"I had a friend, a very devout Muslim, who was trying to bring science into the universities in the Gulf states. And he told me that he has a terrible time because, although they were very receptive to technology, they felt that science would be corrosive to religious belief. And they were worried about it.
And damn it, I think they were right. It is corrosive to religious belief. It's a good thing too."
"Sometimes, something of someone is liked too much not because it holds too much value or has a true value, but because there are too many bidders and buyers to have the same thing at the resale value."
"I did quarrel with some of my comrades by saying I thought that to call ourselves brights would be -- in the first place -- very conceited, and in the second place, very misleading. We do not say of people who disagree with us that they are stupid. Many very intelligent people have been persuaded by Thomas Aquinas' ontological arguments for the existence of God, for example. It's not an IQ question."
"Is science true? No, no we don’t know what’s true, we’re trying to find out. Everything is possibly wrong. Start out understanding religion by saying everything is possibly wrong. Let us see. As soon as you do that you start sliding down an edge which is hard to recover from."
"Those who ask confessions from other people should be willing to make one oneself. I am obsessed with sex. Ever since I discovered that my God-given male member was going to give me no peace, I decided to give it no rest in return. Seems fair to me."
"This is a very human trait. Once you dehumanize people and put them on the level of vermin, killing them, harming them, and mistreating them becomes so much easier and you see it over and over and over again. It's one of the common themes of the horrific nature of human history."