Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.
The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.
History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government.
Question with boldness even the existence of a god.
Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly.
If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.
Man would indeeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
I do not believe in god because I do not believe in Mother Goose.
Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion - several of them.
History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
Faith: not wanting to know what is true.
Is man one of God's blunders? Or is God one of man's blunders?
The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
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.
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.
We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
A cult is a religion with no political power.
People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
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.
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