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When Mojoey mentioned this list of famous atheists' quotes at Deep Thoughts, I chimed in with a few of my favorites:

"...religion is a collective insanity, the more powerful because it is traditional folly, and because its origin is lost in the most remote antiquity. As collective insanity it has penetrated to the very depths of the public and private existence of the peoples; it is incarnate in society; it has become, so to speak, the collective soul and thought. Every man is enveloped in it from birth; he sucks it in with his mother's milk, absorbs it with all that he touches, all that he sees. He is so exclusively fed upon it, so poisoned and penetrated by it in all his being, that later, however powerful his natural mind, he has to make unheard-of efforts to deliver himself from it, and even then he never completely succeeds." (Michael Bakunin, God and the State)

"God is a word to express, not our ideas, but the want of them." (John Stuart Mill)

Superstition, in a thousand shapes, is employed in brutalizing and degrading the human species, and fitting it to endure without a murmur the oppression of its innumerable tyrants. (Percy Bysshe Shelley, "A Refutation of Deism")

Here's one more, for anyone who has ever felt aurally accosted by the seasonal cacophony of the Salvation Army:

"The act of bellringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people." (Ezra Pound)

Happy holidays!

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