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Quotations on Atheism
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The God of the Old testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction...
If there is no God, everything is permitted.
He was an embittered atheist (the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him).
We shall say without hesitation that the atheist who is moved by love is moved by the Spirit of God; an atheist who lives by love is saved by his faith in the God whose existence (under that name) he denies.
Sir William Temple, 1st Baronet
Now we have no God. We have had two: the old God that our fathers handed down to us, that we hated, and never liked; the new one that we made for ourselves, that we loved; but now he has flitted away from us, and we see what he was made of -- the shadow of our highest ideal, crowned and throned. Now we have no God.
I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind.
Atheism is rather in the lip than in the heart of man.
An atheist is a person who has no invisible means of support
An atheist may be simply one whose faith and love are concentrated on the impersonal aspects of God.
When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?
Among the repulsions of atheism for me has been its drastic uninterestingness as an intellectual position. Where was the ingenuity, the ambiguity, the humanity (in the Harvard sense) of saying that the universe just happened to happen and that when we're dead we're dead?
First, whenever a man talks loudly against religion, always suspect that it is not his reason, but his passions, which have got the better of his creed. A bad life and a good belief are disagreeable and troublesome neighbors, and where they separate, depend upon it, 'Tis for no other cause but quietness sake.
No one can be an unbeliever nowadays. The Christian Apologists have left one nothing to disbelieve.
Forth from his dark and lonely hiding-place, (Portentous sight!) the owlet Atheism, sailing on obscene wings athwart the noon, drops his blue-fringed lids, and holds them close, and hooting at the glorious sun in Heaven, cries out, Where is it?
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
If you don't believe in God, all you have to believe in is decency. Decency is very good. Better decent than indecent. But I don't think it's enough.
Those thinkers who cannot believe in any gods often assert that the love of humanity would be in itself sufficient for them; and so, perhaps, it would, if they had it.
G. K. Chesterton
The divine is perhaps that quality in man which permits him to endure the lack of God.
I'm an atheist and I thank God for it.
George Bernard Shaw
When ever a person talks loudly against religion, always suspect that it is not their reason, but their passions, which have got the better of their beliefs. A bad life and a good belief are disagreeable and troublesome neighbors; and when they separate, depend on it that it is for the sake of peace and quiet.
There is no God, Nature sufficeth unto herself; in no wise hath she need of an author.
Marquis de Sade
It is true, that a little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
Irreligion. The principal one of the great faiths of the world.
He must pull out his own eyes, and see no creature, before he can say, he sees no God; He must be no man, and quench his reasonable soul, before he can say to himself, there is no God.
There are few people so stubborn in their atheism who when danger is pressing in will not acknowledge the divine power.
How to trap an atheist: Serve him a fine meal, then ask him if he believes there is a cook.
Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God.
An atheist is a man who looks through a telescope and tries to explain all that he can't see.
Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.
An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame -- Southern Methodist University game and doesn't care who wins.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
By night an atheist half believes in God.
If there was a god, I'd still have both nuts.
God is dead
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