There is no god, there is no god, there is no god at all. He who invented god is a fool. He who propagates god is a scoundrel. He who worships god is a barbarian.

— Periyar E. V. Ramasamy

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Man is equal to man. There should not be exploitation. One should help the other. No one should harm anybody. Generally there should be no room for grievance or complaint from anybody. Everyone should live and let others live, with a national spirit.


You cannot expect any rational thought from a religious man. He is like a rocking log in water.


Man treats woman as his own property and not as being capable of feelings, like himself. The way man treats women is much worse than the way landlords treat servants and the high-caste treat the low-caste. These treat them so demeaningly only in situations mutually affecting them; but men treat cruelly and as slaves, from their birth till death.


Wisdom lies in thinking. The spear-head of thinking is rationalism.


Foreigners are sending messages to the planets.

We are sending rice and cereals to our dead fore-father through the Brahmins. It is a wise deed?


Any opposition not based on rationalism or science or experience will one day or other, reveal the fraud, selfishness, lies and conspiracies.


There is no use of simply acquiring titles or amassing wealth if one has no self-respect and scientific knowledge.


I want the Brahmins to realize that the Dravidian people today are very much hating those who cunningly cheated them with absurdities. They are now aware of the particular community making a living by spreading the foolishness. People have begun to hate god, religion, caste, mythologies (puranas) and so on.


While all men are born as equals, to say that Brahmins alone are the highest and all others are low as Pariah (the Untouchables) or Panchama is sheer nonsense. It is roguish to say so. It is a big hoax played on us.


As long as we give room for domination and the dominators, there will be worries and worried people. Poverty and pestilence will live eternally in the country.


The number of those who do selfless public service and those who serve without expecting any return, should increase. Their sterling qualities should show the way to the people at large. Their life would be a model to show how man should conduct himself in public life.


Marriages should culminate on account of the wishes of the couple.

It is their knitting of the hearts that should lead to marriages.


About Periyar E. V. Ramasamy

Quotes 23 sayings
Profession Politician
Birthday September 17, 1879

Capitalists control the machineries. They create difficulties to the workers. Consequently rationalism, which has to lead the way for peaceful life to all, has resulted in causing poverty and worries to the people because of dominating forces.


Because our ladies mostly attend Kalatshepams, (Religious discourses) they have fallen prey to the superstitions, blind beliefs, and immorality by the false and fictituous propaganda of the Brahmins.


It is absurd to quote religion or God or religious doctrines to render the people as lowest castes.


A male has the right to wander about as he pleases.

He has the right to marry any number of girls. This practice has led to prostitution.


The word 'Sudra' which means 'Son of prostitute' should not find a place even in the history hereafter. We will not allow it to find a place in the dictionary or encycl


Money lending is a horrible profession. If we are to call it otherwise it is lawful plundering.


There's no god. He who created god was a fool; he who spreads his name is a scoundrel and he who worships him is a barbarian.


By helping the poor, we must be able to remove their poverty.

But extending help to one here and one there in the form of providing food will not remove poverty.


Those who still believe the Brahmins should take a serious note of the changing times and start leading an awakened life.


Village reform is not merely cleaning the roads, constructing schools and worshipping monasteries. It is not mere celebration of festivals.