like colour TV
is all there
in black and white”
Even God cannot change the past.
μόνου γὰρ αὐτοῦ καὶ θεὸς στερίσκεται,
ἀγένητα ποιεῖν ἅσσ᾽ ἂν ᾖ πεπραγμένα.
Agathon (448 BCE-400 BCE)
God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.
Dieu a tout fait de rien. Mais le rien perce.
Paul Valéry (1871-1945)
God runs electromagnetics by wave theory on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and the Devil runs them by quantum theory on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Lawrence Bragg (1890-1971)
If there is a god watching us, the least we can do is be entertaining.
In the beginning there was nothing. God said, “Let there be light”; and there was still nothing, but everybody could see it.
It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods.
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)
Man is certainly mad; he could not make a mite, and yet makes gods by the dozen.
L'homme est bien insensé. Il ne saurait forger un ciron, et forge des Dieux à douzaines.
Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)
My atheism is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.
George Santayana (1863-1952)
Suns are extinguished or become corrupted, planets perish and scatter across the wastes of the sky; other suns are kindled, new planets formed to make their revolutions or describe new orbits, and man, an infinitely minute part of a globe which itself is only an imperceptible point in the immense whole, believes that the universe is made for himself.
Baron d'Holbach (1723-1789)
Those who don't believe in Gosh will go to Heck.
To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
Isaac Asimov (1920-1997)
Today evolution of human intelligence has advanced us to the stage where most of us are too smart to invent new gods but are reluctant to give up the old ones.
Ruth Green (1915-1981)
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 (1941- )
We are all godless but not all of us realise it.
When we talk to God we're said to be praying, but when God talks to us, we're said to be schizophrenic.
Jane Wagner (1935- )