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Is there any religion whose followers can be pointed to as distinctly more amiable and trustworthy than those of any other? If so, this should be enough. I find the nicest and best people generally profess no religion at all, but are ready to like the best men of all religions.

— Samuel Butler

The great trouble is that the preachers get the children from six to seven years of age, and then it is almost impossible to do anything with them. Incurably religious—that is the best way to describe the mental condition of so many people. Incurably religious.

— Thomas Edison

Being "pro-birth" is not the same as being pro-life. Forcing females to have children without providing what they need financially, emotionally, and educationally is a pro-birth agenda that murders countless bodies and souls… These individuals have an appalling disconnect, fawning over the decaying body of a woman in a permanent vegetative state [Terri Schiavo] while praising the demise of over 100,000 innocent Iraqi citizens and touting the patriotism of some 1,600 dead U.S. troops… In [the religious right's] mindset, adult human lives do not matter because the human condition itself is inherently evil…

— Carolyn Baker

A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.

— H.L. Mencken

By all means let an observant Jewish adult male have his raw-cut penis placed in the mouth of a rabbi. (That would be legal, at least in New York.) By all means let grown women who distrust their clitoris or their labia have them sawn away by some other wretched adult female. By all means let Abraham offer to commit suicide to prove his devotion to the Lord or his belief in the voices he was hearing in his head. By all means let devout parents deny themselves the succor of medicine when in acute pain and distress. By all means—for all I care—let a priest sworn to celibacy be a promiscuous homosexual. By all means let a congregation that believes in whipping out the devil choose a new grown-up sinner each week and lash him until he or she bleeds. By all means let anyone who believes in creationism instruct his fellows during lunch breaks. But the conscription of the unprotected child for these purposes is something that even the most dedicated secularist can safely describe as a sin.

— Christopher Hitchens

Above all, we are in need of a renewed Enlightenment, which will base itself on the proposition that the proper study of mankind is man, and woman. This Enlightenment will not need to depend, like its predecessors, on the heroic breakthroughs of a few gifted and exceptionally courageous people. It is within the compass of the average person. The study of literature and poetry, both for its own sake and for the eternally ethical questions with which it deals, can now easily depose the scrutiny of sacred texts that have been found to be corrupt and confected. The pursuit of unfettered scientific inquiry, and the availability of new findings to masses of people by easy electronic means, will revolutionize our concepts of research and development. Very importantly, the divorce between the sexual life and fear, and the sexual life and disease, and the sexual life and tyranny, can now at last be attempted, on the sole condition that we banish all religions from the discourse. And all this and more is, for the first time in our history, within the reach if not the grasp of everyone.

— Christopher Hitchens

If I could change just one thing, it would be to dissociate the idea of faith from virtue; now, and for good; and to expose it for what it is: a servile weakness, a refuge in cowardice, and a willingness to follow, with credulity, people who are, in the highest degree, unscrupulous.

— Christopher Hitchens, Speaking in Birmingham, Alabama, 2010 September 7

All religions, all faiths are equal glimpses of the same untruth. They all involve the same surrender of reason, they all involve the same contempt for evidence and they all involve the idea that one must respect someone for saying "I'll believe anything I'm told."

— Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian

(Religion is) cosmically hopeless, as is all the related masochism that goes with it—you've got to spend your entire life making up for the vermin you are. What is that if not degrading? We don't do that to people. We say you may as well know you're a primate, but take heart, primates are capable of great things.

— Christopher Hitchens, The Observer interview, 2010 November 14

Don't speak to me about your religion; first show it to me in how you treat other people. Don't tell me how much you love your God; show me in how much you love all your God's children. Don't preach to me your passion for your faith; teach me through your compassion for your neighbors. In the end, I'm not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as I am in how you choose to live and give.

— Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, N.J.

You can not convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it is based on a deep-seated need to believe.

— Carl Sagan, Contact

Peace of mind is a most valuable thing. The Bible has robbed the majority of the world of it during many centuries; it is but fair that in return it should give some to an individual here and there. But you must not make the mistake of supposing that absolute peace of mind is obtainable only through some form religious belief: no, on the contrary I have found that as perfect a peace is to be found in absolute unbelief.

— Mark Twain, Letter to Charles W. Stoddard, 1 June 1885

[E]xceptional claims demand exceptional evidence.

— Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.

— Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

She was not a Respectable Married Woman but fully a human being.

— Sinclair Lewis, Main Street

Lighthouses are much more useful than churches.

— Benjamin Franklin

Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you.

— Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

If you're an atheist, you know, you believe, this is the only life you're going to get. It's a precious life. It's a beautiful life. Its something we should live to the full, to the end of our days. Where if you're religious and you believe in another life somehow, that means you don't live this life to the full because you think you're going to get another one. That's an awfully negative way to live a life. Being a atheist frees you up to live this life properly, happily and fully.

— Richard Dawkins

The finest clothing made is a person's skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.

— Mark Twain

Unmentionables—those articles of ladies' apparel that are never discussed in public, except in full-page, illustrated ads.

— Changing Times

A dress that zips up the back will bring a husband and wife together.

— James H. Boren

If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies… It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.

— Albert Einstein

People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.

— Lee Mildon

Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends… Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.

— Henry David Thoreau

Seldom do people discern
Eloquence under a threadbare cloak.

— Juvenal

I have a hankering to go back to the Orient and discard my necktie. Neckties strangle clear thinking.

— Lin Yutang

A man hasn't got a corner on virtue just because his shoes are shined.

— Anne Petry

Nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy. (Not my circus, not my monkeys.)

— Proverb, Polish
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