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The question isn't "who is going to let me"; it's "who is going to stop me".

Ayn Rand
The Fountainhead

I desire to go to Hell, not to Heaven. In Hell I shall enjoy the company of popes, kings and princes, but in Heaven are only beggars, monks, hermits and apostles.

Niccolo Machiavelli

Before I sink into the big sleep, I want to hear the scream of the butterfly.

Jim Morrison
When The Music's Over

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.

William Sunday

Forgive, O Lord, any little jokes on Thee, and I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.

Robert Frost

You know how they say "Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger?" Well that's a crock... the truth is whatever doesn't kill you is your Life.

Bobbie Spencer

Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?

Alexander Pope

...finally men were saved only through God's son dying for them, and that unless human beings believed this silly, impossible and wicked story they were doomed to hell? Can anyone with intelligence really believe that a child born today should be doomed because the snake tempted Eve and Eve tempted Adam? To believe that is not God-worship; it is devil-worship.

Clarence Darrow
Why I Am An Agnostic

Many Christians base the belief of a soul and God upon the Bible. Strictly speaking, there is no such book. To make the Bible, sixty-six books are bound into one volume. These books are written by many people at different times, and no one knows the time or the identity of any author. Some of the books were written by several authors at various times. These books contain all sorts of contradictory concepts of life and morals and the origin of things. Between the first and the last nearly a thousand years intervened, a longer time than has passed since the discovery of America by Columbus.

Clarence Darrow
Why I Am An Agnostic

The fear of God is not the beginning of wisdom. The fear of God is the death of wisdom. Skepticism and doubt lead to study and investigation, and investigation is the beginning of wisdom. The modern world is the child of doubt and inquiry, as the ancient world was the child of fear and faith.

Clarence Darrow
Why I Am An Agnostic

Now hollow fires burn out to black,
And lights are fluttering low:
Square your shoulders, lift your pack
And leave your friends and go.
O never fear, lads, naught's to dread,
Look not to left nor right:
In all the endless road you tread
There's nothing but the night.

Alexander Pope

Cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war!

William Shakespeare
Antony, Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene I

When discord dreadful bursts her brazen bars,
And shatters locks to thunder forth her wars.


This world is like Noah's Ark.
In which few men but many beasts embark.

Samuel Butler

Christ rode on an ass, but now asses ride on Christ.

Heinrich Heine

Misery motivates, not utopia.

Karl Marx

Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.


The only difference between God and Adolf Hitler is that God is more proficient at genocide.

Any belief worth having must survive doubt.

Obey Psalms 137:9!

On the sixth day God created man. On the seventh day, man returned the favor.

Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day; Give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish.

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

The world holds two classes of men - intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence.

Abu'l-Ala-Al-Ma'arri, (973-1057; Syrian poet)

If you pray for rain long enough, it eventually does fall. If you pray for floodwaters to abate, they eventually do. The same happens in the absence of prayers.

Steve Allen

...if I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul.

Isaac Asimov

I am not responsible for what other people think. I am responsible only for what I myself think, and I know what that is. No idea I've ever come up with has ever struck me as a divine revelation. Nothing I have ever observed leads me to think there is a God watching over me.

Isaac Asimov

People everywhere enjoy believing things that they know are not true. It spares them the ordeal of thinking for themselves and taking responsibility for what they know.

Brook Atkinson
Once Around the Sun

Often a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other parts of the world, about the motions and orbits of the stars and even their sizes and distances,... and this knowledge he holds with certainty from reason and experience. It is thus offensive and disgraceful for an unbeliever to hear a Christian talk nonsense about such things, claiming that what he is saying is based in Scripture. We should do all that we can to avoid such an embarrassing situation, which people see as ignorance in the Christian and laugh to scorn.

St. Augustine
De Genesi ad litteram libri duodecim

If anyone can show me, and prove to me, that I am wrong in thought or deed, I will gladly change. I seek the truth, which never yet hurt anybody. It is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance which does harm.

Marcus Aurelius

Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other.

Francis Bacon
Of Death

People go to church for the same reasons they go to a tavern: to stupefy themselves, to forget their misery, to imagine themselves, for a few minutes anyway, free and happy."

Mikhail A. Bakunin

The very concept of sin comes from the bible. Christianity offers to solve a problem of its own making! Would you be thankful to a person who cut you with a knife in order to sell you a bandage?

Dan barker
Losing Faith in Faith

You can cite a hundred references to show that the biblical God is a bloodthirsty tyrant, but if they can dig up two or three verses that say "God is love," they will claim that *you* are taking things out of context!

Dan barker
Losing Faith in Faith

Without "The Law of Moses" would we all be wandering around like little gods, stealing, raping, and spilling blood whenever our vanity was offended?

Dan barker
Losing Faith in Faith

You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?

Dan barker
Losing Faith in Faith

Miracles happen to those who believe in them. Otherwise why does not the Virgin Mary appear to Lamaists, Mohammedans, or Hindus who have never heard of her.

Bernard Berenson

I don't see how you have the nerve to oppose this bill when you run the biggest gambling business in the world - gambling on the hereafter.

Loring M. Black, Congressman from New York,
speaking in behalf of a bill to legalize horse racing in the District of Columbia, was opposed by a

The world presents enough problems if you believe it to be a world of law and order; do not add to them by believing it to be a world of miracles.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis

And don't tell me God works in mysterious ways... There's nothing so mysterious about it. He's not working at all. He's playing. Or else He's forgotten all about us. That's the kind of God you people talk about - a country bumpkin, a clumsy, bungling, brainless, conceited, uncouth hayseed. Good God, how much reverence can you have for a Supreme Being who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlegm and tooth decay in His divine system of creation? What in the world was running through that warped, evil, scatalogical mind of His when He robbed old people of the power to control their bowel movements? Why in the world did He ever create pain?

Joseph Heller

God and Country are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed.

Luis Buquel

If someone were to prove to me - right this minute - that God, in all his luminousness, exists, it wouldn't change a single aspect of my behavior.

Luis Buquel

Do not feed children on maudlin sentimentalism or dogmatic religion; give them nature... Do not terrify them in early life with the fear of an after-world. Never was a child made more noble and good by the fear of a hell.

Luther Burbank
The Training of the Human Plant

Let us read the Bible without the ill-fitting colored spectacles of theology, just as we read other books, using our own judgment and reason, listening to the voice within, not to the noisy babel without. Most of us possess discriminating reasoning powers. Can we use them or must we be fed by others like babes?

Luther Burbank

The idea that a good God would send people to a burning hell is utterly damnable to me. I don't want to have anything to do with such a God. But while I cannot conceive of such a God, I do recognize the existence of a great universal power -- a power which we cannot even begin to comprehend and might as well not attempt to. It may be a conscious mind, or it may not. I don't know. As a scientist I should like to know, but as a man, I am not so vitally concerned.

Luther Burbank

As for Christ - well, he has been most outrageously belied. His followers, like those of many scientists and literary men, have so garbled his words and conduct that many of them no longer apply to present life. Christ was a wonderful psychologist. He was an infidel of his day because he rebelled against the prevailing religions and government. I am a lover of Christ as a man, and his work and all things that help humanity, but nevertheless just as he was an infidel then, I am an infidel today.

Luther Burbank

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.

Sir Richard F. Burton

Awe is a large flower, but a short-lived one. Besides, when God cracks a joke or two and clearly hopes you'll ask him over for a drink, you lose respect. If God wants worship, he'd better stay lonely. If he wants love, he'll have to eat shit with the rest of us.

Jack Butler

It is death, and not what comes after death, that men are generally afraid of.

Samuel Butler

A man with the humblest of means will cling to life like a leech on a pig's ass. But a man with nothing cannot know fear.

Malachi ex Sanguinius