Below is my continuing list of favorite quotes from The Atheist’s Bible: An Illustrious Collection of Irreverent Thoughts. As I said before, many of these are old familiar friends but quite a few are sparkling new jewels.
I’ll post more as the treasure hunt progresses.
- 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 counterattractions of cinema, motor bicycle and golf course. ~A . A . Milne
- Religion has done more to bust-up humanity than anything. ~Whoopi Goldberg
- Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the philosophers as false, and by the rulers as useful. ~Seneca the Younger
- I have heard an atheist defined as a man who had no invisible means of support. ~John Buchan
- To know a person’s religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must fi nd his brand of intolerance. ~Eric Hoffer
- A faith which cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets. ~Arthur C. Clarke
- Lighthouses are more helpful than churches. ~Benjamin Franklin
- All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher. ~Lucretius
- Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer. ~Anonymous
- The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion. ~Arthur C. Clarke
- There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behave. ~Louis Kronenberger
- Wherever morality is based on theology, wherever the right is made dependent on divine authority, the most immoral, unjust, infamous things can be justifi ed and established. ~Ludwig Feuerbach
- It is only by dispelling the clouds and phantoms of Religion, that we shall discover Truth, Reason, and Morality. ~Baron d’Holbach
- I believe that our obligation is to make life better because it’s our obligation to each other as human beings. Not in relation to eternal rewards and infernal punishments. ~Susan Jacoby
- It is wonderful how much time good people spend fi ghting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui. ~Helen Keller
- Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation; all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not; but superstition dismounts all these and erecteth an absolute monarchy in the minds of men. ~Francis Bacon
- Science … has been accused of undermining morals—but wrongly. The ethical behavior of man is better based on sympathy, education and social relationships, and requires no support from religion. Man’s plight would, indeed, be sad if he had to be kept in order through fear of punishment and hope of rewards after death. ~Albert Einstein
Last quote found on page 87.
Note: Originally posted on my old blogspot site on 04/01/10