Reason as the Leading Motive

Bold Atheists Quotes

Posted by Jerry on June 26, 2007

Taken from this article, here are some powerful atheist quotes to rile up the religious believers out there and give ammunition to atheists. Enjoy!

Aristotle: “Men create the gods after their own images.”

Arthur Schopenhauer: “Religions are like glow-worms. They need darkness in order to shine.” 

Santayana: “Fear first created the gods.”

Blaise Pascal: “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”

Napoleon: “Religion keeps the poor from murdering the rich.”

Issac Asimov: “The Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.”

Thomas Paine describes the Bible as “a book of lies and contradictions, the work of a demon” more than “the word of God,” and denounced its “obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries . . . the unrelenting vindictiveness.”

Voltaire: The Bible is “what fools have written, what imbeciles command, what rogues teach.”

Robert Ingersoll: The Bible presents a “God who upholds slavery, commands soldiers to kill women and babies, supports polygamy, persecutes people for their opinions, and punishes unbelievers forever.”

Victor Hugo: “Every step that the intelligence of Europe has taken has been in spite of the clerical party.”

Samuel Butler: “[If] God wants us to do a thing, he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him.” 

Émile Zola: “Civilization will not attain to its perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest!”

Nobel Prize winner Steven Weinberg: “Anything we scientists can do to weaken the hold of religion should be done and may in the end be our greatest contribution to civilization.”


I have the greatest respect for the brave Enlightenment thinkers such as Voltaire, Paine, and Hugo, who made such bold claims and conducted groundbreaking works in their respective fields, which were instrumental in having Europe emerge from the dark ages. In contrast to their time, we live today in an incredibly advanced age of technology and philosophical thought that offer formidable reasons to eliminate our dependence on the psychological crutch of a supernatural being; and yet, we are witnesses to a rise in religious fervor and fundamentalism instead of a decline.


8 Responses to “Bold Atheists Quotes”

  1. cmac said

    Most of these are not “powerful atheist quotes,” and do not provide “powerful ammunition to atheists.” They are, instead, thoughtful quotes that criticize the excesses of organized religions in general, or the bible in particular. Your error, and your arrogance, is as distasteful as “the religious fervor and fundamentalism” you are attacking.

    Spirituality has little to do with organized religion, and even less to do with the Judeo-Christian bible. A belief in the Divine does not automatically imply alignment with any organized religious group and the excesses attached to it, nor does the same belief automatically exclude an admiration for technology.

    Our advanced technological and philosophical age has given us the atomic bomb and other charming weapons of mass destruction; organized religion has given us genocide in the name of *insert the blank.* Our advanced technological and philosophical age has also given legs to children who couldn’t walk; organized religion has given inner strength to those tending a loved one dying of cancer.

    Are arrogant, angry and fearful atheists as damaging to society as arrogant, angry and fearful fundamentalists? How fascinating to see what they have in common. And how sad.

  2. Ergo said

    Ahhh… so this *did* “rile up the religious believers”! 🙂 Do you need Kleenex to wipe the foam off the side of your mouth? You’ll find it at your local drugstore. 😉

  3. Charlotte said

    I love the Aristotle one! It’s totally about religion being utterly man-made.
    Btw, it’s cold and I’m wearing your massive jacket. The shoulder pads make me look stupid, like I’ve got those rugby things under it:)
    Been really long since we me[t] (admin edit) last, no?

  4. Charlotte said

    ok, that’s “met.” Sheesh. Sorry to hog another comment. Cant you just correct the typo for me?

  5. Ergo said

    Correction done. 🙂 And thanks for coming out of online hiatus. Geeez! What’s happened to the two of you–that “Ganpat” and you!

    Oh, talking about you.. I’ve been wanting to say, did you see the movie “Prime”? It’s a nice movie with my fav Meryl Streep, Uma Thruman, and a reeallly reallly reeeeally cuttie Jewish boy (whose name I don’t know). Anyway, the point is… Uma’s character is named “Charlotte,” but she gets called “Charlie”! I thought that was soo cool… a gender-neutral and fun sounding name… I think you should adopt it too.

  6. Charlotte said

    Whoa, Jerr. Coincidence! No I havent seen Prime yet, but AVANTICA and SATYAJIT (and the three of you totally share the same taste in movies) who both saw it on HBO told me about it in passing when we were in CR2 cutting the cake for Ava’s birthday! Avantica’s already calling me Charlie. So now I’m sometimes Lotte, sometimes Lots, sometimes Charlie. Wow.

    Oh and it’s just a frayednerveendings haitus, and it’s still on I think.

  7. Ergo said

    Ya man! Avan, Sat, and I totally share the same taste in (and craze for) movies! 🙂 That’s a nice thing to know. Ava had a b’day? When????? Why was *I* not told or invited!!? grrrrrrr… How old is he anyway?

  8. Charlotte said

    His birthday dinner is yet to happen. Dont worry, we wouldnt dream of letting you miss it. Nice pics on flickr, btw. Though I reckon I’ve seen all of them before at some point…I can’t believe you included that ugly bed one of Ava and me, the one when we stayed over after Basil’s wedding! Im going to have your neck, watch me.

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