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I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
Richard Dawkins
Science is the poetry of reality.
Richard Dawkins (The Enemies of Reason - Documentary, 2007)
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.
Richard Dawkins (Unweaving the Rainbow, 1998)
I am thrilled to be alive at time when humanity is pushing against the limits of understanding. Even better, we may eventually discover that there are no limits.
Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion, 2006)
A universe with a God would look quite different from a universe without one. A physics, a biology where there is a God is bound to look different. So the most basic claims of religion are scientific. Religion is a scientific theory.
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 (The God Delusion, 2006)
Today the theory of evolution is about as much open to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun.
Richard Dawkins (The Selfish Gene, 1976)
Do you really mean to tell me the only reason you try to be good is to gain God's approval and reward, or to avoid his disapproval and punishment? That's not morality, that's just sucking up, apple-polishing, looking over your shoulder at the great surveillance camera in the sky, or the still small wiretap inside your head, monitoring your every move, even your every base thought.
Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion, 2006)
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
Individuals are not stable things, they are fleeting. Chromosomes too are shuffled into oblivion, like hands of cards soon after they are dealt. But the cards themselves survive the shuffling. The cards are the genes. The genes are not destroyed by crossing-over, they merely change partners and march on. Of course they march on. That is their business. They are the replicators and we are their survival machines. When we have served our purpose we are cast aside. But genes are denizens of geological time: genes are forever.
Richard Dawkins (The Selfish Gene, 1976)
When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called Religion.
Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion, 2006)
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 (The God Delusion, 2006)
Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakeable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.
Richard Dawkins (The Root of All Evil, 2006)
Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.
Richard Dawkins
My objection to supernatural beliefs is precisely that they miserably fail to do justice to the sublime grandeur of the real world. They represent a narrowing-down from reality, an impoverishment of what the real world has to offer.
Richard Dawkins (The Ancestor's Tale, 2004)
It is an essential part of the scientific enterprise to admit ignorance, even to exult in ignorance as a challenge to future conquests.
Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion, 2006)
Scientific beliefs are supported by evidence, and they get results. Myths and faiths are not and do not.
Richard Dawkins (River Out of Eden, 1995)
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 (Unweaving the Rainbow, 1998)
By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.
Richard Dawkins
Think of an experience from your childhood. Something you remember clearly, something you can see, feel, maybe even smell, as if you were really there. After all you really were there at the time, weren’t you? 
How else could you remember it? But here is the bombshell: you weren’t there. Not a single atom that is in your body today was there when that event took place .... Matter flows from place to place and momentarily comes together to be you. Whatever you are, therefore, you are not the stuff of which you are made. If that does not make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, read it again until it does, because it is important.
Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion, 2006)
Beliefs. Once entrenched in a culture, they persist, evolve and diverge, in a manner reminiscent of biological evolution.
Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion, 2006)
The only watchmaker is the blind forces of physics.
Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion, 2006)
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 kinds are dying of starvation, thirst, and disease. It must be so. If there ever is a time of plenty, this very fact will automatically lead to an increase in the population until the natural state of starvation and misery is restored. In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won't find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. 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 (River Out of Eden, 1995)
No matter how much knowledge and wisdom you acquire during your life, not one jot will be passed on to your children by genetic means. Each new generation starts from scratch.
Richard Dawkins (The Selfish Gene, 1976)
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 (The God Delusion, 2006)
Be thankful that you have a life, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a second one.
Richard Dawkins
Creationists eagerly seek a gap in present-day knowledge or understanding. If an apparent gap is found, it is assumed that God, by default, must fill it.
Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion, 2006)
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 (The God Delusion, 2006)
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 (The God Delusion, 2006)
The world and the universe is an extremely beautiful place, and the more we understand about it the more beautiful does it appear. It is an immensely exciting experience to be born in the world, born in the universe, and look around you and realise that before you die you have the opportunity of understanding an immense amount about that world and about that universe and about life and about why we're here. We have the opportunity of understanding far, far more than any of our predecessors ever. That is such an exciting possibility, it would be such a shame to blow it and end your life not having understood what there is to understand.
Richard Dawkins
Gravity is not a version of the truth. It is the truth. Anyone who doubts it is invited to jump out a tenth-storey window.
Richard Dawkins
Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish. Let us understand what our own selfish genes are up to, because we may then at least have the chance to upset their designs, something that no other species has ever aspired to do.
Richard Dawkins (The Selfish Gene, 1976)
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 (River Out of Eden, 1995)
There is no such thing as a Christian child: only a child of Christian parents.
Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion, 2006)
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 (The God Delusion, 2006)
All religious beliefs seem weird to those not brought up in them.
Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion, 2006)
Let us understand what our own selfish genes are up to, because we may then at least have a chance to upset their designs, something that no other species has ever aspired to do.
Richard Dawkins (The Selfish Gene, 1976)
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 (The God Delusion, 2006)
Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.
Richard Dawkins (The Selfish Gene, 1976)
False beliefs can be every bit as consoling as true ones, right up until the moment of disillusionment.
Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion, 2006)
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
Richard Dawkins Biography

Born: March 26, 1941

Richard Dawkins is a British biologist and author. He became famous with his books on biology and genetics but he is widely recognized today for his antagonism to religion.

Notable Works
The Selfish Gene (1976)
The Blind Watchmaker (1986)
River Out of Eden (1995)
Unweaving the Rainbow (1998)
The Ancestor's Tale (2004)
The God Delusion (2006)
The Greatest Show on Earth (2009)
The Magic of Reality (2011)
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