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Full list of "Wise Words"

 
  • "Hic Rhodus, hic saltus! [Rhodes is here, here is where you jump! ]"
    -Aesop’s Fable - The Boastful Athlete-

  • "Everything I know I learned by killing smart people and eating their brains."
    -Edward Winterberger-

  • "Don't underestimate me. I know more than I say, think more than I speak & notice more than you realize."
    -Unknown-

  • "That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
    -Carl Sagan-

  • "Coffee should be served hot as hell, black as death, and as sweet as love."
    -Turkish proverb-

  • "The Mass of Men Lead Lives of Quiet Desperation."
    -Henry David Thoreau-

  • "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"
    -Epicurus-

  • "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
    -Theodore Roosevelt-

  • "I may be laying in the gutter, but I'm staring at the stars"
    -Oscar Wilde-

  • "To find yourself, think for yourself."
    -Socrates-

  • "Men will always deceive themselves by abandoning experience to follow imaginary systems. Man is the work of Nature: he exists in Nature: he is submitted to her laws: he cannot deliver himself from them; nor can he step beyond them even in thought."
    -Baron d'Holbach-

  • "By dint of contradictory qualities and hazarded assertions it has, that is to say, so handicapped its God that it has made it impossible for him to act. If he is infinitely good, what reason should we have to fear him? If he is infinitely wise, why should we have doubts concerning our future? If he knows all, why warn him of our needs and fatigue him with our prayers? If he is everywhere, why erect temples to him? If he is just, why fear that he will punish the creatures that he has, filled with weaknesses? If grace does everything for them, what reason would he have for recompensing them? If he is all-powerful, how offend him, how resist him? If he is reasonable, how can he be angry at the blind, to whom he has given the liberty of being unreasonable? If he is immovable, by what right do we pretend to make him change his decrees? If he is inconceivable, why occupy ourselves with him? IF HE HAS SPOKEN, WHY IS THE UNIVERSE NOT CONVINCED? If the knowledge of a God is the most necessary, why is it not the most evident and the clearest."
    -Percy Bysshe Shelley - The Necessity of Atheism-

  • "The cat could very well be man's best friend but would never stoop to admitting it."
    -Doug Larson-

  • "It seemed the world was divided into good and bad people. The good ones slept better... while the bad ones seemed to enjoy the waking hours much more."
    -Woody Allen-

  • "We seem to believe it is possible to ward off death by following rules of good grooming."
    -Don Delillo-

  • "After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say, I want to see the manager."
    -William S. Burroughs-

  • "A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes."
    -James Feibleman-

  • "In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; In practice, there is."
    -Chuck Reid-

  • "The point of quotations is that one can use another's words to be insulting."
    -Amanda Cross-

  • "In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning."
    -George Orwell-

  • "As an atheist, I am angry that we live in a society in which the plain truth cannot be spoken without offending 90% of the population."
    -Sam Harris-

  • "What are you doing Dave?"
    -HAL 9000-

  • "My foes serve me twice: in dying, and in death."
    -Lim-Dûl, the Necromancer-

  • "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
    -Richard Jackson - An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania (1759)-

  • "Men of the noblest dispositions think themselves happiest when others share their happiness with them."
    -Jeremy Taylor-

  • "There is no art which one government sooner learns of another than that of draining money from the pockets of the people."
    -Adam Smith-

  • "Delight in teaching what you have learned."
    -Seneca-

  • "Two things indicate weakness: to be silent when it is proper to speak, and to speak when it is proper to be silent."
    -Persian Proverb-

  • "Worry: A crime for which we punish ourselves by disturbing our own peace of mind."
    -Anonymous-

  • "Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humour was provided to console him for what he is."
    -Oscar Wilde-

  • "Do not cut down the tree that gives you shade."
    -Persian Proverb-

  • "Once I saw upon the stair a little man who wasn't there, he wasn't there again today, oh how I wish he'd go away."
    -Unknown-

  • "They're so heavenly bound they're no earthly good."
    -Unknown-

  • "A pun is the lowest form of humour, unless you thought of it yourself."
    -Doug Larson-

  • "Individually and collectively, Cherokee people possess an extraordinary ability to face down adversity and continue moving forward."
    -Wilma Mankiller-

  • "I'm proud of being part Cherokee, and I think it's time all us Indians felt the same way."
    -Loretta Lynn-

  • "A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last."
    -Joseph F. Newton-

  • "A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives - of approving of some and disapproving of others."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, - a mere heart of stone."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "I love fools' experiments. I am always making them."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us, and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities... still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin."
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "What a book a devil's chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horribly cruel work of nature!"
    -Charles Darwin-

  • "When the axe entered the forest, the trees said, look, the handle is one of us!"
    -Turkish Proverb-

  • "The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "Many religions now come before us with ingratiating smirks and outspread hands, like an unctuous merchant in a bazaar. They offer consolation and solidarity and uplift, competing as they do in a marketplace. But we have a right to remember how barbarically they behaved when they were strong and were making an offer that people could not refuse."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that is where it should stay."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the 'transcendent' and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "Mother Teresa was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "The noble title of 'dissident' must be earned rather than claimed, it connotes sacrifice and risk rather than mere disagreement."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "The governor of Texas, who, when asked if the Bible should also be taught in Spanish, replied that 'if English was good enough for Jesus, then it's good enough for me."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "One must state it plainly. Religion comes from the period of human prehistory where nobody-not even the mighty Democritus who concluded that all matter was made from atoms-had the smallest idea what was going on. It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species, and is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge (as well as for comfort, reassurance and other infantile needs). Today the least educated of my children knows much more about the natural order than any of the founders of religion, and one would like to think-though the connection is not a fully demonstrable one-that this is why they seem so uninterested in sending fellow humans to hell."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "I have met some highly intelligent believers, but history has no record to say that [s]he knew or understood the mind of god. Yet this is precisely the qualification which the godly must claim--so modestly and so humbly--to possess. It is time to withdraw our 'respect' from such fantastic claims, all of them aimed at the exertion of power over other humans in the real and material world."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "Literature, not scripture, sustains the mind and --since there is no other metaphor--also the soul."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "To 'choose' dogma and faith over doubt and experience is to throw out the ripening vintage and to reach greedily for the Kool-Aid."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "Thus, though I dislike to differ with such a great man, Voltaire was simply ludicrous when he said that if god did not exist it would be necessary to invent him. The human invention of god is the problem to begin with."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "Why do humans exist? A major part of the answer: because Pikaia Gracilens survived the Burgess decimation."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "Nothing optional--from homosexuality to adultery--is ever made punishable unless those who do the prohibiting (and exact the fierce punishments) have a repressed desire to participate. As Shakespeare put it in 'King Lear', the policeman who lashes the whore has a hot need to use her for the very offense for which he plies the lash."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "Organised religion is violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism, tribalism, and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "I suppose that one reason I have always detested religion is its sly tendency to insinuate the idea that the universe is designed with 'you' in mind or, even worse, that there is a divine plan into which one fits whether one knows it or not. This kind of modesty is too arrogant for me."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "Nothing optional -- from homosexuality to adultery -- is ever made punishable unless those who do the prohibiting (and exact the fierce punishment) have a repressed desire to participate."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "We owe a huge debt to Galileo for emancipating us all from the stupid belief in an Earth-centred or man-centred (let alone God-centered) system. He quite literally taught us our place and allowed us to go on to make extraordinary advances in knowledge."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "Everything about Christianity is contained in the pathetic image of 'the flock'."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "It is interesting to find that people of faith now seek defensively to say that they are no worse than fascists or Nazis or Stalinists."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes - one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximum freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any-place, any-time. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get in line and kiss my ass."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."
    -Steven Weinberg-

  • "What about Fräulein Fritzl, in Austria? Whose father, unwilling to get out of the way, kept her in a dungeon where she didn't see sunlight for twenty-four years. And came down most nights to rape and sodomize her, often in front of the children who were victims of the previous attacks and offences... Imagine how she must have begged him. Imagine how she must have pleaded. Imagine for how long. Imagine how she must've prayed everyday. How she must have beseeched heaven. Imagine, for twenty-four years. And no, no answer at all. Nothing. NOTHING! Now, you say, "That's alright that she went through that." Because she'll get a better deal in another life? Are you- I have to ask you if you can be morally or ethically serious and postulate such a question. "No, that had to happen, and heaven did watch it with indifference. Because it knows that that score will later on be settled. So it was well worth her going through it, she'll have a better time next time." I don't see how you can look anyone, anyone in the face, or live with yourself, and say anything so hideously, wickedly immoral as that. Or even imply it."
    -Christopher Hitchens-

  • "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
    -Arthur C. Clarke-

  • "You can gain no knowledge of existence through continued use of hypotheses which are shown to be unworthy of a theoretical status."
    -MeridianFrost-

  • "Think of how stupid the average person is and then realize half of them are stupider than that."
    -George Carlin-

  • "The hierarchy of everything in my life has always bothered me. I'm bothered by power. People, whoever they might be, whether it's the government, or the policeman in the uniform, or the man on the door - they still irk me a bit. From school, from the first nun that belted me - people used to think of the nice sweet little ladies... they used to knock the fuck out of you, in the most cruel way that they could. They'd find bits of your body that were vulnerable to intense pain - grabbing you by the ear, or by the nose, and lift you, and say 'Don't cry!' It's very hard not to cry. I mean, not from emotion, but pain. The priests were the same. And I sit and watch politicians with great cynicism, total cynicism."
    -Dave Allen-

  • "The wicked are ensnared by the work of their own hands."
    -Psalm 9:16-

  • "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
    -Abraham Lincoln-

  • "Some people die at 25 and aren't buried until 75."
    -Benjamin Franklin-

  • "Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation."
    -Oscar Wilde-

  • "Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying."
    -Arthur C. Clarke-

  • "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
    -Albert Einstein-

  • "Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: It might have been."
    -John Greenleaf Whittier-

  • "I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times."
    -Bruce Lee-

  • "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you."
    -Friedrich Nietzsche-

  • "Don't let schooling interfere with your education."
    -Mark Twain-

  • "A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on."
    -John F. Kennedy-

  • "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
    -Jiddu Krishnamurti-

  • "Every man dies, not every man really lives."
    -William Wallace-

  • "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle."
    -Plato-

  • "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."
    -Oscar Wilde-

  • "Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?"
    -Abraham Lincoln-

  • "To love is to recognize yourself in another."
    -Eckhart Tolle-

  • "Prejudices are rarely overcome by argument; not being founded in reason they cannot be destroyed by logic."
    -Tryon Edwards-

  • "I feel like a one legged man in an ass kicking contest."
    -Phil Harris-

  • "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."
    -Carl Sagan-

  • "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence."
    -Carl Sagan-

  • "For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."
    -Carl Sagan-

  • "We are a way for the cosmos to know itself."
    -Carl Sagan-

  • "When I disagree with a rational man, I let reality be our final arbiter; if I am right, he will learn; if I am wrong, I will; one of us will win, but both will profit."
    -Ayn Rand-

  • "People misinterpret what I say all the time: They think I'm being offensive, when really, I'm only being opinionated."
    -Taylor Momsen-

  • "We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both."
    -Thomas Aikenhead-

  • "Indictment for blasphemy: That the Holy Scriptures were stuffed with such madness, nonsense, and contradictions, that he admired the stupidity of the world in being so long deluded by them: That he rejected the mystery of the Trinity as unworthy of refutation; and scoffed at the incarnation of Christ."
    -Thomas Aikenhead-

  • "We have plucked the low hanging fruit from the tree of knowledge. But there are more succulent goodies higher up and we will get there faster if we all climb together."
    -Sean Carroll-

  • "Yes, I'm a materialist. I'm willing to be shown wrong, but that has not happened - yet. And I admit that the reason I'm unable to accept the claims of psychic, occult, and/or supernatural wonders is because I'm locked into a world-view that demands evidence rather than blind faith, a view that insists upon the replication of all experiments - particularly those that appear to show violations of a rational world - and a view which requires open examination of the methods used to carry out those experiments."
    -James Randi-

  • "In metric, one milliliter of water occupies one cubic centimeter, weighs one gram, and requires one calorie of energy to heat up by one degree centigrade - which is 1 percent of the difference between its freezing point and its boiling point. An amount of hydrogen weighing the same amount has exactly one mole of atoms in it. Whereas in the American system, the answer to "How much energy does it take to boil a room-temperature gallon of water?" is "Go fuck yourself," because you cant directly relate any of those quantities."
    -Wild Thing by Josh Bazell-

  • "Truth hurts, I know. It’s biologically-based actually. Our brain process sound faster than we do light, but light moves faster than sound. See, so our brains are constantly shifting reality so the world syncs up... Only when someone is standing 30 yards away do we see and hear the world exactly as it is. That’s when your brain, sound, and light are all in perfect harmony... The rest of the time, we’re living in a world of lies. Lies are what make the world make sense. Ergo, the truth hurts."
    -Patrick Jane, The Mentalist-

  • "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."
    -John F. Kennedy-

  • "Horrifying. Dr. Barron, your report describes how rational these people are. Millennia ago, they abandoned their belief in the supernatural. Now you are asking me to sabotage that achievement, to send them back into the dark ages of superstition and ignorance and fear?
    NO!"
    -Captain Jean-Luc Picard-

  • "Man has been here 32,000 years. That it took a hundred million years to prepare the world for him is proof that that is what it was done for. I suppose it is. I dunno. If the Eiffel tower were now representing the world's age, the skin of paint on the pinnacle-knob at its summit would represent man's share of that age; and anybody would perceive that that skin was what the tower was built for. I reckon they would. I dunno."
    -Samuel Langhorne Clemens-

  • "Man is a marvelous curiosity... he thinks he is the Creator's pet... he even believes the Creator loves him; has a passion for him; sits up nights to admire him; yes and watch over him and keep him out of trouble. He prays to him and thinks He listens. Isn't it a quaint idea."
    -Samuel Langhorne Clemens-

  • "One of the proofs of the immortality of the soul is that myriads have believed in it.
    They have also believed the world was flat."
    -Samuel Langhorne Clemens-

  • "The gods offer no rewards for intellect.
    There was never one yet that showed any interest in it."
    -Samuel Langhorne Clemens-

  • "A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows."
    -Samuel Langhorne Clemens-

  • "I hope I shall not offend you if I state quite frankly and openly that you seem to me to be in every way the visible personification of absolute perfection."
    -Oscar Wilde-

  • "The source of man's unhappiness is his ignorance of Nature. The pertinacity with which he clings to blind opinions imbibed in his infancy, which interweave themselves with his existence, the consequent prejudice that warps his mind, that prevents its expansion, that renders him the slave of fiction, appears to doom him to continual error."
    -Baron d'Holbach-

  • "Religious apologists complain bitterly that atheists and secularists are aggressive and hostile in their criticism of them. I always say: look, when you guys were in charge, you didn’t argue with us, you just burnt us at the stake. Now what we’re doing is, we’re presenting you with some arguments and some challenging questions, and you complain."
    -A.C. Grayling-

  • "A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition."
    -Jose Bergamin-

  • "There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages."
    -Richard Lederer-

  • "The inspiration of the bible depends on the ignorance of the person who reads it."
    -Robert Ingersoll-

  • "Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?"
    -Douglas Adams-

  • "Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers."
    -James George Janos-

  • "A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side."
    -Aristotle-

  • "Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-o, and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have."
    -Penn Jillette-

  • "Those who believe absurdities will commit atrocities."
    -Voltaire-

  • "I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology."
    -Thomas Jefferson-

  • "Which is it, is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's?"
    -Friedrich Nietzsche-

  • "An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that deed must be done instead of prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated."
    -Madalyn Murray O'Hair-

  • "The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also."
    -Mark Twain-

  • "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful"
    -Seneca the Younger-

  • "There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven."
    -Robert Ingersoll-

  • "If god doesn't like the way I live, Let him tell me, not you."
    -Edward Winterberger-

  • "A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine."
    -Thomas Jefferson-

  • "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
    -Benjamin Franklin-

  • "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
    -Winston Churchill-

  • "Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?"
    -Sophie Scholl-

  • "Talent is doing easily what others find difficult. Genius is doing easily what others find impossible."
    -Henri-Frédéric Amiel-

  • "Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead."
    -Benjamin Franklin-

  • "FRIENDSHIP is a tacit contract between two sensible and virtuous persons, I say SENSIBLE; for a monk, a hermit, may not be wicked, yet live a stranger to friendship. I add VIRTUOUS, for the wicked have only accomplices, the voluptuous have companions, the designing have associates, the men of business have partners, the politicians form a factious band; the bulk of idle men have connections; princes have courtiers: but virtuous men alone have friends. Cethegus was Cataline's accomplice, and Mecenas was Octavius's courtier; but Cicero was Atticus's friend."
    -Voltaire-

  • "To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker."
    -Frederick Douglass-

  • "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
    -Edmund Burke-

  • "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
    -Calvin Coolidge-

  • "There is no glory without danger."
    -Fenrir, son of Loki-

  • "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
    -Martin Luther King, Jr.-

  • "It is always useful to face an enemy who is prepared to die for his country. This means that both you and he have exactly the same aim in mind."
    -Terry Pratchett, Jingo-

  • "Meanwhile we can thank our lucky fate which has rescued us, for a few short hours, from the insufferable fatigues of idleness"
    -Sherlock Holmes [The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge - Arthur Conan Doyle ]-

  • "Fable should be taught as fable, myth as myth, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truth is horrifying. The mind of a child accepts them and only through great pain, perhaps tragedy, can the child be relieved of them. Men will fight for superstition as quickly as for the living truth -- even more so, since a superstition is intangible, you can't get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, as so is changeable."
    -Hypatia of Alexandria-

  • "Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all"
    -Hypatia of Alexandria-

  • "In the year 415, the woman scientist Hypatia, head of the legendary Alexandria library, was beaten to death by Christian monks who considered her a pagan. The leader of the monks, Cyril, was canonized a saint."
    -James A. Haught-

  • "For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state and our education system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us."
    -Charles Bukowski-

  • "I will not attack your doctrines nor your creeds if they accord liberty to me. If they hold thought to be dangerous - if they aver that doubt is a crime, then I attack them one and all, because they enslave the minds of men."
    -Robert Green Ingersoll-

  • "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
    -Thomas Edison-

  • "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man"
    -Heraclitus-

  • "Nothing endures but change."
    -Heraclitus-

  • "Do not place dependence on your own genius even if you have some, nothing can be denied to well directed labor and nothing can be obtained without it."
    -Dr. Thomas Dent Mutter-

  • "This world is no place of rest ... Our work should never be done, and it is the daydream of ignorance to look forward to that as a happy time, when we shall wish for nothing more, and have nothing more to accomplish."
    -Dr. Thomas Dent Mutter-

  • "The world holds two classes of men - intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence"
    -Abu Ala Al-Ma'arri-

  • "Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."
    -Benjamin Franklin-

  • "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason."
    -Benjamin Franklin-

  • "If there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence."
    -Bertrand Russell-

  • "Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing - fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand."
    -Bertrand Russell-

  • "I believe all important matters have to be settled here, not in the clouds somewhere after we kick off."
    -Billy Joel-

  • "Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions."
    -Blaise Pascal-