Quotes from Famous Freethinkers

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Mark Twain

Famous American author
"Faith is believing something you know ain't true."

"Blasphemy? No, it is not blasphemy. If God is as vast as that, he is above blasphemy; if he is as little as that, he is beneath it."

"[The Bible is] a mass of fables and traditions, mere mythology."

"'In God we trust!' I don't believe it would sound any better if it were true."

"It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand."

"A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows."

Gene Roddenberry

Screenwriter/Creator of Star Trek
"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."

Steven Weinberg

Nobel Prize winner
"Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, it takes religion."

James Madison

4th US President/Father of the Constitution
"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise."

"During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity, in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution."

Edgar Allan Poe

Famous American author
"No man who ever lived knows any more about the hereafter than you and I; and all religion is simply evolved out of chicanery, fear, greed, imagination and poetry."

Benjamin Franklin

US Founding Father/Statesman/Scientist
"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."

"The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason."

Thomas Jefferson

3rd US President/principal author of the Declaration of Independence
"I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike, founded upon fables and mythologies."

"The Christian God can be easily pictured as virtually the same as the many ancient gods of past civilizations. The Christian god is a three headed monster; cruel, evil and capricious. If one wishes to know more of this raging, three headed, beast-like god, one only needs to look at the caliber of the people who say they serve him. The are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites."

"Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity."

Richard Burton

Famous Actor
"The more I study religions, the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself."

Chapman Cohen

"Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense."

Clarence Darrow

American lawyer
"I don't believe in God because I don't believe in Mother Goose."

Stephen Hawking

World famous physicist/Professor
"We could call order by the name of God, but it would be an impersonal God. There's not much personal about the laws of physics."

"Black holes would seem to suggest that God not only plays dice, but also sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen."

Sigmund Freud

Austrian neurologist/Psychiatrist
"Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires."

John Adams

2nd US President
"This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it!"


Greek philosopher
"Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life."

Isaac Asimov

American author/Biochemistry professor
"Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived."

Napoleon Bonaparte

French emperor (1769-1821)
"Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet."

"All religions have been made by men."

"as for myself, I do not believe that such a person as Jesus Christ ever existed; but as the people are inclined to superstition, it is proper not to oppose them."

Emo Philips

"When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me."

H. L. Mencken

American journalist
"We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart."

Donald Morgan

"Jesus' last words on the cross, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" hardly seem like the words of a man who planned it that way. It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure there is something wrong here."

"A thorough reading and understanding of the Bible is the surest path to atheism"

"If God existed as an all-powerful being, He would not need the money that faithful believers donate to their churches"

Frank Zappa

American composer/Musician/Film director
"The essence of Christianity is told us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the tree of knowledge. The subtext is, All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on."

Ernest Hemingway

American novelist
"All thinking men are atheists."


Greek philosopher
"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?"

George Carlin

"Religion easily has the best bullshit story of all time. Think about it. Religion has convinced people that there's an invisible man'living in the sky. Who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn't want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs money."


French philosopher
"If God has made us in his image, we have returned him the favor."

"Those who believe absurdities will commit atrocities."

George Bernard Shaw

World-famous playwright
"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."