…that a God like Jehovah should have created this world of misery and woe, out of pure caprice, and because he enjoyed doing it, and should then have clapped his hands in praise of his work, and declared everything to be good – that will not do at all!

— Arthur Schopenhauer, Supplements to the World as Will and Idea, 1819

The Earth is an object lesson for the apprentice gods. If you really screw up, they get told, you’ll make something like Earth.

— Carl Sagan, Contact

A deaf, dumb and blind idiot could have made a better world than this.

— Tenessee Williams, Esquire, September 1971

This world… was only the first rude essay of some infant Deity, who afterwards abandoned it, ashamed of his lame performance; it is the work only of some dependent, inferior Deity; and it is the object of derision to his superiors; it is the production of old age and dotage of some superannuated Deity, and ever since his death, has run on at adventures…

— David Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

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