"It's a simple matter for people to believe in virgin mothers, walking corpses, talking snakes, divine elephants, and prophets who communicate with whales, but infinitely harder for them to grasp the simple truths about life."

— Darwin Copernicus

"The world holds two classes of men — intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence."

— Abu'l-Ala-Al-Ma'arri (973-1057; Syrian poet)

Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day; Give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish.

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."

— Susan B. Anthony

"The earth is flat, and anyone who disputes this claim is an atheist who deserves to be punished."

[Muslim religious edict, 1993, Sheik Abdel-Aziz Ibn Baaz Supreme religious authority, Saudi Arabia]

"To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin."

[Cardinal Bellarmino 1615, during the trial of Galileo]

"The Bible is not my Book and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long complicated statements of Christian dogma."

— Abraham Lincoln

"God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh."

— François Marie d'Arouet Voltaire (1694-1778)

"I cannot follow you Christians; for you try to crawl through your life upon your knees, while I stride through mine on my feet."

— Charles Bradlaugh

"No, I don't know that Atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God."

Republican Presidential Nominee George Bush

"Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you're going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love."

— Butch Hancock

"It's hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning."

"There is not one verse in the Bible inhibiting slavery, but many regulating it. It is not then, we conclude, immoral."

— Rev. Alexander Campbell

"I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood".

— George Carlin

"It is usually when men are at their most religious that they behave with the least sense and the greatest cruelty."

— Ilka Chase

"I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of."

— Clarence Darrow

"Missionaries are perfect nuisances and leave every place worse than they found it."

— Charles Dickens

"Although I cannot believe that the individual survives the death of his body, feeble souls harbor such thought through fear or ridiculous egotism."

— Albert Einstein

"I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs."

— Frederick Douglass, escaped slave

"Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot;
Or he can, but does not want to;
Or he cannot and does not want to.
If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent.
If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked.
But, if God both can and wants to abolish evil,
Then how come evil is in the world?"

— Epicurus, 350-?270 BC

"It will yet be the proud boast of women that they never contributed a line to the Bible."

— George W. Foote

"The believer is happy; the doubter is wise."

— Hungarian proverb

A man without a religion is like a fish without a bicycle.

— Vique's Law

"Praying is like a rocking chair – it'll give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere."

— Gypsy Rose Lee

"There are two things in the world that can never get together — religion & common sense."

— George W. Foote