My only wish isto transform friends of God into friends of man, believers into thinkers, devotees of prayer into devotees of work, candidates for the hereafter into students of the world, Christians who, by their own procession and admission, are half animal, half angel into persons, into whole persons.

— Ludwig Feuerbach

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Religion is the dream of the human mind.

But even in dreams we do not find ourselves in emptiness or in heaven, but on earth, in the realm of reality; we only see real things in the entrancing splendor of imagination and caprice, instead of in the simple daylight of reality and necessity.


It is not as in the Bible, that God created man in his own image.

But, on the contrary, man created God in his own image.


Wherever morality is based on theology, wherever the right is made dependent on divine authority, the most immoral, unjust, infamous things can be justified and established.


Man created God in his own image.


The power of thought is the light of knowledge, the power of will is the energy of character, the power of heart is love. Reason, love and power of will are perfections of man.


The power of miracle is the power of imagination.


The task of the modern era was the realization and humanization of God – the transformation and dissolution of theology into anthropology.


The first and highest law must be the love of man to man.

Homo homini Deus est - this is the supreme practical maxim, this is the turning point of the world's History.


Theology is Anthropology... [T]he distinction which is made, or rather supposed to be made, between the theological and anthropological predicates resolves itself into an absurdity.


The joys of theory are the sweetest intellectual pleasures of life


He only is a true atheist to whom the predicates of the Divine Being - for example, love, wisdom and justice - are nothing.


[T]ruth is considered profane, and only illusion is sacred


About Ludwig Feuerbach

Quotes 34 sayings
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

The doctrine of foods is of great ethical and political significance.

Food becomes blood, blood becomes heart and brain, thoughts and mind stuff. Human fare is the foundation of human culture and thought. Would you improve a nation? Give it, instead of declamations against sin, better food. Man is what he eats [Der Mensch ist, was er isst].


The religion of Big Data sets itself the goal of fulfilling man's unattainable desires, but for that very reason ignores her attainable needs.


What yesterday was still religion is no longer such today;

and what today is atheism, tomorrow will be religion.


What else is the power of melody but the power of feeling? Music is the language of feeling; melody is audible feeling - feeling communicating itself.


Christianity has in fact long vanished, not only from the reason but also from the life of mankind, and it is nothing more than a fixed idea.


For the religious the holy is truth, for the philosophic the truth is holy.


Der Mensch ist, was er isst. Man is what he eats.


If therefore my work is negative, irreligious, atheistic, let it be remembered that atheism -- at least in the sense of this work -- is the secret of religion itself; that religion itself, not indeed on the surface, but fundamentally, not in intention or according to its own supposition, but in its heart, in its essence, believes in nothing else than the truth and divinity of human nature.


I would rather be a devil in alliance with truth, than an angel in alliance with falsehood.


It is as clear as the sun and as evident as the day that there is no God and that there can be none.


Man first unconsciously and involuntarily creates God in his own image, and after this God consciously and voluntarily creates man in his own image.


"Can any good come out of Nazareth?" This is always the question of the wiseacres and the knowing ones. But the good, the new, comes from exactly that quarter whence it is not looked for, and is always different from what was expected. Everything new is received with contempt-for it begins in obscurity. It becomes a power unobserved.


The present age prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, fancy to reality, the appearance to the essence for in these days illusion only is sacred, truth profane.


In the consciousness of the infinite, the conscious subject has for his object the infinity of his own nature.


To theology, ... only what it holds sacred is true, whereas to philosophy, only what holds true is sacred.


Faith is essentially intolerant ... essentially because necessarily bound up with faith is the illusion that one's cause is also God's cause.


I have always taken as the standard of the mode of teaching and writing, not the abstract, particular, professional philosopher, but universal man, that I have regarded man as the criterion of truth, and not this or that founder of a system, and have from the first placed the highest excellence of the philosopher in this, that he abstains, both as a man and as an author, from the ostentation of philosophy, i.e., that he is a philosopher only in reality, not formally, that he is a quiet philosopher, not a loud and still less a brawling one.


As we expand our knowledge of good books, we shrink the circle of men whose company we appreciate.


Is it man that possesses love, or is it not much rather love that possesses man?


Only he is a truly ethical, a truly human being, who has the courage to see through his own religious feelings and needs.


While Socrates empties the cup of poison with unshaken soul,Christ exclaims,'If it is possible, let this cup pass from me'.Christ in this respect is the self- confession of human sensibility.