Agnostic Quotes

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Isaac Asimov
“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

Bertrand Russell
“As a philosopher, if I were speaking to a purely philosophic audience I should say that I ought to describe myself as an Agnostic, because I do not think that there is a conclusive argument by which one can prove that there is not a God. On the other hand, if I am to convey the right impression to the ordinary man in the street I think that I ought to say that I am an Atheist, because, when I say that I cannot prove that there is not a God, I ought to add equally that I cannot prove that there are not the Homeric gods.”
Bertrand Russell

Voltaire
“If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated."

(Notebooks)”
Voltaire

Roger Zelazny
“A totally nondenominational prayer: Insofar as I may be heard by anything, which may or may not care what I say, I ask, if it matters, that I be forgiven for anything I may have done or failed to do which requires forgiveness.  Conversely, if not forgiveness but something else may be required to insure any possible benefit for which I may be eligible after the destruction of my body, I ask that this, whatever it may be, be granted or withheld, as the case may be, in such a manner as to insure said benefit. I ask this in my capacity as your elected intermediary between yourself and that which may not be yourself, but which may have an interest in the matter of your receiving as much as it is possible for you to receive of this thing, and which may in some way be influenced by this ceremony. Amen.”
Roger Zelazny, Creatures of Light and Darkness

James Frey
“Are we biology or God or something higher? I know my heart beats and I listen to it. The beat is biology, but what is the song? ”
James Frey

Jim Butcher
“I wouldn't burden any decent system of faith by participating in it... I'm not agnostic. Just nonpartisan. Theological Switzerland, that's me.”
Jim Butcher, Death Masks

Henri-Frédéric Amiel
“A belief is not true because it is useful”
Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Mark Twain
“A God who could make good children as easily a bad, yet preferred to make bad ones; who could have made every one of them happy, yet never made a single happy one; who made them prize their bitter life, yet stingily cut it short; who gave his angels eternal happiness unearned, yet required his other children to earn it; who gave is angels painless lives, yet cursed his other children with biting miseries and maladies of mind and body; who mouths justice, and invented hell--mouths mercy, and invented hell--mouths Golden Rules and forgiveness multiplied by seventy times seven, and invented hell; who mouths morals to other people, and has none himself; who frowns upon crimes, yet commits them all; who created man without invitation, then tries to shuffle the responsibility for man's acts upon man, instead of honorably placing it where it belongs, upon himself; and finally, with altogether divine obtuseness, invites his poor abused slave to worship him!”
Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger

Clarence Darrow
“I am an Agnostic because I am not afraid to think. I am not afraid of any god in the universe who would send me or any other man or woman to hell. If there were such a being, he would not be a god; he would be a devil.”
Clarence Darrow

Bruce Springsteen
“I leave pansies, the symbolic flower of freethought, in memory of the Great Agnostic, Robert Ingersoll, who stood for equality, education, progress, free ideas and free lives, against the superstition and bigotry of religious dogma. We need men like him today more than ever. His writing still inspires us and challenges the 'better angels' of our nature, when people open their hearts and minds to his simple, honest humanity. Thank goodness he was here.”
Bruce Springsteen

Alexander Graham Bell
“I have always considered myself as an Agnostic...”
Alexander Graham Bell, Bell: Alexander Graham Bell and the Conquest of Solitude

Mark Twain
“If I were to construct a God I would furnish Him with some way and qualities and characteristics which the Present lacks.”
Mark Twain

“We are ultimately unknowable to ourselves and others. Our past and future are mostly unknowable. God is unknowable. For the present the universe - its origins and its destiny - is unknowable, as is whether there are many universes. Infinity is unknowable. These are some of the fundamental reasons why I call myself an agnostic.”
Michael Krasny, Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic's Quest

“Obviously, if theism is a belief in a God and atheism is a lack of a belief in a God, no third position or middle ground is possible. A person can either believe or not believe in a God. Therefore, our previous definition of atheism has made an impossibility out of the common usage of agnosticism to mean 'neither affirming nor denying a belief in God.' Actually, this is no great loss, because the dictionary definition of agnostic is still again different from Huxley’s definition. The literal meaning of agnostic is one who holds that some aspect of reality is unknowable. Therefore, an agnostic is not simply someone who suspends judgment on an issue, but rather one who suspends judgment because he feels that the subject is unknowable and therefore no judgment can be made. It is possible, therefore, for someone not to believe in a God (as Huxley did not) and yet still suspend judgment (ie, be an agnostic) about whether it is possible to obtain knowledge of a God. Such a person would be an atheistic agnostic. It is also possible to believe in the existence of a force behind the universe, but to hold (as did Herbert Spencer) that any knowledge of that force was unobtainable. Such a person would be a theistic agnostic.”
Gordon Stein

Leslie Stephen
“The Agnostic is one who asserts 'what no one denies' that there are limits to the sphere of human intelligence.”
Leslie Stephen

Robert M. Price
“I do not expect that the mere fact that I was once an evangelical apologist and now see things differently should itself count as evidence that I must be right. That would be the genetic fallacy. It would be just as erroneous to think that John Rankin must be right in having embraced evangelical Christianity since he had once been an agnostic Unitarian and repudiated it for the Christian faith.”
Robert M. Price

“There is I believe the imperative necessity that understanding myself is a prerequisite for even asking questions about consciousness and God. Understanding myself and understanding God is one question. Any discussion on the existence of something including my existence or the existence of God that bypasses the ancient question of what being self is, is nebulous. (Deus Absconditus - The Hidden God)”
Michael M Nikoletseas

Michael M. Nikoletseas
“Knowledge of the mechanisms of the brain as an instrument
all the way down the reductionistic range is useful not only
in implementing applications, but also most importantly in
the evolution of new, more parsimonious concepts. It is
evident that success of a particular search depends entirely
on our understanding of our tools, mechanical and cognitive.
God will remain hidden as long as we eschew this
requirement.
(Deus Absconditus - The Hidden God)”
Michael M. Nikoletseas, Deus Absconditus - The Hidden God

“understanding God rationally would entail distancing from experiencing God, the magnitude of this estrangement positively correlating with the degree of progress in science at a given time."
(Deus Absconditus - The Hidden God)”
Michael M Nikoletseas

Abhijit Naskar
“I don't care about your religious belief or disbelief, all I care about is your behavior with others.”
Abhijit Naskar, Ain't Enough to Look Human

“The secular version of becoming godlike: be excellent. Why? Because people imagine gods as vastly excelled version of themselves. The more excellent, the more god.”
Thomas Vato

Abhijit Naskar
“Healers Don’t Exist (The Sonnet)

Healers don't exist,
Only humans do.
Once you step outside the self,
You'll see the world anew.
Gods don't exist,
Only goodness does.
Prayers may soothe your soul,
Action is what change requires.
Psychics don't exist,
But sanctity is everywhere.
Once you stop conning your soul,
The bridge ahead will vividly appear.
When the heart awakens from superstition,
Everybody will be hometown human.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Shape of A Human: Our America Their America

Abhijit Naskar
“Gods don't exist, only goodness does.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Shape of A Human: Our America Their America

Abhijit Naskar
“God is the placebo for the masses, it may solve trivial problems of society, but to treat the big issues, what is required is actual medicine, that is, actual, tangible human intervention.”
Abhijit Naskar, When Veins Ignite: Either Integration or Degradation

Abhijit Naskar
“I don't worship Gods, I make them.”
Abhijit Naskar, When Veins Ignite: Either Integration or Degradation

Abhijit Naskar
“If you need a god, keep it - everybody has imaginary friends, my imaginary friend is my late teacher, and I find it therapeutic to talk to him whenever I hit rock bottom. It's just something we humans need to survive, quite like water and food! The last thing this world needs is more war to prove whose imaginary friend is better than the rest.”
Abhijit Naskar, When Veins Ignite: Either Integration or Degradation

Abhijit Naskar
“I don't have time for mystical nonsense, I don't have time for intellectual argumentation - real problems of the world keep me busy enough.”
Abhijit Naskar, When Veins Ignite: Either Integration or Degradation

Abhijit Naskar
“Neither Christ, nor Krishna, nor Superman,
No imagination can rescue humanity.
Each of us is the only helpline,
Human salvation is human responsibility.”
Abhijit Naskar, When Veins Ignite: Either Integration or Degradation

Abhijit Naskar
“To the militant atheist I say, there's more to life than cold facts. And at the same time, to the religious fanatics I say, there's more to life than blind faith.”
Abhijit Naskar, I Vicdansaadet Speaking: No Rest Till The World is Lifted

Marjane Satrapi
“Dear friend, life passes with or without God.”
Marjane Satrapi, Chicken with Plums

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