"I'm not one of those who wants to purge our society of our Christian history."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Richard Dawkins on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Richard Dawkins on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Richard Dawkins on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Richard Dawkins on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Richard Dawkins on Thomas Jefferson
"Intelligent life on a planet comes of age when it first works out the reason for its own existence."
"I was confirmed at my prep school at the age of 13."
"When I say that human beings are just gene machines, one shouldn't put too much emphasis on the word 'just.' There is a very great deal of complication, and indeed beauty in being a gene machine."
"Design can never be an ultimate explanation for anything. It can only be a proximate explanation. A plane or a car is explained by a designer but that's because the designer himself, the engineer, is explained by natural selection."
"Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility."
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