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Thomas JeffersonQuestion with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.

 - Thomas Jefferson

Tags:   fear  God  question  reasoning  

Thomas JeffersonThe legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

 - Thomas Jefferson

Tags:   God  government  injury  power  

Friedrich NietzscheI cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.

 - Friedrich Nietzsche

Tags:   beliefs  God  

Bertrand RussellOnly in thought is man a god; in action and desire we are the slaves of circumstance.

 - Bertrand Russell

Tags:   action  circumstances  God  thought  

Christopher HitchensOwners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.

 - Christopher Hitchens

Tags:   cats  dogs  God  

Ralph Waldo EmersonThe Religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide. It acknowledges that it is not equal to the whole of truth, that it legislates, tyrannizes over a village of God's empires but is not the immutable universal law. Every influx of atheism, of skepticism is thus made useful as a mercury pill assaulting and removing a diseased religion and making way for truth.

 - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tags:   atheism  God  religion  skepticism  truth  

George CarlinReligion has convinced people that there's an invisible man ... living in the sky. Who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn't want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs money.

 - George Carlin

Tags:   atheism  God  hell  religion  

Aldous HuxleyJehovah, Allah, the Trinity, Jesus, Buddha, are names for a great variety of human virtues, human mystical experiences human remorses, human compensatory fantasies, human terrors, human cruelties. If all men were alike, all the world would worship the same God.

 - Aldous Huxley

Tags:   God  religion  virtue  

I see atheists are fighting and killing each other again, over who doesn't believe in any God the most. Oh, no..wait.. that never happens.

 - Ricky Gervais

Tags:   atheism  God  

EpicurusIs God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

 - Epicurus

Tags:   atheism  evil  God  religion  

Edward Abbey“God” is a sound people make when they're too tired to think anymore.

 - Edward Abbey

Tags:   atheism  God  thought  

Edward AbbeyWhatever we cannot easily understand we call God; this saves much wear and tear on the brain tissues.

 - Edward Abbey

Tags:   brain  God  thought  

Mahatma GandhiThere is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.

 - Mahatma Gandhi

Tags:   God  shame  worry  

Sigmund FreudIt sounds like a fairy-tale, but not only that; this story of what man by his science and practical inventions has achieved on this earth, where he first appeared as a weakly member of the animal kingdom, and on which each individual of his species must ever again appear as a helpless infant ... is a direct fulfillment of all, or of most, of the dearest wishes in his fairy-tales. All these possessions he has acquired through culture. Long ago he formed an ideal conception of omnipotence and omniscience which he embodied in his gods. Whatever seemed unattainable to his desires - or forbidden to him - he attributed to these gods.

One may say, therefore, that these gods were the ideals of his culture. Now he has himself approached very near to realizing this ideal, he has nearly become a god himself. But only, it is true, in the way that ideals are usually realized in the general experience of humanity. Not completely; in some respects not at all, in others only by halves.

Man has become a god by means of artificial limbs, so to speak, quite magnificent when equipped with all his accessory organs; but they do not grow on him and they still give him trouble at times... Future ages will produce further great advances in this realm of culture, probably inconceivable now, and will increase man's likeness to a god still more.

 - Sigmund Freud

Tags:   culture  fairy-tales  God  inventions  psychology  science  

Joan RiversYesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present.

 - Joan Rivers

Tags:   gift  God  mystery  tomorrow  

Richard FeynmanIt doesn't seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil - which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama.

 - Richard Feynman

Tags:   drama  God  struggle  universe  

Bertrand RussellI do not pretend to be able to prove that there is no God. I equally cannot prove that Satan is a fiction. The Christian god may exist; so may the gods of Olympus, or of ancient Egypt, or of Babylon. But no one of these hypotheses is more probable than any other: they lie outside the region of even probable knowledge, and therefore there is no reason to consider any of them.

 - Bertrand Russell

Tags:   atheism  God  knowledge  

Fyodor DostoevskyBeauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.

 - Fyodor Dostoevsky

Tags:   beauty  devil  God  

James BaldwinIf the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him.

 - James Baldwin

Tags:   freedom  God  love  religion  

Albert EinsteinThe most beautiful thing we can experience is the Mysterious -- the knowledge of the existence of something unfathomable to us, the manifestation of the most profound reason coupled with the most brilliant beauty. I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, or who has a will of the kind we experience in ourselves. I am satisfied with the mystery of life's eternity and with the awareness of -- and glimpse into -- the marvelous construction of the existing world together with the steadfast determination to comprehend a portion, be it ever so tiny, of the reason that manifests itself in nature.

 - Albert Einstein

Tags:   God  mystery  nature  

Woody AllenIf it turns out that there is a god, I don't think that he's evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever.

 - Woody Allen

Tags:   evil  God  

Albert EinsteinQuantum mechanics is very worthy of regard. But an inner voice tells me that this is not yet the right track. The theory yields much, but it hardly brings us closer to the Old One's secrets. I, in any case, am convinced that He does not play dice.

 - Albert Einstein

Tags:   God  physics  quantum mechanics