"Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Richard Dawkins on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Richard Dawkins on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Richard Dawkins on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Richard Dawkins on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Richard Dawkins on Winston Churchill
"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."