Friday, December 07, 2007

Atheist Quotations

Atheist Quotations.
1. All thinking men are atheists. — Ernest Hemingway

2. Lighthouses are more helpful then churches. — Benjamin Franklin

3. 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. — George Bernard Shaw

4. Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile. — Kurt Vonnegut

5. Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. — Denis Diderot

6. A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows. — Samuel Clemens

7. The whole thing is so patently infantile, so foreign to reality, that to anyone with a friendly attitude to humanity it is painful to think that the great majority of mortals will never be able to rise above this view of life. — Sigmund Freud

8. Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. — Seneca the Younger

9. The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church. — Ferdinand Magellan

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1 comment:

Vic de Jesus said...

Magellan Quote

This is actually a fabrication. Ferdinand Magellan never said this, there is no 16th century document, manuscript, or account where the great mariner is shown to have said these words.

It was Robert Green Ingersoll who fashioned these words and attributed these to Magellan. Here is the exact words of Ingersoll in his essay "Individuality":

It is a blessed thing that in every age some one has had individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions, -- some one who had the grandeur to say his say. I believe it was Magellan who said, "The church says the earth is flat; but I have seen its shadow on the moon, and I have more confidence even in a shadow than in the church." On the prow of his ship were disobedience, defiance, scorn, and success. There is a site where Ingersoll's essay may be accessed. Click http://www.infidels.org/library/historical/robert_ingersoll/individuality.html

I owe the above discovery, citing Ingersoll as the author of these famous words supposedly of Magellan, to Dr. Tim Gorski, whose site is at http://www.churchoffreethought.org/cgi-bin/contray/contray.cgi?DATA=&ID=000011010&GROUP=048

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