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Famous AtheistsSome famous atheists are: John Lennon, Jack Nicholson, Jodie Foster, Sigmond Freud, A.J. Ayer, John Dewey, Emma Goldman, David Hume, Thomas Henry Huxley, Karl Marx, Thomas Paine, Ayn Rand, Carl Sagan, Margaret Sanger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Clarence Darrow, Madelyn Murray-O-Hair, Isaac Asimov, Ron Reagan, George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, Woody Allen, George Carlin, Katherine Hepburn, George Meyer, Gene Roddenberry, Robert Smith, Douglas Adams, Richard Dawkins, Paul McCartney, Christopher Hitchens, Bruce Willis, and Joseph Stalin. Napoleon Bonaparte, although mentioning religion for political reasons, was also probably an atheist, but some say he was a deist or a catholic.


"All religions were made by men."

-- Napoleon Bonaparte

An atheist before Darwin could have said, following Hume: "I have no explanation for complex biological design. All I know is that God isn't a good explanation, so we must wait and hope that somebody comes up with a better one." I can't help feeling that such a position, though logically sound, would have left one feeling pretty unsatisfied, and that although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.

-- Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, p. 6..

I'm an atheist, and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for other people.

-- Katharine Hepburn, American Actress; in Ladies' Home Journal, October 1991, from James A Haught, ed., 2000 Years of Disbelief

I am terrified of restrictive religious doctrine, having learned from history that when men who adhere to any form of it are in control, common men like me are in peril.

-- James A Michener, The World Is My Home(1991)..

All the sweetness of religion is conveyed to the world by the hands of storytellers and image-makers. Without their fictions the truths of religion would for the multitude be neither intelligible nor even apprehensible; and the prophets would prophesy and the teachers teach in vain.

-- George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methusaleh,Preface (1921)..

Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.

-- Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist (1891)..

"I believe in one thing only, the power of human will." -- Joseph Stalin

"At one time I was so much involved in the religious bullsh*t that I used to go around calling myself a Christian Communist, but as Janov says, religion is legalised madness."

"Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink.... I don't know what will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity. We're more popular than Jesus now. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me."

-- John Lennon

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