Quotes by Richard Dawkins

Richard DawkinsRichard Dawkins quotes are often stunning, but always thought-provoking. Dawkins is a deep thinker and outspoken athiest who speaks around the world on the topics of religion, atheism and science.

Richard Dawkins is the author of several controvercial books including: The God Delusion, The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True, and Climbing Mount Improbable.

Dawkins is credited with creating the term "meme," which stemmed from is popular 1975 book The selfish gene.

Dawkins if often confronted by "Christian" audience members who challenge his etheistic beliefs. He typically uses the "Prove to me that fairies don't exist" argument to put such people in their place.


"We are survival machines - robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes." ~ Richard Dawkins

"The history of science has been one long series of violent brainstorms as successive generations have come to terms with increasing levels of queerness in the universe." ~Richard Dawkins

"There does seem to be a universal principal for all cultures, for all peoples, to invent gods." ~Richard Dawkins

“After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked—as I am surprisingly often—why I bother to get up in the mornings.” ~Richard Dawkins

"I'm agnostic about gods in the same way that I'm agnostic about fairies." ~ Richard Dawkins

"The set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively outnumbers the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds, it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here." ~Richard Dawkins

"Isn't it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed, eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be part of it?" ~Richard Dawkins

"I'm not saying definitely that there is no God, but the arrogance of a religious person who just knows, not only that there is a god but that it is a Christian god, has absolutely not a shred of evidence for any of it. That's arrogance." ~Richard Dawkins

"We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place, but who in fact will never see the light of day, outnumber the sand grains of the Sahara desert." ~ Richard Dawkins

"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." ~Richard Dawkins