I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
— Richard Dawkins (attributed: source unknown)
It’s been suggested that if the supernaturalists really had the powers they claim, they’d win the lottery every week. I prefer to point out that they could also win a Nobel Prize for discovering fundamental physical forces hitherto unknown to science. Either way, why are they wasting their talents doing party turns on television?
— Richard Dawkins, in “Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder,” The Richard Dimbleby Lecture, BBC1 Television (12 November 1996)
The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference.
— Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life (1995), quoted from Victor J Stenger, Has Science Found God? (2001)