When even the brightest mind in our world has been trained up from childhood in a superstition of any kind, it will never be possible for that mind in its maturity, to examine sincerely, dispassionately and conscientiously any evidence or any circumstance which shall seem to cast doubt upon the validity of that superstition.
Observations by Mark Twain on the endurance of superstition in the ages and I agree with him.
There was never a nation in the world that puts its whole trust in god. It is a statement made on insufficient evidence. Leaving out the gamblers, the burglars, and the plumbers, perhaps we do put our trust in god after a fashion. But after all, it is an overstatement.
An address on Education and citizenship given by Mark Twain
All religions are human in their origins, erroneous in their theories and ridiculous in their threats and rewards.
Necessity of atheism by D. M Brooks
I know not who you are, or I would be your master; but in days when my eyes saw clearer than today, I learnt what you are not; that is enough to prevent you from becoming my master.
Adapted from a meditation on Death written by Martin Maeterlinck
A god infinitely good, can neither be infinitely cruel nor grant his creatures an infinite duration, solely for the pleasure of eternal torments.
Baron d’Holdbach in good sense
Our greatest suffering do not lie in the present as ideas of perception or as immediate feelings but in the reason as abstract conceptions, painful thoughts, from which the brute, which lives only in the present and therefore, in enviable carelessness, is entirely free
Arthur Schopenhauer in The World as Will and Idea
It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence. If a man, holding a belief which he was taught in childhood or persuaded of afterwards, keeps down and pushes away any doubts which arise about it in his mind, purposely avoids the reading of books and the company of men that call into question or discuss it, and regards as impious those questions which cannot easily be asked without disturbing it- the life of that man is one long sin against mankind.
W. K. Clifford
Those religious apologists, theists, woo doo believers and so on, take note
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy