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Explore our agnostic quotes collection and sayings from various philosophers and thinkers and their viewpoints on life, god, death, religion, and all things spiritual.
Many people confuse agnosticism with atheism. Agnostics and atheists have very different viewpoints about God’s existence.
An agnostic individual has faith in the agnosticism philosophy and neither believes nor disbelieves about God’s existence, whereas Atheism rejects the presence of God.
Agnosticism states that God or existence or the divine is unknowable (impossible to know by knowledge) by human beings.
Famous Agnostic Quotes and Sayings
Agnostic for me would be trying to weasel out and sound a little nicer than I am about this.
– Richard P. Feynman
Agnosticism is the natural attitude of the evolutionist. How can a brute mind comprehend spiritual things?
– William Jennings Bryan
I’m an optimistic agnostic. I think the second we die, within a matter of seconds, everybody else arrives, and that’s the party, and you live your hell on earth.
– Mike Dirnt
Virtually every agnostic lives like an atheist, living completely irreligious lives.
– Dennis Prager
The agnostic is gutless and prefers to keep one safe foot in the god camp.
– Madalyn Murray O’Hair
Agnosticism is a perfectly respectable and tenable philosophical position; it is not dogmatic and makes no pronouncements about the ultimate truths of the universe. It remains open to evidence and persuasion; lacking faith, it nevertheless does not deride faith. Atheism, on the other hand, is as unyielding and dogmatic about religious belief as true believers are about heathens. It tries to use reason to demolish a structure that is not built upon reason.
– Sydney J. Harris
You could just as well say that an agnostic is a deeply religious person with at least a rudimentary knowledge of human fallibility.
– Carl Sagan
Agnosticism has nothing to impart. Its sermons are the exhortations of one who convinces you he stands on nothing and urges you to stand there too.
– Anna Julia Cooper
We should be agnostic about those things for which there is no evidence. We should not hold beliefs merely because they gratify our desires for afterlife, immortality, heaven, hell, etc.
– Julian S. Huxley
Agnostics cannot understand Christ for the same reason a thief find a policeman -they don’t want to.
– John Hagee
An agnostic is someone who believes the nature of the Divine is unknowable and in that sense, I’m willing to subscribe to being an agnostic.
– Robert J. Sawyer
Isn’t an agnostic just an atheist without balls?
– Stephen Colbert
The prayer of the agnostic: O God, if there is a God, save my soul if I have a soul.
– Ernest Renan
The modern Agnostic improves upon the ancient by adding I don’t care to I don’t know.
– Coventry Patmore
No man can be an agnostic who has a sense of humour.
– E. M. Forster
I’m agnostic. By definition, I’m unsure of what to believe in, but I’m also borderline-capable of believing in anything and everything, or nothing at all and I want to believe in something.
– Lauren Lola
You happen to be talking to an agnostic. You know what an agnostic is? A cowardly atheist.
– Studs Terkel
I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.
– Clarence Darrow
Agnostics are people who, like myself, confess themselves to be hopelessly ignorant concerning a variety of matters, about which metaphysicians and theologians, both orthodox and heterodox, dogmatize with the utmost confidence.
– Herbert Spencer
Agnostics talk cheerfully of man’s search for God but they might as well talk about the mouse’s search for the cat.
– C. S. Lewis
The agnostic has a very curious notion of religion. He is convinced that a man who says ‘I believe in God’ should at once become perfect; if this does not happen, then the believer must be a fraud and a hypocrite. He thinks that adherence to a religion is the end of the road, whereas it is in fact only the beginning of a very long and sometimes very rough road. He looks for consistency in religious people, however aware he may be of inconsistencies in himself.
– Charles Le Gai Eaton
There’s no reason to be agnostic about ideas that are dramatically incompatible with everything we know about modern science.
– Sean M. Carroll
I’m an agnostic. Sometimes I muse deeply on the forces that are for me invisible. When I am almost close to the idea of God, I feel immediately estranged by the horrors of this world, which he seems to tolerate.
– Stanislaw Ulam
No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever.
– Daniel J. Boorstin
The most satisfying and ecstatic faith is almost purely agnostic. It trusts absolutely without professing to know at all.
– H. L. Mencken
I am simply an agnostic. I haven’t yet had time or opportunity to explore the universe, and I don’t know what I might run on to in some nook or corner.
– Clarence Darrow
To proclaim himself an agnostic, while to some it might appear more respectable and cautious, would be to say in effect that he hadn’t decided what to believe.
– E. Haldeman-Julius
I am an agnostic, even though I respect and am interested in all religions. If there’s something I believe in, it’s a mysterious energy; the one that fills the oceans during tides, the one that unites nature and beings.
– Monica Bellucci
The person who follows the pursuit of reason unflinchingly toward its end will be atheistic or, at best, agnostic.
– William Lane Craig
Agnosticism is the everlasting perhaps.
– Francis Thompson
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