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.
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.
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, 'Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?
Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion - several of them.
But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?
The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next.
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me ... that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love.
I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up - they have no holidays.
Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.
It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.
A man's ethical behaviour should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; 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.
Man would indeeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
If God has made us in his image, we have returned him the favor.
Where knowledge ends, religion begins.
The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.
If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion.
The most heinous and the most cruel crimes of which history has record have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motives.
Believe those who seek the truth, doubt those who find it; doubt all, but do not doubt yourself.
People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
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