"Religion is all bunk."
"I do not believe that any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of
the United States."
"Do We Live Again?" contributed by Tamara
"The great trouble is that the preachers get the children from six to seven
years of age and
then it is almost impossible to do anything with them."
quoted by Joseph Lewis from a personal conversation: see "A Visit With Thomas Alva Edison"
"Incurably religious, that is the best way to describe the mental
condition of so many people."
quoted by Joseph Lewis from a personal conversation, in "A Visit With Thomas Alva Edison"
"I cannot believe in the immortality of the soul. ... No, all this talk of an existence for
us, as individuals, beyond the grave is wrong. It is born of our tenacity of life — our desire
to go on living — our dread of coming to an end as individuals. I do not dread it, though.
Personally, I cannot see any use of a future life."
interview in The New York Times (October 2, 1910) front of Magazine Section,
by Edward Marshall.
"My mind is incapable of conceiving such a thing as a soul. I may be in error,
and man may have a soul; but I simply do not believe it."
"Do We Live Again?".
"I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious theories of
heaven and hell,
of future life for individuals, or of a personal God. ... I work on certain lines that might be
called, perhaps, mechanical. ... Proof! Proof! That is what I have always been after. I do not
know the soul, I know the mind. If there is really any soul, I have found no evidence of it in
my investigations. ... I do not believe in the God of the theologians; but that there is a
Supreme Intelligence, I do not doubt."