Among the repulsions of atheism for me has been its drastic uninterestingness as an intellectual position. Where was the ingenuity, the ambiguity, the humanity (in the Harvard sense) of saying that the universe just happened to happen and that when we're dead we're dead?
An atheist is a man who believes himself an accident.
An atheist is a man who looks through a telescope and tries to explain all that he can't see.
An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame — Southern Methodist University game and doesn't care who wins.
An atheist is a person who has no visible means of support
An atheist may be simply one whose faith and love are concentrated on the impersonal aspects of God.
And as for the unbelievers, their works are as a mirage in a spacious plain which the man athirst supposes to be water, till when he comes to it, he finds it is nothing; there indeed he finds God, and He pays him his account in full; (and God is swift at the reckoning).
Atheism is easy in fair weather.
Atheism is rather in the lip than in the heart of man.
By night an atheist half believes in God.
During the crusades all were religious mad, and now all are mad for want of it.
First, whenever a man talks loudly against religion, always suspect that it is not his reason, but his passions, which have got the better of his creed. A bad life and a good belief are disagreeable and troublesome neighbors, and where they separate, depend upon it, 'Tis for no other cause but quietness sake.
Forth from his dark and lonely hiding-place, (Portentous sight!) the owlet Atheism, sailing on obscene wings athwart the noon, drops his blue-fringed lids, and holds them close, and hooting at the glorious sun in Heaven, cries out, ''Where is it?''
He must pull out his own eyes, and see no creature, before he can say, he sees no God; He must be no man, and quench his reasonable soul, before he can say to himself, there is no God.
He was an embittered atheist (the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him).
Here lies an Atheist: All Dressed Up and No Place to Go.
Here we are, we're alone in the universe, there's no God, it just seems that it all began by something as simple as sunlight striking on a piece of rock. And here we are. We've only got ourselves. Somehow, we've just got to make a go of it. We've only ourselves.
How to trap an atheist: Serve him a fine meal, then ask him if he believes there is a cook.
I am a daylight atheist.
I can't believe in the God of my Fathers. If there is one Mind which understands all things, it will comprehend me in my unbelief. I don't know whose hand hung Hesperus in the sky, and fixed the Dog Star, and scattered the shining dust of Heaven, and fired the sun, and froze the darkness between the lonely worlds that spin in space.