Richard Dawkins Quotes

“We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”

“I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.”

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

“There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point… The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it.”

“Be thankful that you have a life, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a second one.”

“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. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.”

“There is no such thing as a Christian child: only a child of Christian parents.”

“Let children learn about different faiths, let them notice their incompatibility, and let them draw their own conclusions about the consequences of that incompatibility. As for whether they are ‘valid,’ let them make up their own minds when they are old enough to do so.”

“Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is the belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.”

“One of the truly bad effects of religion is that it teaches us that it is a virtue to be satisfied with not understanding.”

“THE MAJORITY of children born into the world tend to inherit the beliefs of their parents, and that to me is one of the most regrettable facts of them all”

“To be fair, much of the Bible is not systematically evil but just plain weird, as you would expect of a chaotically cobbled-together anthology of disjointed documents, composed, revised, translated, distorted and ‘improved’ by hundreds of anonymous authors, editors and copyists, unknown to us and mostly unknown to each other, spanning nine centuries”

“I am thrilled to be alive at a time when humanity is pushing against the limits of understanding. Even better, we may eventually discover that there are no limits.”

“The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.”

“When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called Religion.”

Books by Richard Dawkins, listed here according to date of publication, recent to oldest:

Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist

The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution

Climbing Mount Improbable

The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene (Oxford Landmark Science)

The Extended Selfish Gene

Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science

The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary Edition (Oxford Landmark Science)

The God Delusion

The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design

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