162+ Best Richard Dawkins Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Clinton Richard Dawkins, FRS FRSL is a British evolutionary biologist, ethologist, and popular-science writer. Dawkins emphasized the gene as the driving force of evolution and generated significant controversy. Inspirational Richard Dawkins quotes on free will, suffering, death, religion and hope will challenge the way you think.

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It has become almost a cliché to remark that nobody boasts of ignorance of literature, but it is socially acceptable to boast ignorance of science and proudly claim incompetence in mathematics. – Richard Dawkins

The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity. – Richard Dawkins

Much as we might wish to believe otherwise, universal love and the welfare of the species as a whole are concepts which simply do not make evolutionary sense. – Richard Dawkins

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. – Richard Dawkins

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

I have found it an amusing strategy, when asked whether I am an atheist, to point out that the questioner is also an atheist when considering Zeus, Apollo, Amon Ra, Mithras, Baal, Thor, Wotan, the Golden Calf and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I just go one god further. – Richard Dawkins

On one planet [earth], and possibly only one planet in the entire universe, molecules that would normally make nothing more complicated than a chunk of rock, gather themselves together into chunks of rock-sized matter of such staggering complexity that they are capable of running, jumping, swimming, flying, seeing, hearing, capturing and eating other such animated chunks of complexity; capable in some cases of thinking and feeling, and falling in love with yet other chunks of complex matter. – Richard Dawkins

What are all of us but self-reproducing robots? We have been put together by our genes and what we do is roam the world looking for a way to sustain ourselves and ultimately produce another robot child. – Richard Dawkins

Next time that somebody tells you something is true, why not say to them: ‘What kind of evidence is there for that?’ And if they can’t give you a good answer, I hope you’ll think very carefully before you believe a word they say. – Richard Dawkins

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

Does religion fill a much-needed gap? It is often said that there is a God-shaped gap in the brain which needs to be filled: we have a psychological need for God — imaginary friend, father, big brother, confessor, confidant — and the need has to be satisfied whether God really exists or not. But could it be that God clutters up a gap that we’d be better off filling with something else? Science, perhaps? Art? Human friendship? Humanism? Love of this life in the real world, giving no credence to other lives beyond the grave? – Richard Dawkins

Faith can be very very dangerous, and deliberately to implant it into the vulnerable mind of an innocent child is a grievous wrong. – Richard Dawkins

Religious faith, is a state of mind, that leads people to believe in something, it doesn’t matter what, without a whisper of doubt, or a whiff of evidence, and believe so strongly in some cases, that they are prepare to kill and die for it, without the need for further justification. – Richard Dawkins

The Bible should be taught, but emphatically not as reality. It is fiction, myth, poetry, anything but reality. As such it needs to be taught because it underlies so much of our literature and our culture. – Richard Dawkins

The take-home message is that we should blame religion itself, not religious extremism – as though that were some kind of terrible perversion of real, decent religion. Voltaire got it right long ago: ‘Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.’ So did Bertrand Russell: ‘Many people would sooner die than think. In fact, they do. – Richard Dawkins

If you’re willing to answer yes to a God outside of nature, then there’s nothing inconsistent with God on rare occasions choosing to invade the natural world in a way that appears miraculous. – Richard Dawkins

Being dead will be no different from being unborn — I shall be just as I was in the time of William the Conqueror or the dinosaurs or the trilobites. There is nothing to fear in that. – Richard Dawkins

Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish. – Richard Dawkins

I shall not make an argument ad hominem. My argument is ad bullshitem. – Richard Dawkins

It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that). – Richard Dawkins

Sometimes in life it is a good idea to stop, sometimes it is a good idea to go on. The trick is to decide when to stop – Richard Dawkins

An Internet meme is a hijacking of the original idea. Instead of mutating by random change and spreading by a form of Darwinian selection, Internet memes are altered deliberately by human creativity. There is no attempt at accuracy of copying, as with genes – and as with memes in their original version. – Richard Dawkins

We who are atheists are also a-fairyists, a-teapotists, and a-unicornists, but we don’t have to bother saying so. – Richard Dawkins

The time has come for people of reason to say: Enough is Enough! Religious faith discourages independent thought, it’s divisive and it’s dangerous. – Richard Dawkins

Isaac Asimov’s remark about the infantilism of pseudoscience is just as applicable to religion: ‘Inspect every piece of pseudoscience and you will find a security blanket, a thumb to suck, a skirt to hold.’ It is astonishing, moreover, how many people are unable to understand that ‘X is comforting’ does not imply ‘X is true’. – Richard Dawkins

Leaders who forbid their followers to use effective contraceptive methods express a preference fornaturalmethods of population limitation, and a natural method is exactly what they are going to get. It is called starvation. – Richard Dawkins

The human psyche has two great sicknesses: the urge to carry vendetta across generations, and the tendency to fasten group labels on people rather than see them as individuals. Abrahamic religion gives strong sanction to both-and mixes explosively with both. Only the willfully blind could fail to implicate the divisive force of religion in most, if not all, of the violent enmities in the world today. – Richard Dawkins

‎Matter flows from place to place, and momentarily comes together to be you. Some people find that thought disturbing; I find the reality thrilling. – Richard Dawkins

Regarding the accusations of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests, deplorable and disgusting as those abuses are, they are not so harmful to the children as the grievous mental harm in bringing up the child Catholic in the first place. – Richard Dawkins

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

It’s about time we start criticizing faith. – Richard Dawkins

Let children learn about different faiths, let them notice their incompatibility, and let them draw their own conclusions about the consequences of that incompatibility. As for whether they are ‘valid,’ let them make up their own minds when they are old enough to do so. – Richard Dawkins

Of course, you can have an opinion about Islam without having read Qur’an. You don’t have to read Mein Kampf to have an opinion about Nazism. – Richard Dawkins

We cannot, of course, disprove God, just as we can’t disprove Thor, fairies, leprechauns, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. But, like those other fantasies that we can’t disprove, we can say that God is very, very improbable. – Richard Dawkins

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

If children understand that beliefs should be substantiated with evidence, as opposed to tradition, authority, revelation or faith, they will automatically work out for themselves that they are atheists. – Richard Dawkins

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. – Richard Dawkins

Natural selection is the blind watchmaker, blind because it does not see ahead, does not plan consequences, has no purpose in view. Yet the living results of natural selection overwhelmingly impress us with the appearance of design as if by a master watchmaker, impress us with the illusion of design and planning. – Richard Dawkins

You believe that all humanity came from Adam and Eve, and humans have not evolved at all since. So, tell me; between the two of them, which was black, which was white, and which was Asian? – Richard Dawkins

Today the theory of evolution is about as much open to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun. – Richard Dawkins

Those who wish to base their morality literally on the Bible have either not read it or not understood it. – Richard Dawkins

Do you really mean the only reason you try to be good is to gain God’s approval and reward? That’s not morality, that’s just sucking up. – Richard Dawkins

It often turns out on closer inspection that acts of apparent altruism are really selfishness in disguise. – Richard Dawkins

Evolution is fundamentally hostile to religion. – Richard Dawkins

If there is a God, it’s going to be a whole lot bigger and a whole lot more incomprehensible than anything that any theologian of any religion has ever proposed. – Richard Dawkins

If you listen to two people who are arguing about something, and they each of them have passionate faith that they’re right, but they believe different things—they belong to different religions, different faiths, there is nothing they can do to settle their disagreement short of shooting each other, which is what they very often actually do. – Richard Dawkins

Science has eradicated smallpox, can immunise against most previously deadly viruses, can kill most previously deadly bacteria. Theology has done nothing but talk of pestilence as the wages of sin. – Richard Dawkins

I am not an enthusiast for diversity of opinion where facts are concerned. – Richard Dawkins

Religion: Together we can find the cure. – Richard Dawkins

The feeling of awed wonder that science can give us is one of the highest experiences of which the human psyche is capable. It is a deep aesthetic passion to rank with the finest that music and poetry can deliver. It is truly one of the things that make life worth living and it does so, if anything, more effectively if it convinces us that the time, we have for living is quite finite. – Richard Dawkins

An atheist is just somebody who feels about Yahweh the way any decent Christian feels about Thor or Baal or the golden calf. 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

The truth is more magical – in the best and most exciting sense of the word – than any myth or made-up mystery or miracle. Science has its own magic: the magic of reality. – Richard Dawkins

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

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

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

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 number of people who could be here, in my place, out number the sand grains in the Sahara. If you think about all the different ways in which our genes could be permuted, you and I are quite grotesquely lucky to be here. The number of events that had to happen in order for you to exist, in order for me to exist… we are privileged to be alive and nd we should make the most of our time on this world. – Richard Dawkins

Such delusions of grandeur to think that a God with a hundred billion galaxies on his mind would give a tuppenny damn who you sleep with, or indeed whether you believe in him. – Richard Dawkins

The less you think, the more you believe. – Richard Dawkins

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

Scientific beliefs are supported by evidence, and they get results. Myths and faiths are not and do not. – Richard Dawkins

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

Evolution is a fact, as securely established as any in science, and he who denies it betrays woeful ignorance and lack of education, which likely extends to other fields as well. – Richard Dawkins

It’s a horrible idea that God, this paragon of wisdom and knowledge, power, couldn’t think of a better way to forgive us our sins than to come down to Earth in his alter ego as his son and have himself hideously tortured and executed so that he could forgive himself. – Richard Dawkins

Faith is one of the world’s great evils, comparable to the smallpox virus but harder to eradicate. – Richard Dawkins

Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence. – Richard Dawkins

We are machines built by DNA whose purpose is to make more copies of the same DNA. … This is exactly what we are for. We are machines for propagating DNA, and the propagation of DNA is a self-sustaining process. It is every living object’s sole reason for living. – Richard Dawkins

Religious people are atheists about all other gods, atheists only take it one god further. – Richard Dawkins

It is raining DNA outside. On the bank of the Oxford canal at the bottom of my garden is a large willow tree, and it is pumping downy seeds into the air. … spreading DNA whose coded characters spell out specific instructions for building willow trees that will shed a new generation of downy seeds. … It is raining instructions out there; it’s raining programs; it’s raining tree-growing, fluff-spreading, algorithms. That is not a metaphor, it is the plain truth. It couldn’t be any plainer if it were raining floppy discs. – Richard Dawkins

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

It’s a truly disgusting idea that the creator of the universe – capable of inventing the laws of physics and designing the evolutionary process – that this protégé of supernatural intellect couldn’t think of a better way to forgive our sins than to have himself tortured to death. – Richard Dawkins

People sometimes say that you must believe in feelings deep inside, otherwise you’d never be confident of things like ‘My wife loves me’. But this is a bad argument. There can be plenty of evidence that somebody loves you. All through the day when you are with somebody who loves you, you see and hear lots of little tidbits of evidence, and they all add up. It isn’t purely inside feeling, like the feeling that priests call revelation. There are outside things to back up the inside feeling: looks in the eye, tender notes in the voice, little favors and kindnesses; this is all real evidence. – Richard Dawkins

I do not believe there is an atheist in the world who would bulldoze Mecca-or Chartres, York Minster or Notre Dame, the Shwe Dagon, the temples of Kyoto or, of course, the Buddhas of Bamiyan. – Richard Dawkins

Science is the poetry of reality. – Richard Dawkins

For the first half of geological time our ancestors were bacteria. Most creatures still are bacteria, and each one of our trillions of cells is a colony of bacteria. – Richard Dawkins

What I can’t understand is why you can’t see the extraordinary beauty of the idea that life started from nothing – that is such a staggering, elegant, beautiful thing, why would you want to clutter it up with something so messy as a God? – Richard Dawkins

Isn’t it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed, eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be part of it? – Richard Dawkins

We humans are an extremely important manifestation of the replication bomb, because it is through us – through our brains, our symbolic culture and our technology – that the explosion may proceed to the next stage and reverberate through deep space. – 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

There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can’t prove that there aren’t any, so shouldn’t we be agnostic with respect to fairies? – Richard Dawkins

God exists, if only in the form of a meme with high survival value, or infective power, in the environment provided by human culture. – Richard Dawkins

The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry. – Richard Dawkins

The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale. – Richard Dawkins

The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved out of literally nothing, is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice. – Richard Dawkins

Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility. – Richard Dawkins

But perhaps the rest of us could have separate classes in science appreciation, the wonder of science, scientific ways of thinking, and the history of scientific ideas, rather than laboratory experience. – Richard Dawkins

What has ‘theology’ ever said that is of the smallest use to anybody? When has ‘theology’ ever said anything that is demonstrably true and is not obvious? What makes you think that ‘theology’ is a subject at all? – Richard Dawkins

The Roman Catholic Church is an institution for whose gains the phraseill-gottenmight have been specially invented. And of all its money-making rip-offs, the selling of indulgences must surely rank among the greatest con tricks in history, the medieval equivalent of the Nigerian Internet scam but far more successful. – Richard Dawkins

Dawkins Law of the Conservation of Difficulty states that obscurantism in an academic subject expands to fill the vacuum of its intrinsic simplicity – Richard Dawkins

I’m not sure this conversation can go any further. – Richard Dawkins

Writing a computer virus program is child’s play. Any fool can do it, which is why the silly little twerps who do have nothing to be proud of. – Richard Dawkins

If children were taught to question and think through their beliefs, instead of being taught the superior virtue of faith without question, it is a good bet that there would be no suicide bombers. – Richard Dawkins

It is universally accepted that an admission of atheism would be instant political suicide for any (U.S.) presidential candidate. – Richard Dawkins

…I am not attacking any particular God or gods. I am attacking God, all gods, anything and everything supernatural, whenever or wherever they have been or will be invented. – Richard Dawkins

The illusion of design is so successful that to this day most Americans (including, significantly, many influential and rich Americans) stubbornly refuse to believe it is an illusion. – Richard Dawkins

I mean, in a way, I feel that one of the reasons for learning about Darwinian evolution is as an object lesson in how not to set up our values and social lives. – Richard Dawkins

I do sometimes accuse people of ignorance, but that is not intended to be an insult. I’m ignorant of lots of things. Ignorance is something that can be remedied by education. – Richard Dawkins

You don’t believe that the Earth is round only if you’re an astronaut. You don’t believe Napoleon existed only if you’re a historian. You believe these things because they’re facts, proved by evidence. – Richard Dawkins

Public sharing is an important part of science. – Richard Dawkins

There are many religious points of view where the conservation of the world is just as important as it is to scientists. – Richard Dawkins

The hypothesis of God offers no worthwhile explanation for anything, for it simply postulates what we are trying to explain. – Richard Dawkins

If we want to know where the truth lies in particular cases, we have to look. – Richard Dawkins

Secularism is categorically not saying that the religious may not speak out publicly or have a say in public life. It is about saying that religion alone should not confer a privileged say in public life, or greater influence on it. It really is as simple as that. – Richard Dawkins

If you set out in a spaceship to find the one planet in the galaxy that has life, the odds against your finding it would be so great that the task would be indistinguishable, in practice, from impossible. – Richard Dawkins

Theologians will protest that the story of Abraham sacrificing Issac should not be taken as literal fact, and the appropriate response is two-fold. First, many, many people, even to this day, do take the whole of their scripture to be literal fact, and they have a great deal of political power over the rest of us, especially in the United States and in the Islamic world. Secondly, how should we take the story? As an alagory? Then an alagory for what? Surely nothing praiseworthy. As a moral lesson? Then what kind of lesson could be derived from this appalling story? – Richard Dawkins

There may be some deep questions about the cosmos that are forever beyond science. The mistake is to think they are therefore not beyond religion too. – Richard Dawkins

Either it is true that a medicine works or it isn’t. It cannot be false in the ordinary sense but true in some alternative sense. If a therapy or treatment is anything more than a placebo, properly conducted double-blind trials, statistically analyzed, will eventually bring it through with flying colours. Many candidates for recognition as orthodox medicines fail the test and are summarily dropped. The alternative label should not (though, alas, it does) provide immunity from the same fate. – Richard Dawkins

They are in you and me; they created us, body and mind; and their preservation is the ultimate rationale for our existence. They have come a long way, those replicators. Now they go by the name of genes, and we are their survival machines. – Richard Dawkins

I detest ‘Jingle Bells,’ ‘White Christmas,’ ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,’ and the obscene spending bonanza that nowadays seems to occupy not just December, but November and much of October, too. – Richard Dawkins

Beliefs. Once entrenched in a culture, they persist, evolve and diverge, in a manner reminiscent of biological evolution. – Richard Dawkins

Human psychology has a near universal tendency to let belief be coloured by desire. – Richard Dawkins

There does seem to be a sense in which physics has gone beyond what human intuition can understand. We shouldn’t be too surprised about that because we’re evolved to understand things that move at a medium pace at a medium scale. We can’t cope with the very tiny scale of quantum physics or the very large scale of relativity. – Richard Dawkins

The whole point of religious faith, its strength and chief glory, is that it does not depend on rational justification. The rest of us are expected to defend our prejudices. But ask a religious person to justify their faith and you infringe ‘religious liberty’. – Richard Dawkins

If we want to postulate a deity capable of engineering all the organized complexity in the world, either instantaneously or by guiding evolution, that deity must have been vastly complex in the first place. The creationist, whether a naive Bible-thumper or an educated bishop, simply postulates an already existing being of prodigious intelligence and complexity. If we are going to allow ourselves the luxury of postulating organized complexity without offering an explanation, we might as well make a job of it and simply postulate the existence of life as we know it! – Richard Dawkins

What is interesting about the scientific world view is that it is true, inspiring, remarkable and that it unites a whole lot of phenomena under a single heading. – Richard Dawkins

[The Internet] is by far the most important innovation in the media in my lifetime. It’s like having a huge encyclopedia permanently available. There’s a tremendous amount of rubbish on the world wide web, but retrieval of what you want to so rapid that it doesn’t really matter – Richard Dawkins

The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation. During the minute that it takes me to compose this sentence, thousands of animals are being eaten alive, many others are running for their lives, whimpering with fear, others are slowly being devoured from within by rasping parasites, thousands of all species are dying of starvation, thirst, and disease. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference. – Richard Dawkins

The bitter hatreds that now poison Middle Eastern politics are rooted in the real or perceived wrong of the setting up of a Jewish State in an Islamic region. In view of all that the Jews had been through, it must have seemed a fair and humane solution. Probably deep familiarity with the Old Testament had given the European and American decision-makers some sort of idea that this really was the historic homeland of the Jews. – Richard Dawkins

Science is interesting, and if you don’t agree, you can fvck off. – Richard Dawkins

The universe doesn’t owe you a sense of hope – Richard Dawkins

If there is something that appears to lie beyond the natural world as it is now imperfectly understood, we hope to eventually understand it and embrace it within the natural. As ever when we unweave a rainbow, it will not become less wonderful. – Richard Dawkins

I am not absolutely positive there is no god. Only in the sense that I’m not absolutely positive there is no large china teapot in orbit in the solar system. – Richard Dawkins

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

All life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities. – Richard Dawkins

The idea of tiny changes cumulated over many steps is an immensely powerful idea, capable of explaining an enormous range of things that would be otherwise inexplicable. – Richard Dawkins

It is possible to enjoy the Mozart concerto without being able to play the clarinet. In fact, you can learn to be an expert connoisseur of music without being able to play a note on any instrument. Of course, music would come to a halt if nobody ever learned to play it. But if everybody grew up thinking that music was synonymous with playing it, think how relatively impoverished many lives would be. Couldn’t we learn to think of science in the same way? – Richard Dawkins

Religions are not imaginative, not poetic, not soulful. On the contrary, they are parochial, small-minded, niggardly with the human imagination, precisely where science is generous. – Richard Dawkins

Bereavement is terrible, of course. And when somebody you love dies, it’s a time for reflection, a time for memory, a time for regret. – Richard Dawkins

Society bends over backward to be accommodating to religious sensibilities but not to other kinds of sensibilities. If I say something offensive to religious people, I’ll be universally censured, including by many atheists. – Richard Dawkins

Faith is powerful enough to immunize people against all appeals to pity, to forgiveness, to decent human feelings. It even immunizes them against fear, if they honestly believe that a martyr’s death will send them straight to heaven. – Richard Dawkins

Words are our servants, not our masters. For different purposes, we find it convenient to use words in different senses. – Richard Dawkins

I love romantic poetry. – Richard Dawkins

The deceitful misquoting of scientists to suit an anti-scientific agenda ranks among the many unchristian habits of fundamentalist authors. – Richard Dawkins

Just imagine the banner headlines if a marine biologist were to discover a species of dolphin that wove large, intricately meshed fishing nets, twenty dolphin-lengths in diameter! Yet we take a spider web for granted, as a nuisance in the house rather than as one of the wonders of the world. And think of the furore if Jane Goodall returned from Gombe stream with photographs of wild chimpanzees building their own houses, well roofed and insulated, of painstakingly selected stones neatly bonded and mortared! Yet caddis larvae, who do precisely that, command only passing interest. – Richard Dawkins

Organizing atheists is a bit like herding cats; They are on the whole too intelligent and independent minded to lend themselves to being herded. – Richard Dawkins

Maybe scientists are fundamentalist when it comes to defining in some abstract way what is meant by ‘truth’. But so is everybody else. I am no more fundamentalist when I say evolution is true than when I say it is true that New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere. We believe in evolution because the evidence supports it, and we would abandon it overnight if new evidence arose to disprove it. – Richard Dawkins

An atheist before Darwin could have said, following Hume: I have no explanation for complex biological design. All I know is that God isn’t a good explanation, so we must wait and hope that somebody comes up with a better one. I can’t help feeling that such a position, though logically sound, would have left one feeling pretty unsatisfied, and that although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist. – Richard Dawkins

My passion is for scientific truth. I don’t much care about good and evil. … I care about what’s true. – Richard Dawkins

Evolution normally does not come to a halt, but constantly ‘tracks’ the changing environment. – Richard Dawkins

Bertrand Russell used a hypothetical teapot in orbit about Mars for the same didactic purpose. You have to be agnostic about the teapot, but that doesn’t mean you treat the likelihood of its existence as being on all fours with its non-existence. – Richard Dawkins

False beliefs can be every bit as consoling as true ones, right up until the moment of disillusionment. – Richard Dawkins

Human vanity cherishes the absurd notion that our species is the final goal of evolution. – Richard Dawkins

Yes, testosterone-sodden young men too unattractive to get a woman in this world might be desperate enough to go for 72 private virgins in the next. – Richard Dawkins

I am at a loss to reconcile the expensive and glossy production values of this book with the breathtaking inanity of the content. – Richard Dawkins

I’m sure Obama is an atheist, I’m sure Kennedy was an atheist, but I doubt if Pope Frank is. – Richard Dawkins

I can’t be sure God does not exist… On a scale of seven, where one means I know he exists, and seven I know he doesn’t, I call myself a six… That doesn’t mean I’m absolutely confident, that I absolutely know, because I don’t. – Richard Dawkins

To describe religions as mind viruses is sometimes interpreted as contemptuous or even hostile. It is both. I am often asked why I am so hostile to organized religion. – Richard Dawkins

I don’t think God is an explanation at all. It’s simply redescribing the problem. We are trying to understand how we have got a complicated world, and we have an explanation in terms of a slightly simpler world, and we explain that in terms of a slightly simpler world and it all hangs together down to an ultimately simple world. Now, God is not an explanation of that kind. God himself cannot be simple if he has power to do all the things he is supposed to do. – Richard Dawkins

If people think God is interesting, the onus is on them to show that there is anything there to talk about. Otherwise they should just shut up about it. – Richard Dawkins

I would, like any other scientist, willingly change my mind if the evidence led me to do so. So I care about what’s true, I care about evidence, I care about evidence as the reason for knowing what is true. It is true that I come across rather passionate sometimes and that’s because I am passionate about the truth. … I do get very impatient with humbug, with cant, with fakery, with charlatans. – Richard Dawkins

People sometimes try to score debating points by saying, Evolution is only a theory. That is correct, but it’s important to understand what that means. It is also only a theory that the world goes round the Sun – it’s just a theory for which there is an immense amount of evidence. There are many scientific theories that are in doubt. Even within evolution, there is some room for controversy. But that we are cousins of apes and jackals and starfish, let’s say, that is a fact in the ordinary sense of the word. – Richard Dawkins

If it’s really true, that the museum at Liberty University has dinosaur fossils which are labelled as being 3000 years old, then that is an educational disgrace. It is debauching the whole idea of a university, and I would strongly encourage any members of Liberty University who may be here… to leave and go to a proper university. – Richard Dawkins

Myths are fun, as long as you don’t confuse them with the truth. – Richard Dawkins

There are people in the world who desperately want not to have to believe in Darwinism . – Richard Dawkins

If we ever talk to aliens, their civilisation will be far more advanced than ours (because of distances involved). They won’t be religious! – Richard Dawkins

Two religions cannot both be right, because they contradict each other, yet they can both be wrong. – Richard Dawkins

Many people want to send their children to faith schools because they get good exam results, but they’re not foolish enough to believe that it’s because of faith that they get good exam results. – Richard Dawkins

Most thoughtful people would agree that morality in the absence of policing is somehow more truly moral than the kind of false morality that vanishes as soon as the police go on strike or the spy camera is switched off, whether the spy camera is a real one monitored in the police station or an imaginary one in heaven. – Richard Dawkins

Our subjective judgment of what seems like a good bet is irrelevant to what is actually a good bet. – Richard Dawkins

[Invading Iraq] will unite the entire Arab world against the West. – Richard Dawkins

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.The adage is true as long as you don’t really believe the words. But if your whole upbringing, and everything you have ever been told by parents, teachers and priests, has led you to believe, really believe, utterly and completely, that sinners burn in hell (or some other obnoxious article of doctrine such as that a woman is the property of her husband), it is entirely plausible that words could have a more long-lasting and damaging effect than deeds. – Richard Dawkins

To illustrate the vain conceit that the universe must be somehow pre-ordained for us, because we are so well-suited to live in it, he [Douglas Adams] mimed a wonderfully funny imitation of a puddle of water, fitting itself snugly into a depression in the ground, the depression uncannily being exactly the same shape as the puddle. – Richard Dawkins

I hate the neologism owned for scored a victory over. I have no intention of owning anyone, and nobody will ever own me. – Richard Dawkins

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