"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness."
"When I became convinced that the universe is natural – that all ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain … the joy of freedom… . I was free – free to think, to express my thoughts … free to live for myself and those I loved … free to investigate, to guess and dream and hope … free to reject all ignorant and cruel creeds, all the ‘inspired’ books that savages have produced … free from popes and priests … free from sanctified mistakes and holy lies … free from the fear of eternal pain … free from devils, ghosts and gods… . There were no prohibited places in all the realms of thought … no following another’s steps … no need to bow, or cringe, or crawl, or utter lying words."
“Eskimo: "If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?" Priest: "No, not if you did not know." Eskimo: "Then why did you tell me?"”
Annie Dillard American Author.
“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”
? Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
"To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation—is that good for the world?”
"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction."
- Blaise Pascal
? George Carlin
“Religion has convinced people that there's an invisible man ... living in the sky. Who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn't want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs money.”
"Religions are all alike - founded upon fables and mythologies."
"Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites."
" It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change."