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"The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him."
“Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.”
"The first thing brought forth by the study of any religion, ancient or modern, is that it is based upon Fear, born of it, fed by it — and that it cultivates the source from which its nourishment is derived."
"All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry."
"It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it."
"The more wild and incredible your desire, the more willing and prompt God is in fulfilling it, if you will have it so."
"Every sin is the result of collaboration."
"Affliction is not sent in vain, young man, from that good God, who chastens whom he loves."
"God makes all things good; Man meddles with 'em and they become evil."
"An atheist is a man who believes himself an accident."
“Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue.”
“In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.”
“I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.”
“The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.”
“All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.”
Edgar Allan Poe
“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”
“No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it.”
“I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.”
“I’m an atheist and I thank God for it.”
George Bernard Shaw
“One's own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one's Maker and no one else's.”
“God is a mean-spirited, pugnacious bully bent on revenge against His children for failing to live up to his impossible standards.”