Proverbs and quotes about religion, beliefs and superstition.

A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition.

José Bergamín

A believer is a bird in a cage, a freethinker is an eagle parting the clouds with tireless wing.

Robert G. Ingersoll

A man without religion is like a horse without a bridle.

Latin proverb

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

Oscar Wilde

A tree, a religion, a school, and parents are judged by the fruits they produce.

A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.

David Hume

All men are superstitious; they only differ in degrees.

John Toland

Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe.

Stephen Hawking

Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.

Thomas Paine

Belief is a deception you play upon yourself.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Belief means not wanting to know what is true.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Blind belief is dangerous.

Kenyan proverb

Even God cannot make two mountains without a valley in between.

Gaelic proverb

Faith will move mountains.

For our sins God has created three enemies for us: mice in the house, the fox in the mountains, and a priest in our village.

South American proverb

Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day; give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish.


God and fairies can be wrong as well.

Chinese proverb

God has no religion.

Mahatma Gandhi

God is big, but the forest is bigger.

Brazilian proverb

Hobbies of any kind are boring except to people who have the same hobby. This is also true of religion, although you will not find me saying so in print.

Dave Barry

I believe that I believe in nothing.


I believe the universe is governed by the laws of science. The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws.

Stephen Hawking

I can't think why the Almighty should have wanted to make such a lot of the nasty little creatures – misplaced ingenuity I should call it in anybody else.

A Presumption of Death
Dorothy L. Sayers

I do not believe in Belief.

E.M. Forster

I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.

Stephen Hawking

I'm an atheist.

Stephen Hawking

If a dog's prayers were answered, bones would rain from the skies.

German proverb

If God existed she would have outlawed religions.


Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man?

Friedrich Nietzsche

It is the belief in roses that makes them flourish.

French proverb

Just as no one can be forced into belief, so no one can be forced into unbelief.

Sigmund Freud

Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion — several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother's path to happiness and heaven.

Mark Twain

Most men would kill the truth if truth would kill their religion.

Lemuel K. Washburn

Most people like short prayers and long sausages.

German proverb

Mountains are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.

Anatoli Boukreev

My mind is my own church.

Thomas Paine

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

Dalai Lama XIV

People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

Dave Barry

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.

Seneca the Younger

Religion is the opium of the masses.

Karl Marx

Religion seems to have a way of making people abandon logic.

Amanda Baxter

Religions are like farts. Yours is good, but everyone else’s stinks.

Picket Fences

Religions are the great fairy tales of conscience.

George Santayana

Science is increasingly answering questions that used to be the province of religion.

Stephen Hawking

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

Albert Einstein

So long as the universe had a beginning, we could suppose it had a creator. But if the universe is really completely self-contained, having no boundary or edge, it would have neither beginning nor end: it would simply be. What place, then, for a creator?

Stephen Hawking

Solitude is full of God.

Serbian proverb

Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn’t misuse it.

Pope John Paul II

Superstition is the poetry of life.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy: the mad daughter of a wise mother.


The believer is happy; the doubter is wise.

Hungarian proverb

The Christian is like the ripening corn; the riper he grows the more lowly he bends his head.

A.B. Guthrie

The farmer hopes for rain, the walker hopes for sunshine, and the gods hesitate.

Chinese proverb

The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

The simple believeth every word.

Bible: Proverbs 14:15

The thing about religion is that everybody else's always appears stupid.

Dave Barry

Theology is unnecessary.

Stephen Hawking

There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, and science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works.

Stephen Hawking

There is nothing bigger or older than the universe.

Stephen Hawking

Though God is almighty, he doesn't send rain from a clear sky.

Afghan proverb

We are each free to believe what we want, and it's my view that the simplest explanation is; there is no god.

Stephen Hawking

What was God doing before the divine creation?

Stephen Hawking

Who knows most believes least.


With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.

Steven Weinberg

You can worship a sardine's head if you believe in it.

Japanese proverb

You don't catch people's religions the way you catch their fleas.

The Pillars of the Earth
Ken Follett