Quotes


In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

There is a theory which states that if anybody ever discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams

Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.
Douglas Adams

42 is a nice number that you can take home and introduce to your family.
Douglas Adams (responding to “Why 42?”)

Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?
Douglas Adams on religion


Whether you can observe a thing or not depends on the theory which you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed.
Albert Einstein

I believe in Spinoza’s God, Who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony of the world, not in a God Who concerns Himself with the fate and the doings of mankind.
Albert Einstein (responding to “Do you believe in God?”)

I’m not an atheist and I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
Albert Einstein

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.
Albert Einstein

The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing.
Albert Einstein

Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in point of fact, religious.
Albert Einstein

I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
Albert Einstein

Our situation on this earth seems strange. Every one of us appears here involuntarily and uninvited for a short stay, without knowing the whys and the wherefore. In our daily lives we only feel that man is here for the sake of others, for those whom we love and for many other beings whose fate is connected with our own. I am often worried at the thought that my life is based to such a large extent on the work of my fellow human beings and I am aware of my great indebtedness to them.
Albert Einstein

Nobody, certainly, will deny that the idea of the existence of an omnipotent, just, and omnibeneficent personal God is able to accord man solace, help, and guidance; also, by virtue of its simplicity it is accessible to the most undeveloped mind. But, on the other hand, there are decisive weaknesses attached to this idea in itself, which have been painfully felt since the beginning of history. That is, if this being is omnipotent, then every occurrence, including every human action, every human thought, and every human feeling and aspiration is also His work; how is it possible to think of holding men responsible for their deeds and thoughts before such an almighty Being? In giving out punishment and rewards He would to a certain extent be passing judgment on Himself. How can this be combined with the goodness and righteousness ascribed to Him?
The main source of the present-day conflicts between the spheres of religion and of science lies in this concept of a personal God.
Albert Einstein

The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained to liberation from the self.
Albert Einstein


I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life.
Thomas Paine

Each of those churches show certain books, which they call revelation, or the word of God. The Jews say, that their word of God was given by God to Moses, face to face; the Christians say, that their word of God came by divine inspiration: and the Turks say, that their word of God (the Koran) was brought by an angel from Heaven. Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all.
Thomas Paine

All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
Thomas Paine

THE WORD OF GOD IS THE CREATION WE BEHOLD and it is in this word, which no human invention can counterfeit or alter, that God speaketh universally to man.
Thomas Paine

It is only by the exercise of reason that man can discover God.
Thomas Paine


The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the Universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.
Rachel Carson


Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
John Lennon


I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
Susan Anthony


Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.
Isaac Asimov


A God who cannot smile could not have created this humorous Universe.
Sri Aurobindo


More people have been killed in the name of God than any other reason.
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.
George Carlin


Realization of Happiness Itself Is Realization of God, Truth, or Reality Itself
Adi Da


God says do what you wish, but make the wrong choice and you will be tortured for eternity in hell. That, sir, is not free will. It would be akin to a man telling his girlfriend, ‘Do what you wish, but if you choose to leave me, I will track you down and blow your brains out.’ When a man says this we call him a psychopath and cry out for his imprisonment/execution. When a god says the same, we call him loving and build churches in his honor.
Chuck Easttom


When people expect God to plan their lives for them, and protect them, they tend to lose their motivation to guide and control their own lives.
Charles W. Faulkner


If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is ‘God is crying.’ And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is ‘Probably because of something you did.’
Jack Handy


In the meantime, one word for any atheists among you : wrong.
“God” in God The Ultimate Autobiography by Jeremy Pascall


I’ve never understood how God could expect his creatures to pick the one true religion by faith — it strikes me as a sloppy way to run a Universe.
Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein


And God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light, but the Electricity Board said he would have to wait until Thursday to be connected.
Spike Milligan


The most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion on an intelligent and powerful Being.
Isaac Newton

The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of the Creation.
Isaac Newton


Mathematics is the language in which God wrote the Universe.
Galileo Galilei


Why is it when we talk to God we’re said to be praying, but when God talks to us we’re schizophrenic?
Lily Tomlin


I have studied all the sciences and all the major religions and can sum it up in one sentence.
We become, have and attract what we think about and act upon correctly the most.
John Assaraf (from The Secret)


God is a challenge because there is no proof of his existence and therefore the search must continue.
Donald Ervin Knuth