"If it turns out that there is a God, I don't think that he's evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever."
(Woody Allen / born in 1935 / Love and Death, 1975)
"I don't believe in God but I'm very interested in her."
(Arthur C. Clarke / born in 1917)
"They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse."
(Emily Dickinson / 1830-1886)
"You've got your phenomenon on one hand. Concrete and knowable. On the other hand you've got the incomprehensible. You call it God, but to me, God or no, it remains just that, the unknowable."
(Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess / Northern Exposure, A Wing and a Prayer, 1994)
"I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars."
(Charles Darwin / 1809-1882)
"The Jehovah of the Jews is a suspicious tyrant, who breathes nothing but blood, murder, and carnage, and who demands that they should nourish him with the vapours of animals. The Jupiter of the Pagans is a lascivious monster. The Moloch of the Phoenicians is a cannibal. The pure mind of the Christians resolved, in order to appease his fury, to crucify his own son. The savage god of the Mexicans cannot be satisfied without thousands of mortals which are immolated to his sanguinary appetite."
(Paul-Henri, baron d'Holbach / 1723-1789)
"It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."
(Thomas Jefferson / 1743-1826)
"Jehovah was not a moral god. He had all the vices and he lacked all the virtues. He generally carried out all his threats, but he never faithfully kept a promise."
(Robert Green Ingersoll / 1833-1899)
"God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in his arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos; He will set them above their betters."
(Henry Louis Mencken / 1880-1956 / Minority Report / 1956)
"God is a word to express, not our ideas, but the want of them."
(John Stuart Mill / 1806-1873)
"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 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)
"Kill one man and you are a murderer. Kill millions and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone and you are a God."
(Jean Rostand / 1894-1977 / Thoughts of a Biologist / 1939)
"God, that checkroom of our dreams."
(Jean Rostand / 1894-1977)
"If I were granted omnipotence, and millions of years to experiment in, I should not think Man much to boast of as the final result of all my efforts."
(Bertrand Russell / 1872-1970 / Religion and Science)
"God or nature"
(Baruch Spinoza / 1632-1677 / Ethics)
"God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh."
(Voltaire / 1694-1778)
"It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us."
(Peter De Vries, American, author and journalist / 1910-1993)
"God and fairies can be wrong as well."
"The farmer hopes for rain, the walker hopes for sunshine, and the gods hesitate."
"God does not love those who have not suffered."