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God is a concept by which we measure our pain.

—John Lennon, 1970

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.

—Jonathan Swift, 1706

So long as one believes in God, one has the right to do the Good in order to be moral.

—Jean-Paul Sartre, c. 1950

The Church says that the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in the shadow than in the Church.

—Ferdinand Magellan, c. 1510

One religion is as true as another.

—Robert Burton, 1621

Among all nations, through the darkest polytheism glimmer some faint sparks of monotheism.

—Immanuel Kant, 1781

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.

—Voltaire, 1764

The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God.

—William Blake, 1793

Religion is by no means a proper subject of conversation in mixed company.

—Philip Dormer Stanhope, 1754

The various modes of religion which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the people as equally true, by the philosophers equally false, and by the magistrate as equally useful.

—Edward Gibbon, 1776

Whatsoever is, is in God.

—Benedict de Spinoza, 1677

God is a complex of ideas formed by the tribe, the nation, and humanity, which awake and organize social feelings and aim to link the individual to society and to bridle the zoological individualism.

—Maxim Gorky, 1913

Without doubt God is the universal moving force, but each being is moved according to the nature that God has given it. He directs angels, man, animals, brute matter, in sum all created things—but each according to its nature—and man having been created free, he is freely led. This rule is truly the eternal law and in it we must believe.

—Joseph de Maistre, 1821