Words of Wisdom - Disbelief, Death, Slavery
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"Although the time of death is approaching me, I am
not afraid of dying and going to Hell or (what would
be considerably worse) going to the popularized
version of Heaven. I expect death to be nothingness
and, for removing me from all possible fears of death,
I am thankful to atheism."
-Isaac Asimov, 'On Religiosity', Free Inquiry

"Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and
as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so
is the other."
-Francis Bacon, 'Of Death'

"There was no deathbed conversion," Druyan says.
"No appeals to God, no hope for an afterlife, no
pretending that he and I, who had been inseparable
for twenty years, were not saying goodbye forever."
"Didn't he want to believe?" she was asked. "Carl
never wanted to believe," she replies fiercely. "He
wanted to KNOW."
-Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan's wife,
from Newsweek magazine

"The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances,
the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine
religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the
fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after
rational knowledge."
-Albert Einstein, address at the Princeton Theological
Seminary, May 19, 1939, published in 'Out of My
Later Years', New York: Philosophical Library, 1950

"When belief in a god dies, the god dies."
-Harlan Ellison, 'Deathbird Stories'

"Thus that which is the most awful of evils, death, is
nothing to us, since when we exist there is no death,
and when there is death we do not exist."

"Salvation through slavery is worthless. Salvation from
slavery is inestimable."
-Robert G. Ingersoll, 'The Gods', 1872

"The notion that faith in Christ is to be rewarded by
an eternity of bliss, while a dependence upon reason,
observation and experience merits everlasting pain,
is too absurd for refutation, and can be relieved only
by that unhappy mixture of insanity and ignorance,
called 'faith'."
-Robert G. Ingersoll, 'The Gods', 1872

"All the meanness, all the revenge, all the selfishness,
all the cruelty, all the hatred, all the infamy of which
the heart of man is capable, grew, blossomed and
bore fruit in this one word, Hell."
-Robert G. Ingersoll, 'The Great Infidels', 1881

"Our ignorance is God; what we know is science."
-Robert G. Ingersoll, 'The Gods', 1872

"Infidelity is liberty; all religion is slavery."
-Robert G. Ingersoll, 'Thomas Paine', 1870

"I will not attack your doctrines nor your creeds if
they accord liberty to me. If they hold thought to be
dangerous - if they aver that doubt is a crime, then
I attack them one and all, because they enslave the
minds of men."
-Robert G. Ingersoll, 'The Ghosts', 1877

"When I became convinced that the Universe is
natural-that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there
entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop
of my blood, the sense, the feeling, the joy of freedom."
-Robert G. Ingersoll, 'Why Am I An Agnostic?', 1896

"Mental slavery is mental death and every man who
has given up his intellectual freedom is the living coffin
of his dead soul."
-Robert G. Ingersoll, 'Individuality', 1873

"How long, O how long will mankind worship a book?
How long will they grovel in the dust before the ignorant
legends of the barbaric past? How long, O how long will
they pursue phantoms in a darkness deeper than death?"
-Robert G. Ingersoll, 'Heretics and Heresies', 1874

"In the presence of death I affirm and reaffirm the truth
of all that I have said against the superstitions of the
world. I would say that much on the subject with my
last breath."
-Robert G. Ingersoll

"For 15 hours a day, I sit in this same chair, totally
dependent on someone else coming in here to make
me a cup of tea. It's neither living nor dying. It's
stuck in the middle. My only regret is that for 40
years I spoke of a good God who helps people,
who knows what you need and how all you have
to do is ask for it. Well, that's baloney. I want to
tell the world that it's a bunch of bull. Don't believe
a word of it."
-Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross, author of 'A Deathbed
Confession' on death and dying, after a debilitating
stroke; to Ken Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle
on May 31; article in Skeptic magazine, Vol.5 No.2
1997, page 28

"Many people would rather die than think; in fact,
most do."
-Bertrand Russell