Asthma doesn't seem to bother me any more unless I'm around cigars or dogs. The thing that would bother me most would be a dog smoking a cigar.— Steve Allen
The most remarkable Steve Allen quotes that will transform you to a better person
Ours is a government of checks and balances.
The Mafia and crooked businessmen make out checks, and the politicians and other compromised officials improve their bank balances.
One social evil for which the New Testament is clearly in part responsible is anti-Semitism.
Thousands of years ago only Christ could walk on the water.
Today anybody can do it; you just step on the garbage.
Totalitarianism is patriotism institutionalized.
In a rational society we would want our presidents to be teachers.
In our actual society we insist they be cheerleaders.
Ideas have consequences, and totally erroneous ideas are likely to have destructive consequences.
If the Old Testament were a reliable guide in the matter of capital punishment, half the people in the United States would have to be killed tomorrow.
There is scarcely a page of the Bible on which an open mind does not perceive a contradiction, an unlikely story, an obvious error, an historical impossibility of one sort or another.
The problem is that once the untrained mind has made a formal commitment to a religious philosophy - and it does not matter whether that philosophy is generally reasonable and high-minded or utterly bizarre and irrational
Millions of Germans had absolute faith in Hitler.
Millions of Russians had faith in Stalin. Millions of Chinese had faith in Mao. Billions have had faith in imaginary gods.
I do not understand those who take little or no interest in the subject of religion. If religion embodies a truth, it is certainly the most important truth of human existence. If it is largely error, then it is one of monumentally tragic proportions—and should be vigorously opposed.
There is not the slightest question but that the God of the Old Testament is a jealous, vengeful God, inflicting not only on the sinful pagans but even on his Chosen People fire, lighting, hideous plagues and diseases, brimstone, and other curses.
The Bible is unfortunately unclear on a long list of moral and social questions and sex is one of them. On the one hand, there are expressions of admiration for the reportedly virgin mother of Jesus, but other portions of scripture speak quite accommodatingly of polygamy.
Sometimes things which at the moment may be perceived as obstacles-and actually be obstacles, difficulties, or drawbacks-can in the long run result in some good end which would not have occurred if it had not been for the obstacle.
The fundamentalist believer is mostly a weird intellectual who often lacks real faith altogether. As a self-appointed attorney for God, who is in no need of attorneys, he very easily turns out to be more godless than the agnostic and the unbeliever. At all events, he seems deaf to poetry.
Laughter would appear to be a physical reflex, although even if it is, this still leaves unanswered the question of why the human response to humor is a convulsive spasm of the respiratory mechanism rather than a crossing of the eyes or a waving of the arms.
I cannot see how it can be argued that one should speak in tones of reverence and awe about the alleged divine instruction-in Psalms-to grab the defenseless bodies of innocent infants and dash their brains out against the nearest rocks or walls.
To those who wish to punish others -- or at least to see them punished, if the avengers are too cowardly to take matters in to their own hands -- the belief in a fiery, hideous hell appears to be a great source of comfort.
Humor is a social lubricant that helps us get over some of the bad spots.
...we are entitled to make almost any reasonable assumption, but should resist making conclusions until evidence requires that we do so.
Just as with cars, it's critical to know the fuel efficiency of black holes.
If there is a God, the phrase that must disgust him is - holy war.
Consider the wave of revulsion that floods the average person when he or she hears of the practice of human sacrifice by the Aztecs and other so-called primitive peoples. How savage and barbaric such practices seem. But when a Christian or Jew comes across human sacrifice in the Bible (see Jephthah's immolation of his daughter in Judges 11:30-40), is he or she repulsed?
This is The Tonight Show. I can't tell you too much about it, other than the fact that this program is going to go on forever.
Physical fitness is in. I recently had a physical fit myself.
We must never forget that both good and evil flow from the Bible.
It is therefore not above criticism.
Without laughter life on our planet would be intolerable.
So important is laughter to us that humanity highly rewards members of one of the most unusual professions on earth, those who make a living by inducing laughter in others. This is very strange if you stop to think of it: that otherwise sane and responsible citizens should devote their professional energies to causing others to make sharp, explosive barking-like exhalations.
Radio is the theater of the mind; television is the theater of the mindless.
Everybody is somewhere.
Religious believers of the world, you are free to continue to debate the simple, narrow question that divides you from atheists, but you have no right, in so doing, to treat the Humanists of the world with contempt. You owe them a deep debt of gratitude, for not only have they shed much light on a naturally dark world but they have very probably helped civilize your own specific religion.
Civilization itself . . . can easily be swept aside when mob passions are aroused.
God is by definition the holder of all possible knowledge, it would be impossible for him to have faith in anything. Faith, then, is built upon ignorance and hope.
The hair is real - it's the head that's a fake.
Dark energy is perhaps the biggest mystery in physics.
Nothing is better than the unintended humor of reality.
There are few pages of history which do not demonstrate that public prayer and ritual never inoculated people against mass-madness and cruelty. What is needed is emphasis on morality and manners.
I'm all for sex. Seven nights a week. Days, too.
There are hundreds of millions who believe the Messiah has come.
If he did, then it is unfortunately the case that his heroic sacrifice and death have had no effect whatsoever on the very problem his coming might have been expected to address, for history demonstrates, beyond question, that we Christians have been just as dangerous, singly and en masse, as non-Christians.