ATHEISM QUOTES V

quotations about atheism

I cannot but pity the man who recognizes nothing godlike in his own nature.

WILLIAM E. CHANNING, Thoughts

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They that deny a God destroy man's nobility, for certainly man is of kin to the beasts by his body; and if he be not of kin to God by his spirit, he is a base and ignoble creature.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

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Men have left GOD not for other gods, they say, but for no God; and this has never happened before.

T. S. ELIOT, The Rock

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Some are Atheists by Neglect; others are so by Affectation; they, that think there is no God at some times; do not think so at all times.

BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms

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Would the atheist continue such, let him beware how he admits Love into his breast: for God will surely come along with him.

RICHARD GARNETT, De Flagello Myrtes

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How some dare scorn (as if a fabulous lie) that they should rise whom death to dust doth bind -- and like to beasts, a beastly life they lead, who naught attend save death when they are dead.

SIR WILLIAM ALEXANDER, Doomes-day; or, The Great Day of the Lords Judgement

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It is only by dispelling the clouds and phantoms of Religion, that we shall discover the sources of Truth, Reason and Morality, and the real motives that should incline us to Virtue.

PAUL-HENRI HOLBACH, Le Bon-Sens, ou, Idees Naturelles Opposees aux Idees Surnaturelles

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If this be not atheism, to acknowledge no other deity besides dead and senseless matter, then the word hath no signification.

RALPH CUDWORTH, The True Intellectual System of the Universe

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Therefore, as atheism is in all respects hateful, so in this, that it depriveth human nature of the means to exalt itself, above human frailty.

FRANCIS BACON, "Of Atheism", Essays

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Atheism can benefit no class of people; neither the unfortunate, whom it bereaves of hope, nor the prosperous, whose joys it renders insipid, nor the soldier, of whom it makes a coward, nor the woman whose beauty and sensibility it mars, nor the mother, who has a son to lose, nor the rulers of men, who have no surer pledge of the fidelity of their subjects than religion.

FRANCOIS-RENE DE CHATEAUBRIAND, The Genius of Christianity

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The thing framed says that nothing framed it; the tongue never made itself to speak, and yet talks against him that did; saying that which is made, is, and that which made it, is not. But this folly is infinite as hell, as much without light or bound as the chaos or the primitive nothing.

JEREMY TAYLOR, Sermon XX, Discourses on Various Subjects

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He who tries to flee from God takes refuge in himself.

PHILO, Legum allegoriarum

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Those are not at all to be tolerated who deny the being of God. Promises, covenants, and oaths, which are the bonds of human society, can have no hold upon an atheist. The taking away of God, though but even in thought, dissolves all.

JOHN LOCKE, An Essay Concerning Toleration

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Absolute atheism starts in an act of faith in reverse gear and is a full-blown religious commitment.

JACQUES MARITAIN, The Range of Reason

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Religion assures us that our afflictions shall have an end; she comforts us, she dries our tears, she promises us another life. On the contrary, in the abominable worship of atheism, human woes are the incense, death is the priest, a coffin the altar, and annihilation the Deity.

FRANCOIS-RENE DE CHATEAUBRIAND, The Genius of Christianity

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When men live as if there were no God, it becomes expedient for them that there should be none.

JOHN TILLOTSON, "The Folly of Scoffing at Religion", Works

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I do not believe in God and I am not an atheist.

ALBERT CAMUS, Notebooks 1951-1959

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It has long been observed, that an atheist has no just reason for endeavouring conversions; and yet none harass those minds which they can influence, with more importunity of solicitation to adopt their opinions. In proportion as they doubt the truth of their own doctrines, they are desirous to gain the attestation of another understanding: and industriously labour to win a proselyte, and eagerly catch at the slightest pretense to dignify their sect with a distinguished name.

SAMUEL JOHNSON, "The Life of Sir Thomas Browne, Kt., M.D."

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Atheists put on a false courage and alacrity in the midst of their darkness and apprehensions, like children who, when they fear to go in the dark, will sing for fear.

ALEXANDER POPE, "Thoughts on Various Subjects", Miscellanies in Verse and Prose

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The inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts:
Those with brains, but no religion,
And those with religion, but no brains.

ABU'L-'ALA' AL-MA'ARRI, attributed, Crusades Through Arab Eyes

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