"Religion is regarded by the common people as true; by the wise as false, and by politicians as useful."  --Seneca the Younger (4 B.C.E.-65 C.E.).

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Good one.
I think it was Sam Harris who said the same like this

"There is sanity in numbers
"I distrust those who know so well what God wants because I notice it always coincides with their own desires" --Susan B. Anthony.
Here's one from a buddy of mine:

"I call the Old Testament, the book of excuses."
"All thinking men are atheists." Hemingway
There is a wonderful line in the posthumously published novel, Islands in the Stream, where Thomas Hudson, the protagonist, an artist self-exiled to the island of Bimini, is describing his love for the sea: "It is the god of those of us who have none."
I like that one. Mythology gives meaning, but loses the thread when the myth is mistaken for "truth"
My current favorite quotes are:

"Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool." - Mark Twain

"Gods don't kill people. People with gods kill people." - unknown
It actually refers to rulers instead of poloticians.
My mistake. Thanks. They didn't have politicians in Seneca's day, lol.
" Isn't it enough to see the garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?" -Douglas Adams
Yes! I love this one and I have used it while explaining my views. :)

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