Quotes about religious belief
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
(The Buddha, Dhammapada)
Neither believe nor reject any thing because any other person, or description of persons have rejected or believed it. Your own reason is the only oracle given to you by heaven…
The certainty with which a religious belief is held is usually in direct proportion to its absurdity.
Religious superstition consists in the belief that the sacrifices, often of human lives, made to the imaginary being are essential, and that men may and should be brought to that state of mind by all methods, not excluding violence.
A man’s moral worth is not measured by what his religious beliefs are but rather by what emotional impulses he has received from Nature during his lifetime.
Throughout the long period of religious doubt, I had been rendered very unhappy by the gradual loss of belief, but when the process was completed, I found to my surprise that I was quite glad to be done with the whole subject.
One is often told that it is a very wrong thing to attack religion, because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it.
(Bertrand Russell, Why I Am Not A Christian, Little Blue Book No. 1372 edited by E Haldeman-Julius)
For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible.