“As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods,
They kill us for their sport”
- The Earl of Gloucerster in Shakepeare’s King Lear
Every man thinks God is on his side.
The rich and powerful know that he is.
- Jean Anouilh (1910-87), French dramatist
If God did not exist,
it would be necessary to invent Him.
- Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer
In the real dark night of the soul
It is always three o-clock in the morning.
-Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) American novelist
When being asked by Napoleon why he had made no mention
of God in his book about the universe, Mecanique celeste,
French mathematician and astronomer,
Marquis de Laplace (1749-1827),
replied: “I have no need for that hypothesis.”
Hell is other people.
- Jean-Paul Sartre, (1005-80), French philosopher
Mark Twain once said:
Man is the religious animal; he is the only religious animal.
He is the only animal that has true religion – several of them,
He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself, and
cuts his throat if his theology isn’t straight.
The Chinese philosopher Confucius (551-479 CE) once said:
If a lie is repeated ten times it becomes a truth.
And time will embroider the truth.
Once the great philosopher and atheist Bertrand Russell was asked what he would say if after dying he was brought to God and asked why he had not been a believer. Russell replied, “I would say, not enough evidence God, not enough.”
….Mahatma Gandhi…once said to a young Christian priest who was preaching to him:
A rose does not preach
It simply spreads its fragrance.
The fragrance is the sermon.
The first commandment in the Hebrew Book of Old Testament says:
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Because I am a jealous God.
To become a popular religion, it is only
necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.
- Dean Ing (1860-1954), British Churchman.
Christianity has made of death a terror which
was unknown to the gay calmness of the Pagan.
- The Failure of Christianity,
By Marie Louise de la Ramme (1839-1908), British novelist
Had I been present at the creation
I would have given some useful hints
for the better ordering of the universe
- Alfonso Wise (c. 1221 - 84), King of Castile and Leon
Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939) …..
Religion is the universal obsessional neurosis of humanity, and
it is destined to disappear when human beings learn to face
reality as it is resisting the tendency to edit to suit our fantasies.
The most savage controversies are those
about matters as to which there is no
good evidence either way.
- Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970), British philosopher
Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grace.- Longfellow.