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.
Question with boldness even the existence of a god.
The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.
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 blind-folded fear.
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.
For good people to do evil things, it takes religion.
The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.
It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.
Mystery is made a convenient Cover for absurdity.
Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world.
I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious ideas of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God.
I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
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.
It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.
This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.
The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.
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
So far as the religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake ... Religion is all bunk.
It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.