My new book, The Inspirational Atheist: Wise Words on the Wonder and Meaning of Life (Penguin Random House) will be published in late December.
In the meantime, here's a little sample of some of the wisdom found inside... The Eleven Commandments of Atheism, each one drawn from a quotation in the book (a version in LARGER TEXT is at the bottom.)
May The Force - or whatever - be with you. Enjoy!
The Ten Eleven Commandments of Atheism
from The Inspirational Atheist
- Do unto others twenty-five percent better than you expect them to do unto you — Linus Pauling
- Do not destroy what you cannot create – Leo Szilard
- Be hard on your beliefs. Take them out onto the verandah and beat them with a cricket bat. —Tim Minchin
- We should try to leave the world a better place than when we entered it. — Michio Kaku
- I think a man’s duty is to find out where the truth is, or if he cannot, at least to take the best possible human doctrine and the hardest to disprove, and to ride on this like a raft over the waters of life. —Plato
- Let your credo be this: Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph. But not through me. —Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
- You cannot save people, you can only love them. —Anaïs Nin
- To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. —Roger Ebert
- The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of love. –Cheryl Strayed
- Well, it’s nothing very special. Try to be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations. —“The End of the Film,” Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life
- There are far too many commandments and you really only need one: Do not hurt anybody.—Carl Reiner