"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful."
Seneca the Younger
"God is dead; but given the way of men, there may still be caves for thousands of years in which his shadow will be shown. And we we still have to vanquish his shadow, too."
"As to gods, I have no way of knowing either that they exist or do not exist, or what they are like."
"Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt."
"I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil."
"Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence."
"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
"God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing."
"Christianity is called the religion of pity."
"We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further."
"Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires."
"In truth, there was only one Christian, and he died on the cross."