"I am not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens."
(Woody Allen / born in 1935 / Without Feathers, 1976)
"Eternal nothingness is fine if you happen to be dressed for it."
(Woody Allen / born in 1935 / Getting Even, 'My Philosophy')
"Not only is God dead, but just try to find a plumber on weekends."
(Woody Allen / born in 1935)
"There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death."
(Isaac Asimov / 1920-1992)
"Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited."
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914 / The Devil's Dictionary)
"[...] since the order of world is regulated by death, perhaps is it better for God we do not believe in him and we fight with all our might against death, without raising our eyes heavenward where he keeps silent."
(Albert Camus / 1913-1960 / The Plague)
"To a child who dies, and to the parents of this child, will you speak, if religion consoles them, in praise of atheism? That one does not mistake: that, to my mind, does not prove anything against atheism and much against religion. "The heart of a heartless world, said Marx, the soul of soulless conditions." It is misery that makes religion, and it is why this one is miserable. Who would prohibit opium to a dying man? And what are we, out of oblivion or entertainment, anything else but dying? "
(André Comte-Sponville / born in 1952 / A Philosophical Education)
"If there are one hundred thousand damned souls for one saved soul, the devil has always the advantage without having given up his son to death."
(Denis Diderot / 1713-1784 / Addition to philosophical Thoughts)
"The Romans killed Jesus on the cross. His death on the cross saved us from our sins. Therefore, we should worship the Romans."
(Earle Jones / in alt.atheism.satire)
"God is dead: but considering the state Man is in, there will perhaps be caves, for ages yet, in which his shadow will be shown."
(Friedrich Nietzsche / 1844-1900 / The Gay Science / 1882)
"I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong."
(Bertrand Russell / 1872-1970)
"There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval."
(George Santayana / 1863-1952)
"Immortality -- a fate worse than death."
(Edgar A. Shoaff)
"It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been devised by Providence as an evil to mankind."
(Jonathan Swift / 1667-1745)
"O Lord our God, help us tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it..."
(Mark Twain / 1835-1910 / The War Prayer)
"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)