Quotes on Humanism

“Humanism is a philosophy of joyous service for the greater good of all humanity, of application of new ideas of scientific progress for the benefit of all.”
Linus Pauling – Scientist, Humanist of the year in 1961, Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954, Nobel Peace Prize in 1962

“Humans may crave absolute certainty; they may aspire to it; they may pretend, as partisans of certain religions do, to have attained it. But the history of science – by far the most successful claim to knowledge accessible to humans – teaches that the most we can hope for is successive improvement in our understanding, learning from our mistakes, an asymptotic approach to the Universe, but with the proviso that absolute certainty will always elude us ”
Carl Sagan – Astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science communicator

“I arrived at my beliefs as everyone should, by examining evidence..Some that has traditionally aroused religious feeling in people, the sense of wonder, is aroused in me by the contemplation of the world and the universe..I know Im going to die eventually, and die forever. But before I do, I mean to use my brain to the greatest possible extend to understand why I was born”
Richard Dawkins – Evolutionary biologist, author and fellow at the University of Oxford

“I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned”
Richard Feynman – Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Prizewinner (1965)

“Humanism teaches us that it is immoral to wait for God to act for us. We must act to stop the wars and the crimes and the brutality of this and future ages. We have powers of a remarkable kind. We have a high degree of freedom in choosing what we will do. Humanism tells us that whatever our philosophy of the universe may be, ultimately the responsibility for the kind of world in which we live rests with us.”
Kenneth Phifer

“It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously. I also cannot imagine some will or goal outside the human sphere…. Science has been charged with undermining morality, but the charge is unjust. A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.”
Albert Einstein – Scientist, Nobel Prizewinner in physics, originator of the theory of the relativity

“Humanism, in all its simplicity, is the only genuine spirituality.”
Albert Schweitzer – accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952

“Be sure then that you have nothing to fear in death. Someone who no longer exists cannot suffer, or differ in any way from someone who has not been born”
Lucretius(c95 – 55BCE) – Roman poet and philosopher in ‘On the Nature of things’

“Don’t fear god, don’t worry about death; what’s good is easy to get, and what’s terrible is easy to endure”
Philodemus of Gardara (c110 – 40 BCE ) 

“A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence”
David Hume (1711-1776)

“My country is the world and my religion is to do good”
Thomas Paine (1737-1809)