"Reverence: the spiritual attitude of a man to a god and a dog to a man."
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914)
"Atheism is a way of humility. It's to think oneself to be an animal, as we are actually and to allow oneself to become human."
(André Comte-Sponville / born in 1952/ Presentation of Philosophy)
"You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion... Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly."
(Aldous Huxley / 1894-1963 / Brave New World)
"Operationally, God is beginning to resemble not a ruler but the last fading smile of a cosmic Cheshire cat."
(Sir Julian Huxley / 1887-1975)
"We have enslaved the rest of animal creation and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form."
(William Ralph Inge / 1860-1954 / The Theory and Practice of Hell)
"When a dog barks at the moon, then it is religion; but when he barks at strangers, it is patriotism!"
(David Starr Jordan / 1851-1931)
"A man can have sex with animals such as sheep, cows, camels and so on. However he should kill the animal after he has his orgasm. He should not sell the meat to the people in his own village, however selling the meat to the next door village should be fine."
(Ayatollah Khomeini / 1902-1989 / Tahrirolvasyleh)
"He who lets the world or his portion of it, choose his plan of life for him, has no need of any other faculty than the ape-like one of imitation. He who chooses his plan form himself, employs his faculties"
(John Stuart Mill / 1806-1873 / On Liberty / 1859)
"Making fun of born-again Christians is like hunting dairy cows with a high powered rifle and scope."
(P.J. O'Rourke / born in 1947)
"Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think."
(Arthur Schopenhauer / 1788-1860 / Studies in Pessimism / 1851)
"Man is the religious animal. He is the only religious animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion –- several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat, if his theology isn't straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother's path to happiness and heaven."
(Mark Twain / 1835 - 1910 / Letters from the Earth)
"Sacred cows make the best hamburger."
(Mark Twain / 1835-1910)
"However, it is certain that this soul, being of same nature in all the animal kingdom, is dissipated with the man's death, as with the animals' death.
From where it follows that what Poets and Theologians tell us about the next world is a chimera that they have made up and recited for reasons it is easy to guess."
(unknown / The Tree Impostors / chapter 5, paragraph 7 / 1721)
"God gave the giraffe a long neck so that He would not have to bend the palm tree."
"If a dog's prayers were answered, bones would rain from the skies."