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.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.
The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.
Faith: not wanting to know what is true.
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.
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.
I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
To you I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition.
An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.
It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.
Is man one of God's blunders? Or is God one of man's blunders?
A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows.
Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.
Man would indeeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
You're basically killing each other to see who's got the better imaginary friend.
Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky.
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.
If people are good because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.