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151. "I received your letter of June 10th. I have never talked to a Jesuit priest in my life and I am astonished by the audacity to tell such lies about me. From the viewpoint of a Jesuit priest I am, of course, and have always been an atheist."
Author: Albert Einstein
152. "I was brought up Christian, then I was agnostic and then I realized I was atheist... This movie [Agora] is about fundamentalism and hate."
Author: Alejandro Amenábar
153. "The Atheist waits for proof of God. Till that proof comes he remains, as his name implies, without God. His mind is open to every new truth, after it has passed the warder Reason at the gate."
Author: Annie Besant
154. "Atheism or similar charges was not unusual among intellectuals, nor condemned by the masses. The prize-winning plays of Aristophanes were not merely atheist, but made fun of the gods and their prophets and oracles."
Author: Aristophanes
155. "By the time I had complete my 22nd year, I was a new man - an atheist."
Author: Béla Bartók
156. "I'm kind of an evangelical atheist."
Author: Brian Eno
157. "I implore the atheist not to judge the religious and I implore the religious to not find fault with the atheist. Be a good religious person, or be a good atheist person. How? By putting an end to faultfinding. All do what they believe in their best interest to do and with a little insight and understanding, all can see that the only way anyone can do any good service to the world, is by being thankful for what is been given him, by looking inwards to correct his own faults instead of the perceived faults of others, and by keeping his eye upon his own horizon; not upon the perceived horizons of anybody else."
Author: C. JoyBell C.
158. "Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable: but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable."
Author: C.S. Lewis
159. "In reading Chesterton, as in reading MacDonald, I did not know what I was letting myself in for. A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere — "Bibles laid open, millions of surprises," as Herbert says, "fine nets and stratagems." God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous."
Author: C.S. Lewis
160. "Now, it would be wholly foolish to deny the existence of laws of nature. And if that is what we are talking about when we say God, then no one can possibly be an atheist, or at least anyone who would profess atheism would have to give a coherent argument about why the laws of nature are inapplicable. I think he or she would be hard-pressed. So with this latter definition of God, we all believe in God."
Author: Carl Sagan
161. "If I convert it's because it's better that a believer dies than that an atheist does."
Author: Christopher Hitchens
162. "In the age of the mechanical philosophy, in which all of nature could be viewed as a boundless collection of brute events, God soon came to be seen as merely the largest brute event of all. Thus in the modern period the argument between theism and atheism largely became no more than a tension between two different effectively atheist visions of existence. As a struggle between those who believed in this god of the machine and those who did not, it was a struggle waged for possession of an already godless universe."
Author: David Bentley Hart
163. "The atheist suicide bomber is unfaithfully committed to his mission"
Author: Dean Cavanagh
164. "I am not an atheist but an earthiest. Be true to the earth."
Author: Edward Abbey
165. "Logically, this kind of atheism did not prove that there was no God.... On the contrary, Southwell was typical in placing the onus probandi on those who affirmed the existence of God and Holyoake regarded himself as an atheist only in his inability to believe what the churches would have him believe. They were content to show that the Christian concept of the supernatural was meaningless, that the arguments in its favor were illogical, and that the mysteries of the universe, insofar as they were explicable, could be accounted for in material terms."
Author: Edward Royle
166. "I'm not an atheist, but I'm not a Christian, either."
Author: Eric Whitacre
167. "All thinking men are atheists."
Author: Ernest Hemingway
168. "There are no atheists in the foxhole."
Author: Ernie Pyle
169. "Perhaps I am even envious of Stendhal? He robbed me of the best atheist joke which precisely I could have made: 'God's only excuse is that he does not exist'...I myself have said somewhere: what hitherto been the greatest objection to existence? God..."
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
170. "We are redeemed one man at a time. There is no family pass ticket or park hopping pass to life. One ticket — one at a time. Man doesn't vanquish hatred or bigotry. The target keeps moving. From the blacks to the Irish; atheists to Christians. But as always there are a few leaders: Ben Franklin, John Quincy Adams, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln, Fredrick Douglas, Booker T Washington, Ghandi and Martin Luther King. They know that the march toward freedom never ends, man must be ever vigilant and pray less with his lips and more with his legs."
Author: Glenn Beck
171. "Atheists' anger doesn't prove that we're selfish, or joyless, or miserable. It shows that we have compassion, and a sense of justice. We're angry because we see terrible harm all around us, and we feel desperately motivated to stop it."
Author: Greta Christina
172. "I just took [my cancer diagnosis] as bad luck, basically. It did strike me almost immediately, my atheist sort of thing kicked in and I thought "ha, if I was a God-botherer, I'd be thinking, why me God? What have I done to deserve this?" and I thought at least I'm free of that, at least I can simply treat it as bad luck and get on with it."
Author: Iain M. Banks
173. "I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I've been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I'm a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time."
Author: Isaac Asimov
174. "Atheistic existentialism, of which I am a representative, declares with greater consistency that if God does not exist there is at least one being whose existence comes before its essence, a being which exists before it can be defined by any conception of it. That being is man...."
Author: Jean Paul Sartre
175. "She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist."
Author: Jean Paul Sartre
176. "[On David Hume]Although he never admitted to being an atheist as such, he was clearly and unquestionably the most vividly elegant skeptic of them all."
Author: Jonathan Miller
177. "I got incerdibly heavy boots about how relatively insignificant life is, and how, compared to the universe and compared to time, it didn't even matter if I exsited at all..."Well I'm not talking about painting the Mona LIsa or curing limeter." "Yeah?""If you hadn't done it, human history would have been one way...""Uh-huh?""But you did do it, so...?"I stood on the bed, pointed my fingers at the fake stars, and screamed: "I changed the course of human history!""That's right.""I changed the universe!""You did.""I'm God!""You're an atheist.""I don't exist!"I fell back onto the bed, into his arms, and we cracked up together."
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
178. "Atheism rises above creeds and puts Humanity upon one plane.There can be no 'chosen people' in the Atheist philosophy.There are no bended knees in Atheism;No supplications, no prayers;No sacrificial redemptions;No 'divine' revelations;No washing in the blood of the lamb;No crusades, no massacres, no holy wars;No heaven, no hell, no purgatory;No silly rewards and no vindictive punishments;No christs, and no saviors;No devils, no ghosts and no gods."
Author: Joseph Lewis
179. "I'm a very hard-line, angry atheist. Yet I am fascinated by the concept of devotion."
Author: Joss Whedon
180. "I went with agnosticism for a long, long time because I just hated to say I was an atheist - being an atheist seemed so rigid. But the more I became comfortable with the word, and the more I read, it started to stick."
Author: Julia Sweeney
181. "Faith is not an art. Faith is not an achievement. Faith is not a good work of which some may boast while others can excuse themselves with a shrug of the shoulders for not being capable of it. It is a decisive insight of faith itself that all of us are incapable of faith in ourselves, whether we think of its preparation, beginning, continuation, or completion. In this respect believers understand unbelievers, skeptics, and atheists better than they understand themselves. Unlike unbelievers, they regard the impossibility of faith as necessary, not accidental ..."
Author: Karl Barth
182. "I think the neoatheists have set atheism back a few decades. And I'm a self-described atheist."
Author: Matt Stone
183. "Man can be an atheist only in theory, not in practice, because the universe is too frightening and too chaotic to be too independent!"
Author: Mehmet Murat Ildan
184. "But in America, if you're an atheist, you lose."
Author: Michael Newdow
185. "Just as many who were brought up to think of God as a bearded old gentleman sitting on a cloud decided that when they stopped believing in such a being they had therefore stopped believing in God, so many who were taught to think of hell as a literal underground location full of worms and fire...decided that when they stopped believing in that, so they stopped believing in hell. The first group decided that because they couldn't believe in childish images of God, they must be atheists. The second decided that because they couldn't believe in childish images of hell, they must be universalists."
Author: N. T. Wright
186. "Even Helen Keller, who was born blind and deaf, could see God. No doubt, in her silent darkness, every fragrant flower, every ray of the warm sun, every taste that touched her tongue told her that there was a God who created all things. Jodie Foster shouldn't therefore be surprised that people are surprised that she's an atheist."
Author: Ray Comfort
187. "I thought of the old proverb: Where there are three physicians, there are two atheists."
Author: Regina O'Melveny
188. "Indeed, organizing atheists has been compared to herding cats, because they tend to think independently and will not conform to authority."
Author: Richard Dawkins
189. "Recently , crowds of thousands gathered throughout the Muslim world - burning European embassies, issuing threats, taking hostages, even killing people - in protest over twelve cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad that were first published in a Danish newspaper. When was the last atheist riot?"
Author: Sam Harris
190. "...for my master, bad as I have thought him, is not half so bad as this woman.--To be sure she must be an atheist!"
Author: Samuel Richardson
191. "She flashes me a smile so devastating that it could even make an atheist believe in God."
Author: Sonya Sones
192. "I am also atheist or agnostic (I don't even know the difference). I've never been to church and prefer to think for myself."
Author: Steve Wozniak
193. "It is unfair to label me anti-Islam. I am an atheist and a secular humanist."
Author: Taslima Nasrin
194. "When we go to war I will not ask the White Racist next to me what is he Christian or Atheist? I will only expect him or her to kill the enemy as I will."
Author: Tom Metzger
195. "He was as nervous as a praying mantis at an atheists' picnic, but he bore down gently, intensifying his concentration, letting go of his attachment to gravity."
Author: Tom Robbins
196. "But it's atheists who say that the world wasn't made by anyone, and you say you're not an atheist . . ."I'm not because I can't bring myself to believe that all these things we see around us—the way trees and fruits grow, and the solar system, and our brains—came about by chance. They're too well made. And therefore there must have been a creating mind. God."
Author: Umberto Eco
197. "She thought there were no Gods; no one was to blame; and so she evolved this atheist's religion of doing good for the sake of goodness."
Author: Virginia Woolf
198. "The atheist is cheating whenever he makes a moral judgment, acting as though it has an objective reference, when his philosophy in fact precludes it."
Author: William A. Dembski
199. "Atheists determine there is no God based on their own intellect. I've determined there is a God based on His intellect."
Author: William Branks
200. "Atheists are my brothers and sisters of a different faith, and every word they speak speaks of faith. Like me, they go as far as the legs of reason will carry them -- and then they leap."
Author: Yann Martel

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