"The Bible should be taught, but emphatically not as reality. It is fiction, myth, poetry, anything but reality. As such it needs to be taught because it underlies so much of our literature and our culture."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Richard Dawkins on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Richard Dawkins on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Richard Dawkins on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Richard Dawkins on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Richard Dawkins on Robert Frost
"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."