Quotes About Religion

Faith in the supernatural is a desperate wager made by man at the lowest ebb of his fortunes. – George Santayana

He who has made great moral progress ceases to pray – Immanuel Kant

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 – George Bernard Shaw

Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned. – Anonymous

All great truths begin as blasphemies. – George Bernard Shaw

Fear prophets…and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them. – Umberto Eco

A faith which cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets. – Arthur C. Clarke

Some like to understand what they believe in. Others like to believe in what they understand. – Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reasoning. – Voltaire

No falsehood is so fatal as that which is made an article of faith. – Thomas Paine

Religion has treated knowledge sometimes as an enemy, sometimes as a hostage; often as a captive, and more often as a child. – Charles Caleb Colton

For the skeptic there remains only one consolation: if there should be such a thing as superhuman law it is administered with subhuman inefficiency – Eric Ambler

FAITH, n. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel. – Ambrose Bierce

When suffering comes, we yearn for some sign from God, forgetting we have just had one. – Mignon McLaughlin

Examine the religious principles which have, in fact, prevailed in the world. You will scarcely be persuaded that they are any thing but sick men’s dreams. – David Hume

Ah, snug lie those that slumber
Beneath Conviction’s roof.
Their floors are sturdy lumber
Their windows weatherproof.
But I sleep cold forever
And cold sleep all my kind
For I was born to shiver
in the draft from an open mind.
– Phyllis McGinley, A Pocket Full of Wry

I count religion but a childish toy, And hold that there is no sin but ignorance. – Christopher Marlow, The Jew of Malta

Let us use our energy and our initiative to solve our problems without relying on prayers and wishful thinking. When we have faith in ourselves, we will find we do not have to have faith in gods. – Ruth Hurmence Green

In the beginning the church was a fellowship of men and women centering on the living Christ. Then the church moved to Greece where it became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome where it became an institution. Next, it moved to Europe, where it became a culture. And, finally, it moved to America where it became an enterprise. - Richard Halverson

To judge from the notions expounded by theologians, one must conclude that God created most men simply with a view to crowding hell. – Marquis De Sade

For what is Truth? In matters of religion, it is simply the opinion that has survived. In matters of science, it is the ultimate sensation. – Oscar Wilde

We are all without god – some of us just happen to be aware of it. – Monica Salcedo

Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. – Denis Diderot

People who want to share their religious views with you, almost never want you to share yours with them. – Dave Barry

Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt –  H L Mencken

Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance. – Samuel Butler

In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing. – Mark Twain

Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? – Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Belief is the wound that knowledge heals. – Ursula Le Guin, The Telling

I am a cremationist. I believe the world could be burned to ashes in six days, and by the seventh day we’d all be at rest. – Benson Bruno, Evergreens are Prudish

The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion. – Arthur C. Clarke

Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time! But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, talk about a good bullshit story. Holy Shit! – George Carlin

Everybody should believe in something; I believe I’ll have another drink. – Anonymous

God was invented to explain mystery. God is always invented to explain those things that you do not understand. – Richard Feynman

God is concept by which we measure our pain. – John Lennon from the song “God”

The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also. – Mark Twain

One thing I do know, and that is, that neither hope, nor fear, belief, nor denial, can change the fact. It is as it is, and it will be as it must be. – Robert G. Ingersoll

Fear prophets and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them. – Umberto Eco

3 thoughts on “Quotes About Religion

  1. The family huddled in the hallway of the mobile home and prayed to Jesus as the tornado neared. But Jesus showed no mercy. All five including a toddler perished in the storm in a most merciless, horribly painful manner. I think I got it now! Jesus was sending these poor people to Heaven. Nice guy! Can’t he find another way?

    New Pekin Indiana March 4 2012

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