30 Mind-Blowing Richard Dawkins Quotes

Updated: Jul 28

Birth: March 26, 1941, Nairobi, Kenya


Clinton Richard Dawkins was born on March 26, 1941 in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a British ethologist, writer and evolutionist biologist. He came to the fore with the book The Selfish Gene, which was published in 1976. He then continued his career with world-famous works such as The Ancestor’s Tale, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Devil’s Chaplain, The God Delusion.


He worked at Oxford University until 1995 when he retired from the Simonyi Professorshi for the Public Understanding of Science, created by Charles Simonyi. Being an atheist and humanist, Richard Dawkins is also Vice President of the British Humanist Association. It is known for its opposition to creationist beliefs.

I would like to hare with you today; 30 Mind-Blowing Richard Dawkins Quotes


"We humans are an extremely important manifestation of the replication bomb, because it is through us - through our brains, our symbolic culture and our technology - that the explosion may proceed to the next stage and reverberate through deep space." /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
"As a scientist, I am hostile to fundamentalist religion because it actively debauches the scientific enterprise. It teaches us not to change our minds, and not to want to know exciting things that are available to be known. It subverts science and saps the intellect." /Richard Dawkins
"Let us understand what our own selfish genes are up to because we may then at least have the chance to upset their designs." /Richard Dawkins
"We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further." /Richard Dawkins
"But, however many ways there may be of being alive, it is certain that there are vastly more ways of being dead, or rather not alive." /Richard Dawkins
"Today the theory of evolution is about as much open to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun." /Richard Dawkins
"Evolution has no long-term goal. There is no long-distance target, no final perfection to serve as a criterion for selection, although human vanity cherishes the absurd notion that our species is the final goal of evolution." /Richard Dawkins
"Today the theory of evolution is about as much open to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun." /Richard Dawkins
"Five per cent vision is better than no vision at all. Five per cent hearing is better than no hearing at all. Five per cent flight efficiency is better than no flight at all. It is thoroughly believable that every organ or apparatus that we actually see is the product of a smooth trajectory through animal space, a trajectory in which every intermediate stage assisted survival and reproduction." /Richard Dawkins


"A universe with a God would look quite different from a universe without one. A physics, a biology where there is a God is bound to look different. So the most basic claims of religion are scientific. Religion is a scientific theory." /Richard Dawkins
"Isn't it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed, eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be part of it?" /Richard Dawkins
"The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity." /Richard Dawkins
"You can't even begin to understand biology, you can't understand life, unless you understand what it's all there for, how it arose - and that means evolution." /Richard Dawkins
"If you don’t know anything about computers, just remember that they are machines that do exactly what you tell them but often surprise you in the result." /Richard Dawkins
"The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved out of literally nothing, is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice." /Richard Dawkins
"In true natural selection, if a body has what it takes to survive, its genes automatically survive because they are inside it. So the genes that survive tend to be, automatically, those genes that confer on bodies the qualities that assist them to survive." /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
"If children understand that beliefs should be substantiated with evidence, as opposed to tradition, authority, revelation or faith, they will automatically work out for themselves that they are atheists." /Richard Dawkins
"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


"Complex, statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple, statistically probable things." /Richard Dawkins
"The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference." /Richard Dawkins
"The question of whether there exists a supernatural creator, a God, is one of the most important that we have to answer. I think that it is a scientific question. My answer is no.that. I don't fret about that at all; I'm quite happy about that." /Richard Dawkins
"When I say that human beings are just gene machines, one shouldn't put too much emphasis on the word 'just.' There is a very great deal of complication, and indeed beauty in being a gene machine." /Richard Dawkins
"The question of whether there exists a supernatural creator, a God, is one of the most important that we have to answer. I think that it is a scientific question. My answer is no." /Richard Dawkins
"The chances of each of us coming into existence are infinitesimally small, and even though we shall all die some day, we should count ourselves fantastically lucky to get our decades in the sun." /Richard Dawkins
"I was brought up in a family which valued natural history. Both my parents knew the names of all the British wildflowers, so as we went walking the country, I was constantly being exposed to a natural history sort of knowledge." /Richard Dawkins
"If you were to actually travel around schools and universities and listen in on lectures about evolution, you might find a fairly substantial fraction of young people, without knowing what it is they disapprove of, think they disapprove of it, because they've been brought up to." /Richard Dawkins

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