Plenty of kind, decent, caring people have no religious beliefs, and they act out of the goodness of their hearts. Conversely, plenty of people who profess to be religious, even those who worship regularly, show no particular interest in the world beyond themselves.
John Danforth, priest, ambassador, senator (b. 1936 )
The most preposterous notion that Homo sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.
Robert A. Heinlein, science-fiction author (1907-1988 )
A wonderful time--the War: / when money rolled in / and blood rolled out. / But blood / was far away / from here?/ Money was near.
Langston Hughes, poet and novelist (1902-1967 )
Of all plagues with which mankind is cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
Daniel Defoe, novelist and journalist (1659?-1731 )
When I can look Life in the eyes, Grown calm and very coldly wise, Life will have given me the Truth, And taken in exchange---my youth.
Sara Teasdale, poet (1884-1933 )
Do I believe God is going to take away my illness when he turned an entirely deaf ear to the six million Jews who went into the gas chambers?
Karen Armstrong, author (1944- )
Whenever people say, 'We mustn't be sentimental,' you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, 'We must be realistic,' they mean they are going to make money out of it.
Brigid Brophy, writer, (1929-1995 )
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Edgar Allan Poe, poet and short-story writer (1809-1849)
Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best. Genius must always have lapses proportionate to its triumphs
Max Beerbohm, essayist, parodist, and caricaturist (1872-1956)
When I feed the hungry, they call me a saint. When I ask why people are hungry, they call me a communist.