Penn Jillette Quotes

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There is no god, and that's the simple truth. If every trace of any single religion were wiped out and nothing were passed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. There might be some other nonsense in its place, but not that exact nonsense. If all of science were wiped out, it would still be true and someone would find a way to figure it all out again.
Penn Jillette (God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales)
Atheism is a religion like not collecting stamps is a hobby.
Penn Jillette
You don’t have to be brave or a saint, a martyr, or even very smart to be an atheist. All you have to be able to say is “I don’t know”.
Penn Jillette (God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales)
Believing there's no God means I can't really be forgiven except by kindness and faulty memories. That's good; it makes me want to be more thoughtful. I have to try to treat people right the first time around
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If there's something you really want to believe, that's what you should question the most.
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Luck is statistics taken personally.
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Once you've condoned faith in general, you've condoned any crazy shit done because of faith.
Penn Jillette (God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales)
Read everything and be kind.
Penn Jillette
What I have a problem with is not so much religion or god, but faith. When you say you believe something in your heart and therefore you can act on it, you have completely justified the 9/11 bombers. You have justified Charlie Manson. If it's true for you, why isn't it true for them? Why are you different? If you say "I believe there's an all-powerful force of love in the universe that connects us all, and I have no evidence of that but I believe it in my heart," then it's perfectly okay to believe in your heart that Sharon Tate deserves to die. It's perfectly okay to believe in your heart that you need to fly planes into buildings for Allah.
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Love and respect all people. Hate and destroy all faith.
Penn Jillette (God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales)
It's fair to say that the Bible contains equal amounts of fact, history, and pizza.
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As I’m fond of saying, if you want to find utopia, take a sharp right on money and a sharp left on sex and it’s straight ahead.
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We all have friends we love dearly that couldn't pass for human in a strict Turing test.
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Nobody that has seen a baby born can believe in god for a second. When you see your child born, and the panic, and the amount of technology that is saving the life of the two people you love most in the world, when you see how much stainless steel and money it takes to fight off the fact that god wants both those people dead, no one, no one can look into the eyes of a newborn baby and say there's a god, because I'll tell ya, if we were squatting in the woods, the two people I love most would be dead. There's just no way around that. If I were in charge, no way. We need technology to fight against nature; nature so wants us dead. Nature is trying to kill us.
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The only difference between Obama and Bush is that Obama is killing more people. He’s about double the numbers now. Can you imagine if McCain had won and did precisely what Obama has done, with every speech and every political maneuver overseas? There’d be riots in the streets about the people we’re killing. And yet because it’s Obama, and he’s better looking and better at reading the teleprompter, we let him get away with it.
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It's not arrogant to say that you can't figure out the answers to the universe with your internal faith. It's not arrogant to know that there's no omniscient, omnipotent prime mover in the universe who loves you personally. It's not sad to feel that life and the love of your real friends and family is more than enough to make life worth living. Isn't it much sadder to feel that there is a more important love required than the love of the people who have chosen to spend their limited time with you?
Penn Jillette (God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales)
Democracy without respect for individual rights sucks. It's just ganging up against the weird kid, and I'm always the weird kid.
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I love nuts. I'm for nuts. I am nuts.
Penn Jillette (God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales)
My favorite thing about the Internet is that you get to go into the private world of real creeps without having to smell them.
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If stupid hippies hadn't killed nuclear power, we'd have nuclear power plants, safer and cheaper than coal-fired plants, all over, and electric cars really would be zero emissions.
Penn Jillette (Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales)
I, my own damn self, am not a Tea Party supporter. I disagree with them on social liberties, our overseas wars, Obama's birthplace, Sarah Palin, and the conspicuous absence of tea at their rallies.
Penn Jillette (God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales)
Exploration of space is worth it because humans need to explore. Knowledge is always good, and it's a really cool thing to see.
Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller's How to Play in Traffic)
Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people. We have no proof that the bad, stupid crazy people who have planted bombs in the past few years used the phone much for their stupid bad crimes, let alone logged on the Internet. Yet when those kind of bad things happen nowadays, the government tries to do bad things to phones and the Net. The phones and the Internet are just good smart things, and the government should leave them alone. You have to watch the government all the time on everything. Thomas Jefferson didn't say that, but he said something very close to that.
Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller's How to Play in Traffic)
We are only here for a little while, and our bodies belong to ourselves and no one else.
Penn Jillette (God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales)
Technology adds nothing to art. Two thousand years ago, I could tell you a story, and at any point during the story I could stop, and ask, Now do you want the hero to be kidnapped, or not? But that would, of course, have ruined the story. Part of the experience of being entertained is sitting back and plugging into someone else's vision.
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I don’t think anything gives your life joy and meaning. I think your life simply has joy and meaning. The love for my children, the love for my parents and the love for my friends is the end in itself. The meaning is life.
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In the late twentieth century we consider solitude our natural condition. Mates divorce, and even friendship is diagnosed as a disorder - co-dependency. So the concept of living a life interlocked with another human is unthinkable
Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller's How to Play in Traffic)
Life speeds by and no matter how much joy there is, there is sadness.
Penn Jillette (Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!)
For atheists, everything in the world is enough and every day is holy. Every day is an atheist holiday. It’s a day that we’re alive.
Penn Jillette (Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!)
The word “holiday” comes from “holy day” and holy means “exalted and worthy of complete devotion.” By that definition, all days are holy. Life is holy. Atheists have joy every day of the year, every holy day. We have the wonder and glory of life. We have joy in the world before the lord is come. We’re not going for the promise of life after death; we’re celebrating life before death. The smiles of children. The screaming, the bitching, the horrific whining of one’s own children. The glory of giving or receiving a blow job. Sunsets, rock and roll, bebop, Jell-O, stinky cheese, and offensive jokes. For atheists, everything in the world is enough and every day is holy. Every day is an atheist holiday. It’s a day that we’re alive.
Penn Jillette (Every Day is an Atheist Holiday)
But [he] had lost god, and all his family and friends were staying behind with his imaginary friend. A silly dream goes away and takes with it your whole real life.
Penn Jillette (God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales)
Trump tried to book Penn & Teller once in Vegas at one of his casinos, but we were priced out of his budget.
Penn Jillette (Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!)
[On hearing that 86% of gay teens have experienced harassment] Eighty-six percent? Eighty-six per-fuckin-cent WERE harassed?! That means fourteen per-fuckin-cent WEREN'T harassed? WHAT?! At MY school a hundred percent of the children - gay, straight, transgendered, bi, sell... or trade - WERE harassed. She's saying that fourteen percent of the gay students were NOT harassed? That seems impossible. At MY school any one of us would have sucked Elton John's COCK at a mandatory school assembly for a fourteen percent chance of NOT being harassed.
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Astrology is a cousin of racism.
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In any conflict, the crazier party generally wins.
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There should be an ease and clarity to anything that’s real and from the heart. Things that are true shouldn’t have tricks.
Penn Jillette (Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales)
The greatest thing about provable reality is that by definition reality is shared. Every argument is really an agreement—an agreement that there is a reality that can be shared, judged, and discussed. To argue over whether the speed of light is constant or Batman could beat up the Lone Ranger is to share the parameters. God is solipsistic; reality is shared.
Penn Jillette (God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales)
Has any non-dipshit man ever used the word "ladies" not followed by the word "room"?
Penn Jillette (God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales)
Don't waste too much time wishing, hoping, and being envious; it'll make you bugnutty.
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Proselytizing is a moral imperative and feeds the marketplace of ideas. I want to hear everyone tell the truth as they see it. I want to learn from everyone.
Penn Jillette (God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales)
The evidence shows you that two things have been true throughout mankind's history: One, things always get better. Two, people always think they're getting worse.
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The nightmare of Trump is not that he doesn't care what people think; it's that he desperately cares what people think.
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Even one person's misunderstanding [of a blue joke] may not be worth the next guy's laugh.
Penn Jillette (Every Day is an Atheist Holiday)
You have no chance of scaring me with death, all the fear possible is contained in life.
Penn Jillette (Every Day is an Atheist Holiday)
So no one cares - and that protects your personal privacy. At least most of the time no one cares. I'm not making the argument that if we're doing nothing wrong, then we shouldn't be afraid of the government monitoring us. That's a stupid, bad argument. We should always be afraid of any government monitoring us. The fact that no one cares what we're talking about is an argument for keeping it that way. We don't want the government to be able to care. Any power you give the government, the government will abuse. George Washington almost said that.
Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller's How to Play in Traffic)
I’ve been told by professional drug users that if I did the drugs, I would like the Dead. It seems like the most effective PSA against drugs could just play some Dead jams and say, “If you do drugs, you will like this kind of music.” What other deterrent would one need?
Penn Jillette (Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!)
When I watched the Twin Towers fall, I said aloud to my naked friend, “There go our civil liberties.” A few months later I called George Carlin and we were chatting about America’s reaction to the attack. I told him my thoughts. He excused himself, put down the phone, and went and got his journal. As the Twin Towers fell, he had written, “There go our civil rights.” I was so proud to have had a similar thought at a similar time to a genius. We were sad to be right. To react to an attack on our freedom with less freedom seems so deeply un-American. What ever happened to Yankee Doodle Dandy and “fuck you in the fucking neck”?
Penn Jillette (God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales)
Desire for something impossible does not make it less impossible.
Penn Jillette (Every Day is an Atheist Holiday)
Meeting our audiences, or at least the members of the audience who would like to meet us, makes us different from other entertainers. We aren’t scared of our audiences. We’ve learned that the crowds that other entertainers might hate—the quiet crowds—include many people who are loving the show. I love quiet crowds now; I don’t see them as lacking enthusiasm, I see them as paying attention. We’ve learned that a joke that didn’t get a loud laugh might be someone’s favorite line.
Penn Jillette (God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales)
There is no god.” I’ve said that sentence on Glenn Beck’s TV show in front of his live audience at his studio in the Texas Bible Belt. I’ve told Republicans that I like immigrants. I’ve told Democrats that I dig rich people. I’ve told sane people that I like lawyers. But
Penn Jillette (Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales)
TCA pretends to be about raising money for charity. That’s true, but only so far. If I had not taken time off from the Penn & Teller show to do The Celebrity Apprentice—if Teller and I had just done our show, gotten usual pay—I could have donated four times the amount of money that Trump had pledged to give my charity if I won the whole damn shooting match. Opportunity Village, “my” charity that helps intellectually disabled adults to enter society, got a lot of attention because I was on The Celebrity Apprentice, and that does count for something. And when I was “fired,” my real bosses at Caesars, who own the Rio and the Penn & Teller Theater, said, “Oh, you wanted a quarter million for Opportunity Village? We don’t have to do some jive TV show; we’ll just write a check.” They wrote the full winning amount to Opportunity Village and everyone was happy.
Penn Jillette (Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!)
We had read about snorting chocolate and talked about it on the show, and someone in Canada, where it’s being sold, sent us some. It had fancy packaging and a little spring-loaded double nasal catapult. Goudeau cocked it and put two little coke-spoons full of their fancy chocolate-and-spice mixture in it, one on each side, and I held it under my nose, breathed in, and hit the button. We had checked with CrayRay, and he said it wouldn’t affect the diet, but it probably wasn’t healthy. I love chocolate, and I got a big blast of it up my nose and down into my lungs. I kinda wanted to love it. The idea that I’d be snorting chocolate in my office while I was writing this appealed to me. It was a little fun, but really no more fun than walking into a Godiva store at a mall. It was the good smell of chocolate, and that was about it. We all tried it and enjoyed it a little, and then the headaches hit and we were done. I got to the show that night and was light-headed from not eating, and my throat and voice were fucked-up from snorting chocolate. I’m an idiot. Matt
Penn Jillette (Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales)
Science is so important because it's a way to find truth, but the truth doesn't depend on it. Reality exists outside of humans. Religion does not.
Penn Jillette (God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales)
Islam is not a kind of person. Islam is an idea. Islam is a religion. And religions are not people. Ideas are not people. All ideas must be attacked all the time, in order to find out what parts of them are true. We must respect people, but that doesn’t mean we have to respect ideas that aren’t true. I don’t even care whether the ideas are dangerous or not. I don’t care if Islam does mean “peace.” I don’t believe Muhammad was any sort of prophet. I don’t believe there are any real prophets. That idea is wrong. And if I say that idea is wrong, that doesn’t mean I have an irrational fear of people who believe that idea. It means that I think the idea is wrong, wrong, wrong.
Penn Jillette (Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales)
Beliefs, like mules and centaurs, are fundamentally hybrid creatures: we experience them half in public society, half in the private heart. In the best outcome, these two domains keep each other in check. The people around us prevent us from believing things that are (as Penn Jillette put it) "fucking nuts", while our own inner voice keeps rising up and breaking the surface tension that could otherwise turn a community into a bubble.
Kathryn Schulz (Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error)
we don’t have a twenty-letter alphabet, we have a twenty-six-letter alphabet.” And then I say, “Oh, I guess I left out U R A Q T!” And then you say, “That’s still only twenty-five.” And I say, “I’ll give you the D later.
Penn Jillette (Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales)
I’m a zealot wearing a broccoli suicide vest to a Burger King.
Penn Jillette (Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales)
All the things that make life worth living take work.
Penn Jillette (Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales)
the worst person who ever lived, and the best thing about him is that his hair looks like cotton candy made of piss.
Penn Jillette (Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales)
I very much enjoy stating that I have never had a drink of alcohol or a toke of any recreational drug in my life. What I don’t state is that I will never have a drink of alcohol or a toke of any recreational drug in my life. I can report on the past, but I’m reluctant to predict the future. The hippies were right about fresh vegetables and staying away from fast food, so maybe they’re right about LSD. What the fuck do I know? I don’t even trust myself completely on the past. I remember things wrong all the time. I’m not willing to say I’m never going to do recreational heroin, so I’m sure as shooting not going to close the Big Mac door forever.
Penn Jillette (Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales)
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Penn Jillette (That Reminds Me: Finding the Funny in a Serious World)