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Even More Quotes From Nontheists

"It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bothers me, it's the parts that I do understand,"--Mark Twain

"Creationist make it sound like a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night."--Isaac Asimov

"If God has spoken, why is the world not convinced?"--Percy Bysshe Shelly

"When I think of all the harm the Bible has done, I despair of ever writing anything equal to it."--Oscar Wilde

"If a man would follow today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly, the teachings of the new, he would be insane."--Robert Ingersoll

"[Fundamentalists] never wonder why, if herpes is sent by 'god' to scourge "adulterers," whooping cough and measles were purposely created to lambaste children."--Fred Woodworth

"The memory of my own suffering has prevented me from ever shadowing one young soul with the superstitions of the Christian religion." --Elizabeth Cady-Stanton

"I was born a heretic. I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows."--Susan B. Anthony

"There is so much in the bible against which every insinct of my being rebels, so much so that I regret the necessity which has compelled me to read it through from beginning to end. I do not think that the knowledge I have gained of its history and sources compensates me for the unpleasant details it has forced upon my attention."--Helen Keller

"All those who possess in its pure state the love of their neighbour and the acceptance of the order of the world, inclucing affliction-all those, even should they live and die to all appearances atheists, are surely saved."--Simone Weil

"So far as religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake... religion is all bunk!"--Thomas Edison

"The atheist staring from his attic window is often nearer to God than the believer caught up in his own false image of God."--Martin Buber

"[The bible is] a mass of fables and traditions; mere mythology." --Mark Twain

"An illusion shared by everyone becomes a reality."--Erich Fromm

"I don't believe in God. My God is patriotism. Teach a man to be a good citizen and you have solved the problem of life."--Andrew Carnegie

"Man positively needs general ideas and convictions that will give a meaning to his life and enable him to find a place for himself in the universe."--Carl Gustav Jung

"Fear believes--courage doubts. Fear falls up the earth and prays--- courage stands erect and thinks. Fear is barbarism---courage is civilization. Fear believes in witchcraft, devils and ghosts. Fear is religion, courage is science."--Robert Ingersoll

"All contemporary religions and churches, all and every kind of religious organization, Marxism has always viewed as organs of bourgeois reaction, serving as a defense of exploitation and the doping of the working-classes."--Nikolai Lenin

"Hands that help are far better then lips that pray."--Robert Ingersoll

"The religious world is but a reflex of the real world."--Karl Marx

"The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier then a sober one." ---George Bernard Shaw

"God is dethroned; and although the incognizant masses are tardy in realizing the event, they feel the icy draught caused by that vacancy. Man enters upon a spiritual ice age; the established churches can no longer provide more than Eskimo huts where their shivering flock huddles together."--Arthur Koestler

"'In God we trust!' I don't believe it would sound any better if it were true."--Mark Twain

"It would be very nice if there were a God who created the world and was a benevolent providence, and if there were a moral order in the universe and an after-life; but it is a very striking fact that all this is exactly as we are bound to wish it to be."--Sigmund Freud

"[Religion is] the daughter of hope and fear, explaining to ignorance the nature of the unknowable."--Ambrose Bierce

"Religion is based . . . mainly on fear . . . fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. . . . My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race."--Bertrand Russell

"Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church and the private schools, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep church and state forever separate."--Ulysses S. Grant

"Religion is good, as it controls the people that don't have the intelligence to make worthwhile decisions. However, it could be debated as to whether this makes up for the atrocities committed by these people."--Ryan Hofmeister

"'Faith-as-a-virtue' is a necessary component of religion. If you think about, faith (belief without [proof]) is pretty stupid, and in real life will only get you ripped off by con men."--Anonymous