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Quotes to Live by
- The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting;
by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the
truth. -- Pierre Abelard
- "Every advance in natural knowledge has
involved the absolute rejection of authority." -- T.H. Huxley,
Lay Sermons, 1870
- "It is not disbelief which is dangerous to our
society; it is belief." -- G.B. Shaw,
Androcles and the Lion, 1912
- "Adjustment, the synonym for conformity that
comes more easily to the modern tongue, is the theme of our swan song,
the piper's tune to which we dance on the brink of the abyss, the
siren's melody that destroys and paralyzes our wills." -- Robert
Lindner, Must You Conform?,
- "To be alone is to be different; to be
different is to be alone." -- Suzanne Gordon,
Lonely in America, 1976
- "Between two evils, I always pick the one I
never tried before." -- May West, Klondike
- "...to specialize is to limit one's universe."
-- I can't find the reference!
- We are all atheists with respect to Zeus and Thor.
Only the atheist has realized that the biblical god is no different.
Consequently, only the atheist is compassionate enough to take the
profundity of the world’s suffering at face value. It is terrible that
we all die and lose everything we love; it is doubly terrible that so
many human beings suffer needlessly while alive. That so much of this
suffering can be directly attributed to religion -- to religious
hatreds, religious wars, religious delusions, and religious diversions
of scarce resources -- is what makes atheism a moral and intellectual
necessity. It is a necessity, however, that places the atheist at the
margins of society. The atheist, by merely being in touch with reality,
appears shamefully out of touch with the fantasy life of his neighbors.
-- Richard Dawkins
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