Atheist: Any quotes from the bible you firmly believe in?

I’m an Atheist to the core. But there are a few verses from the bible I tend to favor:

“You reap what you sow.”

“Don’t throw your pearls before swine.”

“Judge not, lest ye be judged” (Probably one of the most misuderstood verses in the bible in my opinion.)

I’m old-school.

Most of Ecclesiastes, but especially 3: 19-20:

Ecclesiastes 9:11:

“Go forth and multiply” is a usefully polite way of telling someone to eff off.

But as moral precepts, “Judge not, that ye be not judged” and “Let him that is without sin cast the first stone” are powerful brakes on some of our worst instincts, even they aren’t always observed.


‘‘A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.’’

Here it is in modern English:


Turn the other cheek.

The next verse is judge not lest ye be judged, honestly this whole section of the gospels (looks like it’s in Matthew 5 as well) is a pretty powerful philosophy that I wish more people adhered to.

The various translations of that are interesting. When I encountered it as a child it was “…a brother is born for adversity.” I misunderstood that to mean that you can trust your friends but family will screw you. Checking now, I see translations like “family is there to help…” and “… a friend is like a brother - will help in times of trouble”.

Thou shalt not quote without attribution. – 74westy 3:14

Ezeliel 223:20 There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.

Allright; that’s Orwell, in case anyone missed it.

Probably as many quotes as in Shakespeare.

I find that most Bible quotes, even the ones i like, leave little room for nuance. For instance, “by the fruit shall you know the tree”. True, but when applied to people it’s a bit more complicated.

Sure, much of it is pretty much the same common-sense moral advice that might be handed down by any decent and thoughtful human being, and recurs in the scriptures of all religions.

I believe we generally use the conversion (not necessarily true!) and know, or claim to know, “the fruit” from our knowledge of “the tree”.

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13; “I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil.”

Matthew 7:3-5; “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

Galatians 3:28; “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (I don’t care much for the last three words, but the sentiment is the same without them)

Numbers 14:18

The LORD is long suffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.

Not that any god punishes the children, rather the negative behavior of the father (and mother) can affect future generations. Alcoholism, domestic violence, child abuse, cheating, etc., can be carried forward.

1 Timothy 6:10 ‘The love of money is the root of all evil’ (not, as frequently misquoted, ‘money is the root of all evil.’)

Matthew 7:12 ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’

P.S. I thought ‘This too shall pass’ was from the Bible, but apparently it isn’t. :o

From the missing dedication page:

“To my darling Candy…All characters herein are fictitious and not based on any real persons living or dead.”


I was gonna put the whole "And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance…’’ and all that, mostly from Pulp Fiction, but it’s not exactly a direct quote.