I know not how I seem to others, but to myself I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to content myself with while the vast ocean of undiscovered truth lay before me.— Isaac Newton
Pioneering Positive Atheism quotations
The reason the Christians have murdered on such a vast scale and killed anyone and everyone in their way is purely and simply greed.
I have no idea of submitting tamely to injustice inflicted either on me or on the slave. I will oppose it with all the moral powers with which I am endowed. I am no advocate of passivity.
The Pope? How many divisions has he got?
Laws which prescribe what everyone must believe, and forbid men to say or write anything against this or that opinion, are often passed to gratify, or rather to appease the anger of those who cannot abide independent minds.
Religions are like fireflies. They require darkness in order to shine.
I write ... in order to help ensure that the teeming millions in the New World, for whose sins Christ gave His life, do not continue to die in ignorance, but rather are brought to knowledge of God and thereby saved.
Imperious, choleric, irascible, extreme in everything, with a dissolute imagination the like of which has never been seen, atheistic to the point of fanaticism, there you have me in a nutshell, and kill me again or take me as I am, for I shall not change.
Ethical teaching is weakened if it is tied up with dogmas that will not bear examination.
When they have opened a gap in the ... wall of separation between the Garden of the Church and the wildernes of the world, God hath ever ... made his Garden a Wildernesse.
Open your mouth and shut your eyes and see what Zeus will send you.
People who are aware of, and ashamed of, their prejudices are well on the road to eliminating them.
There is no absolute up or down, as Aristotle taught;
no absolute position in space; but the position of a body is relative to that of other bodies. Everywhere there is incessant relative change in position throughout the universe, and the observer is always at the center of things.
A crowd is not merely impulsive and mobile.
Like a savage, it is not prepared to admit that anything can come between its desire and the realisation of its desire.
One of the most constant characteristics of beliefs is their intolerance.
The stronger the belief, the greater its intolerance. Men dominated by a certitude cannot tolerate those who do not accept it.
Religions are like pills, which must be swallowed whole without chewing.
The Establishment Clause prohibits government from making adherence to a religion relevant in any way to a person's standing in the political community.
Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day.
Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.
Man is the measure of all things, of the reality of those which are, and of the unreality of those which are not.
It has never mattered to me that thirty million people might think I'm wrong.
The number of people who thought Hitler was right did not make him right... Why do you necessarily have to be wrong just because a few million people think you are?
If God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish Him.
My best advice to anyone who wants to raise a happy, mentally healthy child is: Keep him or her as far away from a church as you can.
The influence of the leaders is due in very small measure to the arguments they employ, but in a large degree to their prestige. The best proof of this is that, should they by any circumstance lose their prestige, their influence disappears.
Demagoguery enters at the moment when, for want of a common denominator, the principle of equality degenerates into the principle of identity.
Real religion should be something that liberates men.
But churches don't want free men who can think for themself and find their own divinity within. When a religion becomes organized it is no longer a religious experience but only superstition and estrangement.
I wrote a song about dental floss but did anyone's teeth get cleaner?
The whole foundation of Christianity is based on the idea that intellectualism is the work of the Devil. Remember the apple on the tree? Okay, it was the Tree of Knowledge. You eat this apple, you're going to be as smart as God. We can't have that.
If the Prodigal Son's a parable, and if Adam and Eve are metaphors, then maybe God is just figure of speech.
The American constitutions were to liberty, what a grammar is to language: they define its parts of speech, and practically construct them into syntax
The cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.
I cannot follow you Christians; for you try to crawl through your life upon your knees, while I stride through mine on my feet.
Among the most inestimable of our blessings is that .
.. of liberty to worship our Creator in the way we think most agreeable to His will; a liberty deemed in other countries incompatible with good government and yet proved by our experience to be its best support.
I'm plotting revolution against this lie that the majority has a monopoly of the truth. What are these truths that always bring the majority rallying round? Truths so elderly they are practically senile. And when a truth is as old as that, gentlemen, you can hardly tell it from a lie.
Objectivity cannot be equated with mental blankness;
rather, objectivity resides in recognizing your preferences and then subjecting them to especially harsh scrutiny - and also in a willingness to revise or abandon your theories when the tests fail (as they usually do).