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Richard Dawkins Quote: “Science is the poetry of reality.”

Science is the poetry of reality.

— Richard Dawkins



Richard Dawkins Quote: “The less you think, the more you believe.”

The less you think, the more you believe.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Faith is belief without evidence and reason; coincidentally that’s also the definition of delusion.”

Faith is belief without evidence and reason; coincidentally that’s also the definition of delusion.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.”

Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings.”

Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you.”

Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Religion ends and philosophy begins, just as alchemy ends and chemistry begins, and astrology ends and astronomy begins.”

Religion ends and philosophy begins, just as alchemy ends and chemistry begins, and astrology ends and astronomy begins.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “We’re going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones.”

We’re going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.”

I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.

— Richard Dawkins


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

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


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Scientific rationalism is the crowning glory of the human spirit.”

Scientific rationalism is the crowning glory of the human spirit.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “It is a remarkable coincidence that almost everyone has the same religion as their parents and it always just so happens they’re the right religion.”

It is a remarkable coincidence that almost everyone has the same religion as their parents and it always just so happens they’re the right religion.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Religion: Together we can find the cure.”

Religion: Together we can find the cure.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Don’t ask God to cure cancer and world poverty. He’s too busy finding you a parking space and fixing the weather for your barbecue.”

Don’t ask God to cure cancer and world poverty. He’s too busy finding you a parking space and fixing the weather for your barbecue.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “The chicken is only an egg’s way for making another egg.”

The chicken is only an egg’s way for making another egg.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Blasphemy is a Victimless Crime.”

Blasphemy is a Victimless Crime.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “If something is true, no amount of wishful thinking will change it.”

If something is true, no amount of wishful thinking will change it.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.”

By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Blindness to suffering is an inherent consequence of natural selection. Nature is neither kind nor cruel but indifferent.”

Blindness to suffering is an inherent consequence of natural selection. Nature is neither kind nor cruel but indifferent.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “The Universe does not owe us meaning.”

The Universe does not owe us meaning.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Science is interesting, and if you don’t agree, you can f**k off.”

Science is interesting, and if you don’t agree, you can f**k off.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Creationism: God’s gift to the ignorant.”

Creationism: God’s gift to the ignorant.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “The chances of each of us coming into existence are infinitesimally small, and even though we shall all die some day, we should count ourselves fantastically lucky to get our decades in the sun.”

The chances of each of us coming into existence are infinitesimally small, and even though we shall all die some day, we should count ourselves fantastically lucky to get our decades in the sun.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “In the beginning was simplicity.”

In the beginning was simplicity.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Religion is the root of quite a lot of evil.”

Religion is the root of quite a lot of evil.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Be thankful that you have a life, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a second one.”

Be thankful that you have a life, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a second one.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “We are survival machines – robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes. This is a truth which still fills me with astonishment.”

We are survival machines – robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes. This is a truth which still fills me with astonishment.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “The world and the universe is an extremely beautiful place, and the more we understand about it the more beautiful does it appear.”

The world and the universe is an extremely beautiful place, and the more we understand about it the more beautiful does it appear.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “You can’t even begin to understand biology, you can’t understand life, unless you understand what it’s all there for, how it arose – and that means evolution.”

You can’t even begin to understand biology, you can’t understand life, unless you understand what it’s all there for, how it arose – and that means evolution.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “A delusion is something that people believe in despite a total lack of evidence.”

A delusion is something that people believe in despite a total lack of evidence.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.”

The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Evolution has no long-term goal. There is no long-distance target, no final perfection to serve as a criterion for selection, although human vanity cherishes the absurd notion that our species is the final goal of evolution.”

Evolution has no long-term goal. There is no long-distance target, no final perfection to serve as a criterion for selection, although human vanity cherishes the absurd notion that our species is the final goal of evolution.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “How thoughtful of God to arrange matters so that, wherever you happen to be born, the local religion always turns out to be the true one.”

How thoughtful of God to arrange matters so that, wherever you happen to be born, the local religion always turns out to be the true one.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “There is an attitude in the culture that says that everybody is entitled to their opinion. You got to respect their opinion. No, you damn well haven’t got to respect their opinion.”

There is an attitude in the culture that says that everybody is entitled to their opinion. You got to respect their opinion. No, you damn well haven’t got to respect their opinion.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “The idea of a divine creator belittles the elegant reality of the universe.”

The idea of a divine creator belittles the elegant reality of the universe.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “We are built as gene machines and cultured as meme machines, but we have the power to turn against our creators. We, alone on earth, can rebel against the tyranny of the selfish replicators.”

We are built as gene machines and cultured as meme machines, but we have the power to turn against our creators. We, alone on earth, can rebel against the tyranny of the selfish replicators.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Some people find clarity threatening. They like muddle, confusion, obscurity. So when somebody does no more than speak clearly it sounds threatening.”

Some people find clarity threatening. They like muddle, confusion, obscurity. So when somebody does no more than speak clearly it sounds threatening.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “The evidence for evolution is so compelling that the only way to save the creation theory is to assume that God deliberately planted enormous quantities of evidence to make it look as if evolution had happened.”

The evidence for evolution is so compelling that the only way to save the creation theory is to assume that God deliberately planted enormous quantities of evidence to make it look as if evolution had happened.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Let’s get up off our knees, stop cringing before bogeymen and virtual fathers, face reality, and help science to do something constructive about human suffering.”

Let’s get up off our knees, stop cringing before bogeymen and virtual fathers, face reality, and help science to do something constructive about human suffering.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Evolution is just a theory? Well, so is gravity and I don’t see you jumping out of buildings.”

Evolution is just a theory? Well, so is gravity and I don’t see you jumping out of buildings.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Like computer viruses, successful mind viruses will tend to be hard for their victims to detect. If you are the victim of one, the chances are that you won’t know it, and may even vigorously deny it.”

Like computer viruses, successful mind viruses will tend to be hard for their victims to detect. If you are the victim of one, the chances are that you won’t know it, and may even vigorously deny it.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.”

Although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “The only watchmaker is the blind forces of physics.”

The only watchmaker is the blind forces of physics.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “It has been convincingly demonstrated that countries where there are high rates of poverty, or high rates of economic inequality, are the countries with the highest rates of religious beliefs.”

It has been convincingly demonstrated that countries where there are high rates of poverty, or high rates of economic inequality, are the countries with the highest rates of religious beliefs.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Science replaces private prejudice with public, verifiable evidence.”

Science replaces private prejudice with public, verifiable evidence.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Religion is a powerful weapon that can be used because it persuades people to do things. And thus it can be used for good or ill. But it should not be a powerful weapon at all.”

Religion is a powerful weapon that can be used because it persuades people to do things. And thus it can be used for good or ill. But it should not be a powerful weapon at all.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Science is the disinterested search for the objective truth about the material world.”

Science is the disinterested search for the objective truth about the material world.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Evolution is as much a fact as the heat of the sun.”

Evolution is as much a fact as the heat of the sun.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Something pretty mysterious had to give rise to the origin of the universe.”

Something pretty mysterious had to give rise to the origin of the universe.

— Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins Quote: “Pantheism is sexed-up atheism. Deism is watered-down theism.”

Pantheism is sexed-up atheism. Deism is watered-down theism.

— Richard Dawkins

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