22 Quotes from Origin Book by Dan Brown

Hello friends. This post is a collection of quotes from the book - Origin by Dan Brown.

Origin has been described by Janet Maslin of The New York Times as a book that pits creationism against science, and is liable to stir up as much controversy as The Da Vinci Code did.


Science and religion are not competitors, they're two different languages trying to tell the same story. There's room in this world for both. - Origin, Chapter 1

In your world of classical art, pieces are revered for the artist's skill of execution - that is, how deftly he places the brush to canvas or the chisel to stone. In modern art, however, masterpieces are often more about the idea than the execution. - Origin, Chapter 6

Tonight, let us be children again. Let us lie out beneath the stars, with our minds wide open to all possibilities. Tonight, let us be like the early explorers, those who left everything behind and set out across vast oceans ... those who first glimpsed a land that had never before been seen ... those who fell to their knees in awestruck realization that the world was far greater than their philosophies had dared imagine. - Origin, Chapter 17

It is a messy process for a culture to abandon its deities. Spiritual beliefs are etched deeply on our psyches at a young age by those we love and trust most - our parents, our teachers, our religious leaders. Therefore, any religious shifts occur over generations, and not without great angst, and often bloodshed. - Origin, Chapter 17

How can it be that the modern human mind is capable of precise logical analysis, and yet simultaneously permits us to accept religious beliefs that should crumble beneath even the slightest rational scrutiny? - Origin, Chapter 17

For the human brain, any answer is better than no answer. We feel enormous discomfort when faced with 'insufficient data,' and so our brains invent the data - offering us, at the very least, the illusion of order - creating myriad philosophies, mythologies, and religions to reassure us that there is indeed an order and structure to the unseen world. - Origin, Chapter 17

Faith, by its very definition, requires placing your trust in something that is unseeable and indefinable, accepting as fact something for which there exists no empirical evidence. And so, understandably, we all end up placing our faith in different things because there is no universal truth. However, science is the antithesis of faith. Science, by definition, is the attempt to find physical proof for that which is unknown or not yet defined, and to reject superstition and misperception in favor of observable facts. When science offers an answer, that answer is universal. Humans do not go to war over it; they rally around it. - Origin, Chapter 17

The early Greeks had to look back centuries to study ancient culture, but we need look back only a single generation to find those who lived without the technologies we take for granted today. The timeline of human development is compressing; the space that separates 'ancient' and modern' is shrinking to nothing at all. And for this reason, I give you my word that the next few years in human development will be shocking, disruptive, and wholly unimaginable! - Origin, Chapter 20

I realize acts of religious terrorism seem unforgivable, and yet, it may be helpful to remember that our own faith waged a centuries-long Inquisition in the name of our God. We killed innocent women and children in the name of our beliefs. For this, we have had to ask forgiveness from the world, and from ourselves. And through time, we have healed. - Origin, Chapter 36

Cosmologists have devised elegant formulas to describe the expanding universe for any given Time - 'T' - in the past or future. However, when they try to look back to the instant when the Big Bang occurred - where T equals zero - the mathematics all goes mad, describing what seems to be a mystical speck of infinite heat and infinite density. - Origin, Chapter 42

Humans, despite being God's most sublime creation, were still just animals at the core, their behavior driven to a great extent by a quest for creature comforts. We comfort our physical bodies in hopes our souls will follow. - Origin, Chapter 43

Top astronomers have warned for decades that humankind's only hope for long-term survival will be to leave this planet. The earth is already halfway through its life cycle, and eventually the sun will expand into a red giant and consume us. That is, if we survive the more imminent threats of a giant asteroid collision or a massive gamma-ray burst. For these reasons, we are already designing outposts on Mars so we can eventually move into deep space in search of a new host planet. Needless to say, this is a massive undertaking, and if we could find a simpler way to ensure our survival, we would implement it immediately. - Origin, Chapter 63

Many of us are afraid to call ourselves atheists, and yet atheism is not a philosophy, nor is atheism a view of the world. Atheism is simply an admission of the obvious. The term 'atheist,' should not even exist. No one ever needs to identify himself as a 'nonastrologer' or a 'nonalchemist.' We do not have words for people who doubt that Elvis is still alive, or for people who doubt that aliens traverse the galaxy only to molest cattle. Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs. - Origin, Chapter 64

To permit ignorance is to empower it. To do nothing as our leaders proclaim absurdities is a crime of complacency. As is letting our schools and churches teach outright untruths to our children. The time for action has come. Not until we purge our species of superstitious thinking can we embrace all that our minds have to offer. I love humankind. I believe our minds and our species have limitless potential. I believe we are on the brink of an enlightened new era, a world where religion finally departs ... and science reigns. - Origin, Chapter 64

Remember death. Even for those who wield great power, life is brief. There is only one way to triumph over death, and that is by making our lives masterpieces. We must seize every opportunity to show kindness and to love fully. - Origin, Chapter 64

Today, we are witnessing the Cambrian Explosion of the Technium. New species of technology are being born daily, evolving at a blinding rate, and each new technology becomes a tool to create other new technologies. The invention of the computer has helped us build astonishing new tools, from smartphones to spaceships to robotic surgeons. We are witnessing a burst of innovation that is happening faster than our minds can comprehend. And we are the creators of this new kingdom - the Technium. - Origin, Chapter 96

Human beings are evolving into something different. We are becoming a hybrid species - a fusion of biology and technology. The same tools that today live outside our bodies - smartphones, hearing aids, reading glasses, most pharmaceuticals - in fifty years will be incorporated into our bodies to such an extent that we will no longer be able to consider ourselves Homo sapiens. - Origin, Chapter 96

We are now perched on a strange cusp of history, a time when the world feels like it's been turned upside down, and nothing is quite as we imagined. But uncertainty is always a precursor to sweeping change; transformation is always preceded by upheaval and fear. I urge you to place your faith in the human capacity for creativity and love, because these two forces, when combined, possess the power to illuminate any darkness. - Origin, Chapter 96

Worshipping God is like mining for fossil fuels. Plenty of smart people know it is shortsighted, and yet they have too much invested to stop! - Origin, Chapter 98

Human intellect has always evolved by rejecting outdated information in favor of new truths. This is how the species has evolved. In Darwinian terms, a religion that ignores scientific facts and refuses to change its beliefs is like a fish stranded in a slowly drying pond and refusing to flip to deeper water because it doesn't want to believe its world has changed. - Origin, Chapter 98

Love is from another realm. We cannot manufacture it on demand. Nor can we subdue it when it appears. Love is not our choice to make. - Origin, Chapter 99

Let me ask you this famous question: Would you rather live in a world without technology or in a world without religion? Would you rather live without medicine, electricity, transportation, and antibiotics or without zealots waging war over fictional tales and imaginary spirits? - Origin, Chapter 105

Cited Quotes

Nothing is invented, for it's written in nature first. Originality consists of returning to the origin. - Antoni Gaudi, as quoted in Origin, Chapter 52

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. - Winston Churchill, as quoted in Origin, Chapter 87

History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it. - Winston Churchill, as quoted in Origin, Chapter 98