“ Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car. ”
“ I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. ”
“ The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us. ”
“ For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us. ”
“ Religion has actually 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 special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!
But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money! ”
“ Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart. ”
“ Knock, And He'll open the door
Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything. ”
“ Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning... ”
“ My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right. ”
“ No sight so sad as that of a naughty child," he began, "especially a naughty little girl. Do you know where the wicked go after death?"
"They go to hell," was my ready and orthodox answer.
"And what is hell? Can you tell me that?"
"A pit full of fire."
"And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?"
"What must you do to avoid it?"
I deliberated a moment: my answer, when it did come was objectionable: "I must keep in good health and not die. ”
“ Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)... There are just some kind of men who - who're so busy worrying about the next world they've never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results. ”
“ He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less. ”
“ I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong. ”
“ The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also. ”
“ Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities. ”
“ Religion is like a pair of shoes.....Find one that fits for you, but don't make me wear your shoes. ”
“ All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry. ”
“ There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread. ”
“ God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way. ”
“ He - and if there is a God, I am convinced he is a he, because no woman could or would ever fuck things up this badly. ”
“ For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. ”
“ People, I thought, wanted security. They couldn't bear the idea of death being a big black nothing, couldn't bear the thought of their loved ones not existing, and couldn't even imagine themselves not existing. I finally decided that people believed in an afterlife because they couldn't bear not to. ”
“ I'm completely in favor of the
separation of Church and State.
... These two institutions screw us up enough
on their own, so both of them together is
certain death. ”
“ To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation—is that good for the world? ”
“ Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich. ”
“ Yes, reason has been a part of organized religion, ever since two nudists took dietary advice from a talking snake. ”
“ I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God. ”
“ The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. 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. ”
“ I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it."
Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville
, May 16, 1767) ”