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The three great apostles of practical atheism, that make converts without persecuting, and retain them without preaching, are wealth, health, and power.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The truly great consider, first, how they may gain the approbation of God, and, secondly, that of their own conscience. Having done this, they would then willingly conciliate the good opinion of their fellow-men. But the truly little reverse the thing. The primary object with them is to secure the applause of their fellow-men; and having effected this, the approbation of God and their own conscience may follow on as they can.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and asked if the god I did not believe in was the protestant God or the catholic one.
      - Quentin Crisp

It does not at first appear that an astronomer rapt in abstraction, while he gazes on a star, must feel more exquisite delight than a farmer who is conducting his team.
      - Isaac D'Israeli

An atheist is one of the most daring beings in creation,--a contemner of God, who explodes His laws by denying His existence.
      - John Foster (1)

Settle it, therefore, in your minds, as a maxim never to be effaced or forgotten, that atheism is an inhuman, bloody, ferocious system, equally hostile to every useful restraint, and to every virtuous affection; that leaving nothing above us to excite awe, nor round us to awaken tenderness, it wages war with heaven and earth; its first object is to dethrone God, its next to destroy man.
      - Robert Hall

There is no being eloquent for atheism. In that exhausted receiver the mind cannot use its wings,--the clearest proof that it is out of its element.
      - Augustus William Hare

Atheism is the last word of theism.
      - Heinrich Heine

All thinking men are atheists.
      - Ernest Hemingway

Whoever considers the study of anatomy, I believe, will never be an atheist; the frame of man's body, and coherence of his parts, being so strange and paradoxical, that I hold it to be the greatest miracle of nature.
      - Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury

I should like to see a man sober in his habits, moderate, chaste, just in his dealings, assert that there is no God; he would speak at least without interested motives; but such a man is not to be found.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Our program necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism.
      - Nikolai Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Thank Heaven, the female heart is untenantable by atheism.
      - Horace Mann

The footprint of the savage traced in the sand is sufficient to attest the presence of man to the atheist who will not recognize God, whose hand is impressed upon the entire universe.
      - Hugh Miller

The statements of atheists ought to be perfectly clear of doubt. Now it is not perfectly clear that the soul is material.
      - Blaise Pascal

No one is so much alone in the world as a denier of God.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank.
      - Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Atheism, nine times out of ten, is born from the womb of a bad conscience. Disbelief is born of sin, not of reason.
      - Fulton John Sheen, Preface to Religion

Men are atheistical because they are first vicious, and question the truth of Christianity because they hate the practice.
      - Bishop Robert South

Nothing enlarges the gulf of atheism more than the wide passage that lies between the faith and lives of men pretending to teach Christianity.
      - Benjamin Stillingfleet

That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy.
      - Jonathan Swift

The thing formed says that nothing formed it; and that which is made is, while that which made it is not! The folly is infinite.
      - Jeremy Taylor

When men live as if there were no God, it becomes expedient for them that there should be none; and then they endeavor to persuade themselves so.
      - John Tillotson

Kircher, the astronomer, having an acquaintance who denied the existence of a Supreme Being; took the following method to convince him of his error. Expecting him on a visit, he placed a handsome celestial globe in a part of the room where it could not escape the notice of his friend, who, on observing it, inquired whence it came, and who was the maker. "It was not made by any person," said the astronomer. "That is impossible," replied the skeptic, "you surely jest." Kircher then took occasion to reason with his friend upon his own atheistical principles, explaining to him that he had adopted this plan with a design to show him the fallacy of his skepticism. "You will not," said he, "admit that this small body originated in mere chance, and yet you contend that those heavenly bodies to which it bears only a faint and diminutive resemblance, came into existence without author or design." He pursued this chain of reasoning till his friend was totally confounded, and cordially acknowledged the absurdity of his notions.
      - Unknown

I'm a born-again atheist.
      - Gore Vidal

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