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Richard Dawkins Quotes

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We are all atheists about most of the gods
that societies have ever believed in.
Some of us just go one god further.
- Richard Dawkins

Related topics: Cynical Religion

Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program
winning the world chess championship.
Humanity needs a lesson in humility.
- Richard Dawkins

By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded
that our brains drop out.
- Richard Dawkins

The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation
by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.
- Richard Dawkins


 

There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden.
There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any,
so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?
- Richard Dawkins

The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection
is the only theory we know of that is in principle
capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity.
- Richard Dawkins

For the first half of geological time our ancestors were bacteria.
Most creatures still are bacteria, and each one of
our trillions of cells is a colony of bacteria.
- Richard Dawkins


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Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable
truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.
- Richard Dawkins

God exists, if only in the form of a meme with high survival value,
or infective power, in the environment provided by human culture.
- Richard Dawkins

One of the things that is wrong with religion is that
it teaches us to be satisfied with answers which are
not really answers at all.
- Richard Dawkins

The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale.
- Richard Dawkins

Complex, statistically improbable things are by their
nature more difficult to explain than simple,
statistically probable things.
- Richard Dawkins

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.
- Richard Dawkins

Today the theory of evolution is about as much open
to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun.
- Richard Dawkins

I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied
with not understanding the world.
- Richard Dawkins

Let us try to teach generosity and altruism,
because we are born selfish.
- Richard Dawkins

What has 'theology' ever said that is of the smallest
use to anybody? When has 'theology' ever said anything
that is demonstrably true and is not obvious? What
makes you think that 'theology' is a subject at all?
- Richard Dawkins

The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing,
some 10 billion years after the universe evolved out of literally nothing,
is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice.
- Richard Dawkins

But perhaps the rest of us could have separate classes in science appreciation,
the wonder of science, scientific ways of thinking,
and the history of scientific ideas,
rather than laboratory experience.
- Richard Dawkins

A universe with a God would look quite different from a universe without one.
A physics, a biology where there is a God is bound to look different.
So the most basic claims of religion are scientific.
Religion is a scientific theory.
- Richard Dawkins

Isn't it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who,
with such a thought, would not spring from bed,
eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be part of it?
- Richard Dawkins

Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense.
Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but,
we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation,
where's the harm? September 11th changed all that.
- Richard Dawkins

It has become almost a cliche to remark that nobody
boasts of ignorance of literature,
but it is socially acceptable to boast ignorance of
science and proudly claim incompetence in mathematics.
- Richard Dawkins

We humans are an extremely important manifestation of the replication bomb,
because it is through us - through our brains,
our symbolic culture and our technology -
that the explosion may proceed to the next stage and
reverberate through deep space.
- Richard Dawkins

I contend that we are both atheists.
I just believe in one fewer god than you do.
When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods,
you will understand why I dismiss yours.
- Stephen Roberts

It is an interesting and demonstrable fact,
that all children are atheists and were religion not
inculcated into their minds,
they would remain so.
- Ernestine Rose

People who commit crimes should be responsible for those crimes.
It doesn't matter whether they're priests or ministers or atheists.
- John Ashcroft

We are all atheists.
- Kenny Hickey

I don't believe in atheists.
- Neal Boortz

Practically all the prominent leaders of thought in
China today are openly agnostics and even atheists.
- Hu Shih

Unhappy, let alone angry, religious people provide
more persuasive arguments for atheism and secularism
than do all the arguments of atheists.
- Dennis Prager

Evolution is a bankrupt speculative philosophy,
not a scientific fact.
Only a spiritually bankrupt society could ever believe it.
Only atheists could accept this Satanic theory.
- Jimmy Swaggart

Humans: become atheists each and all!
God will nevertheless welcome you with all his heart!
- Giovanni Papini

There are atheists and Christians, and there are people
in both groups who are a little too heavy-handed.
- Andy Dick

Both of my parents would say they were atheists,
so where I inherited my connection to God I don't know.
But it's natural.
No Bible, no Torah, just the love religion.
- Lisa Bonet

Not only are Christians writing about Jesus,
but also Communists, Jews, atheists and agnostics are
taking up their pens to paint a portrait of Jesus.
- John Clayton

Christians can bring peace to multi-religious Europe
because we are able to understand the role of faith
in the lives of other believers better than atheists.
- Timothy Radcliffe

Atheists in our midst are proof that all consciences
can be accommodated here,
even those that have no ground for holding that conscience is sacred,
inalienable, and prior to civil society.
- Michael Novak

Well, you know, Thomas Jefferson, who was the author
of the Declaration of Independence said he wouldn't
have any atheists in his cabinet because atheists wouldn't swear an oath to God.
That was Jefferson and we have never had any Muslims in the cabinet.
- Pat Robertson

No true believer could be intolerant or a persecutor.
If I were a magistrate and the law carried the death
penalty against atheists,
I would begin by sending to the stake whoever denounced another.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Thus the creation, which seems an arbitrary act,
supposes laws as invariable as those of the fatality of the Atheists.
It would be absurd to say that the Creator might govern
the world without those rules,
since without them it could not subsist.
- Charles de Secondat

I ain't here to argue about his facial features.
Or here to convert atheists into believers.
I'm just trying to say the way school need teachers
the way Kathie Lee needed Regis that's the way yall need Jesus.
- Kanye West

The parents have a right to say that no teacher paid
by their money shall rob their children of faith in
God and send them back to their homes skeptical,
or infidels, or agnostics, or atheists.
- William Jennings Bryan

Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
- Baltasar Gracian

Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.
- Mao Tse-Tung

Conquer we shall, but, we must first contend!
It's not the fight that crowns us, but the end.
- Robert Herrick

Music embodies feeling without forcing it to contend
and combine with thought,
as it is forced in most arts and especially in the art of words.
- Franz Liszt

I have had nothing to do in any way,
shape or form with the mailing of these anthrax letters,
and it is extremely wrong for anyone to contend or suggest that I have.
- Steven Hatfill

Immortality: A toy which people cry for,
And on their knees apply for, Dispute,
contend and lie for, And if allowed Would be right
proud Eternally to die for.
- Ambrose Bierce

To pin your hopes upon the future is to consign those hopes to a hypothesis,
which is to say, a nothingness.
Here and now is what we must contend with.
- Angela Carter

When people contend for their liberty they seldom get
anything for their victory,
but new masters.
- Edward F. Halifax

I contend that every woman has the right to feel beautiful,
no matter how scrambled her features,
or how indifferent her features.
- Marie Dressler

The real evil with which we have to contend is not
the physical evil of the Famine,
but the moral evil of the selfish, perverse and turbulent character of the people.
- Charles E. Trevelyan

Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.
- Friedrich Schiller

It is useless to contend with the irresistible power of Time,
which goes on continually creating by a process of constant destruction.
- E. T. A. Hoffmann

I contend that it's impossible to read the Sermon on
the Mount and not come out against capital punishment.
- Tony Campolo

Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything:
familiarity.
- Honore de Balzac

I contend that, in spite of all that might be said about Watergate,
Richard Nixon was good for the poor people of America.
- Tony Campolo

It is hard to contend against one's heart's desire;
for whatever it wishes to have it buys at the cost of soul.
- Heraclitus

The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury,
our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

War consisteth not in battle only, or the act of fighting;
but in a tract of time,
wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known.
- Thomas Hobbes

I contend that not only can you laugh at adversity,
but it is essential to do so if you are to deal with setbacks without defeat.
- Allen Klein

One of the most difficult things to contend with in
a hospital is that assumption on the part of the staff
that because you have lost your gall bladder you have also lost your mind.
- Jean Kerr

I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free.
- William Henry Harrison

Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools
of thought contend is the policy for promoting the
progress of the arts and the sciences and a flourishing culture in our land.
- Mao Zedong

Those issues are biblical issues: to care for the sick,
to feed the hungry, to stand up for the oppressed.
I contend that if the evangelical community became more biblical,
everything would change.
- Tony Campolo

I wish there were more true conversion,
and then there would not be so much backsliding,
and, for fear of suffering, living at ease,
when there are so few to contend for Christ and His cause.
- Donald Cargill

But I contend that if we're providing total medical coverage for every man,
woman, and child in Iraq, shouldn't we at least be
doing the same thing for every man,
woman, and child in the United States?
- Tony Campolo

We mostly feel fearful because we feel powerless.
We feel powerless, I contend, because of a style of
thinking that splits information in two poles that
makes us lose all the operative information we need to solve the problem.
- Patricia Sun

It is a pleasant thing to reflect upon,
and furnishes a complete answer to those who contend
for the gradual degeneration of the human species,
that every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.
- Charles Dickens

Howard Dean is not the first politician to distort
facts in his own interests.
But many activists in the party he now leads are puzzled
over what he thinks he is accomplishing politically.
Is it good politics to contend that Iraq was better
off under Saddam Hussein than even a flawed Islamic republic?
- Robert Novak


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