Agnostic Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old agnostic quotes, agnostic sayings, and agnostic proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Virtually every agnostic lives like an atheist, living completely irreligious lives     

Dennis Prager

I'm an optimistic agnostic. I think the second we die, within a matter of seconds, everybody else arrives, and that's the party, and you live your hell on earth.     

Mike Dirnt

Agnosticism is the natural attitude of the evolutionist. How can a brute mind comprehend spiritual things?     

William Jennings Bryan

Agnostic for me would be trying to weasel out and sound a little nicer than I am about this.     

Richard P. Feynman

Agnosticism has nothing to impart. Its sermons are the exhortations of one who convinces you he stands on nothing and urges you to stand there too.     

Anna Julia Cooper

The agnostic is gutless and prefers to keep one safe foot in the god camp.     

Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Agnosticism is a perfectly respectable and tenable philosophical position; it is not dogmatic and makes no pronouncements about the ultimate truths of the universe. It remains open to evidence and persuasion; lacking faith, it nevertheless does not deride faith. Atheism, on the other hand, is as unyielding and dogmatic about religious belief as true believers are about heathens. It tries to use reason to demolish a structure that is not built upon reason.     

Sydney J. Harris

You could just as well say that an agnostic is a deeply religious person with at least a rudimentary knowledge of human fallibility.     

Carl Sagan

Isn't an agnostic just an atheist without balls?     

Stephen Colbert

Agnostics cannot understand Christ for the same reason a thief find a policeman -they don't want to.     

John Hagee

An agnostic is someone who believes the nature of the Divine is unknowable... and in that sense, I'm willing to subscribe to being an agnostic.     

Robert J. Sawyer

We should be agnostic about those things for which there is no evidence. We should not hold beliefs merely because they gratify our desires for afterlife, immortality, heaven, hell, etc.     

Julian S. Huxley

No man can be an agnostic who has a sense of humour.     

E. M. Forster

I'm agnostic. By definition, I'm unsure of what to believe in, but I'm also borderline-capable of believing in anything and everything, or nothing at all... and I want to believe in something.     

Lauren Lola

The prayer of the agnostic: "O God, if there is a God, save my soul if I have a soul."     

Ernest Renan

The modern Agnostic improves upon the ancient by adding "I don't care" to "I don't know.     

Coventry Patmore

Agnostics talk cheerfully of man's search for God but they might as well talk about the mouse's search for the cat.     

C. S. Lewis

Agnostics are people who, like myself, confess themselves to be hopelessly ignorant concerning a variety of matters, about which metaphysicians and theologians, both orthodox and heterodox, dogmatize with the utmost confidence.     

Herbert Spencer

You happen to be talking to an agnostic. You know what an agnostic is? A cowardly atheist.     

Studs Terkel

I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.     

Clarence Darrow

No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever.     

Daniel J. Boorstin

I'm an agnostic. Sometimes I muse deeply on the forces that are for me invisible. When I am almost close to the idea of God, I feel immediately estranged by the horrors of this world, which he seems to tolerate.     

Stanislaw Ulam

The agnostic has a very curious notion of religion. He is convinced that a man who says 'I believe in God' should at once become perfect; if this does not happen, then the believer must be a fraud and a hypocrite. He thinks that adherence to a religion is the end of the road, whereas it is in fact only the beginning of a very long and sometimes very rough road. He looks for consistency in religious people, however aware he may be of inconsistencies in himself     

Charles Le Gai Eaton

There's no reason to be agnostic about ideas that are dramatically incompatible with everything we know about modern science.     

Sean M. Carroll

Agnosticism is the everlasting perhaps.     

Francis Thompson

I am simply an agnostic. I haven't yet had time or opportunity to explore the universe, and I don't know what I might run on to in some nook or corner.     

Clarence Darrow

The most satisfying and ecstatic faith is almost purely agnostic. It trusts absolutely without professing to know at all.     

H. L. Mencken

To proclaim himself an agnostic, while to some it might appear more respectable and cautious, would be to say in effect that he hadn't decided what to believe.     

E. Haldeman-Julius

The person who follows the pursuit of reason unflinchingly toward its end will be atheistic or, at best, agnostic.     

William Lane Craig

I am an agnostic, even though I respect and am interested in all religions. If there's something I believe in, it's a mysterious energy; the one that fills the oceans during tides, the one that unites nature and beings.     

Monica Bellucci