Fear and Rage - Quotes
None deserve praise for being good who have not the spirit to be bad: goodness, for the most part, is nothing but indolence or weakness of will.
The world is a mirror of infinite beauty, yet no man sees it. It is a Temple of Majesty, yet no man regards it. It is a region of Light and Peace, did not men disquiet it. It is the Paradise of God.
You're obliged to pretend respect for people and institutions you think absurd. You live attached in a cowardly fashion to moral and social conventions you despise, condemn, and know lack all foundation. It is that permanent contradiction between your ideas and desires and all the dead formalities and vain pretenses of your civilization which makes you sad, troubled and unbalanced. In that intolerable conflict you lose all joy of life and all feeling of personality, because at every moment they supress and restrain and check the free play of your powers. That's the poisoned and mortal wound of the civilized world.
The Torture Garden
It is easy to shield the outer body from poisoned arrows, but it is impossible to shield the mind from the poisoned darts that originate within itself. Greed, anger, foolishness and the infatuations of egoism - these four poisoned darts originate within the mind and infect it with deadly poison.
In a universe suddenly divested of illusion and lights, man feels an alien, a stranger. His exile is without remedy since he is deprived of the memory of a lost home or the hope of a promised land.
Deprive man of his life lie and you rob him of his happiness.
Elvis was a hero to most, but he never meant shit to me... most of my heroes ain't appeared on no stamp.
The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.
The world began without man, and it will complete itself without him.
Every woman is a rebel, and usually in a wild revolt against herself.
No more tears now. I will think about revenge.
Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.
Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.
Freethinkers reject faith as a valid tool of knowledge. Faith is the opposite of reason because reason imposes very strict limits on what can be true, and faith has no limits at all. A Great Escape into faith is no retreat to safety. It is nothing less than surrender.
Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist
If the answers to prayer are merely what God wills all along, then why pray?
Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist
The next time believers tell you that 'separation of church and state' does not appear in our founding document, tell them to stop using the word 'trinity.' The word 'trinity' appears nowhere in the bible. Neither does Rapture, or Second Coming, or Original Sin. If they are still unfazed (or unphrased), by this, then add Omniscience, Omnipresence, Supernatural,Transcendence, Afterlife, Deity, Divinity, Theology, Monotheism, Missionary, Immaculate Conception, Christmas, Christianity, Evangelical, Fundamentalist, Methodist, Catholic, Pope, Cardinal, Catechism, Purgatory, Penance, Transubstantiation, Excommunication, Dogma, Chastity, Unpardonable Sin, Infallibility, Inerrancy, Incarnation, Epiphany, Sermon, Eucharist, the Lord's Prayer, Good Friday, Doubting Thomas, Advent, Sunday School, Dead Sea, Golden Rule, Moral, Morality, Ethics, Patriotism, Education, Atheism, Apostasy, Conservative (Liberal is in), Capital Punishment, Monogamy, Abortion, Pornography, Homosexual, Lesbian, Fairness, Logic, Republic, Democracy, Capitalism, Funeral, Decalogue, or Bible.
Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist
What happens when the same number of people pray for something as pray against it? How does God decide whose prayer to answer? Does the total number of people praying for or against something matter? How about the righteousness of the supplicants? Are positive prayers answered more frequently than negative ones? Does God take the positive ones and Satan the negative? Does the intensity of the praying have any effect on the outcome? Does the length of time one devotes to praying have any effect on the frequency with which one's prayers are answered? Do the words and phrases used in the prayer - either positive or negative - have any bearing on the success rate? Does the nature of the thing or things prayed for have any bearing on the prayer's success rate - either positive or negative prayers? Why or why not??
"Prayer Wars" Skeptical Briefs
I talk to God but the sky is empty.
What was God doing (in His Time) for an eternity into His past before He Created the Universe Ex Nihilo? God existed by Himself through an Eternity before the Creation without needing a Universe. Why did He suddenly desire to create the Universe?
The Problem of God: A Short Introduction
He who sees The Sun, The Moon, The Stars, and all the beauty of the earth and still says 'There is no God' is ludicrous.
An angel's arm can't snatch me from the grave; legions of angels can't confine me there.
My name is Illich Ramirez Sanchez. My profession is professional revoluntionary. The world is my domain.
As Christians try to force prayer into public schools, they often settle for a 'moment of silence.' But that supposedly innocuous 'moment of silence' is a deafening roar to a nonbeliever.
In God We Trust: But Which One?
Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.
Hunger put us in touch with the gods and fear with the devils.
Extracts of Existence
Blame is for God and small children.
Fear loses its ability to frighten, when repeated too often.
People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.
But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
I have lived nearly fifty years, and I have seen life as it is. Pain, misery, hunger... cruelty beyond belief. I have heard the singing from taverns and the moans from bundles of filth on the streets. I have been a soldier and seen my comrades fall in battle... or die more slowly under the lash in Africa. I have held them in my arms at the final moment. These were men who saw life as it is, yet they died despairing. No glory, no gallant last words... only their eyes filled with confusion, whimpering the question: "Why?" I do not think they asked why they were dying, but why they had lived. When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams - this may be madness. To seek treasure where there is only trash. Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.
The Man of La Mancha
Through the hellish torture of this land, even where I sit is in the sinking sand. Then tied around my neck is a noose, getting tighter and never coming loose.
People whose history and future were threatened each day by extinction considered that it was only by divine intervention that they were able to live at all. I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standards and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Religion is the opium of the masses.
They are deceived who flatter themselves that the ignorant and debased slave has no conception of the magnitude of his wrongs. They are deceived who imagine that he arises from his knees with back lacerated and bleeding, cherishing only a spirit of meekness and forgiveness. A day may come - it will, if his prayer is heard. A terrible day of vengeance when the master in his turn will cry in vain for mercy.
Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happned to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which.
As we wind on down the road, our shadows taller than our souls.
I've seen the light around the bend it only leads closer to the end.
Some asked me the meaning of life once, I once thought I knew it but my answer got clouded by life.
There is no shame in defeat as long as the spirit in unconquered.
I do not know what the third world war will be fought with, but the fourth world war will be fought with sticks and stones.
If a faithful account was rendered of Man's ideas upon divinity, he would be obliged to acknowledge that for the most part the word "Gods" has been used to express the concealed, remote, unknown causes of the effects he witnessed; that he applies this term when the spring of the natural, the source of known causes, ceases to be visible; As soon as he loses the thread of these causes, or as soon as his mind can no longer follow the chain, he solves the difficulty, terminates his research, by ascribing it to his Gods... When, therefore, he ascribes to his gods the production of some phenomenon... Does he, in fact, do anything more than substitute for the darkness of his own mind, a sound to which he has ben accustomed to listen with reverential awe?
Baron von Holbach - Systeme be la Nature, London
Either god should have written a book to fit my brain, or he should have made my brain to fit his book.
In fear of death we all try to beat time, to outrun it with doctors and technology. But the reality of it all is that there is only one place where time has no meaning and the predator has not teeth. The irony is that place is heaven and the only way to get there is to die. We actually fear what we want most, Death.
Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.
My atheism is true to the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their image, to be servants of their human interests.
Between the tides and double tides, she'd always stop to dream.
For sometimes, it's the quiet ones who grow up to scream.
I suppose that the human mind can only stand so much grief and anguish. After that the fuses blow.
Mister God, This Is Anna
This too, shall pass.
Your religion wants your money more than your faith.