As they say, why reinvent the wheel of a good point when a perfect quote already exists?
Over my years of internet browsing and forum posting, I've collected a few pages of good quotes that I deemed worthy of my list.
Here are a few poignant ones that address the topic of god, meaninglessness, evolution, religion, etc...
"I did not force them to do anything. They are merely practicing a faith they decided to believe. Why do you think people believe in God? ..It's
because they want to. It's not easy living in this rotten world. There is nothing certain while living on this world. Do you get it? God didn't
create humans. Humans created God."
, Cowboy Bebop Episode #23
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?
"Existence itself may be considered an abyss possessed of no meaning. I do not read this as a pessimistic statement."
- Hakim Bey
"Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."
“Those who argue that art and philosophy are proof of human worth neglect to mention that, in the scheme we have devised, artists and philosophers
are powerless and largely without prestige. Art, music, and philosophy are merely poignant examples of what we might have been had not the priests and
traders gotten hold of us.”
- George Carlin
"As things get worse and worse for us, we're going to need more and more of all the things that give us relief and oblivion and all the things that
get us revved up and excited. More religion, more revolution, more drugs, more television channels, more sports, more casinos, more pornography, more
lotteries, more access to the Web--more and more and more of it all--to give ourselves the impression that life is nonstop fun. But meanwhile, of
course, every morning we must shake off the hangover and forget about fun for eight or ten hours while we drag our quota of stones up the side of the
- Daniel Quinn
, Beyond Civilization
“I do not "believe" in evolution any more than I "believe" that the earth revolves around the sun. To say that there's "no proof" for
evolution is very like saying that there's "no proof" that the earth revolves around the sun. Evolution has not been "proved," and it isn't
taught in the schools as something that has been proved. It is invariably referred to as a theory, but in science a theory is not a conjecture that is
"unproved," it is an organizing concept for evidence, and by this time, it has proved to be such an effective and persuasive organizing concept for
the evidence gathered by so many earth and life sciences, that very, very, very few scientists doubt that evolution took place. Evolution makes sense
of what we know about the world and about the community of life--and the theory that the world came into being all at once in its present form does
not. It is untrue that the theory of evolution "completely denies the idea of God." It does nothing of the sort. Even the current pope recently
acknowledged that. All it "completely denies" is that the world was created all at once, in its present form. If God is omnipotent, he could as
easily have created a universe that evolved over billions of years as one that came into being instantaneously in the form we know.”
- Daniel Quinn
[edit on 8-11-2009 by NoHierarchy]