Emil’s collection of quotes

Quotes that are sourced

“If the ignorance of nature gave birth to such a variety of gods, the knowledge of this nature is calculated to destroy them.”

Baron D’holbach, Samuel Wilkinson, trans., The System of Nature (Project Gutenberg e-text), vol. 2, chap. I

“Når jeg anvender et ord,” sagde Klumpe-Dumpe temmelig hånligt, “så betyder det lige netop, hvad jeg vil have, det skal betyde – hverken mere eller mindre.”

“Men spørgsmålet er,” sagde Alice, “om du kan få ordene til at betyde vidt forskellige ting.”

“Spørgsmålet er,” sagde Klumpe-Dumpe, “hvem det er, der bestemmer – det er det, der er det afgørende.”

Bag Spejlet -og hvad Alice fandt der

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”

Max Planck, Religion und Naturwissenschaft (Leipzig, 1958)

There are those who scoff at the schoolboy, calling him frivolous and shallow: Yet it was the schoolboy who said “Faith is believing what you know ain’t so.”

Mark Twain
Following the Equator (1897) ch. 12

[about solipsism, Bertrand wishes that believers of that would] “…get into a car and drive straight into a wall at a speed proportional to their belief that the wall is not real.”

Bertrand Russell. (unsourced)

Once the soul looked contemptuously on the body, and then that
contempt was the supreme thing:- the soul wished the body meagre,
ghastly, and famished. Thus it thought to escape from the body and the
Oh, that soul was itself meagre, ghastly, and famished; and
cruelty was the delight of that soul!
But ye, also, my brethren, tell me: What doth your body say about
your soul? Is your soul not poverty and pollution and wretched

Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, part 1.

“When I am trying to explain something complicated to my toddler i use analogy, because it makes it easier for her to grasp complexities. I use the same approach with theists for the same reason.”

Tori “djrafikie” on IIDB.org, jeg kan ikke finde det oprindelige indlæg, men jeg kan finde den private besked jeg sendte for at spørge om personens navn.

Death, therefore, the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we are, death is not come, and, when death is come, we are not.

Epicurus (341 BC – 270 BC), “Letter to Menoeceus”

[Om at folk melder sig ind i Islam] “…Og for 30 år siden blev folk med manglende identitet punkere eller meldte sig ind i Tvind. Der er intet nyt under solen.”

Hemlihenning, Skrevet på Arto.dk, den oprindelige besked er gået tabt.

Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.

A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40) Part 4 Of the sceptical and other systems of philosophy, Sect. 7 Conclusion of this book

“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

Måske Benjamin Frankli, www.futureofthebook.com/stories/storyReader$605

“Menneskerne har skabt sig guder i deres eget billede.”

Xenofanes 570 ca. f.kr. If. Sofies Verden

“A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hopes of reward after death.”

Albert Einstein, Religion and Science (1930)

“I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

Stephen F. Roberts

“When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord, in his wisdom, doesn’t work that way. So I just stole one and asked him to forgive me!”

Emo Philips, E=MO² (1985)

“Når Jehovas Vidner står udenfor døren og spørger:
“Har du set gud?” – “ingen reklamer tak””

Christian Andersen Aka immortal-technique, Arto.dk. Den oprindelige besked er gået tabt.

“The invisible and the nonexistent look much alike.”

Delos B McKown, quoted from Victor J Stenger, Physics and Psychics.

“I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn’t wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.”

Bertrand Russell, unsourced.

“I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.”

Bertrand Russell, unsourced.

“If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.”

Bertrand Russell, unsourced.

Emil “Hvad ville du helst, fryse eller svede?”
Peter “Fryse, fordi man kan altid blive ved med at tage tøj på, men man kan ikke blive ved med at tage tøj af.”

Peter Kiel Jørgensen, personlig samtale

“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”

Socrates, Diogenes Laertius

“Jeg er altså ikke ret stædig. Det er bare alle andre, der giver op for let.”

Bolette Taul Holm, personlig samtale

“Ved du hvad jeg bedst kan lide ved din personlighed? At du ser godt ud.”

Andreas Petri Petersen, personlig tekst på MSN

“At agumentere mod troende er som at slå i en stor pude, nemt, blødt, men virkningsløst..”

Jeppe “Noarko”, personlig samtale

“En god løgner lyver ikke direkte, men fordrejer sandheden til at tilpasse hans behov.”

Andreas Knigge (idé) og Emil Kirkegaard

Quotes that are not checked for sources

“No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.”

Albert Einstein

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”

Bertrand Russell

“Light someone a fire and they’ll be warm for a day, but set someone on fire and they’ll be warm for the rest of thier lives.”

Terry Pratchett

“Lægerne har den lykke, at solen skinner over deres helbredelser og deres fejl skjules af tre favne jord”


“War does not determine who is right – only who is left.”

Bertrand Russell

“The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.”

Adolf Hitler

“Let us understand Darwinism so we can walk in the opposite direction when it comes to setting up society.”

Richard Dawkins

“We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”

Richard Dawkins

“Nature is not cruel, pitiless, indifferent. This is one of the hardest lessons for humans to learn. We cannot admit that things might be neither good nor evil, neither cruel nor kind, but simply callous — indifferent to all suffering, lacking all purpose.”

Richard Dawkins

“Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakeable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.”

Richard Dawkins

“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right.”

H. L. Mencken

“In heaven all the interesting people are missing.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“Never interupt your enemy while he is making a mistake”

Napoleon Bonerparte

“Don’t fear perfection – you’ll never reach it”

Salvador Dali

“Det er pudsigt, at der med de relativt få ord, der findes i sproget, kan siges så meget sludder.”

Storm P.

“Religioner er ligesom ildfluer. De kræver mørke for at lyse.”

Arthur Schopenhauer

“To you I’m an atheist; to God, I’m the Loyal Opposition.”

Woody Allen

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”

Albert Einstein

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”

Albert Einstein

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”

Albert Einstein

“Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.”

Albert Einstein

“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”

Albert Einstein

“Hvis ateisme er en tro, er skaldethed en hårfarve”

Woody Allen

“Hvad er forskellen på uvidenhed og ignorance? – Jeg ved det ikke og jeg er også ligeglad.”



  1. Albert Einstein’s contribution to physics was perhaps not quite what the layman usually thinks it was. Albert Einstein was asked to poseso many times that he said if he hadn’t been a physicist, he could havemade a living as a model. Albert Einstein was the most famous and influential scientist of the twentieth century; his discoveries transformed both the world itself and our understanding of it. ” — Albert Einstein”So long as they don’t get violent, I want to let everyone say whatthey wish, for I myself have always said exactly what pleased me.

  2. Interessant så meget energi der er lagt i, at bringe underminerende citater mod troende. Hvis I var ligeglade med religion ville I oplagt lade det være (som eksempelvis manglen på citater om sport, vin og egyptologi). Der optræder en stærk bundethed til religionen bredt over citatsamlingen, i dikotomien troende-ikke troende. Skægt når mennesker definerer sig gennem en anti-tese, såsom ateister, anti-racister eller på anden vis. Hvorfor være ateist? Det er er langt mere interessant at forholde sig til, hvad det er man sætter istedet, når Gud flytter ud. Guderne(!) skal vide jeg tror på mangfoldighed, sameksistens og kutlurernes mangfoldighed, fritænker som jeg forsøger at være, men at kalde mig anti-racist? Det er et vacuum udtryk; det jeg ikke er. Jeg er enig i udsagnet – jeg er ikke racist – men det er da fattigt at binde min identitet op det. Langt mere interessant hvad jeg så er: Pluralist, relativist eller hvad?
    Kom igen!

  3. Mjaa egenligt ikke, endnu en der ikke forholder sig til hvad der bliver sagt men forkusere på det forkerte, om man så skal bruge nysprog for at få sin dobbelt tænking til at gå på betyder ikke noget.

    “Interessant så meget energi der er lagt i, at bringe underminerende citater mod troende”

    Egenligt er deres tro om guder og religion, egenligt ikke meget anerledes end en budhist’s.

    “Hvis I var ligeglade med religion ville I oplagt lade det være (som eksempelvis manglen på citater om sport, vin og egyptologi).”

    Tror ikke der er nogen der har sagt de er ligeglade med hverken tro, religion, eller guder. Filosofi handler da i høj grad om at filosofere over tro og heri også religion. Jeg fortrækker at filosofi hiver mig ud af hverdagen og dens tankegang, altså igen sport eller vin til mig tak.

    “Der optræder en stærk bundethed til religionen bredt over citatsamlingen, i dikotomien troende-ikke troende.”

    Dem jeg læste var i dikotomien troende til troende. Men det er jo bare efter bogen af du opfatter andres tro som værende ikke troende, og ignorere deres udsagn som falske.

    “Skægt når mennesker definerer sig gennem en anti-tese, såsom ateister, anti-racister eller på anden vis.”

    Siden hvornår er ateist blevet en anti tease? Det er vel bare når man fornægter eksistensen af (personificering?) guder. Ikke noget med er anti- guder, tro eller religion.
    Desuden er det kun fundementalister der definere sig igennem anti teser, normalt bruger folk det for at udtrykke hvordan det forholder sig i forhold til noget.

    “Det er er langt mere interessant at forholde sig til, hvad det er man sætter istedet, når Gud flytter ud”

    Så udvikler din tro sig frit i filosofi.

    Jeg tror på nihilism og er derfor også atheist. Jeg er menneske og derfor også pattedyr.

    Resten af indlægget er endnu mindre interresant.

  4. Yderst interessandt og underholdene læsning, en sjællendhed blandt andre lignene lister (lavet af andre), at der er så stor fokus på holdning fremfor kvantitet. Det er rart.

  5. Hej Niels

    Tak for kommentaren. Når jeg får tid en gang, så vil jeg forsøge at tjekke de resterende citater for kilder. Jeg har opdaget, at de fleste af de andre citat samlinger på nettet indeholder en masse citater som ikke er sagt af den person, som er citeret. Det har jeg forsøgt at undgå ved at skrive hvad kilden er.

  6. På forhånd undskyld for en måske lidt umoden og usaglig kommentar, men jeg kan ikke dy mig for at spørge om det var bevidst du skrev “Bonerparte” efter citatet “Never interupt your enemy while he is making a mistake”, så er “Boner”parte en pervers reference til et vidst engelsk slangord? :D

    (Det korrekte er selvfølgelig Bonaparte)

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