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"I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church." -
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Top 5 quotes from Thomas Paine
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one."
"When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon."
"We have it in our power to begin the world over again."
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
"It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime."
Top 5 quotes from Anti-Religion
"I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church."
"Where knowledge ends, religion begins."
"Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet."
"What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires -- desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way."
"Puritanism - the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."