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200 Famous Atheist Deathbed Quotes: Last Words (2023)

1. “Spiritual leaders, priests and prophets are lamps burning in the dark, seeking meaning for humanity.”


2. “I have been pastoring for decades,” Mr. Wilson said, “and in my judgment there was more of a personal interest” — in Christianity — “on Christopher’s part than the public stage persona would seem to indicate.”


3. "I'm not afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens." - Charles Bukowski


4. VOLTAIRE—famous anti-christian atheist: “I have swallowed nothing but smoke. I have intoxicated myself with the incense that turned my head. I am abandoned by God and man. ” He said to his physician, Dr. Fochin: “I will give you half of what I am worth if you will give me six months of life. ” When he was told this was not possible, he said “Then I shall die and go to hell!” His nurse said: “For all the money in Europe I wouldn’t want to see another unbeliever die! All night long he cried for forgiveness. ”


5. “I don't try to imagine a personal God; it suffices to stand in awe at the structure of the world, insofar as it allows our inadequate senses to appreciate it.”


6. No one can be free unless he is independent. - Author: Maria Montessori


7. “proof of the non-existence of all deities”


8. “Then I shall die and go to Hell!”


9. Cohen, Nick. -2016. “Deathbed conversion? Never. Christopher Hitchens was Defiant to the Last” (Ѻ), The Guardian, Jun 4


10. had felt time settle over itself, imbricate and fix into place the vertigo of future aligning with the present. - Author: Anthony Doerr


11. “On the deathbed conversion – I spent my father’s final weeks and days at his bedside and watched him draw his final breath and die, and can assure you that there was no hint of any sort of conversion (as I’m sure you have already guessed). In fact, we barely spoke about religion at all except for joint expressions of frustration at the god botherers who made the rounds in the ICU and other units where dying people could be preyed upon by vulturous Christians.”


12. "I am not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens." - Woody Allen


13. “I felt like praying or something, when I was in bed, but I couldn't do it. I can't always pray when I feel like it. In the first place, I'm sort of an atheist. I like Jesus and all, but I don't care too much for most of the other stuff in the Bible. Take the Disciples, for instance. They annoy the hell out of me, if you want to know the truth. They were all right after Jesus was dead and all, but while He was alive, they were about as much use to Him as a hole in the head. All they did was keep letting Him down.”


14. "If there is a God, He will have to beg my forgiveness." - A phrase carved on the walls of a concentration camp during the Holocaust


15. “Could the man look any more silly to have written a glowing endorsement only to withdraw it when he took a bit of heat from his fans?” Mr. Taunton asked in an email.


16. “The dictator says "You are allowed to think as you want" but never write it down or talk about it. If you cross these borders we cannot guarantee your security”


17. “I noticed that all the prayers I used to offer to God, and all the prayers I now offer to Joe Pesci, are being answered at about the same fifty percent rate. Half the time I get what I want, half the time I don't...Same as the four-leaf clover and the horseshoe...same as the voodoo lady who tells you your fortune by squeezing the goat's testicles. It's all the same...so just pick your superstition, sit back, make a wish, and enjoy yourself...”


18. “Yes, professed Christians sometimes do bad things. But it is infrequent enough


19. “All children are atheists, they have no idea of God.”


20. And I didn't even try to fight the smile returning to my face, as I realized in that moment that I would eat a million pepperoni pizzas for that girl. And she knew. Damn it. - Author: Laura Miller


21. “Until every soul is freely permitted to investigate every book, and creed, and dogma for itself, the world cannot be free. Mankind will be enslaved until there is mental grandeur enough to allow each man to have his thought and say. This earth will be a paradise when men can, upon all these questions differ, and yet grasp each other's hands as friends. It is amazing to me that a difference of opinion upon subjects that we know nothing with certainty about, should make us hate, persecute, and despise each other. Why a difference of opinion upon predestination, or the trinity, should make people imprison and burn each other seems beyond the comprehension of man; and yet in all countries where Christians have existed, they have destroyed each other to the exact extent of their power. Why should a believer in God hate an atheist? Surely the atheist has not injured God, and surely he is human, capable of joy and pain, and entitled to all the rights of man. Would it not be far better to treat this atheist, at least, as well as he treats us?


22. “Words create. Know what you want to create before you speak”


23. Famous actress Marilyn Monroe during the presentation of her show visited evangelist Billy Graeme. He said that the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her. After listening to the preacher she replied: " I ​​do not need your Jesus ! ". One week later she was found dead in her apartment


24. ANTON LEVEY—Author of the Satanic Bible and high priest of the religion dedicated to the worship of Satan. One of his famous quotes was: “There is a beast in man that needs to be exercised, not exorcised”. His dying words were: “Oh my, oh my, what have I done, there is something very wrong. . . there is something very wrong. ”


25. “If I convert it's because it's better that a believer dies than that an atheist does.”


26. “Some beliefs are so strongly held that some believers are ready to lose their heads rather than the belief they carry therein”


27. "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful." - Seneca the Younger


28. “If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it.”


29. SIR FRANCIS NEWPORT—Head of an English Atheist club, to those gathered around his deathbed: "You need not tell me there is no God, for I know there is one, and that I am in his presence! You need not tell me there is no hell. I feel myself already slipping. Wretches, cease your idle talk about there being hope for me! I know I am lost forever! Oh, that fire! Oh, the insufferable pangs of hell! Oh, that I could lie for a thousand years upon the fire that is never quenched, to purchase the favor of God and be united to Him again. But it is a fruitless wish. Millions and millions of years will bring me no nearer the end of my torments than one poor hour. Oh, eternity, eternity forever and forever! Oh, the insufferable pangs of Hell!”


30. "It's a mercy that I'm going. Don't mourn for me now." - Christopher Hitchens


31. SIR THOMAS SCOTT—Chancellor of England: "Until this moment I thought there was neither a God nor a hell. Now I know and feel that there are both, and I am doomed to perdition by the just judgment of the Almighty


32. “Clary felt suddenly annoyed. "When the self-congratulatory part of the evening is over, maybe we could get back to saving my best friend from being exsanguinated to death?"


33. “Politicians look for interests not people”


34. “In other words, that the discussion about what is good, what is beautiful, what is noble, what is pure, and what is true could always go on. Why is that important? Why would I like to do that? Because that’s the only conversation worth having. And whether it goes on or not after I die, I don’t know. But, I do know that it is the conversation I want to have while I am still alive. Which means that to me the offer of certainty, the offer of complete security, the offer of an impermeable faith that can’t give way is an offer of something not worth having. I want to live my life taking the risk all the time that I don’t know anything like enough yet… that I haven’t understood enough… that I can’t know enough… that I am always hungrily operating on the margins of a potentially great harvest of future knowledge and wisdom. I wouldn’t have it any other way. And I’d urge you to look at those who tell you, those people who tell you at your age, that you are dead until you believe as they do. What a terrible thing to be telling to children. …and that you can only live by accepting an absolute authority. Don’t think of that as a gift. Think of it as a poisoned chalice. Push it aside however tempting it is. Take the risk of thinking for yourself. Much more happiness, truth, beauty and wisdom will come to you that way.”


35. “I really dont’ understand how a person cannot believe in God.”


36. “Christians like the idea of saved in the nick of time,” he said. “They like the idea of a cliffhanger ending.”


37. In 2005, in Campinas , Brazil : a group of drunken friends came to pick up his girlfriend from home for further entertainment. The mother of this girl , much worrying about them , took her to the car and holding the child 's hand, trembling said : "My daughter , go with God and let Him save you ," to which she replied boldly : "In our car already there is no place for him , unless he climbs up and go in the trunk. . . . A few hours later the mother reported that the car was in a terrible car accident , and all died ! The car itself is disfigured beyond recognition , but the police


38. “Hitch has won another one.” That does it for me…thanks!


39. “No it's not!" said Constable Visit. "Atheism is a denial of a god."


40. “The optimist is a pessimist with a plan”


41. "I am an atheist, and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for each other." - Katharine Hepburn


42. “That’s why I’m an honest agnostic.”


43. ” I offered my wife the option of opting out of work…”


44. “She has the care of a mother, the love of a sister, a prostitute in bed. Who is she?”


45. “I am quite certain, at least from a logical POV, that we cannot honestly be certain about the afterlife, or lack thereof, given our current level of knowledge.”


46. “Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist,” he wrote in The Grand Design. “It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.”


47. Politician Brazil Tancredo Neves di Ameydo : during his presidential election campaign publicly said: "If I am gathering 500,000 votes of his party , even God himself could not dislodge me from the presidency ! " Of course, he scored these voices , but suddenly fell ill and one day prior to becoming president, died suddenly


48. DAVID STRAUSS—Leading representative of German rationalism, after spending a lifetime erasing belief in God from the minds of others: “My philosophy leaves me utterly forlorn! I feel like one caught in the merciless jaws of an automatic machine, not knowing at what time one of its great hammers may crush me!”


49. “But you mean his wife, his family, his books, every interview he ever gave was all deceitful, but you, you got the real story?” he said, referring to Mr. Taunton. “I don’t think so.”


50. "Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome." - Isaac Asimov


51. “A belief is not true because it is useful”


52. "The most important thing in life is to live life fully and without regrets." - Ayaan Hirsi Ali


53. “If I was grumbling I would’ve used grumbling face. Like this: >:(”


54. ROBERT INGERSOLL—American writer and orator during the Golden Age of Free Thought: “O God, if there be a God, save my soul, if I have a soul!” Some say it was said this way: “Oh God, if there be a God, save my soul, if I have a soul, from hell, if there be a hell!


55. Zuck, Roy B. -1997. The Speaker’s Quote Book: Over 4,500 Illustrations and Quotations for All (§:Dying Words, pg. 124) (Ѻ). Kregel Academic


56. "I don't want to believe, I want to know." - Carl Sagan


57. “Hell is nothing but a place we wish God has created for our enemies, we ourselves think that he will ultimately show some kind of clemency towards us”


58. DAVID HUME—Atheist philosopher famous for his philosophy of empiricism and skepticism of religion: He cried loud on his death bed "I am in flames!" It is said his desperation was a horrible scene


59. "To you I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition." - Woody Allen


60. "I don’t want to die. I want to live forever in a world where no one else lives." - Neil Gaiman


61. “Politicians know it's a game of power, every politician at every level, even in the common of mortals.”


62. “...it is not to be understood that I am with him [Jesus] in all his doctrines. I am a Materialist, he takes the side of spiritualism; he preaches the efficacy of repentance toward forgiveness of sin. I require a counterpoise of good works to redeem it... Among the sayings & discourses imputed to him by his biographers, I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence: and others again of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism, and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being.


63. “Paine suffered then, as now he suffers not so much because of what he wrote as from the misinterpretations of others...


64. “I would give worlds, if I had them, that the Age of Reason had never been published. Oh, god, save me; for I am at the edge of hell alone.”


65. “I think that “atheist” is a term that we do not need, in the same way that we don’t need a word for someone who rejects astrology. We simply do not call people “non-astrologers.” All we need are words like “reason” and “evidence” and “common sense” and “bullshit” to put astrologers in their place, and so it could be with religion.”


66. ROBERT INGERSOLL—American writer and orator during the Golden Age of Free Thought: "O God, if there be a God, save my soul, if I have a soul!" Some say it was said this way: "Oh God, if there be a God, save my soul, if I have a soul, from hell, if there be a hell!


67. “Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation,” he said. “What I meant by ‘we would know the mind of God’ is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God, which there isn’t. I’m an atheist.”


68. If Neptune were analogized with a Chevy Impala in mass, then how big is pluto compared to that? Pluto would be a matchbox car sitting on the curb. - Author: Neil DeGrasse Tyson


69. "The world is my country, and to do good is my religion." - Thomas Paine


70. “Owning guns is not a right. If it were a right, it would be in the Constitution.” ~Alexandria Ocasio Cortez


71. “Hoarding can never end, for the heart of man always covets for more, its raging appetites can only be quenched by the heavy sands of the grave.”


72. “waiting to see what, if anything, comes next” – I’m ready to take whatever comes next.


73. “My affections are so much in Heaven that I can leave you all without a regret; yet I do not love you less, but God more.”


74. We were to celebrate our 30th anniversary this year. A family member said, “He (husband) decided he had been married to you long enough and checked out. ”


75. “like you say those who claim they do know there’s no “god” are just as stupid as those who claim to know that there is.”


76. “A God who could make good children as easily a bad, yet preferred to make bad ones; who could have made every one of them happy, yet never made a single happy one; who made them prize their bitter life, yet stingily cut it short; who gave his angels eternal happiness unearned, yet required his other children to earn it; who gave is angels painless lives, yet cursed his other children with biting miseries and maladies of mind and body; who mouths justice, and invented hell--mouths mercy, and invented hell--mouths Golden Rules and forgiveness multiplied by seventy times seven, and invented hell; who mouths morals to other people, and has none himself; who frowns upon crimes, yet commits them all; who created man without invitation, then tries to shuffle the responsibility for man's acts upon man, instead of honorably placing it where it belongs, upon himself; and finally, with altogether divine obtuseness, invites his poor abused slave to worship him!”


77. “A coward: a man or woman who is unsatisfied by his condition and believes he was destined to accept it that way”


78. "I'm not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens." - Isaac Asimov


79. Idiots, don't get ready to die, get ready to kill (Shuri, Basara, Vol. 9) - Author: Yumi Tamura


80. “Each man lives in his own universe and when he dies the world is over”


81. "I am content to live without knowing. Understanding is overrated." - Richard Dawkins


82. “Politicians are a higher breed of men. They know that this world is ruthless and that they must live accordingly to cope with it”


83. “As a philosopher, if I were speaking to a purely philosophic audience I should say that I ought to describe myself as an Agnostic, because I do not think that there is a conclusive argument by which one can prove that there is not a God. On the other hand, if I am to convey the right impression to the ordinary man in the street I think that I ought to say that I am an Atheist, because, when I say that I cannot prove that there is not a God, I ought to add equally that I cannot prove that there are not the Homeric gods.”


84. “I’m non-religious for my own reasons, but just as it’s unscientic to insist something DOES exist without proof of its existence (as religion does) it’s also quite unscientific to insist something DOESN’T exist simply because no one has ever proven its existence (as atheism does).”


85. “…but just as it’s unscientic to insist something DOES exist without proof of its existence (as religion does) it’s also quite unscientific to insist something DOESN’T exist simply because no one has ever proven its existence (as atheism does). That’s why I’m an honest agnostic.”


86. "When you are dead, you do not know you are dead. It's only painful & difficult for others. The same applies when you are stupid." - Ricky Gervais


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


88. We feel that our honor and safety require that Ft. Sumter should be in our possession at the very earliest moment. - Author: Francis Wilkinson Pickens


89. “What men fear is not annihilation (at death), but they fear that death is not annihilation.”


90. "I'd prefer to die without God than live with one." - Jean-Paul Sartre


91. "I believe in people, I believe in humans, I believe in a car, but I don't believe something I can't have absolutely no evidence of for millenniums." - Penn Jillette


92. "We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born." - Richard Dawkins


93. “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”


94. “I don't profess any religion; I don't think it’s possible that there is a God; I have the greatest difficulty in understanding what is meant by the words ‘spiritual’ or ‘spirituality.'


95. “The wise don’t live in Utopia, they have their feet firm on the real ground”


96. “The depressed person is a radical, sullen atheist.”


97. H. Huxley (1825-1895) from Gk. agnostos “unknown, unknowable,” from a- “not” + gnostos “(to be) known” (see gnostic). Sometimes said to be a reference to Paul’s mention of the altar to “the Unknown God,” but according to Huxley it was coined with reference to the early Church movement known as Gnosticism (see Gnostic)


98. “I am abandoned by god and man. I will give you half of what I am worth if you will give me six months of life. Then I shall go to hell and you will go with me, oh, Christ, oh, Jesus Christ!”


99. “In reality,” Mr. Shermer said, “there is no two books in a deceitful way.” But without that assertion about Mr. Hitchens, he “doesn’t have an interesting media story.” Mr. Shermer said it was just not believable that Hitchens was having doubts about his atheism, doubts shared with Mr. Taunton but almost nobody else.


100. GANDHI—At his death, he said, “For the first time in 50 years, I find myself in the slough of despond. All about me is darkness. . . I am praying for light. ”


101. I would not want to put him in charge of snake control in Ireland. - Author: Eugene McCarthy


102. Certain crimes are committed more immediately against God himself; others, against the state; and a third kind against certain persons. The chief crie in the first class, cognizable by temporal courts, is blasphemy, under which may be included atheism. This crime consists in denying or vilifying the Deity, by speech or writing. All who curse God or any of the persons of the blessed Trinity, are to suffer death, even for a single act; and those who deny him (sic), if they persist in their denial. The denial of a providence, or of the authority of the holy Scriptures, is punishable capitally for the third offence


103. DAVID STRAUSS—Leading representative of German rationalism, after spending a lifetime erasing belief in God from the minds of others: "My philosophy leaves me utterly forlorn! I feel like one caught in the merciless jaws of an automatic machine, not knowing at what time one of its great hammers may crush me!"


104. “Fiction writers, magicians, politicians and priests are the only people rewarded for entertaining us with their lies”


105. CHARLES IX—The French king. Urged on by his mother, he gave the order for the massacre of the French Huguenots, in which 15,000 souls were slaughtered in Paris alone and 100,000 in other sections of France, for no other reason than that they loved Christ. The guilty king suffered miserably for years after that event. He finally died, bathed in blood bursting from his veins. To his physicians, he said in his last hours: “Asleep or awake, I see the mangled forms of the Huguenots passing before me. They drop with blood. They point at their open wounds. Oh! That I had spared at least the little infants at the bosom! What blood! I know not where I am. How will all this end? What shall I do? I am lost forever! I know it. Oh, I have done wrong. ”


106. “I promise you that any of the sinful things you say or do can be forgiven, no matter how terrible those things are. But if you speak against the Holy Spirit, you can never be forgiven. That sin will be held against you forever.” — Mark 3:28-29 (CEV)


107. "I don't fear death because I don't believe in it. It's just getting out of one car and into another." - John Lennon


108. “I think that God that we have created and allowed to shape our culture through, essentially Christian theology is a pretty villainous creature. I think that one of the things that male patriarchal figure has done is, allowed under it's, his church, his wing, all kinds of corruptions and villainies to grow and fester. In the name of that God terrible wars have been waged, in the name of that God terrible sexism has been allowed to spread. There are children being born all across this world that don't have enough food to eat because that God, at least his church, tells the mothers and fathers that they must procreate at all costs, and to prevent procreation with a condom is in contravention with his laws. Now, I don't believe that God exists. I think that God is creation of men, by men, and for men. What has happened over the many centuries now, the better part of two thousand in fact, is that that God has been slowly and steadily accruing power. His church has been accruing power, and the men who run that church, and they are all men, are not about to give it up. If they give it up, they give up luxury, they give up comfort.”


109. By day each soul must walk within its shadow. Only night can make us whole again. . . - Author: Nick Gordon


110. ’Twas only fear first in the world made gods.


111. “…we know, ladies and gentlemen, as it happens, we’re the first generation of people who do really, what the cure for poverty really is. It eluded people for a long, long time. The cure for poverty has a name, in fact: it’s called the empowerment of women. If you give women some control over the rate at which they reproduce, if you give them some say, take them off the animal cycle of reproduction to which nature and some doctrine—religious doctrine condemns them, and then if you’ll throw in a handful of seeds perhaps and some credit, the floor of everything in that village, not just poverty, but education, health, and optimism will increase. It doesn’t matter; try it in Bangladesh, try it in Bolivia, it works—works all the time. Name me one religion that stands for that, or ever has. Wherever you look in the world and you try to remove the shackles of ignorance and disease and stupidity from women, it is invariably the clericy that stands in the way”


112. “Contemplating conversion and being close to Christ are two very different things,” Mr. Taunton said.


113. Famous singer John Lenon : at the peak of popularity ( in 1966 ) , during an interview with a leading U. S. magazine , said: "Christianity will end soon , it will just disappear , I do not want to argue about this. I'm just sure of it. Jesus was OK , but his ideas were too simple. Today we are more famous than he is ! After he announced that the Beatles better known than Jesus Christ , he was tragically killed. One psychopath shot him at close range six times. It is noteworthy that the killer did this in order to select its popularity and become famous throughout the world as the killer of the famous singer.


114. “I wasn’t at his deathbed,” Mr. Taunton, 48, said. “I think on that first road trip Christopher was contemplating conversion. Do I think he had a conversion? No.” By the second road trip, he said, the moment seemed to have passed.


115. "It's been a long journey, and I'm grateful for all the experiences." - Bertrand Russell


116. THOMAS PAYNE—The leading atheistic writer in American colonies: “Stay with me, for God’s sake; I cannot bear to be left alone , O Lord, help me! O God, what have I done to suffer so much? What will become of me hereafter? I would give worlds if I had them, that The Age of Reason had never been published. 0 Lord, help me! Christ, help me! No, don’t leave; stay with me! Send even a child to stay with me; for I am on the edge of hell here alone. If ever the Devil had an agent, I have been that one. ”


117. “If the ignorance of nature gave birth to such a variety of gods, the knowledge of this nature is calculated to destroy them.”


118. THOMAS HOBBS—Political philosopher: "I say again, if I had the whole world at my disposal, I would give it to live one day. I am about to take a leap into the dark


119. "When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion, it is called religion." - Richard Dawkins


120. The engineer who built the Titanic : After completion of construction work on the question of reporters , how safe is it a miracle - the ship , with irony in his voice said, " Now, not even God can sink it ! ". Surely everyone knows what happened to the unsinkable Titanic


121. “I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years,” Hawking said. “I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.”


122. JOSEF STALIN—Soviet Georgian revolutionary and politician. In a Newsweek interview with Svetlana Stalin, the daughter of Josef Stalin, she told of her father's death: "My father died a difficult and terrible death. . . God grants an easy death only to the just. At what seemed the very last moment, he suddenly opened his eyes and cast a glance over everyone in the room. It was a terrible glance, insane or perhaps angry. His left hand was raised, as though he were pointing to something above and bringing down a curse on us all. The gesture was full of menace. . . the next moment he was dead.


123. On his character Dean in Blue Valentine: It's sad, because he just doesn't have any ambition outside of loving his wife and his daughter, which should be enough but doesn't seem to be enough in this case. - Author: Ryan Gosling


124. SIR FRANCIS NEWPORT—Head of an English Atheist club, to those gathered around his deathbed: “You need not tell me there is no God, for I know there is one, and that I am in his presence! You need not tell me there is no hell. I feel myself already slipping. Wretches, cease your idle talk about there being hope for me! I know I am lost forever! Oh, that fire! Oh, the insufferable pangs of hell! Oh, that I could lie for a thousand years upon the fire that is never quenched, to purchase the favor of God and be united to Him again. But it is a fruitless wish. Millions and millions of years will bring me no nearer the end of my torments than one poor hour. Oh, eternity, eternity forever and forever! Oh, the insufferable pangs of Hell!”


125. “I am abandoned by god and man; I shall go to hell! I will give you half of what I am worth, if you give me six months life.”


126. Interpreting the Bible: All reading of Scripture (including a literalist approach) involves subjective interpretation. For example, to read the stories of Jesus’ birth as literal historical accounts involves an act of interpretation just as much as reading them as symbolic narratives (namely, it involves a decision to read them literally). The recognition that all interpretations are subjective does not, however, mean that all are equally good. About any interpretation, one may ask (or be asked), what have you got to go on? Why do you read it that way?


127. “Capitalism.”


128. “The Bible did not arrive by fax from heaven. The Bible is the product of man, my dear. Not of God. The Bible did not fall magically from the clouds. Man created it as a historical record of tumultuous times, and it has evolved through countless translations, additions, and revisions. History has never had a definitive version of the book.”


129. “We all know that any emotional bias -- irrespective of truth or falsity -- can be implanted by suggestion in the emotions of the young, hence the inherited traditions of an orthodox community are absolutely without evidential value.... If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences. With such an honest and inflexible openness to evidence, they could not fail to receive any real truth which might be manifesting itself around them. The fact that religionists do not follow this honourable course, but cheat at their game by invoking juvenile quasi-hypnosis, is enough to destroy their pretensions in my eyes even if their absurdity were not manifest in every other direction.”


130. THOMAS PAYNE—The leading atheistic writer in American colonies: "Stay with me, for God's sake; I cannot bear to be left alone , O Lord, help me! O God, what have I done to suffer so much? What will become of me hereafter? I would give worlds if I had them, that The Age of Reason had never been published. 0 Lord, help me! Christ, help me! No, don't leave; stay with me! Send even a child to stay with me; for I am on the edge of hell here alone. If ever the Devil had an agent, I have been that one


131. "I'm not afraid of death because I don't believe in it. It's just getting out of one car and into another." - John Lennon


132. “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist,” Hawking said of the meaning of life. “Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”


133. SIR THOMAS SCOTT—Chancellor of England: “Until this moment I thought there was neither a God nor a hell. Now I know and feel that there are both, and I am doomed to perdition by the just judgment of the Almighty. ”


134. NAPOLEON BONAPARTE—French emperor who, like Adolf Hitler, brought death to millions to satisfy his greedy, power-mad, selfish ambitions for world conquest: “I die before my time, and my body will be given back to the earth. Such is the fate of him who has been called the great Napoleon. What an abyss between my deep misery and the eternal kingdom of Christ!”


135. VOLTAIRE—famous anti-christian atheist: "I have swallowed nothing but smoke. I have intoxicated myself with the incense that turned my head. I am abandoned by God and man. ” He said to his physician, Dr. Fochin: “I will give you half of what I am worth if you will give me six months of life. When he was told this was not possible, he said “Then I shall die and go to hell! His nurse said: “For all the money in Europe I wouldn’t want to see another unbeliever die! All night long he cried for forgiveness. ”


136. “This Facebook post is just another in a litany of fabricated claims about famous non-believers,” the Snopes crew writes. “The source is a Facebook page associated with the disreputable website FrancisMary.org, which appears to have no formal affiliation with the Catholic church and routinely posts clickbait articles touting videos of Jesus Christ appearing in the flesh during a church service, or as an angel on a white horse fighting in Israel.”


137. “I wouldn't burden any decent system of faith by participating in it... I'm not agnostic. Just nonpartisan. Theological Switzerland, that's me.”


138. “If there is heaven, atheists will be the first to put their foot there; they take time to find God personally. They risk losing everything when they decide He does not exist. While believers will swallow anything you throw at them to protect their own self-interests to get to heaven at all cost, atheists want a real God and I believe God will not disappoint such a genuine breed of human beings.”


139. “Live a good life.


140. “Beware of somebody who suddenly begins to call you "friend".”


141. Brazilian composer, singer , poet during a show in Rio de Janeiro, Lingering cigarette noisily blew smoke into the air and blasphemously declared, " God, it's you! ". At speed, he died at age 32 from AIDS


142. “Good at the wrong place and time becomes evil; evil in the right place and time becomes good.”


143. “I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail,” he told the Guardian. “There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”


144. "I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure - that is all that agnosticism means." - Clarence Darrow


145. "My personal feeling is that understanding evolution led me to atheism." - Carl Sagan


146. "Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not." - Epicurus


147. CAESAR BORGIA—Italian nobleman, politician, and cardinal: “While I lived, I provided for everything but death; now I must die, and am unprepared to die. ”


148. “Don’t tell me what I can and can’t do.”


149. A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again. - Author: Maya Angelou


150. "I can't believe in the God of my Fathers. If there is one Mind which understands all things, it will comprehend me in my unbelief." - Percy Bysshe Shelley


151. "Dying is something we human beings do continuously, not just at the end of our physical lives on this earth." - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


152. “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.”


153. "I don't believe in God, but I'm very interested in her." - Arthur C. Clarke


154. “It would have been better if you had died when that drunk driver hit you instead of doing this to us. God saved your life and you repay him by turning your back on him and shaming your family.”


155. “Think you're a slave and you'll find a master; think you're a master and slaves will find you”


156. THOMAS HOBBS—Political philosopher: “I say again, if I had the whole world at my disposal, I would give it to live one day. I am about to take a leap into the dark. ”


157. "I don’t want to believe. I want to know." - Carl Sagan


158. “Power hungry=life loving”


159. "I'd like to be remembered as a decent human being and a caring one." - Isaac Asimov


160. "This is no time to be making new enemies." - Voltaire


161. “I asked a man who took a death boat to Europe across the treachelous waters of the Mediterranean from Libya


162. "I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine." - Bertrand Russell


163. “When we are healthy, wealthy and powerful, we forget about our mortality. It’s only when irreparable cracks set in that we come back to reality.”


164. “Circular psychobabble is akin to a man walking lost in the wilderness in the snow; The man always knows the path of his journey because he consistently ends up walking past the same tree.” -Da Vike


165. “Capitalism [is our, i.e. humanity’s] downfall.”


166. "Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light." - Carl Sagan


167. "Atheism is more than just the knowledge that gods do not exist, and that religion is either a mistake or a fraud. Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature." - Carl Sagan


168. “Chance didn’t make that I can tell!”


169. “Writing is exposing yourself to strangers”


170. "The idea of a personal God is quite alien to me and seems even naive." - Albert Einstein


171. “Ha ! “God laughs at those who say there is no God.” ha!”


172. “I would give worlds if I had them, that The Age of Reason had never been published. O Lord, help me! Christ, help me! …No, don’t leave; stay with me! Send even a child to stay with me; for I am on the edge of Hell here alone. If ever the Devil had an agent, I have been that one.”


173. “I see myself as a being that could, it seems, only come from a creator. This, however, is not a clear, exact idea.”


174. “The world will not know peace until we learn to understand each other's emotions”


175. "I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is." - Albert Camus


176. “At the end of his life, Christopher’s searches had brought him willingly, if secretly, to the altar,” Taunton writes at the end of the book. “Precisely what he did there, no one knows.”


177. "My personal opinion is that the universe is so vast and the species on Earth so numerous that there must be other life out there." - Richard Dawkins


178. “Spinoza, sensing that he was near his end, had his landlady come and begged her to prevent any minister from coming to see him in that condition. His reason was, as is known from one of his friends [Adriaan Paets, according to Verniere], that he wished to die without a dispute and that he feared falling into some weakness of the understanding which would make him say something that could be used against his principles. This is to say that he feared that it would be spread about in the world that, when facing death, his conscience having awoken, it made him give the lie to his bravery and renounce his sentiments. Can a more ridiculous and more extreme vanity be seen than this one, and a crazier passion for the false idea one forms of constancy?”


179. "As I have earlier said, the most important thing is to be happy. If you ain’t happy, you ain’t nothin’." - George Burns


180. “Once you believe that god is not a private property of anybody, you are on your way to becoming a new messiah. Maybe your own if not the world's”


181. "To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely." - Jorge Luis Borges


182. "When I die, I rot." - Philip Larkin


183. “In the beginning Man created God; and in the image of Man created he him.”


184. “I am neither atheist nor a rationalist; I believe in god and am of the religion of my father. I was born Catholic, and will fulfill all the duties of the church.”


185. “God is the name people give to the reason we are here,” he said. “But I think that reason is the laws of physics rather than someone with whom one can have a personal relationship. An impersonal God.”


186. CHARLES IX—The French king. Urged on by his mother, he gave the order for the massacre of the French Huguenots, in which 15,000 souls were slaughtered in Paris alone and 100,000 in other sections of France, for no other reason than that they loved Christ. The guilty king suffered miserably for years after that event. He finally died, bathed in blood bursting from his veins. To his physicians, he said in his last hours: "Asleep or awake, I see the mangled forms of the Huguenots passing before me. They drop with blood. They point at their open wounds. Oh! That I had spared at least the little infants at the bosom! What blood! I know not where I am. How will all this end? What shall I do? I am lost forever! I know it. Oh, I have done wrong


187. ” there was a very good case to be made for invading Iraq on purely humanitarian basis. ”


188. “My 'morals' were sound, even a bit puritanic, but when a hidebound old deacon inveighed against dancing I rebelled. By the time of graduation I was still a 'believer' in orthodox religion, but had strong questions which were encouraged at Harvard. In Germany I became a freethinker and when I came to teach at an orthodox Methodist Negro school I was soon regarded with suspicion, especially when I refused to lead the students in public prayer. When I became head of a department at Atlanta, the engagement was held up because again I balked at leading in prayer. I refused to teach Sunday school. When Archdeacon Henry Phillips, my last rector, died, I flatly refused again to join any church or sign any church creed. From my 30th year on I have increasingly regarded the church as an institution which defended such evils as slavery, color caste, exploitation of labor and war. I think the greatest gift of the Soviet Union to modern civilization was the dethronement of the clergy and the refusal to let religion be taught in the public schools.”


189. "A good world needs knowledge, kindness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men." - Bertrand Russell


190. “He did do a piece on whether women were as funny or not. It was a bit of a joke piece but may have some truth.”


191. athéiste (16c. ), from Gk. atheos “without god, denying the gods; abandoned of the gods; godless, ungodly,” from a- “without” + theos “a god” (see Thea)


192. Sammy felt. . . that he would rather not love at all than be punished for loving. He had no idea of how long his life would one day seem to have gone on; how daily present the absence of love would come to feel. - Author: Michael Chabon


193. “What is important is not to fight, but to fight the right enemy”


194. “Think of your life not as a disappearing horizon, but as an approaching hope”


195. JOSEF STALIN—Soviet Georgian revolutionary and politician. In a Newsweek interview with Svetlana Stalin, the daughter of Josef Stalin, she told of her father’s death: “My father died a difficult and terrible death. . . God grants an easy death only to the just. At what seemed the very last moment, he suddenly opened his eyes and cast a glance over everyone in the room. It was a terrible glance, insane or perhaps angry. His left hand was raised, as though he were pointing to something above and bringing down a curse on us all. The gesture was full of menace. . . the next moment he was dead. ”


196. “I really don’t see the appeal of atheism.


197. Journalist and dancer from Jamaica Christina Hevitt : said : "The Bible is the worst book ever written ! ". Soon after, in June 2006 , she was found burnt beyond recognition in his own car


198. "Death is an endless night, eternity is our waking day." - Seneca


199. “I do not feel that I am the product of chance, a speck of dust in the universe, but someone who was expected, prepared, prefigured. In short, a being whom only a creator could put here; and this idea of a creating hand refers to god.”


200. Several others said, “You’re still young (49… (more)


201. CAESAR BORGIA—Italian nobleman, politician, and cardinal: "While I lived, I provided for everything but death; now I must die, and am unprepared to die


202. “I am not holier than you, you are not holier than me. Any one who thinks he is holier than the rest deludes himself.”


203. "I want to go quietly without a fuss. It's just the end of a long life." - Richard Dawkins


204. "The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma." - Abraham Lincoln


205. I was thought to be retarded as a child, and all the evidence indicates that I was. - Author: Guy Davenport


206. “Every one of the world's "great" religions utterly trivializes the immensity and beauty of the cosmos. Books like the Bible and the Koran get almost every significant fact about us and our world wrong. Every scientific domain -- from cosmology to psychology to economics -- has superseded and surpassed the wisdom of Scripture.


207. “Downfall.”


208. "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


209. The one thing about art is you can't question it. Everyone is looking at everyone else to find out what's cool. No one knows what's cool. - Author: Zoe Kravitz


210. "I'm not afraid of being dead. I'm just afraid of what you might have to go through to get there." - Pamela Bone


211. “If anyone rises to power, it's not only because he could, but also because the stars were aligned in his favor. Many with apparent means to take it failed simply because they weren't destined for the honor”


212. “Faith can be very very dangerous, and deliberately to implant it into the vulnerable mind of an innocent child is a grievous wrong.”


213. "I believe one thing: that only a life lived for others is a life worth living." - Albert Einstein


214. “To a born-again atheist like myself, it is clear that each of us has multiple selves, talents, perceptions. But to the Roman Catholic, unity is all.”


215. "If you want to know how much I love you, look into my eyes, and you'll find it." - Penn Jillette


216. DAVID HUME—Atheist philosopher famous for his philosophy of empiricism and skepticism of religion: He cried loud on his death bed “I am in flames!” It is said his desperation was a horrible scene


217. Be true to yourself, be kind to others, be honest, don't say anything if you have nothing nice to say - Author: Lois H. Gresh


218. “We are each free to believe what we want and it is my view that the simplest explanation is there is no God,” Hawking said in 2011. “No one created the universe and no one directs our fate.”


219. “Let's say that the consensus is that our species, being the higher primates, Homo Sapiens, has been on the planet for at least 100,000 years, maybe more. Francis Collins says maybe 100,000. Richard Dawkins thinks maybe a quarter-of-a-million. I'll take 100,000. In order to be a Christian, you have to believe that for 98,000 years, our species suffered and died, most of its children dying in childbirth, most other people having a life expectancy of about 25 years, dying of their teeth. Famine, struggle, bitterness, war, suffering, misery, all of that for 98,000 years.


220. “Life has a positive and negative side. Happy people ignore the negative side”


221. “Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply an admission of the obvious. In fact, 'atheism' is a term that should not even exist. No one needs to identify himself as a 'non-astrologer' or a 'non-alchemist.' We do not have words for people who doubt that Elvis is still alive or that aliens have traversed the galaxy only to molest ranchers and cattle. Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs.”


222. "I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious ideas of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God." - Thomas Edison


223. NAPOLEON BONAPARTE—French emperor who, like Adolf Hitler, brought death to millions to satisfy his greedy, power-mad, selfish ambitions for world conquest: "I die before my time, and my body will be given back to the earth. Such is the fate of him who has been called the great Napoleon. What an abyss between my deep misery and the eternal kingdom of Christ!”


224. ANTON LEVEY—Author of the Satanic Bible and high priest of the religion dedicated to the worship of Satan. One of his famous quotes was: “There is a beast in man that needs to be exercised, not exorcised”. His dying words were: "Oh my, oh my, what have I done, there is something very wrong. . . there is something very wrong. ”


225. People always kept moving, her mother had said, it's the American way. Moving west, moving south, marrying up, marrying down, getting divorced - but moving. . . - Author: Elizabeth Strout

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