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185 Amusing Atheist Quotes From Famous Atheists | Common Sense Quotes


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I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
Stephen Roberts

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
Edward Gibbon

You’re basically killing each other to see who’s got the better imaginary friend.
Richard Jeni – Atheist Quotes

Is 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 Epicurus

Don’t pray in my school, and I won’t think in your church.

When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
Emo Philips

Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions.
Blaise Pascal

All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.

If you wind up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest or some guy on TV telling you how to do your shit, then YOU DESERVE IT.
Frank Zappa

All churches beat the devil good, but they are very careful not to kill him!
Wilfredo Hernandez

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Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.

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 than a sober one.
George Bernard Shaw

We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.
Gene Roddenberry

And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence.
Bertrand Russell – Atheist Quotes

Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
Steven Weinberg

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime; give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish.

An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.
John Buchan

Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
Jean Meslier

I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind–that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking.
H. L. Mencken

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I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence.
Doug McLeod

You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it’s based on a deep-seated need to believe.
Carl Sagan

Man created God in his image : intolerant, sexist, homophobic and violent.
George Weinberg

If god doesn’t like the way I live, Let him tell me, not you.

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Aldous Huxley

The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.
Delos B. McKown

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
Carl Sagan – Atheist Quotes

How difficult would it be for 11 men to hang a traitor, move a boulder, remove a body, and replace said boulder within a period of three days?

There must be Religion. Otherwise the poor would murder the rich.
Napolean Bonaparte

Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-o, and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have.
Penn Jillette

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The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church.
Ferdinand Magellan

The Government of the United States is in no sense founded on the Christian religion.
John Adams

A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
Albert Einstein

Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Those who believe absurdities will commit atrocities.

The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.
Benjamin Franklin

An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist believes that deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated.
Justin Brown

The Government of the United States is in no sense founded on the Christian religion.
John Adams, 2nd US President

A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it not open.
Frank Zappa – Atheist Quotes

Religion is the Opiate of the masses.
Karl Marx

The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The most powerful nation on earth has millions of literate, educated citizens who actually believe a talking snake tempted a woman to eat a magic apple that caused her to be ashamed of her genitals? What chance do we have of talking sense to these idiots?
Abraham Sandwich

atheist quotes about god

People who don’t like their beliefs being laughed at shouldn’t have such funny beliefs.

History teaches us that no other cause has brought more death than the word of god.
Giulian Buzila

If the Bible is mistaken in telling us where we came from, how can we trust it to tell us where we’re going?
Justin Brown

I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.
Thomas Jefferson

The sailor does not pray for wind, he learns to sail.
Gustaf Lindborg

Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a God superior to themselves. Most Gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.
Robert A. Heinlein

He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; he that dares not reason is a slave.
William Drummond

One man’s theology is another man’s belly laugh.
Robert A. Heinlein – Atheist Quotes

It’s better to live in freedom for one life time than to be a slave of God for an eternity.
Mimoun Raddahi

Faith is to the human what sand is to the ostrich.

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Which is it, is man one of God’s blunders or is God one of man’s?
Friedrich Nietzsche

As people become more intelligent they care less for preachers and more for teachers.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Blind faith is an ironic gift to return to the Creator of human intelligence.

So you really think that God would plant a bunch of bones in the earth to test your faith? Either you’re in denial or God has some serious self-esteem issues.
Coral Yoshi

I do not think it is necessary to believe that the same God who has given us our senses, reason, and intelligence wished us to abandon their use, giving us by some other means the information that we could gain through them.
Galileo Galilei

We must conduct research and then accept the results. If they don’t stand up to experimentation, Buddha’s own words must be rejected.
Tenzin Gyatso

The existence of G W Bush is the proof against intelligent design.
Charles Stonehouse V

The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.
Thomas Jefferson

Christianity did not come with tidings of great joy, but with a message of eternal grief. It came with the threat of everlasting torture on its lips. It meant war on earth and perdition hereafter.
Robert G. Ingersoll

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Pray to God, fine; but keep rowing to shore.
Russian Proverb

We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
H. L. Mencken

I would defend the liberty of consenting adult creationists to practice whatever intellectual perversions they like in the privacy of their own homes; but it is also necessary to protect the young and innocent.
Arthur C. Clarke

The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it.
Terry Pratchett – Atheist Quotes

Faith does not give you the answers, it just stops you asking the questions.
Frater Ravus

I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.
Edith Sitwell

If God exists, I hope he has a good excuse.
Woody Allen

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

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Gods are children’s blankets that get carried over into adulthood.
James Randi

Just remember that there is a big difference between kneeling down and bending over.
Frank Zappa

If there’s a catastrophe and modern civilization gets erased, I bet in a few thousand years some prat will find a copy of Lord of the Rings and everyone’ll start worshiping Gandalf.
Bwian of Nazaweth

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Jesus’ last words on the cross, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” hardly seem like the words of a man who planned it that way. It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure there is something wrong here.
Donald Morgan

The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.
Mark Twain

Be thankful that you have a life, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a second one.
Richard Dawkins

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshiped anything but himself.
Richard Francis Burton

I refuse to believe in a god that would send me to hell just for not believing in him.
Bob Snuka

I refuse to prove that I exist,” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.
Douglas Adams – Atheist Quotes

Doesn’t it bother you that you put more logical thought into choosing a car than you do in choosing a god?

Scientology, how about that? You hold on to the tin cans and then this guy asks you a bunch of questions, and if you pay enough money you get to join the master race. How’s that for a religion?
Frank Zappa

I refuse to believe in a god that would send me to hell just for not believing in him.
Bob Snuka

Life is a vacation from two eternities, who wants to waste those precious years worrying about what happens when you get back to forever?
William S. Burroughs

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When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called Religion.
Robert M. Pirsig

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
Susan B. Anthony

Atheism is more than just the knowledge that gods do not exist, and that religion is either a mistake or a fraud. Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature.
Carl Sagan

What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.
Christopher Hitchens

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the the universe.
Albert Einstein

Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-o, and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have.
Penn Jillette – Atheist Quotes

Why should I allow that same God to tell me how to raise my kids, who had to drown His own?
Robert G. Ingersoll

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.
Isaac Asimov

God made me an atheist.

As far as I can tell from studying the scriptures, all you do in heaven is pretty much just sit around all day and praise the Lord. I don’t know about you, but I think that after the first, oh, I don’t know, 50,000,000 years of that I’d start to get a little bored.
Rick Reynolds

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I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
Richard Dawkins

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
Bertrand Russell

Christians worship a dead Jew on a stick.
George Carlin

“Faith” means not wanting to know what is true.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.
Chapman Cohen

I’m a polyatheist – there are many gods I don’t believe in.
Dan Fouts

The World is divided into armed camps ready to commit genocide just because we can’t agree on whose fairy tales to believe.
Ed Krebs

Whenever a man imagines that he need only believe the truth of a proposition, without evidence – that unbelievers will go to hell, that Jews drink the blood of infants – he becomes capable of anything.
Sam Harris

Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.
Thomas Jefferson

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, & the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
Karl Marx

Some of the nicest, most caring people I’ve met have been religious – from all sorts of different but incompatible creeds. I don’t hate them. I just hate the sad facts that they are wrong, they waste their own time, and they want to grab my kids.
Geoff Mather – Atheist Quotes

People ask me what I think about that woman priest thing. What, a woman priest? Women priests. Great, great. Now there’s priests of both sexes I don’t listen to.
Bill Hicks

Religious people suffer less depression, less stress and have a more positive outlook on life. But then so do the mentally retarded.
Esiah Zakite

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Praying is like a rocking chair– it’ll give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.
Gypsy Rose Lee

If Jesus had been killed 20 years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little Electric Chairs around their necks instead of crosses.
Lenny Bruce

Thank god I’m an atheist…
Salvador Dali

The essence of Christianity is told us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the tree of knowledge. The subtext is, All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on.
Frank Zappa

Who needs Satan when you have a God like this?
Robert M. Price

Gods don’t kill people. People with Gods kill people.
David Viaene

To explain the unknown by the known is a logical procedure; to explain the known by the unknown is a form of theological lunacy.
David Brooks (The Necessity of Atheism)

If I wanted to spend my life believing in something – it would be myself.
Andrew Simpson

If God lived on earth people would break his windows.
Yiddish saying

The most preposterous notion that H. Sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does.
Robert A. Heinlein

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It ain’t the parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.
Mark Twain

But I don’t have to know an answer. I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without having any purpose which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell, possibly. It doesn’t frighten me.
Richard Feynman

Without God, life is everything.
Rev. Ron

Its 90 degrees in the shade in Jerusalem.. where did noah get two penguins and two polar bears from?
Sir David Stevens

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
Voltaire – Atheist Quotes

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
Richard Dawkins

Religion is so absurd that it comes close to imbecility.
H. L. Mencken

There are three kinds of people: those who seek the truth as revealed by a higher authority; those who seek the truth as defined by rational enquiry; and the vast majority, who believe whatever they find convenient.
Richard Van Harris

Creationists don’t want equal time; they want all the time there is.
Issac Asimov

We would be 1,500 years ahead if it hadn’t been for the church dragging science back by its coattails and burning our best minds at the stake.
Catherine Fahringer

The first wise man created God, for fools. The second wise man created religion, to keep peoples fool.
Ere Thomas

To most Christians, the bible is like a Software License. Nobody actually reads it. They just scroll to the bottom and click “I agree.”
Waleed Al-Husseini

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All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
Thomas Paine

And on the trillionth day, Man created Gods.
Thomas D. Pate

I do not fear death, in view of the fact that I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
Mark Twain

Blasphemy is a victimless crime.

If we are going to teach creation science as an alternative to evolution, then we should also teach the stork theory as an alternative to biological reproduction.
Judith Hayes

The inspiration of the bible depends on the ignorance of the person who reads it.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Why would some all powerful being create creatures capable of reason and then demand that they act in a manner contrary to their creation?
Josh Charles – Atheist Quotes

Creation science has not entered the curriculum for a reason so simple and so basic that we often forget to mention it: because it is false, and because good teachers understand exactly why it is false. What could be more destructive of that most.
Stephen Jay Gould

Life is but a momentary glimpse of the wonder of the astonishing universe, and it is sad to see so many dreaming it away on spiritual fantasy.
Carl Sagan

God should be executed for crimes against humanity.
Bryan Emmanuel Gutierrez

Abstinence Makes the Church Grow Fondlers.

Living in fear or judgement is not how I will spend my life. Realizing that this life is all I get and your life is all you get, brings a need to make the best of all possible.
Michael Stanton

Take from the church the miraculous, the supernatural, the incomprehensible, the unreasonable, the impossible, the unknowable, the absurd, and nothing but a vacuum remains.
Robert G. Ingersoll

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Koranic teaching still insists that the sun moves around the earth. How can we advance when they teach things like that?
Taslima Nasrin

Children are born without religion, don’t give them your nerosis.
Nick Kinnan

Religious faith not only lacks evidence, its independence from evidence is its pride and joy, shouted from the rooftops.
Richard Dawkins

If god created my brain I’m certain he approves of its usage.

We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
Richard Dawkins

Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

In 1000 years we will all be Atheist or we will no longer be.
Rich Rodriguez

Religion is a crutch for the weak minded.
Jesse Ventura – Atheist Quotes

They said God was on high and he controlled the world and therefore we must pray against Satan. Well, if God controls the world, he controls Satan. For me, religion was full of misstatements and reaches of logic that I just couldn’t agree with.
Gene Roddenberry

Religion is a limitation on your freedom.
Mimoun Raddahi

Prayers never bring anything… They may bring solace to the sap, the bigot, the ignorant, the aboriginal, and the lazy – but to the enlightened it is the same as asking Santa Claus to bring you something for Xmas.

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It has served us well, this myth of Christ.
Pope Leo X

It is very difficult to reason someone out of a position they did not reason themselves into.
Rich Rodriguez

Primates often have trouble imagining a universe not run by an angry alpha male.

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance — it is the illusion of knowledge.
Daniel Boorstin

A religious text should ideally not extend past three pages. Any longer and it tends to contradict itself.

All religions are cults of varying degrees.
Daryl Elliott

When a man is freed of religion, he has a better chance to live a normal and wholesome life.
Sigmund Freud

It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
Voltaire – Atheist Quotes

Faith is believing what you know ain’t so.
Mark Twain

God has always resembled his creators. He hated and loved what they hated and loved and he was invariably found on the side of those in power. Most of the gods were pleased with sacrifice, and the smell of innocent blood has ever been considered a divine perfume.
Robert G. Ingersoll

The intelligent beings in these regions should therefore not be surprised if they observe that their locality in the universe satisfies the conditions that are necessary for their existence. It is a bit like a rich person living in a wealthy neighborhood not seeing any poverty.
Stephen Hawking

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says; he is always convinced that it says what he means.
George Bernard Shaw

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In Nature, there are neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Hell would be to have to spend eternity in a Heaven with those who are sure they are going there.
Ed Martin

Interestingly enough, I have found that the prayers I offer to the sun and the prayers I formerly offered to God ar all answered at about the same 50% rate.
George Carlin

Who are the bigger fool’s, those who are born stupid or those who choose stupidity?
John Kelly Ireland

It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke

This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religions in it.
John Adams

Children are naive — they trust everyone. School is bad enough, but, if you put a child anywhere in the vicinity of a church, you’re asking for trouble.
Frank Zappa

If all exclusive religions are right and everyone else is wrong, isn’t everyone just wrong?

Religion serves men as blinders serve horses.
Eric Williams

In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
Friedrich Nietzsche

There is in every village a torch – the teacher; and an extinguisher- the clergyman.
Victor Hugo

The intensity of your religious conviction is inversely proportional to your grip on reality.
Michael DeRousselle – Atheist Quotes

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.
Sir Winston Churchill

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