the conventions of modern society is the one to the effect that religious opinions should be respected.…[This] convention protects them, and so they proceed with their blather unwhipped and almost unmolested, to the great damage of common sense and common decency. that they should have this immunity is an outrage. There is nothing in religious ideas, as a class, to lift them above other ideas. On the contrary, they are always dubious and often quite silly. Nor is there any visible intellectual dignity in theologians. Few of them know anything that is worth knowing, and not many of them are even honest.”
― H.L. Mencken

“If we assume that man actually does resemble God, then we are forced into the impossible theory that God is a coward, an idiot and a bounder.”
― H.L. Mencken

“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

“What I'd like to read is a scientific review, by a scientific psychologist--if any exists--of 'A Scientific Man and the Bible'. By what route do otherwise sane men come to believe such palpable nonsense? How is it possible for a human brain to be divided into two insulated halves, one functioning normally, naturally and even brilliantly, and the other capable only of such ghastly balderdash which issues from the minds of Baptist evangelists? Such balderdash takes various forms, but it is at its worst when it is religious. Why should this be so? What is there in religion that completely flabbergasts the wits of those who believe in it? I see no logical necessity for that flabbergasting. Religion, after all, is nothing but an hypothesis framed to account for what is evidentially unaccounted for. In other fields such hypotheses are common, and yet they do no apparent damage to those who incline to them. But in the religious field they quickly rush the believer to the intellectual Bad Lands. He not only becomes anaesthetic to objective fact; he becomes a violent enemy of objective fact. It annoys and irritates him. He sweeps it away as something somehow evil...”
― H.L. Mencken,

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