Athiesm Quotes

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Seraphim Rose
“Atheism, true 'existential' atheism burning with hatred of a seemingly unjust or unmerciful God, is a spiritual state; it is a real attempt to grapple with the true God.… Nietzsche, in calling himself Antichrist, proved thereby his intense hunger for Christ.”
Seraphim Rose, Nihilism: The Root of the Revolution of the Modern Age

Jonathan Safran Foer
“I read the first chapter of A Brief History of Time when Dad was still alive, and I got incredibly heavy boots about how relatively insignificant life is, and how compared to the universe and compared to time, it didn't even matter if I existed at all. When Dad was tucking me in that night and we were talking about the book, I asked if he could think of a solution to that problem. "Which problem?" "The problem of how relatively insignificant we are." He said, "Well, what would happen if a plane dropped you in the middle of the Sahara Desert and you picked up a single grain of sand with tweezers and moved it one millimeter?" I said, "I'd probably die of dehydration." He said, "I just mean right then, when you moved that single grain of sand. What would that mean?" I said, "I dunno, what?" He said, "Think about it." I thought about it. "I guess I would have moved one grain of sand." "Which would mean?" "Which would mean I moved a grain of sand?" "Which would mean you changed the Sahara." "So?" "So? So the Sahara is a vast desert. And it has existed for millions of years. And you changed it!" "That's true!" I said, sitting up. "I changed the Sahara!" "Which means?" he said. "What? Tell me."
"Well I'm not talking about painting the Mona Lisa or curing cancer. I'm just talking about moving that one grain of sand one millimeter." "Yeah? If you hadn't done it, human history would have been one way..." "Uh-huh?" "But you did do it, so...?" I stood on the bed, pointing one of my fingers at the fake stars, and screamed: "I changed the course of human history!" "That's right." "I changed the universe!" "You did." "I'm God!" "You're an atheist." "I don't exist!" I fell back onto the bed, into his arms, and we cracked up together.”
Jonathan Safran Foer

Sigmund Freud
“Where questions of religion are concerned, people are guilty of every possible sort of dishonesty and intellectual misdemeanor.”
Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion

Lance Armstrong
“If there was a god, I'd still have both nuts.”
Lance Armstrong

Bertrand Russell
“A drop of water is not immortal; it can be resolved into oxygen and hydrogen. If, therefore, a drop of water were to maintain that it had a quality of aqueousness which would survive its dissolution we should be inclined to be skeptical. In like manner we know that the brain is not immortal...”
Bertrand Russell

Herman Wouk
“Religious people tend to encounter, among those who are not, a cemented certainty that belief in God is a crutch for the weak and the fearful...Now the belief in God may turn out at the last trump to be a mistake. Meantime, let us be quite clear, it is not merely the comfort of the simple--though it is that too, much to its glory--it is a formidable intellectual position with which most of the first-class minds of the human race, century in and century out, have concurred, each in his own way....speaking of crutches--Freud can be a crutch, Marx can be a crutch, rationalism can be a crutch, and atheism can be two canes and a pair of iron braces. We none of us have all the answers, nor are we likely to have. But in the country of the halt, the man who is surest he has no limp may be the worst-crippled.”
Herman Wouk, This Is My God: The Jewish Way of Life

Søren Kierkegaard
“People try to persuade us that the objections against Christianity spring from doubt. That is a complete misunderstanding. The objections against Christianity spring from insubordination, the dislike of obedience, rebellion against all authority. As a result, people have hitherto been beating the air in their struggle against objections, because they have fought intellectually with doubt instead of fighting morally with rebellion.”
Soren Kierkegaard

Sam Harris
“There is no doubt that the United States has much to atone for, both domestically and abroad...To produce this horrible confection at home, start with our genocidal treatment of the Native Americans, add a couple hundred years of slavery, along with our denial of entry to Jewish refugees fleeing the death camps of the Third Reich, stir in our collusion with a long list of modern despots and our subsequent disregard for their appalling human rights records, add our bombing of Cambodia and the Pentagon Papers to taste, and then top with our recent refusals to sign the Kyoto protocol for greenhouse emissions, to support any ban on land mines, and to submit ourselves to the rulings of the International Criminal Court. The result should smell of death, hypocrisy, and fresh brimstone.”
Sam Harris, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

Christopher Hitchens
“Don't take security in the false refuge of consensus.”
Christopher Hitchens

Victor Hugo
“Though one believes in nothing, there are moments in life when one accepts the religion of the temple nearest at hand.”
Victor Hugo

Mark Twain
“Life itself is only a vision, a dream."
"Nothing exists; all is a dream. God--man--the world--the sun, the moon, the wilderness of stars--a dream, all a dream; they have no existence. Nothing exists save empty space--and you!”
Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger

M.F. Moonzajer
“We are all bounded with each other on the basis of our beliefs and values; when we question those values, we are certainly left alone, away from our families, friends and the dear one. And that is a cost benefit analysis we all make and we keep satisfying ourselves with the status quo of situations.”
M.F. Moonzajer

Elif Shafak
“Believers favour answers over questions, clarity over uncertainty. Athiests, more or less the same. Funny, when it comes to God, Whom we know next to nothing about, very few of us actually say, 'I don't know.”
Elif Shafak, Havva'nın Üç Kızı

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Lunatics! Vain creatures! They don't believe in God, they don't believe in Christ! Why, you are so eaten up with pride and vanity that you'll end up by eating one another, that's what I prophesy.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot

“That, right fucking there, that was what he hated about them. All of them. Their arrogance. That fucking self-satisfied superiority. Their smug assumptions that they understood what was best for everybody, that they couldn't possibly be wrong. For the Bible told them so.”
19, Hero's Torch

Tarif Naaz
“We, humans, easily associate every Good with God and every bad with devil, ignoring the fact that God is the creator and origin of everything.”
Tarif Naaz

Kevin D. Blackmon
“Gods don't live in the sky; they live in the mind.”
Kevin D. Blackmon

Marya Hornbacher
“That which stirs within, slows or quickens, goes deep or dies out. When I speak of spirit, I am not speaking of something related to or given by a force outside ourselves. I am speaking of the force that is ourselves. The experience of living in this world, bound by a body, space, and time, woven into the fabric of human history, human connection and human life. This is the force that feels, and thinks and gives us consciousness at all. It is the deepest, most elemental, most integral part of who we are; it is who we are.”
Marya Hornbacher, Waiting: A Nonbeliever's Higher Power

“...the world would be a better place if we all believed whatever we wished but behaved towards each other as if there was no external deity to sort out our own problems...If you happened to hold the finest theological beliefs there are and if you understand all the best and most detailed divine precepts and commandments but in your daily life you are actually an angry, shouting inhumane swine,then that's the way you will be remembered. Believing is all very well, but behaving is what you are judged by and remembered for.”
Robert Buckman

Michel Onfray
“I do not despise believers. I find them neither ridiculous nor pathetic, but I lose all hope when I see that they prefer the comforting fairy tales of children to the cruel hard facts of adults. Better the faith that brings peace of mind than the rationality that brings worry--even at the price of perpetual mental infantilism. What a demonstration of metaphysical sleight of hand--and what a monstrous price!”
Michel Onfray

Christopher Hitchens
“Religion poisons everything”
Christopher Hitchens

Archibald MacLeish
“If God is God He is not good,
If God is good He is not God;
Take the even, take the odd....”
Archibald MacLeish, J.B.: A Play in Verse

“I tried hard to understand that there is no God But i failed . and now i chose to be smarter than to believe in something i do not understand”
Anwar Dani

“Morality cannot privilege one ethnic group, one religious belief, one sex--a rational morality has to be constructed around an appreciation of all human beings' rights to justice and equal treatment.”
PZ Myers

Dennis Lehane
“I want the capital-G God the televangelists claim moves tornadoes out of their paths. The one who cures cancer and arthritis in the faithful, the God professional athletes thank for taking an interest in the outcome of the Super Bowl or World Cup or home run in the 87th of 162 games played by the Red Sox this year.”
Dennis Lehane, Since We Fell

“Whether atheist, agnostic or religious believer, we are all stuck in some form of Cognitive Dissonance. I am not necessarily saying that everyone has kooky beliefs that have been publicly disproven, rather I am saying that we all are struggling with the tension of believing, or expecting things which we cannot prove.”
Phil Wyman

A.K. Kuykendall
“I am an atheist on a mission to fulfill the commandment of Jesus Christ in Matthew 18: 2-6. If you believe Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior you are aware that repenting for the sin of 'IGNORING' the world's 'CHILDREN' is fatuous.”
A.K. Kuykendall, The Confessional

“God or no god, there's no excuse thinking you're better than anyone else, judging others negatively because of your choice of faith.”
Oscar Auliq-Ice

“How can I belief in God, when I know so little about the universe? To declare myself a believer, this will be my colossal stupidity.”
Mecha Constantine

“If God is real; how comes there is no room for Him in the mind of an intellect as in the case of art, music and astronomy?”
Mecha Constantine

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