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Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion” Quotes (16 Quotes)


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  • The assignment of purpose to everything is called teleology. Children are native teleologists, and many never grow out of it.
    (Richard Dawkins, "The God Delusion")

  • The book is true, and if evidence seems to condtradict it, it is the evidence that must be thrown out not the book.
    (Richard Dawkins, "The God Delusion")

  • The only watchmaker is the blind forces of physics.
    (Richard Dawkins, "The God Delusion")

  • There is no such thing as a Christian child: only a child of Christian parents.
    (Richard Dawkins, "The God Delusion")

  • Though the details differ across the world, no known culture lacks some version of the time-consuming, wealth consuming, hostility provoking rituals, the anti-factual, counter-productive fantasies of religion.
    (Richard Dawkins, "The God Delusion")


  • We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
    (Richard Dawkins, "The God Delusion")

  • A god who is capable of sending intelligible signals to millions of people simultaneously, and of receiving messages from all of them simultaneously, cannot be, whatever else he might be, simple. Such Bandwidth!
    (Richard Dawkins, "The God Delusion")

  • Creationists eagerly seek a gap in present-day knowledge or understanding. If an apparent gap is found, it is assumed that God, by default, must fill it.
    (Richard Dawkins, "The God Delusion")

  • Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you.
    (Richard Dawkins, "The God Delusion")

  • Do you really mean to tell me the only reason you try to be good is to gain God's approval and reward, or to avoid his disapproval and punishment? That's not morality, that's just sucking up, apple-polishing, looking over your shoulder at the great surveillance camera in the sky, or the still small wiretap inside your head, monitoring your every move, even your every base though.
    (Richard Dawkins, "The God Delusion")

  • Faith can be very very dangerous, and deliberately to implant it into the vulnerable mind of an innocent child is a grievous wrong.
    (Richard Dawkins, "The God Delusion")

  • God likes to have his free lunch and be it too.
    (Richard Dawkins, "The God Delusion")

  • I am thrilled to be alive at time when humanity is pushing against the limits of understanding. Even better, we may eventually discover that there are no limits.
    (Richard Dawkins, "The God Delusion")

  • I mean it as a compliment when I say that you could almost define a philosopher as someone who won't take common sense for an answer.
    (Richard Dawkins, "The God Delusion")

  • One of the truly bad effects of religion is that it teaches us that it is a virtue to be satisfied with not understanding.
    (Richard Dawkins, "The God Delusion")


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