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Educate people without religion and you make them but clever devils.

- Arthur Wellesley, c. 1830

Whatsoever is, is in God.

- Baruch Spinoza, 1677

Talk to me about the truth of religion and I’ll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I’ll listen submissively. But don’t come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don’t understand.

- C.S. Lewis, 1961

The most dangerous madmen are those created by religion, and people whose aim is to disrupt society always know how to make good use of them.

- Denis Diderot, 1777

The various modes of religion which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the people as equally true, by the philosophers equally false, and by the magistrate as equally useful.

- Edward Gibbon, 1776

I can’t see (or feel) the conflict between love and religion. To me they’re the same thing.

- Elizabeth Bowen, c. 1970

Religion! How it dominates man’s mind, how it humiliates and degrades his soul. God is everything, man is nothing, says religion. But out of that nothing God has created a kingdom so despotic, so tyrannical, so cruel, so terribly exacting that naught but gloom and tears and blood have ruled the world since gods began.

- Emma Goldman, 1910

The nature of God is a circle, of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere.

- Empedocles, c. 450 BC

An irreligious man is not one who denies the gods of the majority, but one who applies to the gods the opinions of the majority. For what most men say about the gods are not ideas derived from sensation, but false opinions, according to which the greatest evils come to the wicked, and the greatest blessings come to the good from the gods.

- Epicurus, c. 250 BC

The Church says that 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 the shadow than in the Church.

- Ferdinand Magellan, c. 1510

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

- Galileo, 1615

Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

- George Washington, 1796

To place oneself in the position of God is painful: being God is equivalent to being tortured. For being God means that one is in harmony with all that is, including the worst. The existence of the worst evils is unimaginable unless God willed them.

- Georges Bataille, 1957