"If God kills, lies, cheats, discriminates, and otherwise behaves in a manner that puts the Mafia to shame, that's okay, he's God. He can do whatever he wants. Anyone who adheres to this philosophy has had his sense of morality, decency, justice and humanness warped beyond recognition by the very book that is supposedly preaching the opposite."
(Dennis McKinsey / newsletter Biblical Errancy)
"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)
"Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent."
(George Orwell / 1903-1950)
"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction."
(Blaise Pascal/ 1623-1662)
"As to the gods, I have no means of knowing either that they exist or do not exist."
(Protagoras / 485-410 BC / in Plato's Theaetetus)
"The faults of which we ask you [God] the remittance, it is you who make us commit them; the traps of which we implore you to deliver us, it is you who has set them for us; and the Satan which surrounds us, this Satan, it is you."
(Pierre-Joseph Proudhon / 1809-1865 / System of Economical Contradictions)
"The prayer of the agnostic: "O God, if there is a God, save my soul if I have a soul."
(Ernest Renan / 1823-1892)
"I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't.
(Jules Renard / 1864-1910 / Journal, January 26, 1906)
"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
"The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank."
(Dante Gabriel Rossetti / 1828-1882)
"The prayer is the softest consolation of the unhappy one; he becomes more stronger when he has done this duty."
(The Marquis of Sade / 1740-1814 / Justine / 1788)
"The good Christian should beware of mathematicians, and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that the mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of Hell."
(Saint Augustin / 354-430 / De genesi ad litteram / [Here, mathematician = astrologer])