Quotes by Richard Dawkins

"We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further."
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"The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully."
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"I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world."
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"We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?"
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"There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point… The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it."
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Books by Richard Dawkins

  • The God Delusion
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  • October 18th 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Co. (Boston/NY)

    (first published October 2006)

  • The Selfish Gene
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  • May 25th 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA

    (first published 1976)

Richard Dawkins
  • Richard Dawkins

  • Born: in Nairobi, Kenya.

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