Atheist Sayings and Quotes

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


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

Richard Dawkins

Religion, to me, is a bureaucracy between man and God that I don't need.      

Bill Maher

Everyone starts out being an atheist. No one is born with belief in anything. Infants are atheists until they are indoctrinated.     

Andy Rooney

An atheist loves his fellow man instead of god. An atheist believes that heaven is something for which we should work now--here on earth for all men together to enjoy.     

Madalyn Murray O'Hair

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

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Even the atheists, who have pretended to disbelieve in God, have believed in Truth.     

Mahatma Gandhi

“There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”     

Anne Nicol Gaylor

It is not as in the Bible, that God created man in his own image. But, on the contrary, man created God in his own image.     

Ludwig Feuerbach

Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning.     

C. S. Lewis

An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanquished, war eliminated.     

Madalyn Murray Ohair

A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.     

C. S. Lewis

An atheist may be simply one whose faith and love are concentrated on the impersonal aspects of God.     

Simone Weil

To be an atheist requires an indefinitely greater measure of faith than to recieve all the great truths which atheism would deny.     

Joseph Addison

The atheist, by merely being in touch with reality, appears shamefully out of touch with the fantasy life of his neighbors.     

Sam Harris

The atheist is cheating whenever he makes a moral judgment, acting as though it has an objective reference, when his philosophy in fact precludes it.     

William A. Dembski

Be an atheist if you want, but do not believe in anything unquestioningly.     

Swami Vivekananda

Being an atheist makes someone a clearer thinking, fairer person. They are not doing things to be rewarded in heaven; they're doing things because they're right, because they live by a moral code.     

Ricky Gervais

One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion.     

Arthur C. Clarke

Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.     

Thomas Jefferson

An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death.     

Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make when in the presence of religious dogma.     

Sam Harris

The true atheist is the one who refuses to see God's image in the face of their neighbour.     

Shane Claiborne

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

Richard Dawkins

Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don't have all the answers to think that they do.      

Bill Maher

It is time that we admitted that faith is nothing more than the license religious people give one another to keep believing when reasons fail.     

Sam Harris

We should foster a culture in which people’s private religious beliefs, including atheists and agnostics, are respected.     

Barack Obama

Atheists are pious people.     

Max Stirner

An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.     

John Buchan

The atheist has no hope.     

James Freeman Clarke

Atheists can be good people; they just have no objective way to judge the conduct of those who are not.     

Michael Gerson