I found an old (1973) book by Robert Heinlein called 'Time Enough For Love'.
About 250 pages in Robert attributes a set of sayings to the central
character in the book, Lazarus Long. I can't say I agreed with all of
these pearls of wisdom but here are a few I liked:
'Excerpts from the Notebooks of Lazarus Long' - from 'Time Enough For Love'
copyright Robert A Heinlein
History does not record anywhere at any time a religion that
has any rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not
strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help. But,
like dandruff, most people do have a religion and spend time
and money on it and seem to derive considerable pleasure from
fiddling with it.
Of all the strange "crimes" human beings have legislated out
of nothing, "blasphemy" is the most amazing - with "obscenity"
and "indecent exposure" fighting it out for second and third
One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.
* Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to
* themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled
God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent - it says so
right here on the label. If you have a mind capable of believing
all three of these attributes simultaneously, I have a
wonderful bargain for you. No checks, please. Cash and in small
* The most preposterous notion that H.sapiens has ever dreamed up
* is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the
* Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can
* be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not
* receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred
* of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest,
* largest, and least productive industry in all history.
**my personal favorites.
This is only a selection from about 70 sayings, and this novel is by no means
strongly coloured with atheist thought. I just found these bits amusing.