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A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
-: [ Essays (1625). 16, "Of Atheism" ]
~ Francis Bacon | (English philosopher and statesman ) | 1561-1626 | Atheism
quotes Division : British Philosophers   
     
All I say is that I think it is damned unlikely that anything like a central cosmic will, a spirit world, or an eternal survival of personality exist. They are the most preposterous and unjustified of all the guesses which can be made about the universe, and I am not enough of a hair-splitter to pretend that I don't regard them as arrant and negligible moonshine. In theory I am an agnostic, but pending the appearance of radical evidence I must be classed, practically and provisionally, as an atheist.
-: [ letter to Robert E. Howard (August 16, 1932). ]
~ H. P. Lovecraft | (American author of horror and fantasy ) | 1890 -1937 | Atheism
quotes Division : Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers   
     
Although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.
-: [ The Blind Watchmaker. (1986), The Blind Watchmaker. ISBN 0393315703.ISBN 0393315703. ]
~ Richard Dawkins | (Oxford zoologist and Author ) | 1941 - | Atheism
quotes Division : Scientists and Inventors   
     
Among the repulsions of atheism for me has been its drastic uninterestingness as an intellectual position. Where was the ingenuity, the ambiguity, the humanity (in the Harvard sense) of saying that the universe just happened to happen and that when we're dead we're dead?
~ John Updike | ( American writer. ) | 1932 - | Atheism
quotes Division : American writers   
     
An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame -- Southern Methodist University game and doesn't care who wins.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower | ( Thirty-fourth President of the USA. ) | 1890-1969 | Atheism
quotes Division : U.S. Presidents   
     
An atheist may be simply one whose faith and love are concentrated on the impersonal aspects of God.
~ Simone Weil | ( French Philosopher ) | 1910-1943 | Atheism
quotes Division : French Philosophers   
     
Athéisme, force de l'esprit, mais jusq'à un certain degré seulement.
"Atheism shows strength of mind, but only to a certain degree."

-: [ Pensées (1669), 225 ]
~ Blaise Pascal | ( French mathematician, physicist and philosopher. ) | 1623-1662 | Atheism
quotes Division : Scientists and Inventors   
     
Atheism is in all respects hateful, so in this, that it depriveth human nature of the means to exalt itself, above human frailty.
-: [ Essays (1625), 16, "Of Atheism" ]
~ Francis Bacon | (English philosopher and statesman ) | 1561-1626 | Atheism
quotes Division : British Philosophers   
     
Atheism is rather in the lip than in the heart of man.
~ Francis Bacon | (English philosopher and statesman ) | 1561-1626 | Atheism
quotes Division : British Philosophers   
     
Atheism is rather in the lip than in the heart of man.
~ Francis Bacon | (English philosopher and statesman ) | 1561-1626 | Atheism
quotes Division : British Philosophers   
     
Atheism is the vice of a few intelligent persons, and superstition is the vice of fools.
-: [ Philosophical Dictionary (1764), "Atheism", Section I ]
~ Voltaire | ( French writer and historian. ) | 1694-1778 | Atheism
quotes Division : Historians   
     
Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation; all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not; but superstition dismounts all these, and erecteth an absolute monarchy, in the minds of men.
-: [ Essays (1625), 17, "Of Superstition" ]
~ Francis Bacon | (English philosopher and statesman ) | 1561-1626 | Atheism
quotes Division : British Philosophers   
     
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.
-: [ "Thoughts on Various Subjects" (1727), Miscellanies in Verse and Prose, Vol. II ]
~ Alexander Pope | ( English poet and satirist. ) | 1688-1744 | Atheism
quotes Division : Satirists and Cynic   
     
First, whenever a man talks loudly against religion, always suspect that it is not his reason, but his passions, which have got the better of his creed. A bad life and a good belief are disagreeable and troublesome neighbors, and where they separate, depend upon it, 'Tis for no other cause but quietness sake.
~ Laurence Sterne | (British writer. ) | 1713-1768 | Atheism
quotes Division : British Authors and Writers   
     
For entirely savage races,... one cannot count them among either the atheists or the theists. Asking them their belief would be like asking them if they are for Aristotle or Democritus: they know nothing; they are not atheists any more than they are Peripatetics.
-: [ Philosophical Dictionary (1764), "Atheism", Section I ]
~ Voltaire | ( French writer and historian. ) | 1694-1778 | Atheism
quotes Division : Historians   
     
Forth from his dark and lonely hiding-place, (Portentous sight!) the owlet Atheism, sailing on obscene wings athwart the noon, drops his blue-fringed lids, and holds them close, and hooting at the glorious sun in Heaven, cries out, ''Where is it?''
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge | ( British poet, critic, and philosopher. ) | 1772-1834 | Atheism
quotes Division : Critics   
     
God never wrought miracle, to convince atheism, because his ordinary works convince it.
-: [ Essays (1625), 16, "Of Atheism" ]
~ Francis Bacon | (English philosopher and statesman ) | 1561-1626 | Atheism
quotes Division : British Philosophers   
     
He must pull out his own eyes, and see no creature, before he can say, he sees no God; He must be no man, and quench his reasonable soul, before he can say to himself, there is no God.
~ John Donne | (English poet. ) | 1572-1632 | Atheism
quotes Division : British Poets   
     
He was an embittered atheist (the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him).
~ George Orwell | ( British novelist, essayist, and critic. ) | 1903-1950 | Atheism
quotes Division : Critics   
     
He was an embittered atheist (the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike him).
-: [ Down and Out in Paris and London (1933), Chapter XXX ]
~ George Orwell | ( British novelist, essayist, and critic. ) | 1903-1950 | Atheism
quotes Division : Critics   
     
he word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.
-: [ Gutkind Letter (3 January 1954), "Childish superstition ]
~ Albert Einstein | ( German-Swiss-U.S. scientist. ) | 1879-1955 | Atheism
quotes Division : Scientists and Inventors   
     

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