Top Atheist and Freethinker Quotes

Over the course of history there have been many atheists and freethinkers who have made insightful observations on God and religion. Here are several of my favorite quotes from them.

  • “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” – Stephen Roberts
  • “You’re basically killing each other to see who’s got the better imaginary friend.” – Richard Jeni
  • “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” – Epicurus
  • “The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” – Mark Twain
  • “When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn’t work that way, so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.” – Emo Phillips
  • “Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions.” – Blaise Pascal
  • “The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.” – Gene Roddenberry
  • “If there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence.” – Bertrand Russell
  • “The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.” – Delos B. McKown
  • “The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church.” – Ferdinand Magellan
  • “The Government of the United States is in no sense founded on the Christian religion.” – John Adams
  • “A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.” – Albert Einstein
  • “The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.” – Thomas Jefferson
  • “Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a God superior to themselves. Most Gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.” – Robert Heinlein
  • “He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; he that dares not reason is a slave.” – William Drummond
  • “We must conduct research and then accept the results. If they don’t stand up to experimentation, Buddha’s own words must be rejected.” – Tenzin Gyatso, current Dalai Lama