"Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book-friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness."
"One of my ancestors, some weakling, said ‘Look there’s no way I can beat that guy. But what if I trick him into thinking if he doesn't kill and rape people while he’s down here, when he dies there’s a magic city in the clouds and he can go up and have all the cake he wants?’ Now that’s not a very well formed plan but he went and told the big psycho. And psycho heard that and said ‘Uhh, I like cake.’
That’s religion, it’s the ol’ sky cake dodge; it worked!"
"I'm always reminded of the great mathematician, a Frenchman called Laplace, who wrote a book called Cosmic Mechanics. And the great Napoleon, who was a highly intelligent man, tried to read this mathematically difficult book. And he got to the end of it and he went to Laplace and said, 'Why is there no mention of God in this book about the Universe?' Laplace said something very profound: 'I had no need of that hypothesis.'
In other words, adding God to the argument makes no difference to the science. If you wish to add God to the argument, I am perfectly happy with that. But the science can stand on its own two feet."
"Our society needs more heroes who are scientists, researchers and engineers.
We need to celebrate and reward the people who cure diseases, expand our understanding of humanity and work to improve people's lives."