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    Islands are natural workshops of evolution.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: evolution 
     
    One of the things that is wrong with religion is that it teaches us to be satisfied with answers which are not really answers at all.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: wrong 
     
    Why are we so obsessed with monogamous fidelity?
    — Richard Dawkins
    The very idea of supernatural magic - including miracles - is incoherent, devoid of sensible meaning.
    — Richard Dawkins
    There are many very educated people who are religious, but they're not creationists.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: people  religious 
     
    Religion is capable of driving people to such dangerous folly that faith seems to me to qualify as a kind of mental illness.
    — Richard Dawkins
    Einstein was adamant in rejecting all ideas of a personal god.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: personal  god  ideas 
     
    I live in a post-Christian world in Oxford; it is quite rare to meet somebody who is religious in academic life now, and there is absolutely no tendency for rioting and mayhem, and it is extremely civilised.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: live  world  religious 
     
    I certainly would absolutely never do what some of my American colleagues do and object to religious symbols being used, putting crosses up in the public square and things like that. I don't fret about that at all; I'm quite happy about that.
    — Richard Dawkins
    I suppose I'm a cultural Anglican, and I see evensong in a country church through much the same eyes as I see a village cricket match on the village green. I have a certain love for it.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: eyes  church 
     
    I think there is a sort of box-ticking mentality. Not just in the teaching profession. You hear about it in medicine and nursing. It's a lawyer-driven insistence on meeting prescribed standards rather than just being a good doctor.
    — Richard Dawkins
    People say I'm shrill and strident.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: people 
     
    Of course you can use the products of science to do bad things, but you can use them to do good things, too.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: bad 
     
    Far from being demeaning to human spiritual values, scientific rationalism is the crowning glory of the human spirit.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: human  value  spiritual  spirit 
     
    There's clearly a lot of Ludditism, and you see it in all the hysteria about every scientific story.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: stories 
     
    There's a mystical strain in every country, and eclipses are likely to bring that out.
    — Richard Dawkins
    When you make machines that are capable of obeying instructions slavishly, and among those instructions are 'duplicate me' instructions, then of course the system is wide open to exploitation by parasites.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: machine 
     
    I wouldn't want to have the thought police going to people's homes, dictating what they teach their children. I don't want to be Big Brotherish. I would hate that.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: children  thoughts  hate  child 
     
    It's a difficult business, finding out what's true about the world, the universe.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: world  true  universe  business 
     
    As a liberal, I would hesitate to propose a blanket ban on any style of dress because of the implications for individual liberty and freedom of choice.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: freedom  choice  liberty 
     
    For me, the level at which natural selection causes the phenomenon of adaptation is the level of the replicator - the gene.
    — Richard Dawkins
    The very large brain that humans have, plus the things that go along with it - language, art, science - seemed to have evolved only once. The eye, by contrast, independently evolved 40 times. So, if you were to 'replay' evolution, the eye would almost certainly appear again, whereas the big brain probably wouldn't.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: time  language  eyes  brain  evolution 
     
    Why did humans lose their body hair? Why did they start walking on their hind legs? Why did they develop big brains? I think that the answer to all three questions is sexual selection.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: body  questions  sexual 
     
    What matters is not the facts but how you discover and think about them.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: facts 
     
    I want very much to communicate science to as wide an audience as possible, but not at a cost of dumbing down, and not at a cost in getting things right.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: right 
     
    When the ancestors of the cheetah first began pursuing the ancestors of the gazelle, neither of them could run as fast as they can today.
    — Richard Dawkins
    I did not end up as broadly educated as my Cambridge colleagues, but I graduated probably better equipped to write a book on my chosen subject.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: book  write 
     
    A universe with a creator would be a totally different kind of universe, scientifically speaking, than one without.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: universe 
     
    A native speaker of English who has never read a word of the King James Bible is verging on the barbarian.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: bible  read 
     
    If you think about it, 534 members of the U.S. Congress cannot all be religious. That's just statistical nonsense. Many of them are quite well-educated.
    — Richard Dawkins
    There are people who try to get atheists to form a sort of atheist church and have atheist community singsongs and things. I don't see the need for that, but if people want to do it, why shouldn't they?
    — Richard Dawkins
    I think that people in the Bible Belt are far less monolithically religious than many people imagine. There are lots and lots of people who are free-thinking, secularists, or atheists in the so-called Bible Belt.
    — Richard Dawkins
    Just as I wouldn't expect a gynecologist to have a debate with somebody who believes in the Stork-theory of reproduction, I won't do debates with Young Earth creationists.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: young  believe  earth 
     
    A good theory explains a lot but postulates little.
    — Richard Dawkins
    The whole idea of creating saints, it's pure 'Monty Python.' They have to clock up two miracles.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: miracle  ideas 
     
    We should not live by Darwinian principles. But Darwin explains how we got here.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: live 
     
    To fill a world with religion, or religions of the Abrahamic kind, is like littering the streets with loaded guns. Do not be surprised if they are used.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: world 
     
    If I say that I am more interested in preventing the slaughter of large whales than I am in improving housing conditions for people, I am likely to shock some of my friends.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: people  friends 
     
    I'm not a good observer. I'm not proud of it.
    — Richard Dawkins
    The world is well supplied with spiders whose male ancestors died after mating. The world is bereft of spiders whose would-be ancestors never mated in the first place.
    — Richard Dawkins
    tags: world 
     
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    richard dawkins
    Birth    : March 26, 1941
    Occupation  : Ethologist